Best Gaming Headset 2017: Headsets for PS4, PC and Xbox One

What’s the best gaming headset? Here, we have nine of the finest PS4, Xbox and PC headsets for all budgets and tastes. We’ve looked at budget gaming headsets, wireless and USB models along with stereo and 7.1 surround sound models. There’s something here for everyone. 

A decent gaming headset will offer great audio quality, a comfortable design and a reliable microphone, doing away with the hassle of setting up home theatre speakers.

We’ve collated a list of our favourite examples below, along with a jargon-busting guide to help you make an informed decision. Happy gaming!

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, and PCs equipped 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 with intuitive software to deliver surround sound 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 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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Key features:

  • 12m wireless range
  • 24-hour battery life
  • DTS Headphone:X 7.1
  • Review price: £159.99
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Supports PC and PS4

Best all-round headset

The 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 an intuitive 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.

Read the full SteelSeries Arctis 7 review

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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
  • Review price: £74.99

The price-performance champion

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.

Read the full HyperX Cloud II review

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Key features:

  • Analogue 3.5mm connection
  • Noise-cancelling microphone
  • Universal 3.5mm jack support
  • Review price: £49.99

The budget champion

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 £50, you’d find it very difficult to do better than the HyperX Stinger.

Read the full HyperX Cloud Stinger review

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Key features:

  • Analogue stereo sound
  • Noise-cancelling microphone
  • Universal 3.5mm jack support
  • Review price: £89.99

Best stereo headset under £100

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.

Read the full Sennheiser GSP 300 review

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Key features:

  • Retractable microphone
  • Universal 3.5mm jack support
  • Metallic construction
  • Review price: £79.99

Best console headset under £100

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.

Read the full Razer Kraken Pro V2 review

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Key features:

  • Dolby Headphone surround
  • RGB lighting
  • 12m wireless range
  • PC and PS4 compatible
  • Review price: £99.99

Best wireless headset under £100

The Void RGB 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.

Read the full Corsair Void RGB Wireless review

Astro A40 TR

7 of 9

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Key features:

  • Open or closed-back design
  • Universal 3.5mm jack support
  • Optional ‘MixAmp’ DAC
  • Detachable microphone
  • Review price: £150

Best wired headset under £200

The Astro A40TR is an easy headset to recommend to those who value audio quality above all else. Put simply, it’s the best sounding gaming headset we’ve heard.

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; it’s by far the most suitable headset in this roundup for audio aficionados.

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

Read the full Astro A40 TR review

Logitech G433

8 of 9

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Key features:

  • 7.1 DTS Headphone:X
  • Unique fabric covering
  • USB 7.1 (PC) & 3.5mm stereo (consoles) compatible
  • Review price: £109.99

Best ‘style’ headset

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, however, 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 rather effective.

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

Read the full Logitech G433 review

Astro A50

9 of 9

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Key features:

  • 30ft wireless range
  • Magnetic charge station
  • Dolby Headphone 7.1
  • PC and PS4 compatible
  • Review price: £280

Money-no-object headset

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

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 the most expensive headset in the group, but bar the price, there really isn’t much else here to dislike.

Read the full Astro A50 review

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