If you’re a PS4 gamer looking to maximize your gaming experience with a great headset, then you’ve probably been confronted by the dizzying array of PS4-compatible headphones out there. Having a good pair of gaming headphones is the key to a truly immersive experience. A great PS4 headset may be significantly bulkier than your favorite pair of in-ear headphones, but it will also have more gaming-specific features, like dedicated software support, high-quality audio, surround sound, and a clear, reliable mic all in a comfortable design. If you don’t game with a microphone, it’s also worth checking out our recommendations for critical listening headphones.
We’ve tested around 350 headphones so far, and below are our recommendations for the best PS4 headsets to buy in 2019. If you’re looking for our top picks for other consoles and PC, check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best gaming headsets for PC, and the best gaming headsets for Xbox One.
The best wireless PS4 headset that we’ve reviewed so far is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. This outstanding gaming headset is a connectivity champion, supporting not only wireless gaming over its USB transmitter but also Bluetooth at the same time. This means you can chat on your smartphone and game on your console simultaneously.
These are comfortable, well-built headphones with a well-balanced sound that lends itself well not only to video games but movies and music too. What sets them apart from other models is their unique dual-battery charging system. You get two swappable batteries that provide about 15 hours of playtime each and conveniently charge in the USB base transmitter.
Though they perform very well overall, they’re quite expensive. If you like the way they’re designed but don’t need all their active features, consider the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition. They don’t have the unique base transmitter of the Pro, but they still perform very well overall for a much lower price.
If you love the idea of a highly customizable headset, then get the Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset. They may not look as premium or feel as well-built as the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition, but they provide a ton of customization options. They have 3 programmable buttons directly on the ear cups that you can map to trigger certain commands in the Logitech G Hub app on your computer. You can use the programmable buttons to activate features while gaming on PC or to cycle through EQ presets on the PS4.
These headphones have a good but slightly plasticky build quality. They also have a very bulky and obviously gamer-centric design, which some may dislike. The newer Logitech G935 don’t provide many improvements, either – they sound better, but have a worse microphone and are lacking in-line controls for wired use. Overall, these headphones provide slightly better value, especially considering they can often be found for less money than the G935.
The best wired PS4 gaming headset that we’ve tested so far is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC. It’s a comfortable, very well-built headset that comes with a great DAC (digital-to-analog converter) that you can use with your PS4 to access a bunch of neat customization features. The headphones sound great and also have a very good microphone which is great if you game a lot online.
This headset is compatible with the SteelSeries Engine support software, where you can customize the GameDAC to feature different EQ presets and settings you can active while gaming on the PS4. The GameDAC is pretty easy-to-use and comes with a couple different cable options to help find the perfect setup with your home theater system.
Unfortunately, they have sub-par frequency response consistency; this means that they tend to sound differently to different people. If you wear glasses or have long hair, for example, you may notice a drop in bass. That said, their support software provides a great 10-band EQ, so you can tweak the way they sound to better suit your preferences.
If you like having a reliable wired connection to your PS4 but are looking for something less expensive, then check out the HyperX Cloud II. They’re not customizable like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC, but they’re still very well-built and are super comfortable, which makes them perfect for long gaming sessions. They also have an outstanding microphone for online multiplayer gaming.
Though these headphones sound decent overall, more trained ears or critical listeners may find them less balanced than the Arctis Pro GameDAC, especially since they don’t come with a companion EQ. Consider the Logitech G433 if you’re looking for good wired headphones with better audio reproduction; however, they don’t feel as comfortable or as well-built as the HyperX.
If you’re looking for the best PS4 headphones in the budget category, then get the Corsair HS60. They provide great bang for your buck, with impressive build quality, very good sound, and a decent microphone.
They come with a USB adapter that can be plugged into your PC to provide different settings to control, like a graphic EQ or mic levels. You can even plug the adapter into your PS4 to provide better surround sound. They might not have all the unique customization features of the Logitech G933, but they offer great value for their price.
Although some people find a wired connection less convenient, you also don’t have to worry about latency or battery issues. That said, if you love the design of these headphones but really wish they were wireless, check out the Corsair HS70 Wireless. They’re more expensive, but will please those who prefer a wireless design.
If microphone quality is your top priority, the HyperX Cloud Stinger are your best bet. These headphones don’t feel as well-built as the Corsair HS60, but they have a much better microphone. They’re a great choice for fans of multiplayer games who need a really good mic.
Although these headphones sound pretty good overall, the Corsair sound a little bit better. They also don’t have any customization options and don’t come with ready access to an EQ like the Corsair do. The HyperX Cloud Core are a good choice if you like microphone performance of the Stinger but want more comfortable, better-built headphones. However, those headphones don’t have any controls at all, which can make them a bit tricky to use on PS4. That said, those looking for the best in mic performance at this price point will not be disappointed by the HyperX Cloud Stinger.
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.