If you’re looking for the best gaming headsets for PS4 and Xbox One, chances are you’ve not found yourself short of options. There are plenty of headsets out there, making it kind of easy to go wrong. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to keep you on the right track, because with the right headset you can really enhance your gaming experience.
In order to get the best Xbox One or PS4 gaming headset, you’ll need to consider a few factors that will help you establish what you need from your purchase.
First, you’ll need to consider the kind of games you like to play. Games where you’re settling in for multiple hours of play like MMOs will require comfort. Games with a more competitive element, like all of those Battle Royale titles that have been cropping up, will benefit from a headset with good surround sound to help you hear your enemies coming from every angle.
Then there’s where you’re playing—noisy environments will require something with noise-cancelling capabilities to keep you entirely in the game and communication with your team clear. If you can’t surrender yourself to total immersion, however, an open-backed headset will make you contactable from the outside.
Finally, of course, there’s your budget. If price is no issue then you’ve got the whole market open to you and you’ll just be looking to narrow down your options. For most, however, there’s likely to be a price point you don’t want to go above. There are plenty of headsets at lower price points that will offer you a high quality experience, it’s finding them that’s the trick.
So, now that we’ve got you thinking about exactly what you need and want from your headset, we’ll introduce you to our guide which covers the very best wireless, wired, high-end and budget examples currently on sale for PS4 and Xbox One.
Overall best PlayStation 4 gaming headset
HyperX Cloud Revolver S
Fantastic performance at a reasonable price
Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound
Easy to set up
Not as robustly made as others
A little big on small heads
HyperX has developed a sizeable following among the pro-gaming community over the years. Its newest headset, the Cloud Revolver S, adds Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound to the blueprint offered by the hugely popular Cloud Revolver, without requiring you to take out a second mortgage.
Quite simply, the Cloud Revolver S sounds astonishingly good, especially at the price. You will marvel in particular at the dynamics of its sound: deep, rumbling bass and crisp, never shrieky treble that lets you hear every sound effect and totally immerses you in the ambience created by in-game music.
It’s pretty well made, comfortable and classily finished, and Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound is the cherry on top, allowing you to pinpoint incoming enemies in first-person shooters – particularly if you explore the preset equalisation modes into which pro-gamers had lots of input. A truly high-end-sounding headset at a mid-range price.
Read the full review: HyperX Cloud Revolver S
Overall best Xbox One gaming headset
Turtle Beach Elite Pro with Tactical Audio Adapter
Built like a tank with sound to match
Incredible build quality
No surround sound in its base state
Turtle Beach is the longest established specialist gaming headset manufacturer, with a fanatical following among pro-gamers – and when you unbox its top-of-the-range Elite Pro, you can see why. It simply oozes no-expense-spared design, and sports all manner of neat touches born from decades of pro-gaming experience.
But more importantly than that, it sounds spectacular, with huge bass and crystal-clear treble adding up to a sound which will allow you to get deeply immersed into whatever game you’re playing. Comfort-wise, it’s exemplary, with big, thick earpads that eliminate all ambient noise, and can be easily adjusted to fit all head-sizes. A neat feature lets you add spacing to the earpads to accommodate a pair of glasses.
On an Xbox One, we’d recommend teaming it up with piece of kit called the Tactical Audio Adapter, which clips into the Xbox One controller and operates as an amplifier, adding some of the extra sound-control features which come in a separate graphic equaliser-style box called the Tactical Audio Controller (which is pricey but adds Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound).
Those features include Turtle Beach’s Superhuman Hearing, which enhances the sound of incoming players’ footsteps and is great for hardcore first-person shooter fans, and Dynamic Chat Boost, which keeps chat-levels audible even when background noise rises. Plus, it lets you independently adjust game and chat volumes.
Add tank-like build-quality to the equation and you have a headset which has become something of a status symbol for those who take their gaming seriously.
Read the full review: Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Headset.
Best wireless Xbox One gaming headset
Razer Nari Ultimate
Innovation means risk taking
All connectivity catered for
Plug and Play
An expensive investment
There’s an old saying that states “a ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for”, and Razer really has pushed the boat out with its Razer Nari Ultimate headset.
The Razer Nari Ultimate is an interesting concept, and something that needs to be tried to be believed. Razer’s designed a strong pair of headphones, with a very out-there feature, making the Nari Ultimate the best Xbox One wireless headset on the market.
Check out our Razer Nari Ultimate review.
Best PlayStation 4 gaming headset for audio quality
SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC
Excellent sound quality
Not well-suited to large living room setups
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro is one of the best-sounding headsets you can buy. As such, it’s doubly worth considering if you use your PlayStation 4 to watch films and listen to music as well as play games.
Clarity and audio balance are much better than most of the other sets here. Both the Arctic Pro Wireless and GameDAC versions will work with a PlayStation 4 console, but the vanilla wired version is just for PC – so make sure you pick the right set before buying.
The GameDAC model has an outboard box with top quality Hi-Res audio converters. It needs to be wired-in though, so this may not be the best choice if you play a few meters away from your PS4. The wireless version may be a better choice.
All versions have LEDs around the cups. It may be made for audio perfectionists, but it’s still a gamer headset.
Read the full review: SteelSeries Arctis Pro review.
Best wireless PlayStation 4 gaming headset
PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset
Easy to set up with an excellent sound
Incredible audio performance
Surround sound lacks panache
Plastic parts feel fragile
It might not look like much, but the PlayStation Platinum Wireless is a really solid headset with an exceptional level of audio quality.
As well as being ludicrously simple to set up, the headset sounds great and is comfortable to wear to boot.
The sound quality is balanced, offering a decent mix of low and high frequencies, and people on the other end of the line reported that its microphone delivered a decent level of audio quality.
Our one reservation is regarding the headset’s “3D Audio”, which fell down slightly compared to what’s offered by the competition; but this is made up for the headset’s very reasonable price tag.
Read the full review: PlayStation Platinum Wireless headset
Best budget PlayStation 4 gaming headset
Turtle Beach EarForce PX24
A budget price for acceptable compromises
Finish betrays the low price
Being strapped for cash doesn’t necessarily mean having to settle for an inferior gaming headset, and Turtle Beach’s EarForce PX24 does a pretty decent job of embarrassing plenty of its more expensive rivals. Sure, it makes more extensive use of plastic than headsets which are twice the price, but it still looks and feels sufficiently robust, and its overall lightness renders it pretty comfortable for prolonged use.
And in the areas that really matter – sound and configurability – the Ear Force PX24 is way better than it has any right to be at the price. While it doesn’t have the bass extension you’ll find in a more premium headset, and its treble is a bit dry in comparison with other options at this price level, it still sounds remarkably good – and thanks to an amplifier which clips between the headset and the PS4 controller, you can boost the bass, engage Superhuman Hearing mode for first-person shooters, and even fiddle around with a virtual surround sound effect.
Finding such features, and very decent sound indeed, is a revelation for such a cheap headset. You could quibble about the EarForce PX24’s slightly plasticky overall finish, but in our opinion, that’s a small price to pay for a great headset at a decent cost.
Best budget Xbox One gaming headset
Lacks surround sound
Mic can easily be misplaced
A high-quality, low-cost headset from Corsair, this wired option may be the best budget Xbox One gaming headset on the market. It may only feature stereo sound (instead of surround sound), but it’s hardly a noticeable deficit. It produces dynamic sound, and the actual headphones are plush and comfortable. This hardly seems like the budget headset that it is.
Check out our full Corsair HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset review.