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 headphone's battery life will likely gravitate towards a wired headset. Wired headphones are often more affordable, but there are some more premium, feature-packed options available.
We’ve tested over 570 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 that we've tested is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. These wireless gaming headphones look and feel premium, with high-grade metal construction and a very plush fit that's comfortable enough to get you through the longest gaming sessions. They come with an all-in-one wireless base station that also serves as a charger for the battery. It offers a wealth of gamer-pleasing features, including onboard volume control, channel mixing, an equalizer, and a display of their current battery life.
In terms of audio reproduction, they provide a well-balanced sound profile out of the box that should provide equal emphasis to everything from explosions to dialogue. Thanks to their Bluetooth and analog audio compatibility, they're also versatile enough for more casual use, like listening to music on your phone. They have an excellent retractable boom microphone that makes your voice sound clear, full-bodied, and mostly free of ambient noise.
Unfortunately, their somewhat uniquely-designed elastic headband is a tad tight for people with larger heads. Also, they don't provide an especially consistent listening experience, especially if you have long, thick hair or wear glasses. Like most gaming headphones, they struggle to isolate you from the rumble and chatter of background noise. With that said, these are among the best gaming headsets that we've tested.
If you want a headset that can accommodate larger heads more easily, take a look at the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. Unlike the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, these over-ears aren't Bluetooth-compatible and don't offer any kind of support for wired connections, but they're likely to be comfier for most users thanks to their looser headband. They're also impressively well-built and have a well-balanced sound profile, so both action-heavy sound effects and in-game dialogue should be delivered with appropriate emphasis. Their charging station plugs in via USB to your console and also acts as a receiver for low-latency audio, so you shouldn't experience significant delays while gaming. Their boom microphone also makes your voice sound clear and full-bodied, and it does an excellent job of filtering it out from background noise. Unfortunately, they're very bulky, and they don't block out very much ambient noise.
Get the SteelSeries if you want gaming headphones that can be used day-to-day, but consider the Astro if you want a more comfortable fit.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC is the best PS4 headset with a wired connection that we've tested. These well-built gaming headphones come with a DAC that you can plug into your PS4 controller. Thanks to the DAC, you can easily access customization features like EQs and surround sound, which is handy.
Out-of-the-box, they have a pretty neutral, though slightly dark sound profile that's suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. You can also access a full graphic EQ and presets in the SteelSeries Engine software if you want to customize their sound. They also have a boom microphone, which has a great recording quality and can transmit your voice clearly to your teammates even if you're gaming in a noisy setting.
Unfortunately, they offer a disappointing noise isolation performance, so you may be distracted by background noises if you're gaming in a noisy place. They also don't have very consistent audio delivery, so their bass and treble delivery may sound a bit different depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head. However, if you want a sleek pair of wired gaming headphones with lots of customization features, they're a solid pick.
If you're looking for a cheaper pair of wired gaming headphones for PS4, consider the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II instead. While they don't offer as many customization features as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC, they still offer a decent wired gaming performance for PS4 gamers. They're comfortable enough for long gaming sessions. Also, they have a pretty neutral sound profile that packs a little extra punch in the bass range, so you really feel the deep thumps and rumbles in action-packed scenes. Their boom microphone offers an impressive recording quality, and your voice doesn't get drowned out by background noises, so you can game with teammates in noisy places. You can even remove the microphone for a more casual look, which is handy.
If you want a pair of gaming headphones with lots of customization and connectivity options, check out the SteelSeries, but if you're on a budget and want a more comfortable pair, consider the HyperX instead.
The best budget PS4 gaming headset that we've tested is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. While these affordable gaming headphones have a simple, no-frills design, they deliver low latency via their 1/8" TRRS cable, which can be plugged directly into the controller. They also have a lightweight and comfortable fit so you can game for long periods without too much fatigue.
Their bass-heavy sound profile is well suited for the thump and rumble of action-packed gameplay, but it shouldn't overwhelm cutscene dialogue too much. Their boom microphone also does a great job of recording your voice, so speech is clear, understandable, and full-bodied. It can also separate your voice from background noise, even in loud environments like a gaming tournament.
Unfortunately, they have a sub-standard frequency response, so their bass and treble delivery can vary. They also have a very limited control scheme as they only offer a volume slider and a flip-to-mute mic feature. That said, if you don't need all the extra features, these headphones have a decent cost-to-performance ratio without sacrificing comfort or mic performance.
Mar 18, 2021: Minor changes to the text for accuracy; no changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
Feb 16, 2021: Verified the text for accuracy and ensured the availability of our picks. There have otherwise been no changes to our picks.
Jan 14, 2021: Removed the Audeze Mobius and the SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless from Notable Mentions as they aren't widely available. Added the SteelSeries Arctis 7P and the Corsair HS60 HAPTIC Stereo Gaming Headset to Notable Mentions.
Dec 11, 2020: Added SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Nov 13, 2020: Minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes to picks.
Sep 18, 2020: Added Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset to Notable Mentions.
Aug 21, 2020: Added JBL Quantum ONE to Notable Mentions.
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 do not care about having a microphone or wireless features.