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 620 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 that we've tested is the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless. Thanks to their USB dongle, these headphones have low latency, so your audio stays in sync with your visuals while you're gaming. They also have an excellent battery performance, and their over 24 hours of continuous battery life should last through long gaming marathons without too much of an issue.
These well-built headphones have soft fabric padding and a ski-band headband design, which helps keep them comfortable. Their boomy and v-shaped default sound profile can help emphasize sound effects in your gameplay. If you want to customize them to suit your preferences, their companion software offers a graphic EQ and presets. Their retractable boom mic also 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, and you may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or wear glasses. 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.
If you're looking for more comfortable wireless gaming headphones, consider the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. While their continuous battery life isn't last as long as the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless, the Astro have spacious and deep ear cups and a more standard headband design that distributes their weight well. Their default sound profile is well-balanced with a touch of extra boom, but if you prefer a different sound, you can adjust them to your liking using the graphic EQ and presets found in their companion software. If you like to chat with your teammates while you game, their boom mic also does an excellent job of recording your voice and can separate speech from moderate ambient noise too. Unfortunately, you need to purchase an HDMI adapter if you want to use them via Optical. Some users have also reported a drop in sound quality when connected to a PS5 console.
Check out the SteelSeries if you prioritize a longer continuous playback time that can last through multi-hour gaming marathons. However, go for the Astro if you're looking for more comfortable headphones with a standard headband design.
The best headset for PS5 with a wired design that we've tested is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC. These well-built headphones come with a GameDAC, which offers controls like channel-mixing and EQ presets that you can access on-the-fly. The GameDAC also allows you to connect to your console via USB, but if you prefer, they support an analog connection, thanks to their included 8-pin USB adapter.
These headphones have a very well-balanced sound profile that's you can customize their sound using their companion software's graphic EQ plus presets. Their design is well-built and comfortable, ensuring that you shouldn't feel too much fatigue while gaming for long periods. If you like to game with others, their boom mic also delivers a great overall performance, so you sound clear and detailed, even in noisy environments.
Unfortunately, their ski-band headband can't accommodate wide or large heads well, which could result in a tight fit for some users. They're also very prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, so you need to take the time to adjust their fit, seal, and positioning on your head each time you use them. That said, if you prefer a wired design, these headphones offer a customizable gaming experience that's sure to please most users.
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 some 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.
Sep 23, 2021: Checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Aug 24, 2021: Replaced the Astro A50 Gen 4 2019 with the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless as the SteelSeries offer a better value to most users. We have also moved the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless to Notable Mentions as they have somewhat high non-Bluetooth latency.
Aug 09, 2021: We've swapped the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 with the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless to better reflect their performances.
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.
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.