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 an immersive experience. A great PS4 headset will be bulkier than your favorite pair of in-ear headphones, but 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 over 400 headphones so far, and below are our recommendations for the best PS4 headsets 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. These well-designed, feature-packed headphones come with a wireless transmitter that also doubles as a battery charging station, making them a great choice for any and all gaming needs.
With its relatively low latency and fairly neutral sound profile, you'll get a great gaming experience from these headphones. If you want a little more customization, however, they can be used with the SteelSeries Engine desktop app, which offers a graphic EQ with presets so that you can get the best sound for each scenario you might face. You can also EQ on the fly, directly from the wireless transmitter. The battery is great too: since it uses swappable batteries, you'll be able to charge one battery inside the wireless transmitter while using the other.
On the downside, while the boom microphone performs well, you can't control its volume. The unique ski-band headband design also might not be for everyone as its sizing is limited; if you've got a large head, you might not find this comfortable. Overall, the Arctis Pro is not only one of the PS4 headsets we've tested so far but it's also one of the best gaming headsets.
If you find most gaming headphones uncomfortable after just a few hours of use, then you'll want to consider the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. They're not quite as feature-packed as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but they're a close runner-up for the best wireless PS4 headset we've tested thanks to their more comfortable design that can help take some of the physical pressure off a long gaming session. Their ear cups are large, leaving more space around your ears so they can breathe easier, and the headband adjusts more easily to better accommodate a wider range of head shapes and sizes. They also have improved battery life compared to the last generation Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017, but they still can't be plugged into your controller for wired use when the battery is dead.
If you want something with more battery and connectivity options, go for the SteelSeries, but if you're concerned about comfort, you'll want to go for the Astros.
If you’re both a PS4 and a PC gamer and you’re looking for headphones you can customize to your heart’s content, then get the Logitech G933. They don't look or feel as premium as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but their compatibility with the excellent Logitech G HUB software makes them even more customizable on PC. The right ear cup features three programmable buttons that you can map in the 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 Wireless Gaming Headset sound more balanced, but the mic doesn't perform as well.
Get the SteelSeries 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 to gain access to their impressive customization options.
The best wired PS4 headset we've tested so far is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC. Similarly designed to the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, their wired design eliminates the worry of your battery life running out, making them a great choice for gaming when every second counts.
With their well-balanced sound profile, you'll get a touch of rumble without cluttering the rest of the mix. Their integrated DAC offers a lot of connectivity and customization, so you can tweak your audio while you play. If you want even more customization, the companion software also has a great graphic EQ with presets as well as DTS surround sound. Their microphone is great too: if you're at the front of your raid, you'll have no problems being heard clearly, even in noisy environments.
These headphones have a similar headband issue to the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless: the elastic ski-strap might not be the best fit for everyone and might be tight for those with larger heads. They also won't block out much background noise. However, if you prefer the lack of lag that wired headphones can provide, these are a solid choice.
If you're looking for something more affordable without all the bells and whistles, consider the HyperX Cloud II. They're obviously not as feature-packed as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC, but they provide great value for the price. They use a standard audio cable that plugs into a USB controller that can activate their surround sound effects, as well as volume and mic adjustments. Their build quality is very good, with large ear cups and soft padding; however, they can be a bit tight. The sound profile on this headset is alright, but they have an outstanding microphone.
If money is no object and you're after a more feature-packed experience, go for the SteelSeries, but if you just want a good wired headset with a reliable connection that won't break the bank, get the HyperX.
The best budget PS4 gaming headset that we've tested so far is the Corsair HS60. If you're keeping a close eye on your bank account, these wired headphones have a good price to performance ratio, making them an affordable option for gamers.
These headphones have a great build and are comfortable, even throughout most long gaming marathons. They also have a well-balanced sound; its bass has good kick and warmth to bring out the excitement of explosions. If you've got a lot to say to your teammates, the microphone will capture your voice despite moderate background noise. The mic is also detachable so you'll be able to take these from a tournament to the mall without having a noticeable gaming look.
At their price point, they've got simple controls: volume and a mute mic button. As they don't isolate noise well, you might struggle to hear your teammates if you're playing in loud environments. These headphones don't have the best fit for everyone, either; the bass delivery varies across users and you might need to adjust them each time to get a consistent sound. However, they're a decent and affordable option for those watching their spending.
If you play a lot of online games, you'll need a good microphone to communicate with your teammates, such as the one on the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Their overwhelmingly plastic build isn't quite on par with the Corsair HS60, but they're still very comfortable to wear, even for those marathon gaming sessions. As mentioned, the microphone is very good. Speech sounds clear and full, and the microphone has no issues separating voice from ambient noise. The headphones' default sound is fairly decent, the bass is on the heavy side and prone to inconsistencies, but vocals and leads are well-emphasized. Unfortunately, the sound can't be customized and they're pretty disappointing when it comes to noise isolation.
If you want a pair of headphones with better build quality, get the Corsair, but for a better microphone, go with the HyperX.
03/20/2020: No changes in picks, just verification for accuracy and slight changes to the text.
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.