Best Gaming Headset 2018: 12 of the best for PC, PS4 and Xbox One

There was a time when gaming headsets were cheap tacky things that universally offered compromised audio quality. But thanks to stellar work from big-name companies including, Razer, Sennheiser, Asus, SteelSeries and Corsair, some of them are actually pretty good these days.

Many now offer a variety of different features that can actually help improve performance. Highlights include things like surround sound, improved chat mics and drastically improved audio quality.

But with an increasing number of technical terms to get your head around, and many devices carrying extortionate price tags, knowing which is right model for you can be a difficult and costly endeavour.

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This is our favourite gaming headset. Why? Because it’s everything a good headset should be. It’s remarkably comfortable to wear thanks to a clever self-adjusting band and they sound great.

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We roundup the latest models, and explain the jargon, so you can pick the right one for your needs. Also make sure to check out our below buying guide to find which type of gaming headset is best for you.

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What type of headset should you buy?

Analogue headsets: These use one or more 3.5mm headphone jacks to transmit audio to and from the headset, and are often universally compatible with PCs, consoles and mobile devices. The sound quality will rely on your individual device however, and they won’t support surround sound out of the box. Keep in mind that on PCs with separate mic and headphone jacks, you’ll need a splitter. Some headsets will come with one, but not all. Check before you buy and pop one in your basket if you need one.

Digital headsets: Featuring an integrated DAC (digital-to-analogue converter), digital headsets offer cleaner sound, higher volumes and software integration. USB-connected headsets will work on PC/Macs and PlayStation consoles, while optical-based headsets will work with Xbox and PlayStation consoles, plus PCs with optical ports either on the motherboard, internal sound card or USB sound card.

Wireless headsets: Using a transmitter that’s connected to your PC or console, wireless headsets offer hassle-free gaming audio. However, they do require charging, are often heavier, and cost more than their wired counterparts. Check compatibility with your console of choice, as not all wireless headsets support all consoles.

Virtual Surround Audio: Headsets using stereo drivers can recreate multi-positional audio to deliver a surround sound effect into your ears. The advantage is that the headset remains cheaper and lighter than those using multiple drivers, but the effect is usually less accurate than a ‘true’ surround headset.

‘True’ Surround Audio: For the most authentic surround sound, you’ll be after a headset with multiple drivers in each earcup. Each speaker fires sound from different placements, with the user placed in the centre of the action. They’re often quite pricey, though, and the extra speakers require a larger and heavier design.

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Corsair HS50

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Key Features:

  • 50mm neodymium drivers
  • 3.5mm analogue connection
  • Detachable microphone
  • Weight: 331g
  • Review price: £54.99

It may not look all that sexy – and is pretty much void of advanced features – but if you’re on a budget then the Corsair HS50 is a solid choice.

With prices starting at a modest £55, Corsair’s newest analogue gaming headset offers seriously good value for money.

The HS50 doesn’t include RGB lighting or any form of surround sound, but it covers the basics. For your money, you get a comfortable-to-wear headset with decent audio quality, and a reliable microphone that’s more than good enough for team voice chat – even during heated firefights.

Be warned, though: as is the case with any analogue headset, if you’re a PC player with a cheap motherboard then you’ll want to invest in a external DAC to get the most out of the HS50.

Read the full Corsair HS50 review


Key Features:

  • RGB light synchronisation via mobile app
  • Headset touch controls
  • PC, MAC, PlayStation 4 support
  • Driver diameter : 50 mm
  • Digital Boom Microphone
  • Review price: £150

If you’re a competitive gamer with a penchant for RGB lighting then the ROG Strix Fusion 500 may well be the headset for you.

As well as having an extrovert gold design with full RGB rimming, the ROG Strix Fusion 500 benefits from advanced synchronisation features that make it quick and easy to sync the lighting of multiple headsets using an intuitive mobile app.

This, plus above average virtual surround sound and a super-comfortable fit, makes the Fusion 500 a great choice for hardcore gamers in a clan or formal e-sports team.

A lack of wireless support and 3.5mm jack will be an issue for Xbox gamers; and with pricing starting at £150, there’s no doubt that the Fusion 500 is expensive. But if you have the money, and want your team looking bling during tournaments and LAN parties, then the Fusion 500 is a fantastic choice.

Read the full Asus ROG Strix Fusion 500 review


Key features:

  • 12m wireless range
  • 24-hour battery life
  • DTS Headphone:X 7.1
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Supports PC and PS4

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 is our favourite gaming headset. Why? Because it’s everything a good headset should be. It’s remarkably comfortable to wear over long periods of time thanks to a clever self-adjusting band, and unlike some competitors, it doesn’t present any nasty side effects as a result.

Using a USB transmitter, the Arctis has excellent battery life and range. Unlike a lot of rivals, the retractable microphone isn’t a weak link, and vocals come across clearly.

Audio quality is sublime regardless of the application, and it’s just as happy with your music library as it is with Battlefield 1. It’s also uses DTS Headphone:X when gaming on a PC, providing an extra sense of space through virtual surround sound.

If you’re a PS4 or PC player and have £150 to spend on a headset, then look no further.

At the time of review, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 was available for £159.99.

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Read the full SteelSeries Arctis 7 review

HyperX Cloud II

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Key features:

  • Universal device support
  • 7.1 virtual surround sound
  • USB connection
  • Premium build quality
  • Supports PC, PS4 and Xbox One

The HyperX Cloud II is perhaps the most sensible choice for those looking for a new headset. With an RRP of £75, it’s right at the bang-for-buck sweetspot.

You get a lightweight yet luxurious design that screams quality and is incredibly versatile. Sound quality is excellent for the price, with clear vocals in music, and deep low-end reproduction in games.

The microphone has a large pop filter for clean microphone pick up, and thanks to that optional USB connection, recordings will be free of static interference too.  

If you’re after a jack-of-all-trades headset for a reasonable price, the Cloud II is for you.

At the time of review, the HyperX Cloud II was available for £74.99.

Read the full HyperX Cloud II review


Key features:

  • Analogue 3.5mm connection
  • Noise-cancelling microphone
  • Universal 3.5mm jack support

Not everyone wants to spend a huge amount on a headset. Fortunately, HyperX has you covered with the Stinger.

The build is a little plasticky, but it’s strong and fairly lightweight. It’s comfortable to wear too, thanks to the Stinger’s faux-leather and memory foam earcups.

Gamers will love the audio performance, with a rich sound that isn’t cut back or otherwise compromised. Gunfire is delivered with weight, along with a top-end that never seems to fall apart. The microphone works surprisingly well, too, and it even mutes itself when retracted.

For its price, you’d find it very difficult to do better than the HyperX Stinger.

At the time of review, the HyperX Stinger was available for £49.99.

Read the full HyperX Cloud Stinger review


Key features:

  • Analogue stereo sound
  • Noise-cancelling microphone
  • Universal 3.5mm jack support

Surround sound doesn’t necessarily make for a better headset, which is exactly why Sennheiser offers the GSP 300.

For £90 you get fantastic audio quality, with performance that holds up to headsets costing much more. This includes music, too, since it doesn’t matter whether you’re listening to Drake or Howard Shore, sound is delivered with clarity and substance.

However, as is often the case with analogue cans, you’ll need a decent soundcard or DAC to get the most from it.

While the large microphone isn’t retractable, it’s arguably one of the best on any headset – regardless of price. If you regularly take calls or perform Destiny raids, you’ll love it.

At the time of review, the Sennheiser GSP 300 was available for £89.99.

Read the full Sennheiser GSP 300 review


Key features:

  • Retractable microphone
  • Universal 3.5mm jack support
  • Metallic construction

Console users who are after an easy-to-use wired headset should strongly consider the Kraken Pro V2.

It’s very well built, thanks to Razer’s use of metal on the earcups, and has a relatively short cable that makes it easier to cleanly connect into your controller. We love its overall look, too, with a design that’s stylish and feels expensive.

Sound quality is excellent, with a slightly bassy signature that makes it ideal for gaming; but it isn’t so overpowering that it becomes unsuitable for music playback.

If you want something that’s quick and easy to use, without the hassle of charging, the Kraken Pro V2 will be right up your alley.

Fancy virtual 7.1 surround-sound? Take a look at the Kraken 7.1 v2.

At the time of review, the Razer Kraken Pro V2 was available for £79.99.

Read the full Razer Kraken Pro V2 review


Key features:

  • Dolby Headphone surround
  • RGB lighting
  • 12m wireless range
  • PC and PS4 compatible

The Corsair Void RGB Wireless represents fantastic value for money. It’s one of the cheaper wireless headsets out there, and while it does make compromises, it’s strong in the areas that count.

The wireless signal is strong, with 12m of range, and it offers up to 16 hours of battery life.

Even better is the audio quality, which somehow surprises each time the headset sits on our ears. Comfort could be slightly better, though. While it’s plentiful in the padding department, we do find them a little loose around the head.

At the time of review, the Corsair Void RGB Wireless was available for £99.99.

Read the full Corsair Void RGB Wireless review

Astro A40 TR

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Key features:

  • Open or closed-back design
  • Universal 3.5mm jack support
  • Optional ‘MixAmp’ DAC
  • Detachable microphone

The Astro A40TR is an easy headset to recommend to those who value audio quality above all else.

The visual design won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but the build is strong, and it’s constructed in a way that won’t have you fearing for its safety.

In addition, the side pieces on each earcup are removable for a more open-feeling sound.

For 7.1 surround sound you’ll require the optional MixAmp Pro, but regardless of whether you use it, the Astro’s sound quality is excellent, and at a good price too.

Want a gaming headset that doesn’t compromise on sound quality? This is it.

At the time of review, the Astro A40 TR was available for £149.99.

Read the full Astro A40 TR review

Logitech G433

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Key features:

  • 7.1 DTS Headphone:X
  • Unique fabric covering
  • USB 7.1 (PC) & 3.5mm stereo (consoles) compatible

There’s always an oddball in the group, and in this roundup that crown goes to the Logitech G433.

Rather than adopting traditional build materials, the G433 uses brightly coloured fabric to stand out from the crowd. To the eye it looks great – but, unfortunately, the underlying frame doesn’t feel particularly good in the hand.

The sound quality is more than reasonable though, with games of all genres sounding great through the stereo drivers.

The detachable microphone is also one of the best in this price range, offering great clarity and a unobtrusive pop filter that’s plenty effective.

While this isn’t the most traditional headset out there, it will certainly appeal to those who are after something a little different.

At the time of review, the Logitech G433 was available for £109.99.

Read the full Logitech G433 review


Key features:

  • 30ft wireless range
  • Magnetic charge station
  • Dolby Headphone 7.1
  • PC and PS4 compatible

If you have deep pockets then there’s plenty to like about the Astro A50 Wireless.

Despite its large size and the fact that it’s wireless, it feels surprisingly lightweight in operation. This is mostly down to the extravagant use of soft foams and plush material used on the headband and earcups.

Audio quality is superb, with excellent vocal clarity and instrument reproduction. It’s also the best headset in this roundup for virtual surround sound, with a seriously convincing sound that magically opens up as soon as you enable the Dolby technology.

It’s up there as one of the most expensive headsets in the group, but bar the price, there really isn’t much else here to dislike.

At the time of review, the Astro A50 was available for £280.

Read the full Astro A50 Wireless review


Key features:

  • 53mm drivers
  • 3.5mm connection
  • Open-back design
  • Console- and PC-compatible

As a gaming headset from audio connoisseurs Audio-Technica, it’s perhaps no surprise that the ATH-ADG1X puts sound quality at top of its must have list. If it’s good sound you’re looking for – and don’t mind some leakage from its open back design – the performance on the ATH-ADG1X is very good indeed.

However, this headset has plenty more to offer too. For a start, its lightweight design means it’s extremely comfortable to wear over long periods, while still having just enough grip to keep it firmly on your head.

It’s really easy to use too, with an adjustable (but non-removable) microphone and foam pop filter, and two 3.5mm headphone jacks for separating out the mic and audio signals on PCs.

There’s no DAC here though – something the Astro A40 TR does for half the price – and you’ll want to use a decent one to get the best from them.

That’s a bit of an oversight at this price, and joins the less-than-premium finish at keeping the ATH-ADG1X just short of gaming headset perfection.

At the time of review, the Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1X was available for £300.

Read the full Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1X review