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. If you like to customize your audio experience, some headphones come with companion software so that you can tweak their sound, access virtual surround features, and even control mic performance. That said, any good pair of gaming headphones should be able to accurately localize sounds like footsteps in the stereo image and be comfortable enough for long gaming sessions.
We’ve tested over 585 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 headsets for PS5, the best gaming headsets, and the best gaming headsets for Xbox One.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro is the best PS4 wireless headset that we've tested. These comfortable wireless gaming headphones have a premium design that should accurately reproduce sound effects like footsteps or voices in gameplay. Thanks to their wireless USB transmitter, they have low audio latency. They also support Bluetooth, so you can chat with friends or listen to audio on your smartphone while you game.
Once you adjust their fit to your head, their default sound profile is well-balanced enough for most audio genres. Their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets if you prefer a different sound, and there are even features to boost their bass or enhance dialogue clarity. You can access customization features directly from their wireless USB transmitter, recharge their additional battery, channel mix, or adjust the volume too. These headphones also have an excellent retractable boom microphone, so your voice sounds clear and full-bodied, even if you're talking in a noisy setting.
That said, their ski-band elastic headband can fit a bit tight for users who have large heads. This design also makes them very prone to inconsistent audio delivery, and you may especially experience a drop in bass if you have thick hair or glasses. Still, if you're looking for a customizable audio experience with a comfortable design and an excellent mic, they're a suitable choice. They're even 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 wired PS4 gaming headset that we've tested are the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC. These headphones have a digital to analog converter (DAC) called the GameDAC, which allows you to connect to your PS4 via wired USB connection and adjust your controls on the fly. You can also plug their 1/8" TRRS cable directly into your console's controller if you prefer an analog connection.
These comfortable headphones have a fairly neutral sound profile once you take the time to adjust their fit. If you like to tweak their sound, you can switch EQ presets on the fly using the GameDAC or create your own EQ using the companion software's graphic EQ. While we don't currently test the performance of their virtual soundstage features, they have DTS surround support and a simple speaker modeling feature, which may help better localize sound effects like footsteps while you game. Their boom mic does a good job of recording your voice, even in noisy environments.
Unfortunately, due to their unique ski-band headband design, they're very prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery, so you need to take the time to adjust them properly to get a more consistent sound each time you use them. Like many gaming headphones, they also struggle to block out background noise around you, which could be bothersome if you're gaming in a loud environment. That said, these wired over-ears deliver a well-rounded performance that should please most gamers.
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 as many customization features as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC, they still offer a decent wired gaming performance for PS4 gamers. They're comfortable enough for long gaming sessions. Also, they have a pretty neutral sound profile that packs a little extra punch in the bass range, so you really feel the deep thumps and rumbles in action-packed scenes. Their boom microphone offers an impressive recording quality, and your voice doesn't get drowned out by background noises, so you can game with teammates in noisy places. You can even remove the microphone for a more casual look, which is handy.
If you want a pair of gaming headphones with lots of customization and connectivity options, check out the SteelSeries, but if you're on a budget and want a more comfortable pair, consider the HyperX instead.
The Logitech G432 Gaming Headset is the best budget PS4 gaming headset that we've tested. These wired headphones offer a customizable audio experience as they're compatible with Logitech G HUB software. This software offers an adjustable mic and sidetone levels as well as a graphic EQ and presets. You can even save your own EQ presets, which is a nice touch.
Their boom mic offers an excellent overall performance so your voice sounds clear and detailed, even if you're talking in a noisy environment. Although they lack a bit of low-bass out-of-the-box, their mid-range is neutral enough to reproduce dialogue accurately. They also have a comfortable fit with spacious ear cups, so you shouldn't feel too much fatigue during long gaming marathons. You can use them with either their 1/8" TRRS cable or with their USB-A adapter with full audio and mic compatibility on PS4, too.
Unfortunately, they have very limited controls as you can only adjust volume and mute the mic by flipping it upward. They're also prone to inconsistent audio delivery, and you may especially notice a drop in bass if you thick hair or wear glasses. Still, if you're shopping for PS4 headphones on a budget, they offer a decent gaming performance that can be customized to your liking.
If you're looking for better-built gaming headphones, check out the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Unlike the Logitech G432 Gaming Headset, the HyperX don't have a companion app and lack any sound customization features, but they feel sturdier. These wired headphones have a lightweight and comfortable design that shouldn't fit too tightly on your head. Their bass-heavy sound profile adds thump, punch, and boom to your mixes, which can also help emphasize sound effects in gameplay. If you like to chat with others while you game, their boom mic does a great job of recording your voice, so you're heard clearly, even in noisy environments. Unfortunately, they're sensitive to fit, seal, and positioning on your head, which can result in inconsistent bass and treble delivery.
Try the Logitech if you like to customize your headphones' sound to your liking. However, if you favor durability and you don't mind their simple design, go for the HyperX instead.
Jun 09, 2021: Checked for product availability and text accuracy. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
May 10, 2021: Replaced the HyperX Cloud Stinger with the Logitech G432 Gaming Headset as the 'Best Budget PS4 Gaming Headset' as these headphones offer a better value for most users. Also added the Logitech G432 Gaming Headset as 'Better-Built Alternative'.
Apr 16, 2021: We've verified the accuracy of the text and checked for product availability. There has been no change to our picks.
Mar 18, 2021: Minor changes to the text for accuracy; no changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
Feb 16, 2021: Verified the text for accuracy and ensured the availability of our picks. There have otherwise been no changes to our picks.
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.