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The 6 Best PS4 Gaming Headsets - Summer 2024 Reviews

Updated Jun 28, 2024 at 09:06 am
Best PS4 Headsets

If you're an avid PlayStation gamer, you're likely well-acquainted with the overwhelming number of different headsets available for the PS4. There's a lot to choose from, so knowing your priorities can help you make your decision. Wireless headphones are necessary if you want the freedom to move your head around and get up from your game without worrying about snags. If you're the type to forget to charge your headphones, wired headphones are likely better suited for your needs. If you like personalizing your listening experience, some headphones have companion software to help you fine-tune the mix to your preferences, enable virtual soundstage features, or simply adjust the mic's volume over team chat.

We've tested over 795 headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best gaming headsets to buy for PS4. If you're looking for our top picks for other consoles and PCs, check out our recommendations for the best headsets for PS5, the best gaming headsets, and the best gaming headsets for Xbox One.

  1. Best PS4 Gaming Headset

    The best PS4 headset we've tested is the Audeze Maxwell Wireless. These premium gaming headphones are available in PlayStation and Xbox variants, so be sure to get the right model for your console. They're among the few gaming headphones that use planar magnetic drivers, which helps them produce more low-bass than headsets with dynamic drivers, like the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless. The Audeze have very low latency via Bluetooth and their USB dongle, ensuring your game audio and video stay in sync. They also have a very neutral default sound profile that accurately reproduces sound effects, dialogue, and soundtracks.

    If you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a few EQ presets to help change it to your liking. Their battery lasts nearly 78 hours of continuous use, so you don't have to recharge them daily. Their impressive boom mic makes your voice sound clear and natural over team chat, even in environments with loud background noise. You can take the boom mic off and use their integrated mic, which makes them versatile as an everyday casual-use option. However, they're quite bulky, and their ski-band headband design doesn't distribute their weight comfortably across your head during long gaming sessions. These headphones can be difficult to find in stock, but the manufacturer's website sometimes has them available when other online retailers don't.

    If your priority is comfort and your gaming setup would benefit from a headset with HDMI 2.1 passthrough, it's also worth looking at the Astro A50 X Wireless. They have excellent ear cup padding, and their headband distributes weight evenly across your head. Unfortunately, they can't be used wired, and their battery life isn't quite as impressive as the Audeze's.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range PS4 Gaming Headset

    Current Deal: The Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED Wireless has dropped in price by $69 at

    Although they were designed with PC gamers in mind, the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED Wireless are still worth checking out if you want a premium gaming experience on PS4. These slightly more affordable headphones have a USB receiver to keep your audio and visuals in sync. They also support Bluetooth, although you can't use it and the wireless dongle (or analog cable) simultaneously. Their long-lasting continuous playback time means you don't have to constantly recharge them either, and they're equipped with an auto-off timer to conserve battery life when not in use.

    Their sound isn't quite as neutral out of the box as the Audeze Maxwell Wireless. However, you can save EQ settings from the PC software and apply those settings when gaming with your PS4—a feature that was added after launch. They deliver satisfying thump and punch to sound effects like explosions. Dialogue and instruments also sound present but are a bit lacking in detail. While their mic does a fair job of recording your voice so that you sound clear, it's even better at separating speech from noise, so you're heard clearly, even if a lot is going on around you. These well-built headphones are also very comfortable for most people and come with two different sets of ear pads to suit your preferences.

    Check out the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro if you prefer a wired design. They come with a GameDAC, which puts controls like channel mixing and EQs within easy reach. However, due to their ski-band headband design, they aren't quite as comfortable and are prone to more bass and treble delivery inconsistencies, which might be an issue if you have thick hair or wear glasses.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range PS4 Gaming Headset

    The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7P Wireless is the best wireless headset for PS4 that we've tested at this price point. While they aren't as comfortable or well-built as the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED Wireless, they support Bluetooth and multi-device pairing, so you can stay connected with your PS4 and computer or smartphone simultaneously, which is nice if you want to stream music or chat and hear your game audio as well. Out of the box, their sound is rich in bass, which helps emphasize sound effects like footsteps. That said, if you prefer a different sound, their app has an EQ and presets to fine-tune them to your liking.

    Their boom mic offers a very good overall performance, keeping your voice sounds clear and easy to understand. Their low-latency wireless dongle ensures you don't miss a beat of the action, and the headphones have over 33 hours of continuous battery life to last through long gaming marathons. However, it's worth noting that their headband design makes them prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, so it's important to take the time to adjust their fit accordingly.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget PS4 Gaming Headset

    The Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless are the best budget PS4 gaming headphones we've tested. Unlike the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7P Wireless, you don't have the option of using them wired, so if they run out of power, you'll have to wait for them to charge to use them again. Still, their battery lasts roughly 35 hours of continuous use, so you only need to plug them in every few days. They come with a USB dongle that provides a low latency connection for gaming, and they 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 built overall, and their cable, mic, and ear cup padding are detachable, so it's easy to replace anything that gets damaged. However, they don't have sound customization features and create a less natural, open-seeming passive soundstage.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap PS4 Gaming Headset

    The Logitech G435 are the best cheap PS4 gaming headphones we've tested. Headphones at this price range don't usually come with many extra features or customization options, like a graphic EQ or channel mixing, and these are no exception. These lightweight over-ears are mainly designed for younger users and people with small heads, so if you've often found most headphones fit too big, these are worth considering. They also have an adjustable volume limiter, which can help anyone trying to habitually lower their average listening volume. Some users have noticed issues with their wireless dongle being able to update to recent firmware, but we found that hard resetting the headphones solved this problem.

    They have a warm sound profile that gives extra boom to sound effects. Dialogue and instruments also sound clear and detailed if a bit recessed. Their integrated mic makes your voice sound bright and clear but unnatural and lacking fullness. They only last around 20 hours compared to the Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless' 35 hours, but they'll still get you through several playing sessions before needing a top-up. If you don't want to worry about battery life, the Logitech G432 have a wired-only connection and a mic that transmits your voice more clearly than the G435. However, their wired connection makes them less versatile for casual use while away from your PS4.

    See our review

  6. Best Open-Back PS4 Gaming Headset

    The Drop + Sennheiser/EPOS PC38X are the best headset for PS4 with an open-back design 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 environmental noise 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.

    They're among the best open-back headphones we've tested, with good comfort and build quality to help avoid head fatigue during a long gaming session. 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 are well-balanced, detailed, and present. The mic also performs well, and your voice sounds clear and full over the team chat. That said, it isn't detachable, so if you like the possibility of going mic-less occasionally, try the Corsair VIRTUOSO PRO. Their mic is attached to the audio cable and not directly to the headset, so removing it is as easy as swapping cables. However, the mic falls short compared to the Drop + Sennheiser/EPOS' excellent recording quality, though it still performs very well overall.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Beyerdynamic MMX 300 (2nd Generation): The Beyerdynamic MMX 300 (2nd Generation) are wired gaming headphones with a well-balanced but bright sound profile. They have a very good mic performance but aren't as customizable as the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED Wireless or the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro since they don't have companion software. Their mic's noise handling is better than the SteelSeries', so you might prefer them if you want wired headphones and want to be heard clearly while gaming in a shared space. See our review
  • Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Wireless for PlayStation: The Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Wireless are premium gaming headphones with a swappable battery pack system, so you can use one battery while the other charges. That said, they don't offer nearly the same level of performance as the Audeze Maxwell Wireless, and they have a less neutral sound, though some people may still enjoy it for FPS games. See our review
  • Sony PULSE 3D Wireless: The Sony PULSE 3D Wireless are gaming headphones primarily designed for PS5 consoles. You can use them on PS4 consoles using their 1/8" TRRS cable or USB receiver. Their integrated mic doesn't perform as well as the Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless', and they have a shorter continuous battery life. See our review
  • HyperX Cloud III Wireless: The HyperX Cloud III Wireless are cheaper than the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7P Wireless. They aren't as versatile since they can't be used wired, but they offer a good performance for wireless gaming on PS4. Their battery life is much longer at over 100 hours, so you might prefer them if you forget to charge your headphones. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jun 28, 2024: We've checked that all our picks are still up-to-date and in stock and made some small changes to the text for clarity.

  2. May 01, 2024: We've added the Astro A50 X Wireless as an alternative to the Audeze Maxwell Wireless due to its comfortable fit and HDMI 2.1 capabilities. Otherwise, we've made no changes to our picks.

  3. Mar 06, 2024: Added the Beyerdynamic MMX 300 (2nd Generation) to the Notable Mentions since those looking for a wired headset might prefer them to the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro for their somewhat more neutral sound and better microphone noise handling.

  4. Jan 09, 2024: We've overhauled this article to reflect our picks for the best PS4 headsets better. We've replaced SteelSeries Arctis Pro for Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED Wireless and HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless for SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless. We've also removed the SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ Wireless as the SteelSeries Nova 7 Wireless offer better overall performance, and we cleared the Notable Mentions of out-of-date products.

  5. Nov 02, 2023: Added the HyperX Cloud III Wireless to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

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.