Although most gaming headsets tend to have a reasonable price-to-performance ratio, especially when compared to more casual headphones, it can still be quite difficult to find a good budget headset. While cheaper gaming headsets generally have less features like wireless compatibility or customization options, there are still some good choices that are well worth their asking price. Whether you’re looking for gaming headphones that you can also use casually or a dedicated gaming headset with the best microphone around, there are a number of decent options you can use with your consoles or PC that won't blow a hole in your budget.
We’ve tested 342 headphones and below are our recommendations for the best gaming headsets under $50 to get in 2019 for gaming. See also our recommendations for the best gaming headsets for PC, the best wireless gaming headsets, the best gaming headsets under $100, the best PS4 headsets, and the best Xbox One headsets.
If you’re looking for a headset that you can use not only while gaming but also more casually, get the Corsair HS60. These headphones are comfortable, well-built, and have a sleek look with a detachable microphone that makes them well-suited for casual use. They have a 1/8” TRRS cable for compatibility with console controllers and also have a USB adapter for you to plug them into your PC to take full advantage of their companion app.
These headphones sound very good for budget closed-back headphones and have a balanced sound that’s well-suited not only to video games soundtracks and effects but also various music genres, from EDM to classical. They’re also compatible with the Corsair Utility Engine (iCUE) app if you plug them into your PC via USB, which gives you access to a graphic EQ and surround sound settings. However, the headphones don’t store your settings, so changes made with the app are only applied when using the headphones on a PC with the app.
Although the Corsair HS60 have a decent boom microphone, they don’t perform as well as other budget gaming headsets we’ve tested. They also don’t have an in-line mic, which means that if you detach their boom mic, you’ll need to take calls directly from your phone instead of from the headset. Their boom mic performs much better and they have an additional in-line mic for casual use, so they may be worth considering if they’re within your budget.
If you’re a PC gamer on a budget looking for a dedicated headset with customization options you can set for different games, then get the Logitech G430. They're the best PC headset under $50. They feel a bit cheap compared to the Corsair HS60, but they’re compatible with the Logitech Gaming Software program for added customizability. They’re inexpensive, lightweight headphones that are fairly comfortable and provide great value overall.
These headphones sound quite good overall and have a fairly neutral, balanced sound. come with a 1/8” TRRS split mic and speaker cable and a USB adapter for PC compatibility. When you connect these headphones to your PC via USB, you get access to the Logitech Gaming Software which provides a few customization options like a graphic EQ with presets, surround sound options, and mic control.
Since the Logitech G430 have a split cable, you’ll need a female/female-to-male Y-splitter for console compatibility, so these headphones are best used for gaming on PC via USB. Their microphone performance is also a bit disappointing compared to other gaming headsets, and their boom mic isn’t detachable like that of the Corsair. That said, the Logitech still provide great value overall, especially for PC gamers on a budget.
If you play a lot of online multiplayer games and are looking for the best mic quality you can get, go for the HyperX Cloud Stinger. They have one of the best boom microphones we’ve tested and provide great value for their price. They have decently padded earcups and a relatively lightweight design, so they’re comfortable enough to wear for hours. They don’t have the same premium feel as the HyperX Cloud II, but for their price, they are pleasantly well-made and sound good enough to satisfy most listeners.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger have an outstanding microphone that delivers impressive recording quality and remarkable noise handling. They also have a fairly well-balanced sound overall, with excellent imaging that will enhance your gaming experience. You’ll be able to hear and locate the footsteps of your allies and attacks of your enemies with great precision.
Unfortunately, these headphones aren’t customizable like the Corsair HS60 or the Logitech G430. You also can’t detach their boom microphone, which makes them less versatile for casual use. They use a reliable wired 1/8” TRRS connection that works with the PS4 and the Xbox One, but don’t come with a Y-adapter for compatibility with all PCs. That said, the Stinger still provide a lot of value and it is one of the best Xbox One headsets under $50. Budget-conscious gamers looking for good sound and an even better microphone in a comfortable and sturdy design are sure to love them.
If you can stretch your budget slightly and would like headphones that feel better-built than the HyperX Cloud Stinger, then get the Astro A10. They don’t sound as good or as balanced as the HyperX, but they feel better-built overall. These headphones have comfortable, well-padded, microfiber-coated ear cups and come with a nice rubberized audio cable that’s detachable. Their mic is also truly excellent, capable of transmitting rich, detailed audio even in very noisy conditions.
Although the Astro A10 deliver deep, punchy bass and a relatively well-balanced treble range, their mid-range can make instruments and vocals sound a little honky. They may not sound as good as some of our other top budget picks, but console gamers will appreciate their cool PS4 or Xbox complimentary color schemes and good build quality. Even though they’re a bit pricey, they’re a fine choice for those who appreciate a sturdy headset with a great mic.
If you’re saving up for an excellent gaming TV or monitor and want to spend as little as possible on gaming headphones, consider the Turtle Beach Recon 50X. They don’t perform as well as the other recommendations on this list, but they’re the cheapest gaming headphones we’ve reviewed so far. These headphones have an impressive detachable boom microphone that sounds outstanding and is one of the best we’ve measured so far. They have a simple 1/8" TRRS audio cable that will work your console controllers, but you may need a female-to-male/male Y-splitter for use with PC.
Unfortunately, the Turtle Beach Recon 50X aren’t very well-built and feel like the cheapest and most fragile headphones on this list. They're also not very comfortable, and their earcups don’t fit very well around the ears. Overall, if you can afford it, it’s worth considering another headset on this list, like the similarly priced Logitech G430. However, if you want a cheap headset for console gaming with a great mic, then these can be a suitable option.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best gaming headsets under $50 to buy for most people in each price range. 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.