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 our recommendations for critical listening headphones.
We’ve tested nearly 400 headphones so far, and below are our recommendations for the best PS4 headsets to buy in 2019. If you’re looking for our top picks 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 PS4 headset that we’ve reviewed so far is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. It’s a connectivity champion, supporting not only wireless gaming over its USB transmitter but also Bluetooth audio at the same time, so you can chat on your smartphone and game on your console simultaneously. The headphones are comfortable, well-built, and have a well-balanced sound that lends itself well not only to video games but movies and music too.
What sets them apart from other models is their unique base transmitter. It lets you EQ the headphones, mix game and chat audio, adjust the volume, and manage Bluetooth settings without having to do so on a PC. You also get two swappable batteries that provide about 15 hours of playtime each and conveniently charge in the USB base transmitter, which is very convenient.
Although they perform very well overall, they’re quite expensive. If you like the way they’re designed but don’t need all their active features, consider the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition. You’ll have to customize them directly on the PC, but they still perform very well overall for a much lower price. That said, the Arctis Pro Wireless are more versatile since they support Bluetooth, so if they fit within your budget, they’re an excellent choice and the best wireless PS4 headset.
If you’re both a PS4 and a PC gamer and you’re looking for a headset that you can customize to your heart’s content, then get the Logitech G933. It doesn’t look or feel as premium as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, nor does it support Bluetooth, but it features three programmable buttons on the ear cups that you can map in the Logitech G Hub to trigger either PC-specific commands, like game macros, or more broad functions like EQ cycling that also work on the PS4. The newer Logitech G935 headphones have improved audio quality, but their microphone is worse and they don’t have as many connection options as the other Logitech, which come with an in-line mic and RCA cable for additional audio sources.
Get the Arctis Pro Wireless if you game mostly on PS4 and don’t want to need access to a PC to customize your headphones. However, if you’re also a PC gamer, you’ll want to get the Logitech G933 to gain access to their impressive customization options.
If you find you have a hard time with other headsets fitting your head properly and want a more ergonomic fit, go with the Astro A50 Gen 4 2019. Their controls aren't as good as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, and their customizable EQ requires using their software on a PC as opposed to being accessible directly on the base station, but they have wider and deeper ear cups and a very adjustable headband which tends to be more comfortable to most people. Their design even helps reproduce sound more consistently across different people than the Arctis Pro Wireless do. Unfortunately, they don't offer very good portability as they must be used with their base station, so these aren't a gaming headset that could double as headphones for your daily commute.
If you want feature-packed headphones with a customizable EQ, go with the Arctis Pro Wireless. However, if you tend to have a tough time getting headphones to fit comfortably, go with the A50 Gen 4.
The best wired PS4 gaming headset that we’ve tested so far is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC. It’s a comfortable, very well-built headset that comes with a great DAC (digital-to-analog converter) that you can use with your PS4 to access a bunch of neat customization features. The headphones sound great and also have a very good microphone, which is great if you game a lot online.
This headset is compatible with the SteelSeries Engine support software, where you can customize the GameDAC to feature different EQ presets and settings you can activate while gaming on the PS4. The GameDAC is pretty easy-to-use and comes with a couple of different cable options to help find the perfect setup with your home theater system.
Unfortunately, these headphones have sub-par frequency response consistency; this means that they tend to sound differently to different people. If you wear glasses or have long hair, for example, you may notice a drop in bass. That said, their support software provides a great 10-band EQ, so you can tweak the way they sound to better suit your preferences.
If you like having a reliable wired connection to your PS4 but are looking for something less expensive, then check out the HyperX Cloud II. While they’re not customizable like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC, they’re still one of the best gaming headsets for PS4; they're very well-built and are super comfortable, which makes them perfect for long gaming sessions. Unfortunately, more trained ears may find they sound a bit unbalanced in the treble range, which could make these headphones noticeably sharp and piercing on brighter tracks. Thankfully, they have an outstanding microphone which does a great job separating speech from background noise even in very loud environments. If you want a headset that reproduces audio more accurately and are customizable without breaking the bank, consider the Logitech G433, though they don’t feel as comfortable or as well-built as the HyperX.
Get the SteelSeries if you feel strongly about audio fidelity and need a great EQ, but if you care more about comfort and an excellent microphone, go for the HyperX.
If you’re looking for the best PS4 headset in the budget category, then get the Corsair HS60. They’re surprisingly well-built for their price and feel like premium headphones despite being under $50. They provide excellent value thanks to their good sound quality, decent microphone, and comfortable design.
These headphones are a solid choice for PS4 gamers who don’t like the bulky, gamer-centric look of most gaming headsets. They look more like headphones you’d see walking down the street, especially since their boom microphone is detachable. Their well-balanced sound profile is also suitable for not only playing video games but also just listening to music or watching movies at home.
Although some people find a wired connection less convenient, you also don’t have to worry about latency or battery issues. That said, if you love the design of these headphones but wish they were wireless, check out the Corsair HS70 Wireless. They’re more expensive but will please those who prefer a wireless design.
If you value microphone quality above all else, then get the HyperX Cloud Stinger. They don't feel as sturdy or well-built as the Corsair HS60, but their ear-cup design isolates a bit more noise to help block out ambient noises while gaming. Their biggest advantage, however, is their microphone which is significantly better than the HyperX which will please fans of multiplayer games who want an excellent microphone. They sound pretty good overall but the Corsair offers a better-balanced sound.
Get the Corsair if you want a very well-built budget headset with very good audio reproduction, but if you want the best microphone you can get in this price range, go with the HyperX.
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.
15/10/2019: Added the Astro A50 Gen 4 2019.