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 550 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 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 best PS4 headset with a wired connection that we’ve tested is the Steelseries Arctis Pro GameDAC. These comfortable, well-built headphones come with a proprietary GameDAC USB dongle that offers plug-and-play compatibility with PS4 consoles. You can also use the DAC to switch EQs or surround sound settings, which makes it easy to improve your gaming experience on-the-fly.
They have a pretty neutral, balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, though upper harmonics may sound a bit dark. However, you can use the graphic EQ and presets in the SteelSeries Engine companion software to adjust their sound to your liking, which is nice. Also, their boom microphone has a good recording quality, and your teammates should be able to understand you even if you're gaming in a noisy environment.
Unfortunately, they have a disappointing noise isolation performance, so you may be distracted by noises around you while you're gaming. Also, they leak a bit of noise, which can annoy those around you. That said, if you're looking for wired gaming headphones to use with your PS4, they're a solid choice.
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 any sound customization features like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC, they're still a decent choice for wired gaming. They're comfortable and well-built, and you can even remove the boom microphone for a more casual look. Their sound profile is pretty neutral, and the extra kick in the bass helps you really feel the deep punch in action-packed scenes. Their boom microphone has an impressive recording quality, too, and your teammates should be able to understand you even if you're gaming in a lively environment. Unfortunately, they have sub-par noise isolation, and their audio delivery isn't very consistent across different listeners.
If you want a more fully-featured pair of gaming headphones with lots of sound customization options, check out the SteelSeries. However, if you're on a tighter budget, consider the HyperX instead.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger is the best PS4 gaming headset in the budget category that we've tested. These gaming headphones offer an impressive price to performance ratio, with fairly sturdy construction, lightweight design, and comfortable fit. Their wired-only connection is helpful if you don't want to deal with battery charging times or audio latency.
They have a high-quality boom microphone that makes your voice sound clear, full-bodied, and mostly free of distortion. It also does a great job of isolating speech from even loud background noise, so your teammates shouldn't have trouble understanding you even if you're in an especially loud or noisy environment. They also have a somewhat bass-heavy but not overwhelming sound profile that emphasizes the thump and rumble of sound effects without drowning out in-game dialogue.
Unfortunately, they're quite bulky, which can make it a bit of a hassle if you want to travel with them. They also have a somewhat limited control scheme that isn't especially intuitive. Still, if you're on a budget but don't want to sacrifice comfort or microphone quality, these are a good option.
01/14/2021: 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.
12/11/2020: Added SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless to Notable Mentions.
11/13/2020: 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.
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.