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Best Gaming Headset for PS4, PC and Xbox One

Sam Loveridge

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A dedicated headset is just the thing to finish off any gaming setup, whether you’re on Xbox One, PS4, PC or even a hardcore mobile gamer.

There’s something about having a headset to appreciate the intricacies of a great soundtrack, really hear when your enemies are coming up behind you or having the ability to shout profanities across the internet with crystal clear clarity.

And thankfully, there are plenty of great gaming headsets around that will let you do such things. There are some that are console specific, while others will work across multiple platforms and sport designs that you might even want to wear in the outside world.

We’ve updated our recommendations for the best gaming headsets ever with some fantastic entries from 2017. Just remember, whether you’re commanding your team in Battlefield 1, catching up with your mates over a game of FIFA 17 or boasting about being named Player of the Game yet again in Overwatch, there are plenty of headsets out there to choose from and we’re here to help.

Tritton Katana HD
Key features:
  • HDMI connectivity
  • 7.1 DTS surround sound
  • 50mm drivers
  • On-ear controls
  • Compatible with: PC, Xbox One and PS4


The Tritton Katana HD is an excellent wireless gaming headset that’s focused on delivering uncompressed virtual surround sound for PC, Xbox One and PS4 without a fuss.


It’s all down to its nifty little box of tricks that plugs directly into your console or PC via HDMI. It delivers 360-degree virtual 7.1 surround sound via twin 50m drivers and it does a great job of it. The audio is well-balanced and the Katana HD performed much better than other wireless headsets we’ve tested.


Battery life is great too, with the Katana HD offering around 12-14 hours on a single charge. It’s not the most subtle headset, but it’s incredibly comfortable with memory foam ear pads and an adjustable headband. We love the fact all your volume controls are on the headset itself too, with a volume dial on each cup, a mute button on the detachable mic and more.


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Kingston HyperX Cloud II

Best Gaming Headset under £100

Key Features:
  • Luxurious build quality
  • Great sound quality
  • Thoughtful extras
 
The Kingston HyperX Cloud II aims to offer everything the average gamer would want from a gaming headset, but for a price that won’t break the bank - £74.99.
 
That price is even more attractive when you consider the Kingston HyperX Cloud II has such excellent sound quality, a superb design and the build quality makes it possible to wear for even the longest game sessions.
 
Kingston has focused on what’s important to gamers and ditched all the gimmicks. All your controls are helpfully on the USB sound card rather than the headset itself and you can detach the boom microphone if you’re just playing rather than battling.
 
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At time of review the Kingston HyperX Cloud II was available for £74.99

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SteelSeries H Wireless

Best Wireless Gaming Headset

Key features:
  • Wireless and come with spare battery and charger
  • 20-20,000Hz frequency response
  • USB hub with display, volume and menu controls
Compatible with: PC, Mac, Android, iOS, PlayStation and Xbox
 
Although the SteelSeries H Wireless are pretty pricey, they come scarily close to being the ultimate gaming headset. They are crammed full of features and even come with a superb USB desktop controller that has a built-in battery charger as a spare for the main that comes bundled with it.
 
They might not be the comfiest gaming headset we’ve tried or even offer the best sound quality for watching movies or listening to music thanks to rather over-zealous bass. However, they are perfectly balanced for gaming. There’s clarity in gunfire, footsteps and other subtler gaming effects even when you don’t engage the Dolby Headphone virtual surround sound mode.
 
Plus, you can mix the levels of chat and game sound, making sure you always hear what you need to. Of course, you can also create your own EQ settings too.
 
Effortless to use, excellent game audio quality and a host of great features make the SteelSeries H Wireless a top notch choice.

Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £219.99 | Amazon.com from $308

At time of review the SteelSeries H Wireless was available for £250.


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Gioteck HC-4

Best Gaming Headset Under £50 | Gioteck HC-4

Key features:
  • Works with a variety of devices
  • Battery-powered audio amplification
  • Great build quality and design

Compatible with: Xbox One (with adapter), PS4, PC, Mac, Android and iOS

A gaming headset costing just £29.99 might fill you with dread, but not many at that price would gain a TrustedReviews 9/10 rating. The Gioteck HC-4 definitely impresses, even at that affordable price point.

It’s considerably cheaper than other headsets and works with anything that has a 3.5mm headphone jack input, which is pretty much everything you’d play games on (including the Xbox One with that special headset adapter).

What distinguishes the HC-4 is that it has a built-in rechargeable battery, which can be used to boost the sound in this budget headset. Basically that means it can go loud enough that you won’t miss noise cancellation technology.

With on-ear controls, versatility and great build quality wrapped up in a minimalistic design, the Gioteck HC-4 is the perfect entry point in the gaming headset world.

Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £23 | Amazon.com from $41.99

At time of review the Gioteck HC-4 was available for £29.99.

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Mad Catz F.R.E.Q 9

Best All-Rounder Gaming Headset

Key Features:
  • Excellent boom-free built-in Mic
  • Wireless Bluetooth connectivity
  • Multiplatform support
  • Digital active noise cancellation
Compatible with: PC, PS4, Xbox One (with separately sold adapter), PS3, Xbox 360 and mobile devices
 
If money is no object and you’re looking for a headset that will work with all your devices and offer fantastic audio quality and features, the Mad Catz F.R.E.Q 9 is your best option.
 
This headset will set you back £280, but with the F.R.E.Q 9’s skillset, you’ll be getting the most out of your investment. It’s constructed from quality components, making it comfortable to wear for long periods. Mad Catz top end headset also does an especially good job of noise cancellation, without the awful head clamping pressure of some headsets.
 
As for audio quality, the F.R.E.Q 9 is a fantastic-sounding pair of headphones, which is capable of creating really immersive audio across a variety of genres.
 
Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £237 | Amazon.com from $287

At time of review the Mad Catz F.R.E.Q 9 was available for £279.99.

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HyperX Cloud Stinger 3
Key features:
  • 50mm drivers with neodymium magnets
  • Memory foam padding
  • Noise-cancelling microphone
  • Lightweight design
  • Compatible with: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Android and iOS


HyperX’s latest affordable headset really is a great buy. The Cloud Stinger is under £50 and packs in a great array of features into an attractive design. It’s light, incredibly comfortable and despite the price, still has enough features to compete with the big boys of gaming headsets.


Thanks to its 3.5mm jack connection, it’s compatible with any gaming device you fancy plugging it into, but that does mean you’re not going to get any surround sound with the Cloud Stinger. However, for a headset at this price, you’re not going to get any super fancy audio features.


What you do get though is excellent audio quality. We were genuinely surprised at the level of punch this headset packs, even across a range of audio from Call of Duty to the dulcet tones of our favourite artists on Spotify.


Plus, you get a noise-cancelling microphone, which means that your mates will hear all your banter clearly.


If you’re after a budget gaming headset that works across a range of devices, this needs to be right at the top of your Christmas list.


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SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism

Best Gaming Headset under £200

Key features:
  • Highly customisable
  • Choice of Dolby 7.1 channel audio or Dolby 5.1
  • 10-band equaliser
  • Noise isolation
 
Compatible with: PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One (with adapter - sold separately), mobile
 
The sub-£200 headset category is a competitive one, full to the brim with great choices. But, we’ve found that the  Siberia Elite Prism is our top choice.
 
One of the best mid-range gaming headsets on the market, the SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism offer great audio quality, packaged within a stylish and well made headset.
 
You get an excellent microphone and all the cables and adaptors you’ll need to make the headset compatible with all the above consoles and platforms. You will need to buy the Xbox One Stereo Headset adapter if you want to use it with the Xbox One though.
 
Although you’ll get the most out of this headset when using with a PC or Mac thanks to the USB sound card, you can still get some great Dolby sound with the PS4 and mobile devices.
 
Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £160 | Amazon.com from $239.99

 
At time of review the SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism was available for £174.99.

 
 

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Creative Sound Blaster EVO ZxR

Best Gaming Headphones under £250

Key features:
  • Virtual 7.1 Surround sound
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Analogue support for PS4
Compatible with: PC, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Android and iOS

One of the most expensive cans on the list, the Creative Sound Blaster EVO ZxR are suitably equipped for gaming, watching films or listening to music. The over-ear ZxRs work like a standard pair of wireless headphones with Bluetooth and the added bonus of NFC connectivity. The sizeable cups might make them odd to wear in public, but the soft, snug ear cushions and squishy headband make them great for long gaming sessions.

Creative’s SBX Pro Studio technology is the star of the show here providing unique profiles for gaming, music and video to give the undeniably bassy sound greater definition and clarity. The dual microphones are hidden within the earcups yet make orders barked in Battlefield 4 and FIFA come out loud and clear. The ZxRs are expensive but for the money you do get a pair of excellent sounding wireless headphones with plenty of connectivity, and it even plays nice with the PS4.

Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £169.99 | Amazon.com from $149.99

At time of review the Creative Sound Blaster EVO ZxR  was available for £229.99.

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Turtle Beach Elite 800

Best Gaming Headset for PS4

Key Features:
  • Beautifully well-made
  • Great audio quality
  • Fully wireless
  • Active noise cancellation
Although the Turtle Beach Elite 800 is an excellent all-rounder headset, it particular excels when combined with the PS4. This might be a £250 investment, but you get everything you’d expect features-wise from such a headset.
 
Firstly there’s active noise cancellation for travelling and DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound with programmable audio presents for specific games. Turtle Beach has also added an intelligent Dynamic Chat Boost that makes sure you can hear your comrades over the gunfire.
 
The wireless transmitter/charging dock that the Elite 800 sit in connects to PS3, PS4, PC and Mac using an optical audio connection and micro USB. Because this uses Bluetooth, you can also sync up your mobile so you can listen to music and take calls while gaming.
 
Of course, what makes this the best PS4 headset is the fact it’s one of the best-sounding gaming headsets we’ve ever used. It sounds absolutely stunning at both high and low ends, making games and music really come alive.
 
There’s even PC/Mac software or an Android app for loading in specific audio profiles for specific game titles like Battlefield or Titanfall.
 
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At time of review the Turtle Beach Elite 800 was available for £249.99.

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Sony Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 25

Best Affordable PS4 Headset

Key features:
  • 7.1 virtual surround sound
  • Long battery life
  • Game-specific audio presets
  • Native in-menu support
 
Compatible with: PS4, PS3, iOS and Android
 
You might think an official PlayStation headset would just be taking the easy option, but the Sony Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 is actually an awesome choice if you’re a PS4 gamer.
 
You can pick one up in white or black for just £79.99 and within its well-built frame and minimalist design, you’ll find a raft of useful features. That’s not including the handy controls hidden away on the back of the left cup.
 
When using with the PS4 or PS3 you’ll get virtual surround sound and the option to upload custom audio settings to preset 2 on the headset. If you download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation Store you get access to specific game audio profiles or the ability to tweak the sound to your preferences.
 
Plus, as this is an official Sony product you get native in-menu support, giving you updates on your headset’s status on screen. No more having to take off your headset to check the battery level or whether chat is muted.
 
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At time of review the Sony Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 was available for £79.99.

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Turtle Beach Stealth 500X

Best Gaming Headset for Xbox One

Key features:
  • Wireless Xbox One support
  • Excellent battery life
  • DTS Headphone: X 7.1 surround sound
 
Ever since the Xbox One launched at the end of 2013, the console has been playing catch-up in the headsets department. That’s mostly down to Microsoft choosing to use a proprietary jack at the base of the Wireless Controller. To actually make any third-party headsets compatible you need to purchase the £20 Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter that plugs into the controller.
 
But finally, you’ve got the Turtle Beach Stealth 500X – the first wireless headset for the Xbox One. It comes packing the latest audio features, such as DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound, audio presets and mobile compatibility.
 
The Stealth 500X sounds great especially with FPS titles, offers excellent battery life and the wireless perks. But, you’re sacrificing a touch of build quality, features and comfort for this price.
 
Of all the Xbox One headsets we’ve tested though, the Stealth 500X is the best around. We’re still hunting for the ultimate Xbox One headset, but we’d still heartily recommend this Turtle Beach offering.
 
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At time of review the Turtle Beach Stealth 500X was available for £229.95.

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Creative Draco HS880 19

Best PC Gaming Headset under £50

Key features:
  • 40mm neodymium drivers
  • Noise-cancelling microphone
  • Undertstated design
  • In-line controls

Compatible with: PC, iPhone and Android

With prices of gaming headsets soaring into the hundreds nowadays, we're always on the hunt for a great bargain.

And when it comes to PC, the Creative Draco HS880 is the one you need to look out for.

At just £49.99, the Draco HS880 brings together all the basics together – focusing on delivering strong audio quality with an understated design.

Plus, that detachable boom mic is excellent.

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At time of review the Creative Draco HS880 was available for £49.99.

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Plantronics RIG 500E

Best PC Gaming Headset under £100

Key features:
  • 40mm drivers
  • 200g
  • Over-ear design
  • Two sets of earcups – one vented set and the other isolating
  • 7.1 Dolby surround sound for PC
 
Compatible with: PC, Android and iOS
 
If you’re looking for an affordable PC gaming headset that offers enough versatility to make even eSports players happy, then the Plantronics RIG 500E is certainly a great choice.
 
Everything just works in the 500E headset, combing excellent audio quality, 7.1-surround-sound support and interchangeable earcups with a comfortable, lightweight design.
 
It’s one of the best headsets we’ve ever used, and excellent value for money.

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At time of review the Plantronics RIG 500E was available for £99.99.

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Sennheiser PC 363D

Best Gaming Headset for PC

Key features:
  • 7.1 virtual surround sound
  • USB sound card
  • Noise-cancelling mic
Compatible with: PC

A headset firmly aimed at hardcore PC gamers, the Sennheiser PC 363D are some of the best we’ve tried out. The headset comes with a USB sound card as part of the package to give you that virtual 7.1 surround sound feeling. The predominantly plastic build is not the prettiest nor does it match the expensive price tag but they are very comfortable to wear thanks to the generous ear-pads which are covered in velvety-soft fabric and the soft yet firm grip of the headband. There’s also a nice long cable and a solid noise-cancelling microphone with tough weaved fabric to prevent tangles.

Testing them out with the audio rich Battlefield 4, these do no disappoint. Bass is present without being overbearing and the 7.1 brings real direction and depth to sound while keeping speech distinct and accurate. The chunky noise-cancelling mic with its flexible boom provides clear voice clarity and handles external ambient noise well. For music playback the balance is good, with strong bass, warm mids and smooth treble. The 7.1 surround as lends itself very well to movie watching. £200 a lot to spend, but this headset is well worth it.

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At time of review the Sennheiser PC 363D was available for £209.99.

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Razer Man O'War 7
Key features:
  • 7.1 virtual surround sound on PC
  • 50mm drivers with neodymium magnets
  • RGB lighting
  • USB wireless connection
  • Long battery life
  • Compatible with: PS4 and PC


As Razer’s only wireless gaming headset, there was some pressure on the Man O War to be good. But thankfully it’s a high quality bit of kit that ticks all the important gaming headset boxes.


Firstly, it’s got a fantastically minimalist design - to the point you might even wear it on your morning commute. Although if you want to go a little less discreet you can turn on the headsets amazing RGB lights that will pulse around your head as you play.


It’s also incredibly comfortable, with leather-effect earcups, generous adjustable headband and just the right amount of tension.


All the volume controls are housed on the headset itself too, with each earcup boasting a volume wheel for audio and chat levels respectively, and you’ve also got the power button too. There’s also a neat little hole where you can store the Man O War’s dinky USB wireless dongle, meaning you can take your wireless audio out and about with ease.


Audio quality is great too and if it’s not quite to your liking, you can tinker with the levels using the Razer Synapse software too. Plus, if you’re playing on PC, you can get access to the headset’s 7.1 virtual surround sound.


You’re looking at a battery life of around 14-hours with the RGB lighting, or 20-hours if you turn it off, so you do pay a little price for those flashy lights.


Overall, you’re looking at a wireless gaming headset that excels in all areas.


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Summary

{h}What to think about before buying a gaming headset{/h} What are the qualities to look out for in a gaming headset? The first thing to do is check whether they are compatible with your computer or games console. If you've got an Xbox One S, you may need to buy the additional Stereo Headset Adapter for these headsets to work unless they come pre-packed with the adapter. PS4 owners won't need to worry about buying that extra bit of kit.

Comfy ear cushions and a lightweight headband should be high on the list of priorities as well, especially if you are going to be using them for long sessions. If you want orders to come out nice and clear, a good mic with noise cancelling to filter out the background noise is going to be useful.

Something with surround sound support can help create a greater sense of sound positioning like hearing the footsteps of an enemy creeping up on you. If you want the freedom to walk downstairs when you are taking a break and not get tangled up in cables, considering a wireless option instead of a wired headset is also something to think about.

Turtle Beach, Tritton, Steelseries, Corsair and Razer are some of the biggest names in the world of gaming headsets right now but headphone-makers like Sennheiser also have strong contenders.

Whether you are after a dedicated headset or a versatile pair of headphones that also works for gaming, we've picked some of our favourites to consider above.

Oso

May 2, 2014, 3:03 pm

Great article, I've been using a bluetooth standard for cell-phones and it is awful. I can always barely hear anything.

James Day

May 3, 2014, 6:24 pm

What?
No Astros?

Astro A40's are easily better than 3 of the headsets on this list?

andyvan

May 15, 2014, 8:52 am

We'll look into getting them in for review.

Dmitry Stogov

August 20, 2014, 11:03 am

Is the Sennheiser PC 363D really compatible with ps4? https://answers.yahoo.com/ques... - here's the guys say: "there is no adapter you can use , that headset it in no way compatible with the ps4 console". So who's right? I'm thinking to buy it, but will it work?

Gavin Martin

October 15, 2014, 11:36 am

I'm actually using a pair of V-Moda M100's with a BoomPro mic with my PS4 (wired, but connected to the DS4 controller) - works a treat.

Not exactly a bargain though.

Joycey

October 15, 2014, 2:15 pm

Been looking for a headset for my XB1 and 360 for sometime. Has anyone any suggestion for one without purchase of the separate XB1 adapter? The only one that I can find is the Titanfall headset but at £119 in Game (instore) or £79 at amazon but didn't want to spend so much

Sosad

October 18, 2014, 11:46 pm

Steelseries h wireless isn't nearly the Best headset.
I had had it for 3,5 months and I was very hyped about them until my headset made this weird high pitch sound and a spazzy Steelseries logo on the receiver lcd screen while playing cs:go (I had plaid only about an hour in that gaming session).
After that I just kept playing normally for about 2 weeks until the same happened again but this time they just shut down, so I swithed the power input from the normal to usb but still no effect.
They worked fine with wires but not at all with the receiver.
I submitted a ticket to steelseries's help page but they just closed the case.

monksey46

November 4, 2014, 2:33 pm

Does anybody know if or how I can use my triton warhead set with my xb1? Ive managed to get sound but no chat?

Brandon Williams

November 9, 2014, 9:36 pm

You can't it is on the list of incompatible headsets for use with the adapter.

Brandon Williams

November 9, 2014, 9:37 pm

I have the X07 by turtle beach, this model comes with the adapter and have nice sound and quality construction. I have had them for about 7 months with no problems thus far.

Erik Bailey

November 21, 2014, 12:00 am

I just scored a ps3 wireless headset(blue box. Not Pulse. But 7.1 surround) on clearance for $25 from wal - mart so a friend can enjoy a headset when playing on my other ps4. Can be on sep. Teams and not spy was the idea. I have the Ps4 gold headset for myself...along with the p 22 mlg headset I bought for my gf(not a great headset) and the difference between the ps3 and ps4 is negligible... if not psychosomatic. I urge you to go out and find a PS3 wireless headset for yer ps4.

Erik Bailey

November 21, 2014, 12:01 am

Side note, you can buy a digital to analog Co verger to use any analog Headset on ps4.

Roland

November 22, 2014, 12:41 am

Does anybody know a good wireless gaming headset I can buy that is compatible with both the PS4 and the XB1?

Matheus Bica

November 23, 2014, 2:30 am

What about the mmx300?

TommyDilfinger

November 25, 2014, 2:55 pm

The Sony Gold's work wireless with the PS4 and you can use wired on the X1. But, on the X1 you need the chat adapter and plug the headset into the controller. I've seen the Sony Gold's go for $79.99. They work wireless on PS3 and PC too.

Roland

November 25, 2014, 8:18 pm

Thanks, I'll look into them.

Ryan Kaufman

November 30, 2014, 11:46 am

That isn't the reason they blocked off people. Not incorporating the plug so you can't use headsets at all is not planning for people to use personal headsets. Making it so there's a paywall to use personal headsets is just that - a paywall to make more money on people wanting to do something and not having any option but to do it.

Sylar

January 14, 2015, 3:39 pm

Astros are pretty much the best headset you can get...I'm surprised it wasn't included on the list.

I need time

January 15, 2015, 6:36 pm

Isn't the turtle px22 compatible with both xb1 and ps4?

AlmightySatan

January 29, 2015, 3:14 pm

Kingston HyperX Cloud gaming headphones for PC!

AgentOrange

February 13, 2015, 2:52 pm

I bought some of these 6 months or so ago. It may be the single best value purchase I have ever made. They are simply amazing for the price paid.

AgentOrange

February 13, 2015, 2:53 pm

What I'm looking for is a single muff style headset w/ mic for the PS4...any suggestions? I'd like to stay under $200.

AlmightySatan

February 13, 2015, 5:51 pm

Totally agree. Glad you enjoy them as much as I do.

TomDobo

February 27, 2015, 6:10 pm

My astro A50s are awesome except for the shit mic.

JDE_Dude

March 4, 2015, 2:30 pm

I have been using AS50 (Astro) for a couple of years now. By FAR, the best gaming headsets. Light weight. Chargeable and COMPLETLY wireless. Adjust Audio and game play sound on the fly with a touch control. Volume easily adjustable while gaming as well. Surround sound is AWESOME!!

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