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Sound Blaster G3

Portable External Console Gaming USB-C DAC Amp for PlayStation® 4, Nintendo Switch™, PC, and Mac

Features

Overview

This is it. The first Sound Blaster made specifically for PlayStation® 4 and Nintendo Switch™ users.

If you were a PC user, it would be easy getting a DAC, amp, or sound card to satisfy your audio needs. But why isn't it the same for console users? With 30 years of legacy and technical expertise in PC audio, we are venturing beyond the PC and into gaming consoles, and the Sound Blaster G3 is our answer. Designed to be a fuss-free, driverless audio upgrade for your gaming consoles, the G3 is meant to provide users with premium gaming features without having to break the bank.

Making our first foray into gaming audio on consoles, we debut our latest GameVoice Mix for game and voice chat balance capability, a customizable EQ preset with custom-tuned Footsteps Enhancer, and on-the-fly audio adjustments without having to exit your game's screen.

If all you have ever known is the default audio on your consoles, try the G3. We'll let its performance speak for itself.

DESIGNED TO FIT YOUR NEEDS

The Sound Blaster G3 is a highly versatile accessory that's perfect for work and play. Because it is such a nifty product that's packed with features for specific use, we've outlined the best features that allows the Sound Blaster G3 to improve your audio for your conference calls, or while gaming. Plus, get additional 25% off Sound Blaster G3 while you're at it!

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Convenience

Driverless Audio Upgrade

Powered by USB-C. Perfect for PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Mac.

An instant audio upgrade, the G3 is powered entirely via USB-C. This one dongle works directly across the different platforms that you own—PS4, Switch, PC, or even Mac. The best part? The setup doesn't get more straightforward than how we've designed the G3 to be—no special software, and no drivers needed. And to enjoy USB audio, simply plug in the G3 to your devices, and it will work straight out of the box.

For devices with the older USB-A port, we've provided a USB-C to USB-A converter. All that's required is for you to plug the converter onto the G3, and plug it into the USB Type-A port to hear improved audio quality.

Better Gameplay with GameVoice Mix

Game Better. Chat Better. Win Battle.

You have that pair of headphones. It's your absolute favorite, but why do you need to fork out so much more in order to get access to that ONE feature you covet?

The G3 debuts our latest GameVoice Mix*, a gaming feature often found only in products that are priced at a premium. The G3's GameVoice Mix gives you game audio / chat balance capabilities—all without having to let go of your existing headphones or hurting your wallet.

Chatting with your team while gaming on PS4? Balance your game's audio and teammates' chat volume as you wish. Without leaving your game screen, our GameVoice Mix volume dial allows you to easily increase your voice chat volume during a raid to hear your team better, or decrease the chatter and amp up your gaming audio during a particularly climatic scene on your game—simply plug in the G3 via the USB-C and Optical / Line-in port to better your gameplay.

*This feature is available for PS4, PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim, PC, and Mac only.

HOW TO SETUP GAMEVOICE MIX

Setting up GameVoice Mix on different platforms

The volume control scroll wheel on G3 allows you to balance the volume levels between your gaming audio and teammate's voice chat dialogues. Flip the switch on the right side of the G3 to ‘MIXING', and while connected via USB and Optical-in, simply set the end points and sources as below:

PS4 / PS4 Pro Setup

After plugging in the G3 to your PS4 console, follow the steps:

  • Step 1
    Settings > Sound & Screen > Audio Output Settings
  • Step 2
    Primary Output Port > Digital-out (Optical)
  • Step 3
    Audio Format (Priority) > PCM
  • Step 4
    Devices > Audio Devices
  • Step 5
    Output to Headphones > Chat Audio

PS4 Slim Setup

If your TV / Monitor has an optical port, plug the provided optical cable into the TV / Monitor, and then the G3.

Alternatively, you may use an RCA or a 3.5 mm Stereo Cable (both not provided) to connect the devices. Once plugged in, follow these steps:

  • Step 1
    Devices > Audio Devices
  • Step 2
    Output to Headphones > Chat Audio

Windows PC Setup

After plugging in the G3 to your PC, follow the steps:

  • Step 1
    Settings > System > Sound > Sound Control Panel > Playback Tab > Sound Blaster G3 > Right Click Speakers ... “Set as Default Device”
  • Step 2
    Settings > System > Sound > Sound Control Panel > Playback Tab > Sound Blaster G3 > Right Click Headset ... “Set as Default Communications Device”
  • Step 3
    Settings > System > Sound > Sound Control Panel > Recording Tab > Sound Blaster G3 > Right Click Microphone ... “Set as Default Device”

MacOS Setup

After plugging in the G3 to your Mac, follow the steps:

  • Step 1
    System Preferences > Sound > Output > “Sound Blaster G3 Speakers”
  • Step 2
    System Preferences > Sound > Input > “Sound Blaster G3: Microphone”

Controls

One Hand. All Controls.

Built with form and functionality in mind, the G3 provides direct access to the independent mic and volume controls on each side of the device. While you're busy maneuvering in-game with one hand on the controller, you can make mic and volume adjustments instinctively on the other with just a single hand grip!

Controls Overview

Microphone Volume Dial

Increase or decrease your mic volume

Microphone Mute Switch

Toggle between the mute and unmute switch for microphone

Mode Button

Toggle between Default mode and Footsteps Enhancer mode


LED Light Indicators
Off: Default Mode
White: Footsteps Enhancer Mode

Microphone Port

Connect with your microphone

Optical / Line-in Port

Connect the G3 to your PS4 / Nintendo Switch / PC or Mac via the Optical Cable (provided) or a Line-in Cable (not provided) for GameVoice Mix

GameVoice Mix / Volume Dial

GameVoice Mix: Control the volume mix between your gaming audio and teammate's voice chat to you
Volume: Increase or decrease the volume level of your audio


GameVoice Mix's LED Light Indicators
Orange: Gaming Audio > Voice Chat
Green: GameVoice Mix On
Blue: Voice Chat > Gaming Audio

GameVoice Mix / Volume Switch

Toggle between the GameVoice Mix feature or volume level of your audio

Headphones / Headset Port

Connect with your headphones or headset

Customization

Footsteps Enhancer

Hear, Then See.

In a game where each millisecond counts, waiting till you spot your enemies on screen will probably get you KIA. With the G3, gain the ability to hear beyond what you see with our custom-tuned Footsteps Enhancer, a customizable EQ that allows you to hear footsteps that pinpoints exactly where your opponents are.

On-The-Fly Mobile Remote

One App. All Controls.

Make on-the-fly changes to your audio settings directly on the G3 via your mobile phone! Without having to unplug or exit your game, you can remotely control your sound settings through the Sound Blaster Command mobile app.

Hate it when you are chatting with the team, but you can't tell if you sound too soft or too loud? Simply switch on the mic-monitoring feature via the mobile app, and control how you want to be heard, while hearing yourself.

And that's not all! You can also make instantaneous bass and treble adjustments, further customize your Footsteps Enhancer mode, or even adjust your volume and mic controls when your G3 is out of reach—all you need is Bluetooth® connectivity.

Audio

High-Quality Audio

Hear Better.

At the core of G3 lies a sound chip that supports high-definition audio performance, with the capabilities to drive studio-grade headphones of up to 300Ω. Combined with a super compact and lightweight form factor, this is the audio upgrade that's been missing from your console's setup.

For Desktop Users

Sound Blaster Command Software

For Windows PC and Mac users, you can access the full suite of Sound Blaster's industry-leading audio processing technologies including 7.1 Surround Virtualization, Crystalizer, Bass, Smart Volume, and Dialog+, or even additional functions such as Mixer settings.

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COMMAND SOFTWARE

Perfect For Both Work and Play!

The Sound Blaster G3 doubles up as great add-on to improve your conference calls and making sure that you sound more professional while communicating clearly all the time.

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Compatibility

We have also summarized the features of G3 and their feature compatibility across platforms in this table.

PS4Nintendo SwitchWindows PCMac
USB-C Connectivity
GameVoice Mix 
Volume and Mic Control
Footsteps Enhancer EQ
Sound Blaster Command App*Via Sound Blaster Command app for Android and iOS devices.
Sound Blaster Command Software  

In The Box

Sound Blaster G3

Optical Cable (1m / 3.28 ft)

USB-C to USB-A Converter

Audio Survival Guide

REVIEWS

Eurogamer.net

At around £55/$60, the Sound Blaster G3 is a significant investment. However, it is something that you can use with a wide range of consoles and computers, or even Android phones, and you'll get some benefit out of it even for listening to music or playing non-competitive games. For that reason, if you want to take your audio quality seriously and you're using wired headphones, the G3 is a sensible acquisition.

Sound Blaster G3

2020-05-13

Androidcentral

For $60, this is an excellent addition to your gaming experience, especially if you have cheaper headphones, or, if you are like me, you play your games through a monitor with terrible speakers. If you are a fan of gaming audio but don't have the best setup right now, it's worth your time to pick one of these up today.

4/5 Stars

Sound Blaster G3

2020-03-19

eTeknix

If you’ve got great headphones that cost a small fortune, they’ll ensure you’re able to get the most out of them. I’ll admit, not everyone needs a good amp, some just don’t care. However, if you want to spark life into your movies, music and games, this is a pretty affordable way to do it!

Sound Blaster G3

2020-03-06

Customer Reviews

C. Ng

The Sound Blaster G3 plugs into my new laptop's USB-C directly, allowing me to bypass the only 3.5mm smartphone jack on the laptop. I get to use my CAL-SE headphones, external microphones for my instrumental recordings, and I can feed a line-level signal into the mix; All these without the typical torturous hissing noise from the laptop's onboard audio. The G3 also works to improve the audio quality on my android mobile phone. I observed that my ears can put up with extended duration of listening without the usual fatigue and discomfort; The quiet is quieter! - without any hint of the almost imperceptible electric ambient noise, intrinsic to analog audio jack connection. Highly recommended even for non-gamers, or musicians who are not ready to invest in audio interfaces with XLR inputs.

H. Ahmad

Great companion to my SHP9500.

F. Pinto

Amazing product

A Closer Look

Specifications

Weight
Main Unit: 32g / 1.1 oz, USB Type-C to Type-A Converter: 4g / 0.1 oz
Dimensions
210 x 39 x 15 mm
Headphone Amp
16–300Ω
Dynamic Range (DNR)
100 dB
Playback Resolution
PCM 16-bit, 48.0, 96.0 kHz, PCM 24-bit, 48.0, 96.0 kHz
Recording Resolution
Mic-in: 16-bit, 48.0, 96.0 kHz
Mic-in: 24-bit, 48.0, 96.0 kHz
Optical In: 16-bit, 48.0, 96.0 kHz
Optical In: 24-bit, 48.0, 96.0 kHz
Line-in: 24-bit, 48.0, 96.0 kHz
Line-in: 16-bit, 48.0, 96.0 kHz
Platform
USB 2.0, USB 3.0
Connectivity Options (Main)
1 x ⅛″ Headphone-out Jack, 1 x ⅛″ mini TOSLINK Optical / Line-in Combo Jack, 1 x ⅛″ Ext. Mic-in Jack
Audio Technologies
CrystalVoice
Scout Mode
Supported Operating Systems
Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10
DAC
Dynamic Range (Stereo): 100 dB
Power
USB Bus Powered, USB-C
Recommended Usage
Gaming

System Requirements

Windows® OS
  • Intel® Core™i3 or AMD® equivalent processor
  • Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
  • Microsoft® Windows 10 32 / 64-bit, Windows 8.1 / 8.0 32 / 64-bit 1 GB RAM
  • >600 MB of free hard disk space
  • USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 port
Mac® OS
  • Mac OS X® 10.12 or higher
  • 1 GB RAM
  • USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 port
PS4
  • Firmware Version 5.0 or later
  • Available USB port (as Chat Audio Output)
  • Available Optical Out port (as Game Audio Output)
Nintendo Switch
  • Switch OS 5.0 or later
  • Available 3.5 mm headphone port
  • Available USB port (in docking mode)
  • Voice communications is title dependent
Android ^
  • Android OS Version 8.0 or later
  • Device must have built-in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) support
iOS ^
  • iOS Version 11.0 or later
  • Device must have built-in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) support

^ Use as a remote controller for Sound Blaster G3 on PS4 / Nintendo Switch only, does not support Bluetooth audio streaming

Package Contents

  • Sound Blaster G3
  • Optical Cable (1m / 3.28 ft)
  • USB Type-C to Type-A Converter
  • Quick Start Leaflet
  • Warranty Leaflet

Warranty

1-year Limited Hardware Warranty

California Residents

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

To meet the requirements of Proposition 65, it is our responsibility to notify consumers in the State of California that they can be exposed to chemicals that are known to cause cancer and/or reproductive toxicity. It does not mean that the product is in violation of any product-safety standards or requirements.

Featured Questions

  1. Does the Sound Blaster G3 support Windows 7?

    No. The Sound Blaster G3 does not support Windows 7. The Sound Blaster G3 supports Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 8.0.

  2. What is GameVoice Mix?

    The GameVoice Mix feature functions like an audio mixer where you can control the volume level of your game's background music (BGM) vs. the voice chat coming from your teammates at the other end directly through the dial control on Sound Blaster G3. For example, where communication is crucial during a game, you can increase the chat volume (thereby decreasing BGM volume) instantly, so that you can hear your team louder over the game's BGM. This feature is incredibly handy since you don't have to enter the Settings menu or exit the game, and especially so for PS4 users who don't have the option to “tab out” of a screen to make adjustments.

    With Sound Blaster G3's GameVoice Mix, the access to these controls are at your fingertips. To access the feature, simply flip a dial on the side of G3 to activate GameVoice Mix. Make a quick one-time setup on your devices, and you're good to go.

  3. You may notice the following issues when performing Windows update:
    • Unable to detect sound card
    • Intermittent sound card detection
    • Audio distortion
    • Audio cuts
    • Other forms of noise such as audio crackling or clipping sounds

    Performing a Windows update increases your CPU usage. In some cases, Windows may temporarily disable the Windows audio component during an update, causing the abovementioned issues. We recommend the following when performing a Windows update:

    • Stop the playback. Allow Windows to complete all the updates, and reboot the system once the updates are completed.
    • Avoid performing any unnecessary background tasks or activities which may require high CPU usage.
  4. How do I do a factory reset to my Sound Blaster G3?

    While connected to your device, press and hold the EQ button located in the middle of the Sound Blaster G3 for >8 secs. The LED ring will blink red for 5 times, indicating the G3 is reset. Once reset, the Sound Blaster G3 will be reverted back to the default factory settings.

  5. Can the Sound Blaster G3 remember a custom EQ in its memory?

    Yes. The Sound Blaster G3 can remember one EQ preset at a time in its memory. This means it can remember the last used EQ setting upon connecting it to devices such as gaming consoles.

  6. Can the SBX profile settings be remembered by the Sound Blaster G3?

    No. The SBX Acoustic Engine profiles can only be configured and saved in the Sound Blaster Command software. This software is available only on PC and Mac platforms.

  7. Does the Sound Blaster G3 work with mobile phones?

    The Sound Blaster G3 will work with mobile devices with digital audio streaming implemented through its USB-C port, in a manner compliant with the USB Audio Standard.

    Due to the wide variety of mobile phones and operating systems that may have different implementation of digital audio streaming through USB-C, it is not recommended for you to purchase this with the sole purpose on using it for your mobile devices.

    You will have to approach your mobile device manufacturer to check if your mobile device is compliant with the USB Audio Standard.

  8. What macOS versions does the Sound Blaster G3 support?

    The Sound Blaster G3 supports macOS version 10.12 or higher.

  9. Does the Sound Blaster G3 support Xbox?

    Audio playback is supported via optical connection while it uses the USB connection for power. However, it does not support voice communications due to Xbox's system implementation.

  10. Does the Sound Blaster G3 support Nintendo Switch?

    Yes. Audio playback is available via USB connection in Nintendo Switch. However, voice communications support is limited to certain game titles, and is not available across all titles due to Nintendo Switch's system implementation.

    Some game titles that have been verified to work with the Sound Blaster G3 include: Fortnite, Paladins, SMITE, and DC Universe Online.

  11. How can I enable microphone monitoring when using the Sound Blaster G3 with my PS4?

    Use the Sound Blaster Command mobile app > Go to Microphone > Enable / disable the mic monitoring.

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