If you're an avid PlayStation gamer and are looking for the best PS4 headset, you're likely well-acquainted with the overwhelming number of different options. There's certainly a lot to choose from, so knowing your priorities can help with your decision. For those who game mostly from the couch and hate having a long cable running to your PS4, wireless headphones are a must. However, those who find that there's nothing worse than having to keep an eye on your headphones' battery life will likely gravitate towards a wired headset. If you like to customize your audio experience, some headphones come with companion software so that you can tweak their sound, access virtual surround features, and even control mic performance. That said, any good pair of gaming headphones should be able to accurately localize sounds like footsteps in the stereo image and be comfortable enough for long gaming sessions.
We’ve tested over 650 headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best PS4 headset to buy. If you’re looking for our top picks for other consoles and PC, check out our recommendations for the best headsets for PS5, the best gaming headsets, and the best gaming headsets for Xbox One.
The best PS4 wireless headset we've tested is the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. These over-ears come with a base station that ensures low wireless latency while you game. Although the headphones are console-locked to either the PS4 or Xbox One, both variants have full mic and audio compatibility on PCs.
Out of the box, these very comfortable and well-built headphones have a well-balanced sound profile. Their bump of extra bass can help to emphasize sound effects while vocals and lead instruments are bright. That said, you can also customize their sound using their companion software's graphic EQ plus presets. For those who like to chat with teammates, the boom mic offers excellent overall performance. It has no problem capturing your voice clearly, even if there's a lot of noise around you. The headphones' over 17 hours of continuous playback time should also last through long gaming sessions, and they're equipped with an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life when you're not using them.
Unfortunately, they barely block out background noise, which could be annoying if you game in a noisy environment. They leak a lot of audio at high volumes, and the audio bleed could disturb others around you. That said, these headphones offer a well-rounded performance that's sure to please most users.
If you prioritize headphones with longer continuous battery life, check out the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset. While their boom mic's performance falls a bit short compared to the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, they have an outstandingly long 23.9 hours of continuous playback time. They also have a comfortable fit, making them a great choice for long gaming marathons. These headphones come with a USB dongle to ensure low latency, so your audio and visuals stay in sync as you game. They're also compatible with Logitech G HUB software, which offers a graphic EQ plus presets to customize their otherwise fairly well-balanced sound profile. That said, some users have reported that the hinges on their units broke with regular use. They're prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery, and you may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or wear glasses.
Try the Astro if you want a better performing boom mic for chatting with teammates. If you want to go longer without charging your headphones, try the Logitech instead.
The best PS4 gaming headset with a wired design that we've tested are the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC. These headphones come with a digital to analog converter (DAC) called the GameDAC, which gives you full compatibility with PS4 consoles and lets you easily adjust your channel mixing, switch EQs, and toggle virtual surround sound on and off while you play.
They're well-built and very comfortable. Once you achieve a good fit with the ski-band headband, their default sound profile is neutral and well-balanced. You can also use their companion software's graphic EQ to adjust their sound or create presets that you can access with the GameDAC. Their boom mic has a good overall performance, so if you're playing with friends, they can hear you clearly, even if you're gaming in a noisy environment.
Unfortunately, like many headphones with the same elastic headband design, they're very prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery, so you may need to adjust their fit and positioning to hear the same sound every time you wear them. The boom mic also isn't detachable when you want a more casual look. Otherwise, if you're looking for headphones for PS4, these offer a well-rounded performance and plenty of customization options.
The best budget PS4 headset we've tested is the HyperX Cloud Alpha S. These affordable headphones come with a 1/8" TRRS cable and a USB-A dongle with in-line controls like 7.1 surround sound. Although they aren't compatible with companion software, they have bass sliders on each ear cup that you can use to adjust the amount of bass to your liking.
With both sliders turned up, they have a boomy sound profile which can help emphasize sound effects like footsteps when you game. If you like to chat with others while you game, their detachable boom mic has a good recording quality, ensuring your voice sounds clear. These comfortable headphones also have an excellent build quality, which feels sturdy and durable. They even come with two different pairs of ear cup padding to help you find the best fit.
Unfortunately, their boomy sound profile can also muddy mixes, while a dip in their treble range hurts the detail of dialogue and lead instruments. They're also prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery, so it's important to take the time to adjust their fit to better suit your head. However, if you're a PS4 gamer and you're looking for more wallet-friendly headphones, they're worth checking out.
The best budget gaming headset that we've tested is the Logitech G432 Gaming Headset. These wired headphones offer a lot of customization features at an affordable price. They work with Logitech's G ΗUΒ software, so you can customize their sound profile with a graphic EQ and presets as well as adjust the mic and sidetone levels.
They're light and have a comfortable fit, meaning you can wear them for hours without much fatigue. Their boom mic also has an excellent overall performance, so if you're gaming with friends, they can hear you clearly, even if you're in a noisy environment. You can connect them to your PS4 via analog connection or with their USΒ dongle, which offers a low-latency connection suitable for gaming.
Unfortunately, their build feels plasticky, and the hinges don't feel very durable. Also, the onboard controls are very limited since there's just a volume wheel on one earcup. You can also flip the mic up and down to mute and unmute it. Otherwise, if you're looking for headphones for PS4 and don't want to spend too much, these offer an amazing mic performance and good app support.
Jan 21, 2022: Moved the ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless to Notable Mentions as the ROCCAT have high non-Bluetooth wireless latency.
Dec 23, 2021: Removed the Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Ηeadset as the 'Βest Βudget PS4 Ηeadset' because it now costs more than $100. Replaced it with the ΗyperX Cloud Alpha S and added the ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless as a 'More Customizable Alternative'.
Nov 23, 2021: Made the Logitech G432 Gaming Headset the 'Best Cheap PS4 Gaming Headset' instead of the 'Best Budget PS4 Gaming Headset' because of its low price point. Added the Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Ηeadset as the 'Best Budget' pick and made the ΗyperX Cloud Alpha S the 'More Comfortable Alternative'. Moved the HyperX Cloud Stinger to Notable Mentions.
Oct 29, 2021: Checked our picks for product availability and accuracy. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Sep 29, 2021: Removed the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless as the 'Bluetooth Alternative' to the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 and replaced it with the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED as the 'Better-Built Alternative', because of the Logitech's lower non-Bluetooth latency.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best PS4 headsets 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 don't care about having a microphone or wireless features.