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 357 headphones 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 wireless headset for PS4 that we’ve reviewed so far is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. This outstanding gaming headset is a connectivity champion, supporting not only wireless gaming over its USB transmitter but also Bluetooth at the same time. This means you can chat on your smartphone and game on your console simultaneously.
These headphones are comfortable, well-built headphones with a well-balanced sound that lends itself well not only to video games but movies and music too. What sets these headphones apart from other models is their unique dual-battery charging system. You get two swappable batteries that provide about 15 hours of playtime each and conveniently charge in the USB base transmitter.
Though their microphone is great, there have been reports of the mic levels being very low on mobile devices and consoles under certain circumstances. If you like their design but want to have more mic control, consider the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC. They have even more customization options than the Arctis Pro Wireless, including microphone level adjustments, but rely on a wired connection.
If you’re not only an avid gamer but also like watching movies and are searching for a good home theatre headset, then get the Astro A50 Wireless with the PS4 base. They don’t support Bluetooth like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but their charging station may be a better option if you prefer having a dedicated place to place your headphones when you’re not using them. They look great charging on your TV stand and they have great sound performance to match. They’re also more comfortable than the SteelSeries and have a more ergonomic design that adjusts well to different head sizes.
On the downside, unlike the SteelSeries, these headphones can’t be used passively with a regular audio cable, which may be limiting to gamers on the move. That said, they're perfect if you want headphones strictly for use in the comfort of your own home. If you prefer a wired connection, the Astro A40 are worth considering and have the same great design with an even better microphone. They don’t sound quite as good, though, so you may need to spend more time EQing them.
If you like the premium look and feel of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless but don’t need Bluetooth and would like to save some cash, get the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition. They have nearly the same comfortable, well-made, and durable design, with great overall gaming performance that makes them an excellent value for their price.
These headphones sound very good and have a great microphone. They don’t have the same dual-battery system of the Pro Wireless, but their integrated rechargeable battery lasts for 24 hours, which is still very good. Their wireless dongle also gives them a few connection options, so you can set them up with your TV (via an aux cable) and have wireless audio for watching movies and TV shows.
Unfortunately, since they don’t have the same base station as the Arctis Pro GameDAC, you can only EQ their sound using the companion app on a computer. That said, they have more customization features in the SteelSeries Engine app, so if you’re a PS4 and PC gamer you get even more options.
If you love the idea of a highly customizable headset, then get the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum. They may not look as premium or feel as well-built as the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition, but they provide a ton of customization options. They have 3 programmable buttons directly on the earcups that you can map to trigger certain commands in the Logitech G Hub app.
These headphones have a good but slightly plasticky build quality. They also have a very bulky and obviously gamer-centric design, which some may dislike. The newer Logitech G935 don’t provide many improvements either – they sound better but have a worse microphone and are lacking in-line controls for wired use. Overall, these headphones provide slightly better value, especially considering they can often be found for less money than the G935.
If you don’t like having to remember to recharge your headphones and prefer using a wired connection, the best wired headset for PS4 are the HyperX Cloud II. They don’t sound quite as good as the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition, but they’re still very well-built and are super comfortable, which is great for long gaming sessions. They also have an outstanding microphone which makes them a very good choice for online multiplayer gaming.
Though they sound decent overall, more trained ears or critical listeners may find them less balanced than the Arctis 7, especially since you cannot EQ their sound. Consider the SteelSeries Arctis 5 2019 Edition if you’re looking for good wired headphones with better audio reproduction; however, they don’t feel as comfortable or as well-built as the HyperX Cloud II. These headphones also have superior microphone performance, which is better for fans of online multiplayer games.
If you’re looking for the best PS4 headphones in the budget category, then get the Corsair HS60. They provide great bang for your buck, with impressive build quality, very good sound, and a decent microphone.
They come with a USB adapter that can be plugged into your PC to provide different settings to control, like a graphic EQ or mic levels. You can even plug the adapter into your PS4 to provide better surround sound. They might not have all the unique customization features of the Logitech G933, but they offer great value for their price.
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 really wish they were wireless, check out the Corsair HS70 Wireless. They’re more expensive but will please those who prefer a wireless design.
If microphone quality is your top priority, the HyperX Cloud Stinger are your best bet. These headphones don’t feel as well-built as the Corsair HS60, but they have a much better microphone. They’re a great choice for fans of multiplayer games who need a really good mic.
Although these headphones sound pretty good overall, the Corsair sound a little bit better. They also don’t have any customization options and don’t come with ready access to an EQ like the Corsair do. The HyperX Cloud Core are a good choice if you like microphone performance of the Cloud Stinger but want more comfortable, better-built headphones. However, those headphones don’t have any controls at all, which can make them a bit tricky to use on PS4. That said, those looking for the best in mic performance at this price point will not be disappointed by the HyperX Cloud Stinger.
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.