Finding the best gaming headset is essential. Gaming speakers don’t offer the same level of immersion and let distractions hinder your game. Regular headphones can be sufficient, but serious players will prefer the added comfort, integrated microphone, wider soundstage, and extravagant gaming aesthetics.
However, not all gaming headphones are created equal. To separate the wheat from the chaff, we looked at price, value, audio quality, 3D space reproduction, comfort, compatibility, and design. Our list of the best gaming headsets will include a variety of products for different needs. Let’s get started!
The best gaming headsets
Editor’s note: We’ll regularly update this list of the best gaming headsets as new headsets launch. This month, we added the SteelSeries Arctis 7P.
1. Audeze Mobius
Known for making some of the best headphones globally, the Audeze Mobius gaming headset is pretty much the best gaming headset you can get. The headset offers top-notch sound quality pumping out from its planar magnetic drivers, accurately reproducing audio across the frequency spectrum, without exaggerating bass.
This isn’t just one of the best gaming headsets because of its raw audio performance. It’s very comfortable, with memory foam pads and a super-flexible band. The headset supports just about every connection method possible, whether that’s a 3.5mm jack, USB, or Bluetooth 5.0. Audeze also teamed up with Waves Nx to bring 3D audio to the Mobius. In addition to the 7.1 virtual surround sound the game supports, you can turn on 3D audio to simulate a speaker environment in your headphones.
Audeze Mobius microphone demo:
The Audeze Mobius headset doesn’t come cheap, but it’s an industry favorite, and that’s worth every penny if you value quality gaming audio.
2. Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE
Corsair manufactures some of the most popular gaming headsets around, and its Virtuoso Wireless SE headset is among our favorites for its microphone quality. Though it’s not quite up to snuff for podcasting, it’s one of the better boom mics you’ll find on a pair of gaming headphones. Alternatively, the microphone works just as well for things like conference calls, but you need to plug it into your laptop for that.
Corsair Virtuoso SE microphone demo:
Corsair includes a USB-C to USB-A cable, a 3.5mm aux cable, and a USB wireless dongle. It has a 20-hour battery life, which should be more than enough playtime to get you through any all-nighters. The sound quality is excellent and fairly accurate for a gaming headset. Upper-bass notes are amplified slightly, as are upper midrange notes, so explosions and speech remain clear.
3. SteelSeries Arctis 7P
The SteelSeries Arctis 7P is a comfortable and compact gaming headset that produces pleasing audio, albeit bass-boosted. The suspension headband is sure to fit various noggins, and the plush ear pads are comfortable, even for those with glasses. You can connect this headset to nearly anything with the 2.4GHz USB RF dongle and can even use the USB-C dongle for wireless Nintendo Switch playback (docked or undocked). The headset also includes a 3.5mm cable, for wired playback through an Xbox One controller.
SteelSeries Arctis 7P microphone demo:
The intuitive controls are easy to operate with little thought, and SteelSeries includes a sidetone/monitor volume dial. You can also mute the boom microphone from the headset’s controls; each button is of a different shape and size from the next, so you won’t confuse one for the other. SoundGuys‘ testing yielded over 27 hours of playtime on a single charge, exceeding the company’s claimed 24-hour battery life.
4. HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro
The HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro is one of the best gaming headsets for gamers who want something simple that gets the job done without breaking the bank. It lacks fancy features, and the microphone is a bit of an underperformer, but the headset sounds great and features a comfortable, solid construction.
It uses a 3.5mm audio cable, so it is compatible with anything that has a headphone jack. For the price, you can’t really go wrong with these gaming headphones. Plus, the red accents and HyperX logo give this a distinctly “gamer” aesthetic that should fit right in with your other peripherals.
5. Razer Kraken X
The Razer Kraken X brings a lot of value to the table. Sure, it doesn’t sound nearly as good as the HyperX Cloud Alpha, but it brings 3.5mm connectivity and 7.1 surround sound (on Windows 10) for a low price. It’s one of the best gaming headsets to get on the cheap.
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It has a lightweight design, with a headband made of a durable thermoplastic. The memory foam pads feature slight gaps to alleviate pressure if you wear glasses. The attached microphone is flexible and offers clear audio.
Razer Kraken X microphone demo:
This is a remarkably comfortable headset, and the volume and mic controls on the left headphone make it convenient as well. Unfortunately, the 7.1 surround sound only works with Windows 10, but you won’t find a better gaming headset for this price.
Audio is an important part of gaming, and any of these should help you challenge your opponents with great auditory performance. We hope you found the best gaming headset for you on this list, whether you are looking for performance, thumpy bass, or sheer value.
The best gaming headsets: Honorable mentions
- Fnatic React Headset: It’s a lot like the HyperX Cloud Alpha, only it doesn’t sound quite as good. The headset happens to have one of the most accurate microphones you can find in a gaming headset. It’s a great option for people who really lean on voice chat.
- HyperX Cloud Orbit S: Based on the Audeze Mobius, this headset offers almost all the same features, minus Bluetooth, for $70 less. Really, that’s the only difference.
- Logitech G Pro X: This gaming headset has one of the best microphones you can find, save for the Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE. To get the most out of this headset, you’ll need the Blue Vo!ce desktop app.
- Razer Blackshark V2: This is a fantastic gaming headset with a middling microphone. It’s extremely comfortable and boasts a premium build, sure to withstand all of your virtual adventures.
- SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC: This headset includes a digital to analog converter, affording a level of sound optimization that’s rare, even when compared to the rest of the best gaming headsets on the
- SteelSeries Arctis 7: It feels identical to the Arctis Pro, only it’s wireless, a lot cheaper, and doesn’t have LEDs. It sounds great, and it’s super comfortable—enough said.
What you should know about gaming headsets
Most gaming headsets with a lot of features are geared toward use with a Windows PC. Headsets like the Audeze Mobius, Razer Kraken X, and SteelSeries Arctis Pro offer lots of different features, but a lot that relies on the use of apps you can only get on a computer.
Multi-platform headsets are hard to find
Finding a truly multi-platform headset is hard — especially if you game on an Xbox. Microsoft restricts the compatibility of accessories made for its console. You won’t find a wireless or USB headset that works fully on both Playstation and Xbox devices. Often, there are separate versions for people with different console needs, so remember to keep an eye on compatibility.
Wireless headsets don’t usually support Bluetooth
Wireless gaming headsets don’t use Bluetooth for gaming (though, some include Bluetooth as a premium feature for media playback). Bluetooth’s occasional audio lag issues may have become less of a problem over time, but no console supports Bluetooth audio, and RF transmission is totally lag-free. If you’re looking for a wireless gaming headset, expect to reserve a USB port for it.
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