8 best gaming headsets for Xbox One, PS4 and PC in 2019
Sound is an important part of the gaming experience nowadays. With many of the biggest games incorporating soundtracks that would put the biggest blockbuster movie to shame, it’d be a terrible waste to miss out on a rousing moment or two due to poor sound quality. Similarly, when playing multiplayer games, being able to hear your opponent creep up on you can make all the difference to your reaction times when fighting back. A high quality gaming headset is as useful as a good quality 4K TV for the avid player. There’s a fair amount to think about before making a purchase though.
Things to consider
Why do you want a gaming headset? That’s the biggest thing to consider. Do you want a gaming headset that’s solely for playing games with or do you want something that can also double up well as a headset for listening to music or watching a film?
Some headsets only work specifically for the PC or one console, so you want to make sure that your headset is compatible with how you play. You also need to choose between analogue or digital.
Analogue headsets use one or more 3.5mm headphone jacks to transmit audio to and from the headset. They won’t support surround sound straight out of the box, but they are often compatible with all devices imaginable.
Digital headsets feature an integrated DAC (digital-to-analogue converter), which means better sound quality for you, but some compatibility issues along the way. They typically hook up via USB.
There’s also the option of wireless or wired headsets. The latter means you don’t have to worry about battery life or charging, but wireless means there aren’t any cables to get caught up in.
It’s a confusing world out there but it’s worth taking the time to find a good gaming headset. Not sure what’s best for you? Here’s our look at some of the best options out there, whatever your needs.
£120 (price correct at time of publishing), Amazon
Best for: General all-round gaming
Key specs – Type: Wired; Compatible with: PC, Xbox One, PS4, smartphones; Battery life: N/A; Extras: Dolby Surround 7.1 audio
The HyperX Cloud Revolver S is a solidly dependable gaming headset. It has plug and play Dolby Surround 7.1 audio for compatible systems, an advanced USB audio control box with a DSP sound card, and a studio-grade sound stage that means you can hear further away.
For you, that means a competent gaming headset, especially as it’s compatible with the PC, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Mac, as well as smartphones. The downside though is that it reverts to a stereo headset for the Xbox One, Wii U, and mobile. For PC and PS4 owners though, the Dolby Surround 7.1 sound is predictably great. Whatever the system, it’s a decent quality headset and its memory foam ear cups mean your ears won’t suffer while you’re enjoying an extended gaming session.
£203.42 (price correct at time of publishing), Amazon
Best for: No expense spared gaming
Key specs – Type: Wired; Compatible with: PC, Xbox One, PS4, smartphones; Battery life: N/A; Extras: DTS Headphone:X v2.0 surround sound
If your budget is chunky then the SteelSeries Arctis Pro headset will be an admirable choice to make. Its sound quality is one of the best out there, thanks to its high quality speaker cups and its DTS Headphone:X v2.0 surround sound support. That surround sound support only works for the PC though, but otherwise, the headset works brilliantly for any console you throw at it, including smartphones.
A plethora of customisation options, including EQ presets and plenty of sliders to tweak, mean you can hear things just how you want them. The headset’s drivers reproduce hi-res audio to 40,000 Hz, which might not make sense to all, but it works out as twice what the human ear hears, so you’re not going to miss a thing here. It also looks pretty stylish and is suitably comfortable on your head, making it a great premium option.
£149.99 (price correct at time of publishing), Amazon
Best for: Long battery life
Key specs – Type: Wireless; Compatible with: PC, Xbox One, PS4, smartphones; Battery life: 24 hours; Extras: DTS Headphone:X v2.0 surround sound
For when the SteelSeries Arctis Pro is too pricey, there’s always the SteelSeries Arctis 7 to fall back on. It’s hardly a second best either. Instead, it’s a different approach given it’s a wireless headset for PC and PS4 (with a wired alternative for Xbox One and mobile). While some headsets might struggle with battery life, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 offers a steady 24-hours’ worth of power between charges. Its 2.4ghz connection ensures there’s lossless wireless audio with low latency at all times. For PC users, there’s also DTS Headphone:X v2.0 surround sound support too.
For everyone else, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 simply works pretty well indeed. Its audio drivers are powerful, it has a bidirectional microphone that’s also retractable for solo gaming, and its ear cushions are made from fabric that wicks sweat away. It also utilises a ski goggle-style suspension headband so it perfectly contours across your head, meaning no chafing or awkward pressure points. It’s a snug and effective fit.
£119.13 (price correct at time of publishing), Amazon
Best for: Social gaming
Key specs – Type: Wireless; Compatible with: PC, PS4; Battery life: Up to 30 hours; Extras: Powerful bass
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The HyperX Cloud Flight is a dependable mixture of features that particularly lends itself to the PS4 and PC. It has a wireless range of up to 20 meters with a battery life of about 30 hours, providing you turn off its slightly gimmicky LED lighting effects. Leave them on and the battery life plummets somewhat.
Despite that, these are great headphones for gaming. They offer clear sounds with powerful bass to capture your attention, while also being super comfortable to wear. The main perk here is that it has a microphone that offers noise cancellation, which is a huge advantage if you like to talk to your teammates easily with minimal disruption. It’s detachable too, for when you just don’t want to speak to anyone.
£239.99 (price correct at time of publishing), Amazon
Best for: Dedicated console play
Key specs – Type: Wireless; Compatible with: PC, Xbox One, PS4; Battery life: 15 hours; Extras: Low interference and latency
If you only require a gaming headset for one particular console, and your budget is high, then the Astro A50 Wireless is the headset for you. Ok, so that’s a very specific set of requirements but this is a very worthwhile headset to mention. Unlike most other wireless headsets, it utilises 5ghz wireless technology, which means even less interference and latency than before. Its battery life weighs in at about 15 hours with its base station making recharging a doddle. It’s simple to get into the habit of placing it back on the station any time you’re not using it, thanks to magnetic charging akin to your smartphone.
Where things truly stand out is the Astro A50 Wireless’s 7.1 surround sound support. It works seamlessly for both PS4 and Xbox One, which is also why you need to buy separate headsets for each console. It won’t be much use if you play many different consoles, but if you’ve picked your side and stuck to it, this is a worthwhile – if somewhat pricey – investment.
Buy for PS4
Buy for Xbox One
From £99.99 (price correct at time of publishing), Amazon
Best for: Glasses wearers
Key specs – Type: Wireless; Compatible with: PC, Xbox One, PS4; Battery life: 10 hours; Extras: Active noise cancellation
Like the Astro A50s, the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 headset requires you to pick a side in the console wars, but it’s worth doing so, especially if you wear glasses. That’s because the headset uses Turtle Beach’s ProSpecs technology, which is a fancy way of saying its ear cushions are designed with glasses in mind. Such design means that pressure is removed from your glasses so you don’t feel like the frames are being pushed into the side of your face.
As well as that, the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 offers active noise cancellation, so you don’t have to worry about any unwanted distractions while you game, plus high quality sound performance through its 50mm speaker drivers. Just make sure you buy the right set for your console.
Buy for Xbox One
Buy for PS4 and PS4 Pro
£68.94 (price correct at time of publishing), Amazon
Best for: Mid-range gaming
Key specs – Type: Wired; Compatible with: PC, Xbox One, PS4, smartphones; Battery life: N/A; Extras: Lightweight and comfortable
The Razer Kraken Pro V2 are remarkably comfortable to wear. They’re made of bauxite aluminium so they feel light yet flexible on your head. That trend continues with the snug oval ear cups that keep your ears cosy, while delivering high quality sound via the 50mm drivers.
Alongside that is a fully retractable microphone and a cable that is reinforced with Kevlar so you don’t have to worry about being delicate with it (even if that means running it over with your desk chair). The Razer Kraken Pro V2 is a solid all-rounder for these reasons, and it’s budget-friendly too.
£42.99 (price correct at time of publishing), Amazon
Best for: Budget gaming
Key specs – Type: Wired; Compatible with: PC, Xbox One, PS4; Battery life: N/A; Extras: Lightweight design
We’re not saying that the Logitech G231 gaming headset is going to rival the most expensive headsets out there but at a considerably lower price than the other entries here, it’s worth taking note of.
Costs are cut via the likes of its cloth ear cups (rather than memory foam) and its slightly flimsier design, but it’s still reasonably competent where it counts. Sure, you can’t remove the microphone (it does fold back though) and the output is distinctly analogue with a basic-looking cable, but it’ll work with pretty much any device you throw at it.
It works well too with its 40mm drivers, demonstrating that it’s no slouch in the sound department. Consider this your starter gaming headset.
This article has been updated. It was originally published in January 2019.
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