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Updated December 31, 2023

Maybe your current gaming speakers are fine. But until you’ve used a high-quality headset to listen to the screech of your tires as you drift around the final lap, the horrifying growls of the beast hiding in the next room, or the intensity of an explosion-packed firefight,, you’re sadly missing out. The unmatched feeling of immersion makes it worth buying a premium headset on its own, but once you’ve played with memory foam earcups, on-ear audio controls, and a battery that only needs to be charged once a week, it’s hard to go back to a lesser headset.

We’ve researched, compared, and tested a collection of headsets to find the most comfortable, nicest sounding, and all-around best headsets available. Whether you’re looking for a solid, yet inexpensive model, or a top-of-the line edition for serious gaming fans, these are the 13 best gaming headsets to make your racers, horror adventures, and action games sound their absolute best.

What to consider when buying gaming headsets

Audio quality

This is easily the top consideration when picking a gaming headset, so take the time to research models noted for their crisp, balanced, and rich sound. Other aspects of a high-end headset include deep bass, immersive 3D spatial audio, and high-fidelity speakers that pipe consistently clear voices, music, and sound effects into your ears.

Comfort

Since you’re going to wear them for hours at a time, it’s a good idea to consider gaming headsets designed with your comfort in mind. No one likes the feel of a tight or bulky headset, so look for models designed with lightweight materials, plush ear cushions (especially those that utilize memory foam or cooling gel,) and the ability to adjust their fit for maximum comfort.

Keep in mind, too, that not all gaming headsets will accommodate glasses. If you need eyewear to play, look for headsets made to be comfortably worn alongside your glasses.

Durability

If you’re going to invest in a quality headset, it’s absolutely worth buying one that was made to last for many gaming sessions to come. Keep an eye out for headsets made with premium materials, a durable frame, and before you buy, check if you’re able to buy replacement batteries, earpads, and other components if you ever need to in the future.

Features

One of the most important reasons to shop around for a gaming headset is to find a model that suits your needs. It’s easy to find a barebones headset for basic communication, but dedicated gaming fans may need a quality microphone with active noise cancellation, a wireless mode with a long battery life, compatibility between multiple platforms, and integrated mute and volume buttons for instant access.

Aesthetics

Once you’ve found the best gaming headset for your needs, take a minute to check for designs that speak to your sense of style. Whether you’d prefer a sleek and minimalist design, or a bold and flashy model, there are plenty of aesthetically pleasing headsets to choose from.

Our top picks for the best gaming headsets

Best PC gaming headset: SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless

The Arctis Nova Pro’s engrossing spatial audio provides a rich and impactful experience, which makes it easy to pick out footsteps of incoming enemies from the chaos of frantic multiplayer games, and to get absorbed into the music and ambient sounds of your favorite game worlds. In addition to its brilliant sound quality, this gaming headset includes a high-end noise canceling microphone for remarkably crisp voice chatting, a plush headband and ear cups, as well as compatibility with an array of other modern gaming platforms.

Specifications:

  • Wireless: Yes
  • Drivers: 40mm
  • Connectivity: PC, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Mobile
  • Frequency response: 10–22,000 Hz
  • Weight: 0.74 pounds
  • Features: AI noise canceling microphone, 360° spatial audio, includes 2 hot-swappable batteries
  • Price on publish: $349.99

What we like:

  • Premium microphone
  • Rich and full audio
  • Wide range of compatibility options

What we don’t like:

  • Expensive (but worth it)
Best PC gaming headset
SteelSeries - Arctis Nova Pro Wireless Multi Gaming Headset for PC, PS5, PS4, Switch - Black

SteelSeries - Arctis Nova Pro Wireless Multi Gaming Headset for PC, PS5, PS4, Switch - Black

Best gaming headset for PS5: Razer Barracuda X

Razer knows gamers very well—their products made our lists for the best laptop backpacks and the best gaming/office chairs. I was not surprised when their headset made the cut for best gaming headsets. Fairly priced, lightweight, and sporting an impressive 50-hour battery life, the Razer Barracuda X is the perfect headset for PlayStation 5 owners looking to get the most out of their games. This headset’s clear and crisp microphone, convenient on-headset controls, and plush ear cups makes it a top contender for comfortably gaming online for hours at a time, especially for those who take full advantage of its crystal-clear, 7.1 surround sound to listen in and get the drop on their rivals.

Specifications:

  • Wireless: Yes
  • Drivers: 40mm
  • Connectivity: PS5, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Mobile
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Weight: 0.55 pounds
  • Features: Passive noise cancellation, premium ergonomic design, crystal-clear audio
  • Price on publish: $179.99

What we like:

  • 50-hour battery life
  • Detachable microphone
  • Plush cushioned headband

What we don’t like:

  • Doesn’t include a protective case
Best gaming headset for PS5
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal Gaming Headset - Comfortable Wireless Noise Cancelling Gaming headphones for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal Gaming Headset - Comfortable Wireless Noise Cancelling Gaming headphones for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

Best Xbox Series X/S gaming headset: Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal

Whether you prefer to play story-based single player titles or frantic multiplayer games, this admittedly expensive model’s gripping Dolby Atmos virtual surround sound will immerse you into your current game worlds more than any other Xbox headset. The Beoplay Portal sounded incredible right out of the box, but with its companion app, it’s easy to fine-tune your audio profile to make your games sound pitch perfect. If you liked this headset and are in the market for headphones, Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay HX made our list of the best headphones of the year.

Specifications:

  • Wireless: Yes
  • Drivers: 40mm
  • Connectivity: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mobile
  • Frequency response: 20 - 22,000Hz
  • Weight: 0.62 pounds
  • Features: Impressive audio quality, plush ear cups, fully charges in 2 hours
  • Price on publish: $179.19

What we like:

  • Rich sound and deep bass
  • Comfortable fit
  • Premium noise cancellation

What we don’t like:

  • Especially expensive
Best Xbox Series X/S gaming headset
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal Gaming Headset - Comfortable Wireless Noise Cancelling Gaming headphones for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal Gaming Headset - Comfortable Wireless Noise Cancelling Gaming headphones for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

Best gaming headset for audiophiles: SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7

Some players need their games to sound their best, and The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 delivers immersive special sound, deep bass, and a range of presets and fine-tuned controls to ensure that audiophiles are thrilled. Outside of its spectacular sound technologies, this headset features an excellent battery life, crisp and clear microphone, and a highly customizable design to comfortably fit anyone’s head.

Specifications:

  • Wireless: Yes
  • Drivers: 49mm
  • Connectivity: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC, PS5, PS4, PC, Mac, Mobile
  • Frequency response: 20–22,000Hz
  • Weight: 0.71 pounds
  • Features: 38 hours of battery life, fast-charging, noise-canceling microphone
  • Price on publish: $179.99

What we like:

  • Highly adjustable for maximum comfort
  • Crisp and detailed spatial audio
  • Excellent value

What we don’t like:

  • Weird LED battery indicator displays remaining power in awkward increments of 25% so you don’t know exactly how much power your headset has left
Best gaming headset for audiophiles
SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7

Best gaming headset for battery life: HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless

If you’re the type who detests distractions while you’re playing, the 80+ hours of uninterrupted play time per charge that the HyperX Cloud Alpha brings to your gaming experience is a (literal) game changer. (If only your go-to wireless earbuds could do that.) Its mammoth battery is great, but its ability to fully charge in under four hours, crisp microphone, and gentle memory foam ear cups should make this the go-to headset for marathon gaming sessions.

Specifications:

  • Wireless: Yes
  • Drivers: 50mm
  • Connectivity: PC
  • Frequency response: 15 Hz – 21 kHz
  • Weight: 0.73 pounds
  • Features: Extra-long battery life, onboard audio controls, spatial audio
  • Price on publish: $151.78

What we like:

  • Incredible 300 hour battery life
  • Rich and powerful audio
  • Comfortable

What we don’t like:

  • It may work with consoles and other platforms, but they weren’t designed for multiplatform use
Best gaming headset for battery life
HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless - Gaming Headset for PC, 300-hour battery life, DTS Headphone:X Spatial Audio, Memory foam, Dual Chamber Drivers, Noise-canceling mic, Durable aluminum frame,Red

HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless - Gaming Headset for PC, 300-hour battery life, DTS Headphone:X Spatial Audio, Memory foam, Dual Chamber Drivers, Noise-canceling mic, Durable aluminum frame,Red

Best budget gaming headset: PowerA FUSION Pro Wired Gaming Headset

Between consoles, controllers, subscriptions, and new games, gaming is an expensive hobby, but the Fusion Pro shows that quality affordable components exist. This budget-friendly headset sports a highly adjustable frame for a comfortable fit, deep and clear bass, and a lightweight design that Xbox fans will appreciate.

Specifications:

  • Wireless: No
  • Drivers: 50mm
  • Connectivity: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One
  • Frequency response: NA
  • Weight: 0.88 pounds
  • Features: Detachable microphone, durable wired design, on-ear audio controls
  • Price on publish: $69.99

What we like:

  • Loud and clear audio
  • Sturdy frame
  • Cozy memory foam earcups

What we don’t like:

  • Only compatible with Xbox consoles
Best budget gaming headset
FUSION Pro Wired Gaming Headset for Xbox Series XS - Fusion Wired Headsets

FUSION Pro Wired Gaming Headset for Xbox Series XS - Fusion Wired Headsets

Best wired gaming headset: Razer Kraken Kitty V2 Pro

Your new cyber-bunny ears will surely be the envy of all your friends, but the Kraken Kitty V2 Pro also supports a surprisingly comfortable design, premium-quality surround sound, and a crystal-clear microphone for effective communication mid-game. Video game streamers will appreciate the light and airy feel of this headset’s plush ear cups and headband, as well as its unobtrusive wired design and flash RGB lighting (and of course, its charmingly cute, swappable animal ears).

Specifications:

  • Wireless: No
  • Drivers: 50mm
  • Connectivity: PC
  • Frequency response: NA
  • Weight: 0.88 pounds
  • Features: Swappable animal ears, premium microphone, THX spatial audio
  • Price on publish: $199.99

What we like:

  • Impressively clear mic
  • Cute bear, cat, and bunny ears
  • Plush and cozy ear cups

What we don’t like:

  • They’re a little on the pricey side
Best wired gaming headset
Razer Kraken Kitty V2 Pro Wired Gaming Headset for PC Interchangable Ears Chroma RGB Black

Razer Kraken Kitty V2 Pro Wired Gaming Headset for PC Interchangable Ears Chroma RGB Black

Best wireless gaming headset: Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX

Some players prefer the freedom of wireless gameplay, and the Stealth 700’s excellent sound quality, impressive 40+ hours of battery life, and array of connectivity options makes this headset a top pick for any gaming setup. Although 40-ish hours isn’t the biggest battery to make our list, this headset’s ability to recharge 8 additional hours of playtime after just 15 minutes is both incredible for marathon players, and a good reason to take a stretch break.

Specifications:

  • Wireless: Yes
  • Drivers: 50mm
  • Connectivity: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4. Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac
  • Frequency response: NA
  • Weight: 0.66 pounds
  • Features: Over 40 hours of battery life, impressive range of connectivity, cool memory foam ear cups
  • Price on publish: $179.95

What we like:

  • Crisp and balanced audio
  • Rugged construction
  • Lightweight design

What we don’t like:

  • Its earcups may feel bulky for some wearers
Best wireless gaming headset
Turtle Beach - Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX Wireless Gaming Headset for Xbox, PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC - Cobalt Blue

Turtle Beach - Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX Wireless Gaming Headset for Xbox, PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC - Cobalt Blue

Best gaming headset with the best microphone: Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Headset

The variety of connectivity options and powerful stereo sound of the Stealth Pro makes it a top pick for gamers who regularly play across multiple platforms, but its high-end detachable microphone is its stand out feature. Between its impressive noise canceling technology and dual microphones, your teammates will hear your voice as clearly as if they were playing in the same room. Premium microphone aside, we liked the ability to hot-swap its pair of included batteries to get back into the game more quickly, its comfortable glasses-friendly earcups, and the overall durability of the Stealth Pro.

Specifications:

  • Wireless: Yes
  • Drivers: 50mm
  • Connectivity: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One PS5, PS4, PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Mobile
  • Frequency response: NA
  • Weight: 0.93 pounds
  • Features: Dual swappable batteries, crisp and reliable mic, compatible with most platforms
  • Price on publish: $329.99

What we like:

  • Clear noise canceling microphone
  • Comfortable fit
  • Excellent sound

What we don’t like:

  • Fairly short battery life, although we’re glad the batteries are swappable and charge quickly
Best gaming headset with the best microphone
Turtle Beach - Stealth Pro Xbox Edition Wireless Noise-Cancelling Gaming Headset for Xbox, PS5, PS4, Switch, and PC - Dual Batteries - Black

Turtle Beach - Stealth Pro Xbox Edition Wireless Noise-Cancelling Gaming Headset for Xbox, PS5, PS4, Switch, and PC - Dual Batteries - Black

Best headset for VR gaming: Logitech G PRO VR Headset for Oculus Quest 2

This gaming headset caught our attention since it’s specifically made for the Oculus Quest 2, and its plush earpads, immersive audio, and crisp microphone make for a superior VR experience. Between its sturdy frame, all-over cozy feel, relatively low price, and richly detailed sound quality, it’s a must-have accessory for getting the most out of your VR games and experiences.

Specifications:

  • Wireless: No
  • Drivers: 50mm
  • Connectivity: Oculus Quest 2.1, PC, consoles with a 3.5mm audio port
  • Frequency response: NA
  • Weight: 0.7 pounds
  • Features: Noise canceling earpads, featherweight design, detail-rich sound
  • Price on publish: $99.99

What we like:

  • Impressively immersive sound
  • Comfortable fit
  • Rugged construction

What we don’t like:

  • Does not include a protective case
Best headset for VR gaming
Logitech - G PRO Wired Gaming Headset for Meta Quest 2 - Black

Logitech - G PRO Wired Gaming Headset for Meta Quest 2 - Black

Best high end gaming headset: Audeze Maxwell Wireless Gaming Headset

If money is no object and you’re ready to get the gaming headset you’ve always deserved, the Audeze Maxwell is worth every penny. Its unique design produces lifelike sound that must be experienced to be believed, and you’ll be amazed to hear your favorite game worlds in unparalleled clarity. Sound quality aside, its 80+ hours of battery life, compatibility with an array of platforms, and genuinely cozy fit is worth the entry price if you can afford it.

Specifications:

  • Wireless: Yes
  • Drivers: 90mm
  • Connectivity: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Mobile
  • Frequency response: 10Hz – 50kHz
  • Weight: 1.08 pounds
  • Features: Over 80 hours of battery life, rich Dolby Atmos sound, wide range of compatible platforms
  • Price on publish: $329

What we like:

  • Unbelievably detailed and clear gaming sound
  • Comfortable fit
  • Extra-long battery life

What we don’t like:

  • Relatively heavy for a gaming headset
Best high end gaming headset
Audeze Maxwell Wireless Gaming Headset for PlayStation 5 208-MW-1120-01

Audeze Maxwell Wireless Gaming Headset for PlayStation 5 208-MW-1120-01

Best noise canceling gaming headset: Razer BlackShark V2 Pro

When you’re playing fast paced, team-based games, the ability to effectively and clearly communicate with your teammates can mean the difference between a win and a loss, and you won’t find a nicer microphone than the BlackShark V2 Pro’s. This detachable microphone features the sharpest audio we’ve tested, allowing for accurate and precise dictation–your in-game pals will surely appreciate your crystal-clear diction as you climb the leaderboards together.

Specifications:

  • Wireless: Yes
  • Drivers: 50mm
  • Connectivity: PC
  • Frequency response: NA
  • Weight: 0.7 pounds
  • Features: Premium noise canceling microphone, 70 hours of battery life, lightweight
  • Price on publish: $199.99

What we like:

  • Reliably clear and sharp microphone audio
  • Rich and detailed THX audio
  • Rugged design

What we don’t like:

  • May work with consoles, but certainly not designed to
Best noise canceling gaming headset
Razer - BlackShark V2 Pro (2023) Wireless Esports Gaming Headset for PC, PS5, PS4, Switch - Black

Razer - BlackShark V2 Pro (2023) Wireless Esports Gaming Headset for PC, PS5, PS4, Switch - Black

Best multi-platform gaming headset: Asus TUF Gaming H3

Surprisingly good considering its low price, the Asus TUF Gaming H3 is hands-down the best option for anyone who needs a simple, yet dependable headset to plug and play between every modern gaming machine they own. Its featherweight design, durable frame, and cooling memory foam ear cushions feel nicer than a sub-$50 headset, and their sharp audio quality is more than suitable for playing competitive online games across every platform it can connect to.

Specifications:

  • Wireless: No
  • Drivers: 50mm
  • Connectivity: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mobile
  • Frequency response: NA
  • Weight: 0.65 pounds
  • Features: Compatible with most platforms, featherweight, affordable
  • Price on publish: $39.99

What we like:

  • Works with most platforms
  • Inexpensive
  • Clear and crisp sound

What we don’t like:

  • Weak bass
Best multi-platform gaming headset
Asus TUF Gaming H3

Asus TUF Gaming H3

How we selected the best gaming headsets

Our in-depth research of popular and lesser-known gaming brands and their many audio offerings, alongside comprehensive testing and many years of experience playing with gaming headsets, led us to pick the best options on the market. We considered each product’s sound quality, features, comfort level, and durability to identify exceptional headsets that gaming enthusiasts will appreciate for a long time to come.

Best gaming headset brands

Whether you need a top-of-the-line audio experience, or a simple, yet solid model, some of the best gaming brands to consider when shopping for a new headset include SteelSeries, Turtle Beach, Razer, HyperX, Audeze, Logitech, Asus, Corsair, and JBL.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Why do you need a good headset for gaming?

Best two reasons to buy a great gaming headset are for enjoying clear and balanced audio, and communicating with your gaming friends while playing together.

Video game developers put a massive amount of time and effort into crafting mesmerizing music, engaging sound effects, and unforgettable voices into their games, and an impressive gaming headset will ensure that you hear every orchestral note of a grand sweeping musical score, swift footstep of your enemies as they close in on your location, and the terrifying sounds of the nasty creature lurking in the darkness just offscreen, at their absolute clearest.

In addition to the unparalleled immersion of listening in on your games via a well-made headset, a good headset can make all the difference when playing online with teammates. Not only will the spatial sound inform you of incoming dangers so you can react accordingly, efficient communication between you and your team can mean the difference between winning and losing in titles like Dead by Daylight, Halo Infinite, and Gears 5. A simple headset may get the job done, but your teammates will sincerely appreciate you bringing a nicer model with a noise canceling microphone and a dedicated mute button to your next game of Overwatch 2.

Are expensive gaming headsets worth it?

That depends on your gaming preferences. If videogames are your passion, you tend to play for many hours at a time, and deeply appreciate the crisp audio, cozy feel, and crystal-clear microphone of a premium gaming headset, it is absolutely worth the investment to make your hobby that much more enjoyable.

On the other hand, if you play infrequently, prefer single player games, or just need a simple microphone and earpiece to communicate with online friends occasionally, an affordable, yet reliable gaming headset is probably your best option.

How much should you spend on a gaming headset?

The bottom line is that the amount you should spend on a gaming headset depends on how you intend to use them.If you play minimally, or need a basic headset for simply hearing and speaking with other players, you should spend between $20 and $50 for a solid model that will certainly get the job done, but is light on additional features.

Those who regularly play online and are looking for an immersive audio experience should expect to spend between $51 and $199 for a rock-solid midrange gaming headset. Some features commonly found in this price range include a dependably cozy fit, basic noise cancellation, the ability to fine-tune sound quality via a companion app, wireless play, and surround sound.

Dedicated gamers and esports players should consider investing upwards of $200 on a premium gaming headset. These top-of-the-line headsets include impressive features such as enhanced comfort, a professional-grade microphone, premium audio, and an extremely sturdy design. Some other perks of these high-quality headsets include a long battery life, exceptional technologies such as haptic feedback, active noise cancellation, and Dolby Audio or THX-powered spatial audio.

Why do gamers prefer wired headphones?

Although many gamers appreciate the unobtrusive design and ability to move freely with wireless headphones, there are a few worthwhile reasons to consider a wired set.

  • Playing with a wireless headset means having to stop and charge their internal battery, or swap out the battery at inopportune times
  • Wired headsets have essentially zero latency, which means that the visuals on screen are perfectly synced to the sounds in your ear, allowing you to react even more quickly to in-game threats and the actions of other online players
  • In addition to the small, yet noticeable reaction time difference felt by seasoned gamers, the audio of wireless gaming headsets may suffer from slight data loss due to signal interference from other devices in your home, resulting in immersion-ruining and gameplay-affecting sound distortion

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