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 more suitable. 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 650 headphones, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best headphones for PS5 to buy. You can also check out our picks for the best gaming headsets, the best PS4 headsets, and the best Xbox Series X headsets.
The best wireless headset for PS5 we've tested is the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless. Thanks to their USB dongle, these headphones have low latency, making them well-suited for gaming, and their over 24 hours of continuous battery life should also last through long gaming marathons.
They have a well-built and comfortable design. While their boomy and v-shaped sound profile can help emphasize sound effects in your gameplay, you can also customize them to suit your preferences, thanks to their companion software's graphic EQ and presets. Their retractable boom mic does a great job recording your voice, meaning that you sound clear and natural.
Unfortunately, their audio delivery is very dependant on the headphones' fit, seal, and positioning on your head. If you have a large or wide head, the headphones may also feel tight on your head as the elastic ski-band headband has a limited adjustment range. They struggle to block out background noise, which could be annoying if you're gaming in a loud environment. However, their low latency and customizable features make them a solid choice for PS5 gamers.
The most comfortable PS5 gaming headset we've tested is the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset. These wireless headphones come with one pair of cloth and another pair of leatherette memory foam earpads to help you find the most comfortable fit. The ear cups are also large, spacious, and deep, while their wide headband helps to distribute their weight.
Out of the box, these headphones have a well-balanced sound profile that adds a touch of extra body and boom to your mixes. That said, if you want a different sound, their companion software offers a graphic EQ plus presets for customization. They also have low non-Bluetooth wireless latency, and their mic has a good overall performance, so teammates hear you clearly. Their under 24 hours of continuous battery life should last through long gaming marathons.
Unfortunately, they're prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, and you may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or wear glasses. Some users have also reported that their unit's hinges broke over time, which is a little frustrating. Still, if comfort is a big priority for you, these headphones offer a spacious and adjustable fit that should please most users.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC is the best headset for PS5 that we've tested with a wired design. These over-ear headphones have a great build quality and a very comfortable fit, with deep ear cups and an adjustable elastic headband. Their GameDAC gives you easy access to helpful controls, like channel mixing and EQ presets, while you game.
Their boom mic makes your voice sound clear and does a great job of separating it from ambient sound, so your teammates can hear you even when you're gaming in a noisy environment. While their default sound profile lacks a bit of detail, you can customize it with a graphic EQ and presets in the companion app. The GameDAC allows you to connect to PlayStation and Xbox consoles as well as PCs via USΒ, or you can also use their 1/8" TRRS cable to connect via analog.
Unfortunately, they're very prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery, so you need to take time to adjust them on your head each time you wear them to hear the same sound. Also, their ski-band headband may not expand enough to fit bigger heads, making them less comfortable for some listeners. Otherwise, they offer a customizable gaming experience and are worth considering if you're looking for wired headphones.
The best PS5 headset at the budget level is the Sony PULSE 3D Wireless. Out of the box, these headphones have a well-balanced sound profile that produces clear and present dialogue and instruments. That said, when connected to your PS5, you can customize their sound to your liking using Sony's built-in 5-band graphic EQ and presets.
Thanks to their USB wireless receiver, these over-ears have low audio latency, ensuring that your audio and visuals stay in sync while you game. Although they have a closed-back design, their passive soundstage sounds open and natural. They also have over 13 hours of continuous playback time, and their mic does a fair job of recording your voice, so it sounds natural.
Unfortunately, their mic struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise around you, which can be frustrating if you're talking near an open window with traffic outside. They also have a passably comfortable fit and don't form a tight seal on your ears. On the upside, their overall design is lightweight and decently well-built.
If you're looking for headphones with better build quality, try the HyperX Cloud Alpha S. Unlike the Sony PULSE 3D Wireless, you can't use them wirelessly, and they don't have any sound customization features. However, they're very well-built, thanks to their aluminum frame and detachable braided audio cable. These headphones have a more comfortable fit and come with two different pairs of ear padding to help you get the best fit. They have independent bass sliders on each ear cup that you can use to tweak their sound to your tastes. With the sliders turned up, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra boom to mixes, which can help emphasize sound effects while you game. Their mic offers good overall performance, ensuring you're heard clearly, even in a moderately noisy environment.
Consider the Sony if you're looking for wireless gaming headphones with sound customization features. However, if you prioritize a more sturdy and comfortable fit, check out the HyperX instead.
The best cheap gaming headset we've tested is the Logitech G432 Gaming Headset. Although they're primarily designed for PC gaming, you can use these affordable headphones on PS5 via an analog or wired USB connection. They have a boom mic that offers excellent overall performance, so your teammates should have no problems hearing you clearly, even if you're in a noisy environment.
They have a comfortable fit with spacious earpads that helps keep them comfortable when you're wearing them for long periods. Even though they lack low bass, they have adequate boom to help emphasize sound effects. Dialogue and instruments also sound accurate and clear. Their passive soundstage seems wide and natural-sounding too, but sound is still perceived as coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed around you.
Unfortunately, their control scheme only consists of a volume wheel and mic mute, which is a bit limiting. The headphones also feel plasticky, and their joints seem like weak points of the build. That said, these headphones offer solid performance at a reasonable price point.
Jan 11, 2022: Changed the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset to 'Most Comfortable PS5 Gaming Headset'. Checked our picks for accuracy and product availability.
Dec 17, 2021: Replaced the Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset with the Sony PULSE 3D Wireless as the Sony offer sound customization features within the PS5 interface.
Nov 19, 2021: We've overhauled our article to add more headphones that better suit the needs of PS5 gamers. We have added the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset, Logitech G533 Gaming Headset, HyperX Cloud Alpha S, and Logitech G432 Gaming Headset. We have also removed the Astro A40 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 and the ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless.
Oct 22, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available. There were no changes to recommendations.
Sep 23, 2021: Checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best PS5 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 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.