When playing games, a decent headset can really help. Choosing the best set of headphones for you can be a challenge, depending on whether your goal is to fully immerse yourself in the game through music or sound effects or to hear every enemy footsteps. You should consider the general design, comfort, sound quality, and whether the microphone sounds decent. Most wired audiophile headphones would be a fine choice if you don’t need a microphone.
Below are our suggestions for the top gaming headsets after testing over 705 different models. Check out our picks for the finest PS4 headsets, Xbox One headsets, PS5 headsets, and Xbox Series X/S headphones as well.
1. SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless
We’ve tested several gaming headsets, and the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox is the finest we’ve found. These feature-rich headphones are available in Xbox/PC or PlayStation/PC versions. However, because the Xbox version works with both systems, they are a good option if you play games on other platforms. With the wireless USB transmitter included with these high-quality and comfy over-ears, you can easily access controls for channel mixing, EQs, and sidetone. To keep your audio and graphics in sync while gaming, their transmitter also assures extremely minimal latency. Due to the twin battery cartridge mechanism used by these headphones, you can use one battery while storing the other in the transmitter, giving each battery a playback time of about 25 hours.
They have a generally neutral profile right out of the box, with a little extra thump and boom to help highlight sound effects like footsteps in your gameplay. Using the graphic EQ and presets on the transmitter or the companion software, you can adjust their sound. If you enjoy playing multiplayer video games, their detachable boom mic provides excellent performance, ensuring that even in fairly noisy settings, your voice will sound clear and natural. They offer active noise cancellation (ANC), which can help block out sounds like the hum of your computer’s fan or background talk, unlike many other gaming headphones on the market. They even enable Bluetooth, allowing you to maintain a connection to both your smartphone and gaming console at once.
2. HyperX Cloud Core Wireless Headset
The HyperX Cloud Core provides a sturdy aluminium and plastic construction with reliable comfort in a budget-friendly pricing range. Although the sound quality and isolation could be better, this is still a great option for anyone looking for a simple-to-use gaming headset that connects by a conventional headphone jack rather than a USB port.
The wired Cloud Core headset is made of durable aluminium and plastic, and the metal headband features some cushioning to make it pleasant for extended usage. Although HyperX refers to it as “Legendary Comfort” on the box, I wouldn’t call it such, but it is still pleasurable for long hours of gaming or listening. A non-detachable headphone wire and an extender that divides it into two connectors are included with the headset.
3. SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro
The best gaming headset we’ve tested in the upper mid-range is the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro. These headphones are wired, but just like the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox, they come with a USB dock that puts features like channel mixing, EQ settings, and sidetone within easy reach when you’re gaming. They include a sturdy construction, a snug fit for extended gaming sessions, and a boom mic that produces clear, natural-sounding voice even in moderately busy surroundings.
They feature a generally pleasant tone, with a little extra boom to help highlight sound effects like footsteps. Some of their sounds come off as harsh due to their uneven treble response, however you may adjust their sound using the parametric EQ in the headphones’ accompanying software. The USB dock offers low enough latency for gaming and is compatible with both PCs and PlayStation consoles. You may also utilise them through analogue connection with most consoles if you play Xbox games or want to guarantee a latency-free experience. If you prefer wireless headphones, though, you might like the Astro A30 Wireless. Although they are less comfortable, they provide a well-balanced sound profile, low latency for gaming, and a battery life of about 40 hours.
4. SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7X Wireless
The top mid-range gaming headphones that we’ve tested are the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7X Wireless. If you play a lot of online multiplayer games, it’s a drawback that their microphone doesn’t operate as well as the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019’s. Nevertheless, it still enhances the clarity and understandability of your speech. These less priced headphones also support Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to simultaneously listen to game audio and play music or talk on your phone. They offer a long, continuous battery life of more than 30 hours, and they recharge quickly, taking less than two hours. You can always use them passively with the included cord if the battery dies unexpectedly.
Their sound gives your audio a little extra thump and punch, which helps gaming sound effects like footsteps and explosions stand out. Voices and instruments in the soundtrack appear veiled and lack some out-of-the-box information as a result of the soundtrack’s underemphasized treble. However, their software provides a parametric EQ for sound customization options, along with other customization options, such as an EQ for the mic, if you want a different sound. Although made for Xbox, these headphones work with PlayStation gaming systems as well. Any customizations you make in the companion application won’t, however, take effect. The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 if you’re searching for an Xbox alternative, or the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7P if you’re looking for a PlayStation.
5. HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless
The most effective lower mid-range gaming headphones we’ve tested are the yperX Cloud Alpha Wireless. These are the first headphones on the list that have just one standard variant and are incompatible with Xbox gaming systems. Although they are frequently more expensive than the 7X, you can currently find them on sale. Their USB dongle offers a fast connection to PCs and PlayStation consoles. They don’t have a base station or wireless transmitter base, but they are notable for having a very long continuous battery life of more than 300 hours. If you frequently run out of power at inopportune times, you might give them some thought.
Even when you’re playing games with pals in a busy setting, their microphone helps your voice sound clear, albeit they don’t do much to block out background noise. They offer a well-balanced, somewhat v-shaped sound profile, which gives your audio more thump and punch. Lead vocals and instruments are also crystal-clear and in-depth. If you have thick hair or wear glasses, the seal between the headphones and your head may be compromised, and you may notice a noticeable loss of bass. Though some users have complained that using the EQ or virtual surround sound capability in the Ngenity software generates very significant latency, its accompanying app gives sound customization options.
6. Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless
The Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless gaming headphones are the best we’ve tried at the price point. They lack premium features, such Bluetooth support or an AUX connector, included in our lower mid-range option because they are more reasonably priced, but you can still use them wired. They also include a wireless USB dongle, which minimises lip sync concerns but also prevents you from using these headphones with your Xbox gaming system. If that’s not a deal-breaker for you, these cost-effective cans feature continuous playback times of over 35 hours, a comfortable fit, and are ideal for extended gaming marathons.
To assist liven up action-packed gameplay, they offer a generally well-balanced default sound profile with a little extra punch and warmth. Although their fit, location, and seal make them susceptible to irregularities in audio delivery, their associated software provides a graphic EQ and presets to let you adjust their sound to your tastes. They can also produce a passably good passive soundstage for closed-back headphones that appears open, broad, and realistic. Their microphone’s performance is likewise passable; while it falls short of any of the top choices, it can still clearly record your voice, even if you sound thin.
7. Logitech G432
The Logitech G432 is the top budget gaming headset we’ve tested. Contrary to our selection for the lowest price, which is wireless, wired headphones frequently command the lowest prices. However, if you’re on a budget, these wired headphones provide good performance that can compete with more pricey wireless options. If you’re concerned about quality and longevity, a well-known brand like Logitech might also be a good choice because less expensive models on the market sometimes have obvious problems like driver mismatches and broken frames. When you’re playing video games with buddies, your voice is clearly heard thanks to the effective microphone in these headphones. Long gaming sessions are also suited for their lightweight, cosy fit.
Although its sound profile lacks a little bass, making it unsuitable for games with lots of action, you can adjust it with a graphic EQ and presets in the companion app. They have a wired USB dongle that works with PlayStation consoles and has low latency, however it is incompatible with Xbox. If you connect the headphones to a controller, you can still use the headphones with these consoles, but you won’t be able to use the companion app’s functions, such as the EQ.
The headphones we’ve listed above are what we believe are currently the best options for gamers in each price bracket. We take into account availability, visitor comments, and price (cheaper headphones prevail over more expensive ones if the price difference isn’t significant) (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
Here is a list of all of our headphone reviews, ordered by how well they work for wireless gaming, in case you want to make your own decision. Avoid getting sucked into the details. There are no headphones that are ideal. If you don’t care about having a microphone or wireless functions, your pick will be more influenced by personal taste, preference, and listening habits.