If you game on PlayStation and are looking for the best PS4 headset, then you're likely already well-acquainted with the overwhelming number of different options out there. It can be even harder to know what to get if you're looking for something to buy as a gift for a friend or family member. There's indeed 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 there's nothing worse than having to keep an eye on your headphone's battery life will want a wired headset. Wired headphones are also often more affordable, but there are some more premium, feature-packed options available.
We’ve tested over 450 headphones so far, 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 we've tested so far is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. Not only do these wireless headphones have outstanding sound and mic quality, but they're remarkably feature-packed. They support Bluetooth, use a unique dual-battery system, and come with an excellent wireless base station transmitter that has tons of connectivity and customization options.
They have a very well-balanced, neutral default sound profile, which you can easily EQ to your liking directly on their transmitter. Thanks to their dual-battery system, you can always keep a spare battery charging in the base station, and their 15-hour battery life ensures you won't have to get up the swap the battery too often. Their mic performs well in even the noisiest conditions, and thanks to their Bluetooth support, you can even chat on your phone while gaming over their transmitter's low-latency wireless connection at the same time.
Unfortunately, their ski goggle-inspired headband design doesn't work for everyone, since it's limited by the size of the surrounding rigid frame. If the frame fits well around your head, you can easily adjust the tension of the elastic strap to your liking. However, if your head is too large for the frame, it can be quite uncomfortable since the frame itself isn't adjustable. That said, these headphones are still among the best gaming headsets we've reviewed, so if their fit is right for you, they're worth considering.
If you're concerned about comfort, then get the Astro A50 Gen 4. They're not quite as feature-packed as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but their adjustable headband more comfortably accommodates a wider range of head shapes and sizes. They don't support Bluetooth or have swappable batteries, but their sound and mic quality are equally impressive. Their battery also lasts over 17 hours on a charge, and they come with a nice charging dock. Unfortunately, they take over 4 hours to charge, and they can't be used wired with a regular audio cable. You can charge them with a micro-USB cable, though, and they can still be used wirelessly while charging this way.
Get the SteelSeries if you regularly chat on your phone while gaming and you're not too worried about fit issues; however, if you have a larger head or prefer something with dock charging, you'll want to go for the Astro.
The best PS4 headset with a wired connection that we’ve tested so far is the Steelseries Arctis Pro GameDAC. These headphones 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. 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 also includes options for DTS surround sound and microphone control.
On the downside, 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 office. Overall, these are very well-built, highly customizable wired gaming headphones.
If you prefer more a wired connection but you're looking to save a few bucks here and there, get the HyperX Cloud II. While they lack the customizability of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC, they're still an affordable choice that offers a decent gaming experience. These comfortable headphones are impressively well-built and include some nice features such as a 7.1 virtual surround effect as well as channel fixing which can be used on the PS4 via their USB sound card/in-line remote.
Go for the SteelSeries if you prefer something with a lot of customization options and you don't mind the price, but if you're looking for a simple, wired design at a more affordable price, then get the HyperX.
The best PS4 headset in the budget category that we’ve tested so far is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. These wired headphones have good performance for the price, with an understated design that feels fairly well-built. Thanks to their lightweight construction and spacious ear cups, they’re pretty comfortable. Their wired connection allows for seamless compatibility on PS4 consoles, not to mention Xbox One consoles and PCs.
Their sound profile is somewhat bass-heavy, which might please some users. Explosions and gunshots will land with plenty of oomph without completely overwhelming more delicate sounds like dialogue or a game’s score. Their boom microphone is also very good, especially at this price point. Teammates will hear your voice as being full-bodied, distortion-free, and absent of any background chatter.
Unfortunately, their fit is frustratingly inconsistent, meaning they might sound different every time you wear them, especially if you wear glasses or have long hair. Their noise isolation performance is also disappointing, which could be an issue if you intend to use these headphones in environments like loud gaming tournaments. Still, if you’ve blown the budget on your gaming setup but don’t want to compromise on the quality of your headset’s microphone, consider this one.
07/22/2020: Replaced Corsair HS60 with Corsair HS60 PRO SURROUND in 'Notable Mentions'; slight changes to text for accuracy and clarity.
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.