Your gaming experience can be greatly influenced by the quality of your headset. Whether you want to be immersed in a beautiful single-player game like The Witcher 3 or you're looking for your first Victory Royale in Fortnite with your squad, having the perfect gaming headset for your needs can make quite a difference. You should look for good sound quality, a comfortable design for long gaming sessions, and a microphone to be sure your teammates hear your callouts. If you don't need a microphone, we then suggest going for critical listening headphones.
So far, we've reviewed 330 headphones and below are our recommendations for the best PC gaming headsets to buy in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best PS4 headsets and the best wireless gaming headsets.
The best gaming headset for PC that we’ve tested so far is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. They’re comfortable, well-built headphones that come with an outstanding wireless dock. These gaming headphones are easy-to-use and provide lots of connectivity options: you can even mix audio from your PC via their USB transmitter and a mobile Bluetooth device at the same time, which is neat if you like to chat on your smartphone while you game.
These multifunctional headphones sound great and have a very neutral sound profile that lends itself well to all different kinds of video game soundtracks and effects. They have an excellent microphone that’s perfect for online multiplayer gaming and have a unique swappable dual-battery charging system that’ll keep up during even your longest gaming sessions.
On the downside, they are missing some microphone controls, which is rather disappointing for gaming headphones of this caliber. You can adjust the mic sidetone level in the SteelSeries Engine software, but they don’t have mic volume control. Besides that, though, they’re impressive headphones and are easy to recommend for PC gamers looking for a great wireless gaming headset.
If you’re looking for even more customizable gaming headphones, consider the Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset. Their microphone doesn’t perform quite as well as that of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but they have 3 programmable buttons on the right ear cup that you can map to trigger virtually any PC command. Their companion app provides a ton of customization options, including microphone control as well as swappable profiles with saved personal settings.
On the downside, their battery life isn’t the best at 12 hours with RGB lighting off. They also take nearly 4 hours to fully charge, which is a bit high even for a gaming headset. Thankfully, they have an adjustable auto-off timer to help save power. You can also use them while they charge if you don’t mind having a wired connection for a bit. Overall, these headphones are a great choice if you’re looking for the best in customizability.
If you like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless but you’d like your gaming headphones to function as your everyday go-to headphones as well, get the HyperX Cloud Flight. They’re not as customizable as the Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset, but they have a more versatile, casual design. They have an outstanding detachable boom microphone and a balanced sound that’s well-suited to not only video game effects but a wide range of music genres too. They have an excellent 30-hour battery life and support passive playback, so you can use them wired with your smartphone.
Unfortunately, they don’t come with an in-line microphone and their integrated microphone can’t be used when wired. You also can’t use them wirelessly with your mobile devices since they need to be in range of their USB transmitter to function this way. Thankfully, since their cable is detachable, if you really like their design you can purchase a 1/8” TRRS audio cable with an in-line mic for more casual wired use.
The best wired gaming headset for PC we’ve reviewed so far is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC. It’s a comfortable headset with a responsive control scheme and come with a great digital-to-analog-converter (DAC) that offers on-the-fly customization options right at your fingertips.
They sound great out-of-the-box and you can further customize their sound with either the GameDAC or the SteelSeries Engine software. The GameDAC covers most of the key settings, like EQ presets and LED lighting options, while the app provides even more customization options, like live mic monitoring. These headphones have an excellent boom microphone, perfect for online gaming with friends, and it's also retractable so it won’t be in the way when you don’t need it.
These are wired headphones, so they have a negligible amount of latency, which is great for gaming and watching movies on your PC. However, some may find it inconvenient to have a long cable trailing on their desk. The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are a great wireless option, but they don’t provide the same level of microphone control that the Pro GameDAC do.
If you’re looking for a sleek-looking gaming headset that you can also use while on-the-go, then get the Logitech G Pro X. Their DAC isn’t customizable like that of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC, but they come with more accessories for casual use, like different kinds of ear cup padding and a dedicated audio cable for use with your mobile devices. They’re very well-built, impressively comfortable, and have good sound and microphone quality to boot.
Unfortunately, their controls are split across the two cables: the PC cable has a mic mute button and a volume wheel, while the mobile cable has a multi-purpose button for call/music control. This means you can’t change the volume with the mobile cable, nor can you play/pause your music with the PC cable. If you’re looking for wired gaming headphones you can use wirelessly with your mobile devices, consider the SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition – they’re not as well-built as the Pro X, but they support Bluetooth.
If you’re looking for a VR-like experience to fully immerse yourself in the game you're playing, get the Audeze Mobius. They don’t have as many customizable sound and mic options as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC, but they have head-tracking and a 3D audio features, which create a spacious virtual soundstage. Unfortunately, we couldn’t accurately capture these effects with our current tests, but you can check out our video review to experience the 3D audio for yourself.
Unfortunately, these headphones feel rather plasticky for their price. You have to pay a pretty penny to experience their neat 3D audio effects, and it’s rather disappointing that their high price point isn’t as apparent in their build quality. However, if you’re looking to experience the best gaming soundstage, there's nothing we've tested so far that's quite like the Mobius.
The best budget gaming headset for PC that we’ve tested so far is the Corsair HS60. It’s a well-built, comfortable gaming headset that performs surprisingly well overall, especially for the price. They come with a USB adapter for PC that gives them access to a number of customizable features and can also be used with a regular 1/8” TRRS connection as well.
These headphones sound very good, with great bass to help bring out the punch and rumble of in-game sound effects. They’re also a very good choice for watching movies or just listening to music at your PC as well. Their microphone is decent and handles noise very well, so they’re well-suited to multiplayer gaming too, but some may find their mic sounds too sharp.
Although their boom microphone is detachable, their audio cable isn’t, so if it ever breaks, you’ll need to replace the headphones entirely. That said, they still feel much better built than other budget gaming headsets we’ve tested, like the Razer Kraken X. Overall, they’re a good choice for gamers on a budget. If you’re looking for save a couple of bucks and don’t need access to the iCUE software, you might want to check out the Corsair HS50 which only have a standard audio jack, but for most PC gamers the added customizability justifies the small difference.
If you play a lot of online multiplayer games and need a gaming headset with an excellent microphone, then get the HyperX Cloud Stinger. They’re not as well-built as the Corsair HS60, but their microphone performs even better, even in very noisy conditions. They’re comfortable and sound pretty good too.
On the downside, they only have an 1/8” TRRS connection, so they can’t be customized over USB like the Corsair. Their control scheme also feels rather limited and isn’t the easiest to use. That said, they still perform quite well for the price and are an especially good option for multiplayer gamers on a budget.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best gaming headphones for PC for most people to buy. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for headphones that are good for gaming. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection, especially if you do not care about having a microphone or wireless features.