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The 5 Best PS4 Gaming Headsets - Fall 2020
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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 510 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 gaming headsets and the best gaming headsets for Xbox One.


  1. Best PS4 Wireless Gaming Headset: SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

    7.2
    Mixed Usage
    7.6
    Neutral Sound
    6.9
    Commute/Travel
    7.1
    Sports/Fitness
    7.0
    Office
    7.9
    Wireless Gaming
    8.2
    Wired Gaming
    7.9
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    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 the headphones' 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.

    See our review

  2. More Comfortable Alternative: Astro A50 Gen 4 2019

    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you're looking for something a little more comfortable, then take a look at the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. These wireless gaming headphones aren't quite as versatile as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, with no support for wired connections, no Bluetooth compatibility, and a less feature-packed base station. That said, they're more comfortable for a broader range of head shapes thanks to their less restrictive headband. They last slightly longer on a single charge, though they also lack the SteelSeries' swappable battery system. However, they can be used while charging via their included micro-USB cable. Their well-balanced sound profile gives sound effects sufficient thump and rumble without overwhelming in-game dialogue. Meanwhile, their high-quality boom mic lets your teammates hear you clearly.

    Get the SteelSeries if you want a few more bells and whistles, but take a look at the Astro if you want a pair of headphones that can accommodate a larger head more easily.

    See our review

  3. Best Wired PS4 Gaming Headset: SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC

    5.8
    Mixed Usage
    7.0
    Neutral Sound
    5.0
    Commute/Travel
    5.7
    Sports/Fitness
    5.6
    Office
    5.9
    Wireless Gaming
    7.6
    Wired Gaming
    7.1
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best PS4 headset with a wired connection that we’ve tested is the Steelseries Arctis Pro GameDAC. They have a very similar design to the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, with the same elastic ski goggle-like headband, well-padded ear cups, and retractable boom microphone. Their build quality is very good, with plenty of metal and high-grade plastic used in their construction. Their mic also does a great job of making your voice sound full-bodied and clear of any background chatter.

    Their default sound profile is well-balanced overall, giving mostly equal auditory weight to everything from gunshots to villainous monologues. If that’s not to your liking, the proprietary GameDAC USB dongle offers plug-in-and-play compatibility for PS4 consoles and on-the-fly configuration options for switching EQ modes. If you game on PC, you can further adjust your listening experience with the SteelSeries Engine software, which includes options for DTS surround sound and microphone control.

    Unfortunately, their unique headband design makes it tricky to get a consistent fit, especially if you have a larger head. Also, you might have a hard time hearing your teammates at a loud gaming tournament due to their disappointing noise isolation performance. Combined with their unwieldy design, they’re best suited for use in a quiet home environment. Overall, these are very well-built, highly customizable wired gaming headphones.

    See our review

  4. Cheaper Alternative: HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II

    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you're shopping for a wired gaming headset on a budget, consider the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II instead. While they don't come with companion software that lets you customize their sound like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC, these headphones are still a decent choice for your PS4. These wired-only over-ears are well-built and more comfortable than the SteelSeries, so they're better suited for long gaming sessions. Their sound profile is quite neutral, but there's a little extra boom in the bass range to add some excitement to action-packed games. Their detachable boom microphone makes your voice sound clear and natural to your teammates, even if you're gaming in a noisy environment.

    If you like to customize your headphones, check out the SteelSeries, but if you're on a budget and want a more comfortable fit, consider the HyperX.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget PS4 Gaming Headset: HyperX Cloud Stinger

    5.6
    Mixed Usage
    7.1
    Neutral Sound
    5.0
    Commute/Travel
    5.4
    Sports/Fitness
    5.5
    Office
    5.3
    Wireless Gaming
    7.4
    Wired Gaming
    7.4
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best PS4 gaming headset in the budget category that we've tested is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. These over-ears can only be used with a wired connection, so you don't have to worry about battery life or latency. When plugged into the controller, they're fully compatible with both PS4 and Xbox One.

    Overall, they have a bass-heavy sound that adds an extra boom and punch to action-packed scenes in your favorite games. Their boom microphone also has an impressive overall performance, so your voice is transmitted clearly to your teammates, even if you're gaming in a lively environment. Thanks to their comfortable fit, they're ideal for long gaming sessions, too.

    Unfortunately, they don't really block out a lot of background noise, and they leak a bit of sound, too. They also don't have any sound customization features. If you don't mind spending a little more money, you can also check out the HyperX Cloud Stinger S, which comes with a few more features including a 7.1 virtual surround sound feature. That said, if you're shopping on a budget, these headphones are a solid choice.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset: The Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED is a great alternative to the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. They have impressive build quality, a very comfortable fit, and a great boom microphone, but aren't Bluetooth-compatible. See our review
  • HyperX Cloud Alpha S: The HyperX Cloud Alpha S are a decent pair of wired gaming headphones that offer good value overall. They feel slightly better-built than the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II and have companion software, but have a slightly worse microphone and are a bit more expensive. See our review
  • Audeze Mobius: The Audeze Mobius are unique Bluetooth gaming headphones with excellent virtual soundstage features. PS4 support isn't the best, but you can use them wired with their audio cable, and customization changes made on PC should carry over. See our review
  • Astro A40 TR + MixAmp 2019: The Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019 are great wired gaming headphones with a comfortable design, and are a solid alternative to the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC but have less sound customization options outside the app. See our review
  • HyperX Cloud Flight S: The HyperX Cloud Flight S are solid wireless headphones but aren't customizable like our top picks, and can't be used wired, unlike the previous Flight model. See our review
  • Logitech G935 Wireless Gaming Headset: The Logitech G935 Wireless Gaming Headset are decent gaming headphones but don't provide as much value as the older G933, which seem to be discontinued. See our review
  • SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless: The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are solid wireless gaming headphones that aren't as feature-packed as the Arctis Pro Wireless but do provide great value for the price. See our review
  • Logitech G433 Gaming Headset: The Logitech G433 Gaming Headset are versatile gaming headphones that come with a couple of different cable options so you can use them with your PS4 or with your phone on-the-go, but they don't feel as well-built as other options in the same price range. See our review
  • Corsair HS60 PRO SURROUND: The Corsair HS60 PRO SURROUND are a solid pair of wired gaming headphones but have a worse mic and a less-well-balanced sound profile than the cheaper HyperX Cloud Stinger. See our review
  • Turtle Beach Stealth 700: The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Wireless are decent wireless gaming headphones with a lot of connectivity options but don't feel as well-built or as comfortable as our top picks. See our review
  • JBL Quantum ONE: The JBL Quantum ONE are a pair of wired gaming headphones that feature a well-balanced sound profile and flashy gamer-oriented looks, but they're more cheaply-made than the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC and don't offer the same on-the-fly adjustability. See our review

Recent Updates

10/16/2020: Minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes to picks.

09/18/2020: Added Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset to Notable Mentions.

08/21/2020: Added JBL Quantum ONE to Notable Mentions.

07/22/2020: Replaced Corsair HS60 with Corsair HS60 PRO SURROUND in Notable Mentions.

04/20/2020: Logitech G933 and Corsair HS60 removed since they seem discontinued.

All Reviews

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.

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