Best Gaming Headset for PS4, PC, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360
Whether you’re looking for a gaming headset to take your Xbox One, PC or PS4 multiplayer gaming to the next level or something that will work across all your devices, you’ll want the best gaming headset for your needs. We’ve run through all our gaming headset reviews for the past year to pick the best for you.
Getting your elf on in Elder Scrolls Online? Experimenting with jet packs in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Taking on Crota again in Destiny? Biting off more than you can chew in Evolve? Or scoring your sixth goal in FIFA 15? Whatever game takes your online fancy, owning a good gaming headset means you can get involved in the voice chat without loosing the audio quality.
Our list of best headsets has been joined by two new entries this time around. You've got the Kingston HyperX Cloud II as our new best gaming headset for under £100 and the Turtle Beach Stealth 500X as the best Xbox One gaming headset - the first wireless one too.
How else are you going to get those minute-by-minute, blow-by-blow strategies from your teammates, or let them hear your evil cackles as you grab their dog tags for the fifth time that match?
If you know some of the requirements you need from your new gaming headset, use our quick links below to skip to a specific product:
Best Wireless Headset | SteelSeries H Wireless
Effortless to use with excellent game audio
Best Affordable All-Rounder | Polk 4Shot
Comfortable, super compatible and don’t look half bad
Best All-Rounder | Mad Catz F.R.E.Q 9
Fantastic audio quality and features
Best Headset under £100 | Kingston HyperX Cloud II
An affordable headset packed with features and extras
Best Headset under £200 | SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism
Our top choice mid-range headset, helped by its excellent design
Best Headset under £250 | Creative Sound Blaster EVO ZxR
Creative’s SBX Pro Studio tech is the star of this show
Best Headset for PS4 | Turtle Beach Elite 800
An excellent all-rounder that becomes extraordinary with PS4
Best Headset for Xbox One | Turtle Beach Stealth 500X
The first ever Xbox One wireless headset
Best Headset for PC | Sennheiser PC 363D
Aimed firmly at hardcore PC gamers
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, 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 looked back at our most recent reviews and picked out our favourites to consider.
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