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Best Gaming Headset 2022: Our top rated picks

What good are stunning 4K gaming visuals if the audio sounds like trash? For that reason, we’ve assembled a list of the very best gaming headset options in 2022.

Our team of experts have reviewed lots and lots of different gaming headsets over the years, and so we’ve picked out the most highly rated options to help you with your buying decision.

We’ve included a range of headsets at various price points, while also making sure every mainstream platform is catered for, whether you’re playing on Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox Series X or PS5.

Every headset on this list has been thoroughly tested, with our team of experts checking audio quality, design, battery life and any accompanying software. Only the headsets that excel at more than one category, as well as offering good value for money, are able to qualify for this list.

If you can’t find anything you like right now, then don’t worry, as we’ll be updating this article throughout 2022 and beyond as more gaming headsets are reviewed.

And if you want to narrow down your search for a particular platform, check out our Best PS5 Headset and Best Xbox Headset articles.

Or alternatively, if you’re looking for headphones for just music playback, have a look at out our Best Headphones, Best Wireless Earbud and Best Wireless Headphones lists as well.

How We Test

Learn more about how we test headsets

We use every headset we test for at least a week. During that time, we’ll check it for ease of use and put it through its paces by using it in a variety of games, as well as playing music in order to get the full experience.

We also check each headset’s software (if applicable) to see how easy it is to customise and set up.

EPOS H3PRO Hybrid

Best overall gaming headset
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Pros

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Multiplatform support
  • Great audio quality
  • Detachable microphone

Cons

  • More expensive than other headsets

The EPOS H3PRO Hybrid is one of those rare gaming headsets that excels in absolutely every department. During testing, we found it to be extremely comfortable, compact enough to use on the go, and sporting a large range of features to justify the high price. 

We found the closed design and ANC (active noise cancellation) support to be particularly useful, blocking out background noise so we could concentrate on slaying that difficult Elden Ring boss, or listen to a podcast during the commute to work without disturbance. 

We were also incredibly impressed with the range of connectivity options, with the USB-A dongle, Bluetooth and option for wired dongle ensuring you can use this headset for pretty much any gaming platform – only Xbox Wireless is missing. 

Our only major issue with this headset is the price, as you can find cheaper options with ANC such as the Razer Opus X. But the EPOS H3PRO Hybrid remains our favourite gaming headset currently available, with the best all-round quality of any other model we’ve tested.

Reviewer: Gemma Ryles
Full review: EPOS H3PRO Hybrid review

Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense

Best for haptic feedback
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Pros

  • Comfortable for long periods of wear
  • HyperSense offers fantastic immersion
  • Deep bass
  • Features Razer Chroma RGB lighting

Cons

  • Steep price for wired headphones
  • You’ll need an adaptor for smartphones and Switch in portable mode

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense is one of the best gaming headsets that we’ve ever reviewed. Our testing showed the audio delivered via the 50mm drivers to be superb, while we also loved the classy and comfortable design, allowing us to wear for long periods of time without any discomfort. 

It’s the unique HyperSense feature that impressed us the most though, with the haptic technology providing haptic feedback during gameplay. If a grenade exploded near us in a game, we’d feel it replicated by vibrations via the headset, creating a far more immersive experience compared to other alternatives that we’ve reviewed. 

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense is supported by multiple platforms thanks to its USB-A connection – we were disappointed to see that it rules out Nintendo Switch in portable play without an adaptor, but that’s the compromise you have to make for that haptic feedback technology. But we found it worked without issue on PC and PS5. 

You can find more versatile gaming headsets at this price, such as the Razer BlackShark V2, which uses a 3.5mm jack connection instead to work across a wider range of platforms, but we were so impressed with the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense that’s we still strongly recommend it if you’re not fussed about cross-platform use.

Reviewer: Gemma Ryles
Full review: Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense review

Astro A10 Gen 2

Best budget gaming headset
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Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable ear cups
  • Good microphone
  • Strong audio

Cons

  • Mic isn’t detachable
  • Feels a little plasticky

The Astro A10 Gen 2 is a fantastic gaming headset for anyone that’s on a budget. Sporting a wired design and a 3.5mm audio jack, it can be paired up with multiple platforms, including the PS5, Switch and PC, making it a good choice for anyone who likes to switch up how they game. 

It does not have a particularly flashy design with no RGB lighting in sight, but it does come in multiple colourways and has a fantastic weight of just 246g. Our reviewer noted that it could be worn for hours on end without it pushing down on their neck, with padded earbuds that felt comfortable even while the reviewer was wearing glasses. 

And for less than £50, we were blown away by the audio. Our reviewer was able to track enemies in Hades and could hear the distinct chattering of students in Two Point Campus without any issues, noting that the audio quality was consistent between devices with no audio dips. 

The only reason this headset won’t work for you is if you’re after something more high-end, which you can find in the EPOS H3PRO Hybrid or Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense. However, anyone who’s trying to save some money or is even looking for their first gaming headset should consider the Astro A10 Gen 2, as it boasts excellent audio for a fraction of the price.

Reviewer: Gemma Ryles
Full review: Astro A10 Gen 2 review

Asus ROG Cetra True Wireless

Best True Wireless Gaming Headset
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Pros

  • Marvellous audio with plenty of detail
  • Suave looks with a smattering of RGB
  • Great hybrid ANC

Cons

  • Temperamental touch controls
  • Software is a little cheap-feeling

The only pair of gaming earbuds to grace this list, the Asus ROG Cetra True Wireless are light and compact, with our review claiming that they created a comfortable and firm seal on the ears, which helped to get the full effect of the hybrid ANC. 

We liked the multiple ANC modes that the earbuds offered, with the heavy ANC helping to block out super-noisy environments like public transport, with the lighter option allowing for more awareness of your surroundings. We thought that the ANC offerings combined with the superb audio made these a versatile pair of earbuds, also capable of being used for music playback. 

These earbuds sport a Bluetooth connection, making them an appealing choice for anyone who wants to game on multiple platforms. They also offer great portability, which not every gaming headset has. 

The only real drawback we could find in these earbuds was the battery life, which comes to a total of 27 hours including the charging case and 4.5 hours from the buds alone. While having a shorter lifespan than a lot of headsets, we still thought that these earbuds worked great for gaming, with fantastically detailed and balanced audio.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Asus ROG Cetra True Wireless review

HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless

Best Gaming Headset for battery life
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Pros

  • Big, meaty sound
  • Sturdy construction
  • Simple controls
  • Incredible battery life

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Lack of RGB may not please some
  • Lacklustre software

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless is a great headset for anyone that wants to game on the PC and PS5, coming with a 2.4GHz USB-A receiver, which we found remarkably simple to set up. 

We thought that the headset felt properly premium, from the metal earcups to the red-accented headband. It also struck us as very stylish, lacking some flashier features like RGB lighting but having a more mature and sleek aesthetic. 

In terms of audio, our reviewer noted that the headset has a big, meaty sound profile that comes with lots of volume to boot, which is ideal for gaming. Our review also mentioned how the Cloud Alpha Wireless packs a lot of nuance and detail, which also makes it an ideal choice for anyone hoping to listen to music or podcasts. 

The shining feature of this headset has to be the battery life, which clocks in at over 300 hours. We noted that the battery didn’t appear to drain, with our reviewer not needing to charge the headset for the two weeks it was used. So, for anyone who’s looking for a headset that can last through the night without issue, there is no better choice than the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless review

Xbox Wireless Headset

Best Xbox headset
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Pros

  • Great sound and powerful bass
  • Clever design
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • Incredible value

Cons

  • Plasticky build
  • Mic monitoring could be a little louder
  • No Active Noise Cancelling

Our extensive tests show that the Xbox Wireless Headset is the best gaming headset choice for anyone who owns Microsoft’s consoles. We were able to easily connect it to our Xbox Series X wirelessly, while also using our smartphone simultaneously for Discord chats. 

We also really liked the Xbox-themed design, and found the rotating control dial allowed us to easily alter the volume without blindingly searching for small buttons. We were also impressed with the headset’s wide range of features, which includes Dolby Atmos that creates an immersive 3D audio effect. 

We found the audio quality to be superb during testing, although we do recommend fiddling with the equaliser to find a soundscape to your liking, as the audio sounds a little muddy to us out of the box. 

You can admittedly find plenty of other gaming headsets that have been designed with the Xbox in mind, such as the HyperX CloudX Stinger Core Wireless and Corsair HS75 XB Wireless, but Microsoft’s own headset is our favourite, mainly due to its incredible value.

Reviewer: Esat Dedezade
Full review: Xbox Wireless Headset review

Sony Pulse 3D

Best PlayStation headset
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Pros

  • Perfect companion for PS5
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Spatial 3D Audio is both impressive and immersive
  • Internal microphone sounds surprisingly great

Cons

  • Battery life could be better
  • Feels cheap in some areas

The Sony Pulse 3D Headset is our favourite choice for PlayStation consoles. Not only did we love the design that perfectly compliments the PS5, but we were also hugely impressed by the Spatial 3D Audio, which makes you feel like you’re right there in the middle of the action.

This feature is only supported in a few first-party games, such as Demon’s Souls, Returnal and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart – we found that It works wonderfully for the most part, but did notice that the audio quality does suffer a little when activated. 

The Sony Pulse 3D Headset offers a wireless connection to the PS5 via the USB-A dongle. We’re disappointed that there’s no Bluetooth support here, meaning we were unable to connect it to our Nintendo Switch or mobile phone when on the go. Fortunately, we could connect it to the PC though, so it still offers a little bit of versatility. 

But during testing, we found the battery life to be very underwhelming, only managing around 12 hours of use before requiring a recharge. Our testing data shows that many premium wireless headsets can last as long as 20 hours, so the Sony Pulse 3D Headset is significantly off the pace in that regard. But we found it to charge via the PS5 in stand-by mode, so it certainly shouldn’t be considered a deal breaker.

If you like the idea of a Sony-branded gaming headset, then it’s also worth checking out the Inzone H7. It’s been designed for both PS5 and PC, and offers superior audio quality. But it’s also twice the cost, so you’ll need to stretch the budget further to opt for this as an alternative.

Reviewer: Jade King
Full review: Sony Pulse 3D Headset review

Razer Barracuda Pro

Best for portability
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Pros

  • Remarkably comfortable
  • Great audio
  • Easy to switch between devices
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Bland design
  • Buttons can be confusing

If you want headphones for on-the-go music playback as well as a gaming headset to chat to your mates online, then buying two separate devices may be a needless expense. Instead, you could purchase the Razer Barracuda Pro, which has been designed to excel at both scenarios.

This headset is supported on multiple platforms since it uses both Bluetooth and a USB-C dongle. Xbox is the only major platform that doesn’t support wireless play, although the lack of a headphone jack for wired connection is disappointing. We really enjoyed using the Easy-Switch feature, allowing to swap between connections by just a press of a button, which we found to be invaluable when answering a phone call in the middle of a gaming session.

The inclusion of ANC technology allows you to block out background noise, whether you’re walking down a street or filtering out the screams of a barking dog at home. We were also impressed with the 50mm Razer TriForce drivers, delivering detailed audio.

The biggest issue with this headset is the steep price. Fortunately, the Razer Barracuda X is a good alternative at a significantly more affordable price, and is well worth considering if you’re not fussed about features such as ANC and Bluetooth connectivity. Although if you want a gaming headset that can double up as a pair ANC-toting headphones for on-the-go music playback, the Razer Barracuda Pro remains our top recommendation.

Reviewer: Gemma Ryles
Full review: Razer Barracuda Pro review

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FAQs

What is a what is 7.1 gaming headset?

Headphones with a 7.1 surround sound can make audio seem as if it’s coming from a specific location, which is helpful to determine where your enemies are lurking. This feature is often only available on PC.

Can you use gaming headset for work?

Some gaming headsets can be used for work, but be mindful that many have garish designs and can often see lots of sound leakage.

Can you use a gaming headset with a Nintendo Switch?

The Nintendo Switch and the Switch OLED now have Bluetooth support, so can be used with headsets that have a 3.5mm audio jack or Bluetooth.

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