If you're a PS4 gamer looking for a solid pair of gaming headphones, then you're likely already well-acquainted with the overwhelming number of different options out there. It can be even harder to know what to get if you're looking for something to buy as a gift for a friend or family member. It's true that there's 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 all the way to your PS4, wireless headphones are a must. However, those who find there's nothing worse than having to keep an eye on your headphone's battery life will want a wired headset. Wired headphones are also often more affordable, but there are some more premium, feature-packed options available.
We’ve tested over 400 headphones so far, and below are our recommendations for the best PS4 headsets to buy. If you’re looking for our top picks for other consoles and PC, check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets and the best gaming headsets for Xbox One.
The best PS4 wireless headset we've tested so far is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. Not only do these wireless headphones have outstanding sound and mic quality, but they're remarkably feature-packed. They support Bluetooth, use a unique dual-battery system, and come with an excellent wireless base station transmitter that has tons of connectivity and customization options.
They have a very well-balanced, neutral default sound profile, which you can easily EQ to your liking directly on their transmitter. Thanks to their dual-battery system, you can always keep a spare battery charging in the base station, and their 15-hour battery life ensures you won't have to get up the swap the battery too often. Their mic performs well in even the noisiest conditions, and thanks to their Bluetooth support, you can even chat on your phone while gaming over their transmitter's low-latency wireless connection at the same time.
Unfortunately, their ski goggle-inspired headband design doesn't work for everyone, since it's limited by the size of the surrounding rigid frame. If the frame fits well around your head, you can easily adjust the tension of the elastic strap to your liking. However, if your head is too large for the frame, it can be quite uncomfortable since the frame itself isn't adjustable. That said, these headphones are still among the best gaming headsets we've reviewed, so if their fit is right for you, they're definitely worth considering.
If you're concerned about comfort, then get the Astro A50 Gen 4. They're not quite as feature-packed as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but their adjustable headband more comfortably accommodates a wider range of head shapes and sizes. They don't support Bluetooth or have swappable batteries, but their sound and mic quality are equally impressive. Their battery also lasts over 17 hours on a charge, and they come with a nice charging dock. Unfortunately, they take over 4 hours to charge, and they can't be used wired with a regular audio cable. You can charge them with a micro-USB cable, though, and they can still be used wirelessly while charging this way.
Get the SteelSeries if you regularly chat on your phone while gaming and you're not too worried about fit issues; however, if you have a larger head, or prefer something with dock charging, you'll want to go for the Astro.
The best PS4 headset for wired use we've tested so far is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC. These gaming headphones are similarly designed to the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, with similar sound and mic quality, but use a wired connection that many gamers prefer. They come with SteelSeries' USB GameDAC which is fully compatible with the PS4 and gives you lots of customization options right at your fingertips.
These wired gaming headphones have great compatibility with the SteelSeries Engine software - but when you're gaming on the PS4, you often don't have your PC right to you. Fortunately, you can adjust your chat and gameplay levels, toggle DTS surround, and even tweak the way these headphones sound with an impressive 10-band EQ, right on their GameDAC. The app does have more mic adjustment features, though, so it's especially worth setting up for multiplayer gamers.
Since they share the same headband design as the other SteelSeries, these headphones might not be comfortable for everyone. The Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019 have a more adjustable fit; however, their MixAmp doesn't have a full EQ, only presets. If you prefer something that gives you more sound customization options without having to download any additional software, the Arctis Pro GameDAC are the way to go.
If you prefer more a wired connection but you're looking to save a few bucks here and there, get the HyperX Cloud II. While they lack the customizability of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC, they're still an affordable choice that offers a decent gaming experience. These comfortable headphones are impressively well-built and include some nice features such as a 7.1 virtual surround effect as well as channel fixing which can be used on the PS4 via their USB sound card/in-line remote.
Go for the SteelSeries if you prefer something with a lot of customization options and you don't mind the price, but if you're looking for a simple, wired design at a more affordable price, then get the HyperX.
The best budget PS4 gaming headset that we've tested so far is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. These wired gaming headphones offer a good price-to-performance ratio which is great when you're trying to save money.
These comfortable headphones have an excellent boom mic that captures your voice clearly so your teammates can understand everything you say, even if you're in a noisy environment like a gaming tournament. You can easily plug them into your PS4 controller and their wired connection also ensures that you never miss a beat of gameplay by eliminating lag. Their sound profile is slightly excited too, which is great when you want to bring out action sounds like explosions or weapons firing.
However, they can sound different on each user and those who wear glasses or have thick hair may especially notice a drop in bass. They're not the most durable headphones, and while this shouldn't be too much of a problem if you primarily game at home, some people have reported their units as being easy to break. Although the Corsair HS60 have a better build, they appear to be discontinued, and we haven't reviewed their replacement yet.
05/20/2020: Minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
04/20/2020: Logitech G933 and Corsair HS60 removed since they seem discontinued.
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.