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 critical listening headphones.
We’ve tested 266 headphones and below are our recommendations for the best PS4 headsets to buy in 2019. If you’re looking for our top pics 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 gaming headset for PS4 we’ve reviewed so far are the SteelSeries Arctis 7. These wireless closed-back over-ear headphones are comfortable, with a well-made and durable design, and a great overall gaming performance that makes them an excellent value for their price. They are very similar to the SteelSeries Arctis Pro, but offer even more convenience and portability thanks to their USB dongle. This makes them a slightly more practical choice to use with your PS4, since you can comfortably game from your couch without any cables getting in your way.
The Arctis 7 also have a great 24-hour battery life, low latency, and good wireless range, as well as a fairly even and balanced sound. They're an excellent choice for gaming and sound good enough to be suitable for just listening to your favorite tracks as you walk around your home. Their wireless dongle also gives them a few connection options, so you can set them up with your TV (via an aux cable) and have wireless audio for watching movies and TV shows.
Unfortunately, unlike the Arctis Pro, they do not come with a GameDAC, which means you can only EQ their sound using the companion app on a computer. That said, they have a better microphone than the Arctis Pro, with somewhat improved recording quality and even better noise handling. The SteelSeries Arctis 7 is an impressive gaming headset that is sure to please PS4 gamers who feel more comfortable with a wireless connection. They're also a bit more affordable than the Arctis Pro+ GameDAC.
If you prefer having all your customization options at your fingertips and don't mind a wired gaming headset, then get the SteelSeries Artis Pro + GameDAC instead. They may not be as convenient as the Arctis 7 since you will have to connect them to your PS4 via USB to get all the benefits of the GameDAC. On the other hand, you can also use them wired with your console controller and the GameDAC, a Digital-to-Analog (DAC) converter that makes customization a breeze. You can fine-tune tons of sound and microphone settings on the DAC itself, like adjusting your preferred balance of game to chat audio, adjusting the volume of the headphones or the mic, tweaking a 10-band equalizer to make them sound just the way you like, and even setting up streaming mix preferences, all without needing access to a computer. This makes these headphones ideal for gamers who like to quickly adjust their EQ or mic settings in-game without having to keep a computer next to them all the time.
On the downside, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro have subpar isolation, and although their microphone can separate speech from ambient noise very well, the headphones themselves are best used in a quiet environment. Also, since they aren’t wireless, they might not be ideal for gamers who sit further away from their PS4, as they need to be plugged directly into the console to take advantage of the GameDAC. All things considered, though, these are great-sounding, comfortable headphones that take customizability to a whole new level.
If you’re not only an avid gamer but also like watching movies and are searching for a good home theatre headset, then get the Astro A50 with the PS4 base. Their microphone isn’t quite as good as the SteelSeries Arctis 7, but the Astro A50 are more versatile for enjoying films and TV shows. They have a few more connection options, making them a better choice for most home theater setups, and the headset looks great charging on your TV table, thanks to the dock/base station. They also sound a bit better than both the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC and the Arctis 7.
Unfortunately, their isolation is even worse than both the SteelSeries Arctis Pro and 7. They have very comfortable soft padded cups, which let a lot of ambient noise seep into your audio. This might be a deal-breaker for professional gamers who play in sometimes noisy environments, but shouldn’t be a problem for people who want to just play games or watch movies in their living room. The proprietary charging station that also serves as a wireless dock may be limiting to gamers on the move, but should be perfect for those who want to set up these headphones for use in the comfort of their own home.
If you find the price of the Astro A50 and the SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC a bit steep but love the customization options, then get the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum. They may not look as premium or as well-built as the headsets higher on this list. They also do not have the most casual friendly design, but the G933 sound good for the price, and unlike the Arctis Pro + GameDAC they can be used wired or wirelessly. The microphone noise isolation isn’t as good as that of the Arctis Pro, but their recording quality is comparable, meaning your teammates shouldn’t have any problems hearing you clearly if you’re gaming in a fairly quiet room.
The Logitech G933 have a good but slightly plasticky build quality, and they have a very bulky and obviously gamer-centric design, which means they won't be the most versatile headset out there. That said, the Logitech Gaming Software companion app is excellent, offering a wide range of customizable settings to fine-tune your gaming experience, which make them an excellent choice if you also game on PC. There are 3 programmable buttons directly on the earcups that you can map to trigger certain commands, which is a truly unique feature that makes these headphones stand out.
If you’re looking for the best PS4 headset under $75, then get the Corsair HS60. These headphones provide great bang for your buck, with impressive build quality, very good sound, and a decent microphone. They might not have all the unique customization features of the Logitech G933, but offer great value for their price. They come with a USB adapter that can be plugged into your PC to provide different settings to control, like a parametric equalizer. The adapter can also be plugged into your PS4 to provide better surround sound.
The Corsair HS60 are passive headphones, meaning they can only be used with the attached cable. Some people may find this less convenient than the wireless Logitech G933, but these headphones can be plugged directly into the PS4 controller, which is less restrictive than having to plug them into the console. There’s also virtually no lag with a wired connection. Though these aren’t the flashiest gaming headphones, they are a solid, versatile choice for a PS4 gamer who’d rather put more of their money on different gaming needs, like a great TV or an awesome monitor.
If you need an even cheaper alternative, the HyperX Cloud Stinger are your best bet under $50. Like the Corsair HS60, the HyperX Stinger are wired headphones that provide volume control and microphone support when plugged directly into a PS4 controller. They sound good, with great bass, a decent mid-range and good treble, but don’t sound as quite as good as the Corsair HS60.
At their price, it’s of no surprise that the HyperX Stinger doesn’t have the same premium feel and impressive build quality of the Corsair HS60, which also have a better control scheme. The HyperX Stinger are significantly better at noise isolation than the HS60, though, which is a welcome advantage given their low price tag. They also have a better microphone with excellent recording quality and noise handling, but it's not detachable. All-in-all, the HyperX Cloud Stinger are decent, versatile gaming headphones with a respectable performance-to-price ratio. If you’re really looking to save big, the Logitech G430 are also worth considering too, with a more gamer-centric design and controls that are sure to please the most budget-conscious PS4 gamers.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best PS4 gaming headsets to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one 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.