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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.