Many avid PlayStation gamers like to enhance their gaming experience by using headphones, and there are already a variety of headphones on the market that are compatible with the PS5. Wireless headphones are a great option for listeners who like to game from their couch and don't want a long, tangled cord running across the room from their console. However, if you don't want to worry about running out of battery while gaming, wired headphones may be a more suitable choice. With so many gaming-oriented headphones on the market, you can also find options with many additional features, like sound customization, microphone level adjustments, and virtual surround sound features. That said, any good pair of gaming headphones should have a comfortable fit and accurately localize objects like footsteps in the stereo image.
We've tested over 590 headphones, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best headphones for PS5 to buy. You can also check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best PS4 headsets, and the best Xbox Series X headsets.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro is the best PS5 headset with a wireless connection that we've tested. These comfortable headphones come with a USB wireless transmitter base which delivers an outstandingly low audio latency experience suitable for gaming. The base also allows you to adjust their volume, access EQ presets, channel mix, switch audio sources, and even charge one of their swappable batteries while you're using the other one.
Out-of-the-box, they have a neutral and balanced sound profile that makes them suitable for lots of audio content. Since they're compatible with SteelSeries Engine software, you can access their graphic EQ and presets to customize their sound. These headphones also support Bluetooth, which is nice if you want to listen to audio from your phone while you game. Their boom mic does a great job of recording your voice, even in very loud environments.
Unfortunately, they're prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, and you may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or glasses. Some users have also reported that their ear cups broke or cracked with regular use over time. That said, these wireless headphones deliver a comfortable and customizable audio experience for PS5 gamers.
If you prefer even more comfortable PS5 headphones, check out the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. While they don't support Bluetooth and have a shorter total battery life than the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, the Astro have deep and spacious ear cups that make them comfortable enough for long gaming marathons. These headphones have decently low non-Bluetooth latency and a well-balanced default sound profile that can be adjusted using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. Their boom mic also delivers an excellent overall performance, ensuring that you're heard clearly, even in noisy environments. However, while the PC/PS4 variant is compatible with PS5 consoles, the PS5 doesn't support an Optical connection, so you need to connect the dock via USB to get full mic and audio compatibility. If you prefer, you can also purchase an Astro HDMI adapter from the manufacturer.
If you're looking for wireless gaming headphones that support Bluetooth and have a better-balanced default sound profile, consider the SteelSeries. However, if you prioritize a more comfortable fit, try the Astro instead.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC is the best headset for PS5 with a wired design that we've tested. These well-built over-ear headphones are fully compatible with PS5 when you connect using their GameDAC via USB, which also offers multiple inputs and puts controls like EQ switching within easy reach while you game. They're also fully compatible via analog connection if you use the included 8-pin USB adaptor.
They have a comfortable fit, with large earcups, soft padding, and an elastic ski-band headband. Their default sound profile is well-balanced but somewhat dark. If you prefer a different sound, you can customize it in the SteelSeries Engine, which offers many customization features, including a graphic EQ. The boom mic has a good recording quality and does a great job of isolating your voice from ambient sound, so your teammates can hear you even when you're gaming in a noisy setting.
Unfortunately, users with larger heads may find them a bit tight, since the ski-band headband can only expand as much as the rigid frame. They also have somewhat inconsistent bass and treble delivery, and people who wear glasses or have thick hair especially may notice a drop in bass, but you should get a fairly consistent response once you take the time to adjust their fit, seal, and position on your head.
If you also use your gaming headset for day-to-day use and want a more casual look, you may prefer the Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset. They don't come with a wired USB dock, unlike the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC, which means you don't have easy access to as many controls while you game, but it also makes them easier to use when you're out and about. They're well-built with a premium look, and you can detach the boom mic to make them look less like gaming headphones. Their default sound profile is boomy and warm, which helps to emphasize sound effects in action-packed games, and you can customize it with a graphic EQ and presets in the companion app. The mic has a good overall performance, so you should be heard quite clearly even when you're gaming in a fairly noisy setting. Unfortunately, they're prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery, so you may need to take some time to adjust them to get the same sound each time you wear them.
If you want to customize your audio experience while you game, go for the SteelSeries, but consider the Logitech instead if you want more comfortable headphones with a detachable mic.
The ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless is the best gaming headset for PS5 under $100 that we've tested. These wireless gaming headphones offer quite a bit of extra features like customizable RGB lighting at a more wallet-friendly price. They also feel well-built, and although they look a bit bulky, they feel lightweight on the head.
Out-of-the-box, these over-ears have a boomy sound profile that can help emphasize sound effects in action-packed gameplay. However, if you prefer a different sound, their companion software offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you can tweak them to your liking. The software even has mic adjustment functions like voice modification. That said, their detachable boom mic still does a very good job of recording your voice, even in moderately noisy environments. Thanks to their 16-hour continuous battery life, you can also game for long periods without worrying about recharging them. They have very low latency, so your audio and visuals stay in sync.
Unfortunately, they don't support Bluetooth, which can be disappointing if you want to chat with friends on your phone while staying connected to your PS5. Due to their ski-band headband design, they're also very prone to inconsistent audio delivery, and you may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or glasses. That said, these headphones offer a good price-to-performance ratio thanks to their feature-packed software. They're also among the best gaming headsets under $100 that we've tested.
Jul 14, 2021: Verified that picks still represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
Jun 16, 2021: Checked the text for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
May 19, 2021: Added the SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless to Notable Mentions as they can be used wirelessly on multiple consoles. Verified accuracy of the text and checked for product availability to ensure we're still recommending the best products for your needs.
Apr 28, 2021: Verified the accuracy of our text and checked for product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Apr 07, 2021: Verified that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their category.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best headsets for PS5 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 headphones reviews, sorted by their wireless gaming performance. 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.