If you're an avid PlayStation gamer looking for the best PS4 headset, you're likely well-acquainted with the overwhelming number of different options. There's a lot to choose from, so knowing your priorities can help your decision. Wireless headphones are a must for those who mostly game from the couch and hate having a long cable running to your PS4. However, those who find nothing is worse than keeping an eye on your headphones' battery life will likely gravitate toward 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. Any good pair of gaming headphones will accurately localize sounds like footsteps in the stereo image and be comfortable enough for long gaming sessions.
We’ve tested over 720 headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best PS4 headphones 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 best PS4 headset we've tested is the Audeze Maxwell Wireless. These premium gaming headphones are available in PlayStation and Xbox variants, so get the model that works with your console. They're among a few products to feature planar-magnetic drivers. This lets them produce more low-bass than similar gaming headphones with dynamic drivers, like the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless. These headphones have very low latency over Bluetooth and via their USB dongle, ensuring a gaming experience with any audio delay.
They also have a very neutral sound profile that accurately reproduces sound effects, dialogue, and soundtracks. However, they're quite bulky, and their ski-band headband design doesn't distribute their weight comfortably across your head during long play sessions. If you'd like a different sound profile, their companion app offers a few EQ presets to help change their sound to your liking. Their battery lasts nearly 78 hours, so you can game over several days without recharging.
Their boom mic is also impressive, making your voice sound clear and natural over team chat, even in environments with loud background noise. You can also take the boom mic off and use their integrated mic, which makes them versatile as an everyday casual-use option. However, they don't have ANC, so any loud background noise around you will impact how well you hear your game. While you're likely to have trouble finding a pair since they're currently on backorder, they're worth waiting for due to their unique features.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro is the best upper mid-range gaming headset we've tested if you're looking for a cheaper option. They have a wired design, but their dock offers a low latency connection and controls, meaning you can adjust the volume or mic sidetone on the fly. Their boom mic has great recording quality, so your voice sounds clear and natural but a bit bright. Out of the box, they have a fairly neutral sound profile. Elements like voices can sound veiled, but you can customize their sound with a parametric EQ in the companion software. However, compared to their wireless sibling, they're prone to inconsistent audio delivery, and people who wear glasses or have thick hair can experience a drop in bass.
They also support an analog connection with most consoles, which is helpful if you want to eliminate latency. This also means you don't need to worry about battery life, unlike the Audeze Maxwell Wireless. However, this also makes them less suitable for commuting or the office. They aren't great for phone calls either since they lack onboard audio and call controls. If you're looking for more versatility at a lower price point, you might prefer the Astro A30 Wireless. They can be used wirelessly and have a more intuitive control scheme but aren't as comfortable.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless is the best PS4 wireless headset in the mid-range we've tested. If you don't want to worry about recharging your headphones each time you use them, the manufacturer advertises these over-ears to deliver over 300 hours of continuous playback time, which is very impressive for gaming headphones. They also have an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life if you forget to turn them off. They have low latency, so your audio and visuals stay in sync in the heat of the moment.
These headphones have a sturdy build and a comfortable fit. When using the 'Balanced' EQ, they have a slightly V-shaped sound profile with a touch of extra thump, rumble, and boom, which can help emphasize sound effects. Unfortunately, if you want to customize their sound, their companion software's graphic EQ and presets aren't transferrable onto the PS4. They're also prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, and you may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or wear glasses.
Their boom mic performs well, so your voice sounds clear, even in moderately noisy environments. Additionally, some users have noticed latency issues when pairing these headphones with their companion software on PCs. If you experience this issue, please tell us about it in the forums.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ Wireless are the best lower mid-range PS4 gaming headphones we've tested. They're the upgraded variant of the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless, with a longer continuous battery life, advertised at 30 hours. We measured 60 hours of continuous playback time, which, while not as long-lasting as the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless, is still outstanding for wireless gaming headphones. Thanks to their USB dongle, they have very low audio latency, but the dongle doesn't offer any additional controls or features. Their retractable boom mic also does a good overall job of capturing your voice clearly, even in moderately noisy environments.
These headphones have a ski-band headband design, which helps distribute their weight on your head. However, it has a limited adjustment range, which can be frustrating if you have a large head, and the headband makes it hard to ensure a consistent fit. The headphones are very prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, so it's important to take the time to adjust them on your head each time you use that.
With a good fit, the headphones have a boomy sound that can help emphasize sound effects. They also have a passable soundstage for closed-back headphones, and audio feels like it's coming from all around you rather than inside your head, making for a more immersive experience.
The Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED WIRELESS are the best budget PS4 gaming headphones we've tested. Unlike the SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ Wireless, you don't have the option of using them wired, so if they run out of power, you have to wait for them to charge to use them again. Still, their battery lasts roughly 35 hours of continuous use, so you don't need to recharge them daily. They come with a USB dongle that provides a low latency connection for gaming and have a comfortable fit for most people.
Their boom mic has an okay recording quality but doesn't make your voice sound as full-bodied as the previous picks. Their sound profile lacks some thump and rumble, but it's reasonably well-balanced overall, so your audio has body and warmth, and voices sound clear and detailed. They have companion software that includes a graphic EQ and presets if you prefer a different sound.
They're decently well-built but feel plasticky, and if you'd prefer a sturdier option, the HyperX Cloud Alpha S are another good, budget-friendly option. They're better-build overall, and their cable, mic, and ear cup padding are detachable, so it's easier to replace anything that gets damaged. However, they don't have sound customization features and create a less natural, open-seeming passive soundstage.
The Logitech G433 is the best cheap PS4 gaming headset we've tested. When you get to this price point, it's pretty common only to find wired headphones without any extra frills. These over-ears are no exception, and while they lack customization features when connected to your PS4, and their controls are limited to mic mute and volume, they deliver a significantly better mic performance than the Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless. Their boom mic has a great recording quality, ensuring that your teammates and enemies hear you clearly.
These headphones have a well-balanced sound similar to our budget pick, meaning you can expect clear dialogue and instruments. They also have a touch of extra high-bass to add warmth to mixes. Their soundstage feels wide and out-of-head, but it doesn't feel natural. They're very prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, and you may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or wear glasses. Their build quality is decent, but the fabric padding can wear and tear over time.
The Drop + Sennheiser PC38X are the best open-back PS4 gaming headphones we've tested. If you're looking for a more immersive gaming experience, it's important to consider open-back headphones. The listening experience is different but far more engaging as the design lets in environmental noise to blend with your game's audio. Naturally, these headphones don't isolate you from external audio; they leak sound, meaning people nearby will hear your game at high volumes. However, if you're looking for headphones that can create a spacious, out-of-head soundstage, you're in the right category.
These are also among the best open-back headphones we've tested. They're comfortable and have a good build quality, which will help avoid head fatigue during a long gaming session. The mic performs well, and your voice sounds clear and full over the team chat. Due to their open-back design, they don't produce much low-bass, but the rest of the range is relatively neutral, meaning that dialogue and sound effects will sound well-balanced, detailed, and present. Unfortunately, they don't have any EQ feature, so you can't adjust the sound to your liking.
May 15, 2023: Updated our top pick to the Audeze Maxwell Wireless. Moved the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Feb 17, 2023: Checked that the picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
Dec 20, 2022: Changed our upper mid-range pick to the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro and our 'Best Open-Back' pick to the Drop + Sennheiser PC38X. We also added a mention of latency issues occuring with the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless, which some users have experienced.
Sep 23, 2022: Added the following headphones: the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox, SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ Wireless, the Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless, and the Logitech G433 Gaming Headset. We've moved the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC to Notable Mentions and cleaned up the Notable Mentions of picks that are out of date.
May 12, 2022: Added the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless and Astro A40TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019 as 'Best Wireless PS4 Gaming Headset For Battery Life' and 'Best Open-Back PS4 Gaming Headset', respectively. Removed the Logitech G935 Wireless Gaming Headset and the Corsair HS60 PRO SURROUND. Moved the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset and Logitech G432 Gaming Headset to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best PS4 headphones 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 don't care about having a microphone or wireless features.