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 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 gaming headset that we've tested to date is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. These versatile gaming headphones use a USB receiver that doubles as a charging dock to connect to your PS4 and even have Bluetooth built-in as well so you can mix in music from your mobile device while gaming. They're quite comfortable, with an elastic strap headband and large and well-padded ear cups. The controls on the headphones are excellent and allow you to adjust volume as well as giving you access to settings like channel mixing, EQ presets, and audio sources. The headphones come with two batteries so you can charge one while gaming and quickly switch when your current one dies, which is great.
Their out-of-the-box sound profile is very well-balanced, and SteelSeries' companion software gives you access to presets as well as a graphic EQ so you can customize the sound to match your personal preferences. The boom microphone is excellent and speech recorded or transmitted with it sounds full-bodied and clear. It also does an outstanding job separating your voice from background noise, so your teammates will be able to hear you even if you game in a noisy environment.
These headphones are very versatile and come with a wide variety of wires so you can plug them into your phone or gaming console's controller, which is great if you also game on an Xbox and want to use the same headset for both consoles. Unfortunately, they're quite expensive, but they offer a ton of additional features and are the best gaming headset that we've tested.
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. They don't look or feel as premium as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, and they don't support Bluetooth, but they feature 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 Wireless Gaming Headset 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 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.
If you have a hard time getting a proper fit with the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless' elastic strap, the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 may be a good choice. The name is a mouthful and the design is big and bulky, but they're comfortable. The ear cups are spacious with softer padding than their predecessor, and the headband distributes the weight evenly. They don't have a tight fit, so they're not recommended for activities with heavy movement, as they'll fall off. Like the SteelSeries, they come with a base, but you have to use them with the base as they lack Bluetooth capability. The base also doesn't have as many controls as the SteelSeries; most of it will need to be adjusted through the software on a PC. They have a well-balanced sound with the "Studio" preset, where vocals and lead instruments are accurately reproduced.
For a feature-packed headset, go with the SteelSeries, but if you need a better fit, the Astro are a better choice.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are the best wired PS4 gaming headset that we've tested so far. They have a similar design to the SteelSeries Arctis Pro 7 but have a wired-only connection that uses a DAC to provide a ton of connectivity options including Line In, Optical, USB, and more. Their boom microphone is detachable, and they come with an audio cable to allow them to be plugged into your mobile device, great if you want to use them as your day-to-day headphones as well.
While their sound can be customized within the SteelSeries Engine via a graphic EQ and presets, their out-of-the-box sound profile is fairly well-balanced, though vocals may sound lacking in detail and presence. Their microphone performance is great and your teammates should have no problems hearing you clearly, even in loud environments. Thanks to their wired design, there won't be any lag issues, and you don't have to worry about their battery dying on you in the middle of a gaming marathon.
Unfortunately, they're a bit bulky and their headband may be too tight for those with larger heads. On the upside, they feel very well-built and their tight fit prevents them from moving around too much on your head. While they are more expensive than a lot of other wired options, overall they're a great wired gaming headset that offers a lot of customizability and connectivity options.
If the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC is too pricey, a good wired headset like the HyperX Cloud II may be the way to go. They come with a short non-removable 3.5mm jack that needs to be plugged into a longer USB cord that houses the in-line controls for 7.1 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 decent. The bass is deep and the mids are well-balanced, but the treble can be a bit sharp at times. Thankfully, they have an outstanding microphone which does a great job separating speech from background noise, even in very loud environments.
If audio fidelity is more important, the SteelSeries is better, but for a good headset with a reliable connection that won't break the bank, go for the HyperX.
If you need a good headset for the PS4 while staying within a tight budget, consider the Corsair HS60. They have great build quality and are very comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions. They aren't wireless headphones, though, so you'll have to plug them into the PS4 controller to have full functionality. Since the microphone is detachable, you can also use them as casual headphones; just keep in mind that they have very poor noise isolation and leak sound, so it's best to use them in a quiet environment.
Out-of-the-box, these headphones sound decent. The bass is deep and punchy but sounds rather boomy, and the treble can be sharp on certain tracks. However, they can be customized with Corsair's software, which has several presets as well as a graphic EQ. The downside is that the software can't be installed on the PS4.
Overall, being tethered to the controller may not be ideal, but at least you won't have to worry about latency or having to charge the headphones. It's worth noting that while the version we tested is currently slightly more expensive, you can get the newer Corsair V2 Pro for less, and we expect these will perform similarly, though we haven't tested them yet. If you want something similar that's wireless, check out the Corsair HS70 Wireless instead.
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.
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.
01/22/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.