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The 6 Best Headsets For PS5 - Spring 2024 Reviews

Updated May 29, 2024 at 03:10 pm
Best Headsets For PS5

Many avid 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 PlayStation consoles. You may be looking for a wireless headset if you game from your couch and don't want a tangled cord in your lap. On the other hand, wired headphones may be more suitable if you don't want to worry about running out of battery. With so many gaming-oriented headphones on the market, you can also find options with additional features, like sound customization, microphone level adjustments, and virtual surround sound features. The best PS5 headsets should have a comfortable fit and accurately localize objects like footsteps in the stereo image.

We've tested over 790 headphones, and below, you'll find our recommendations for the best headsets 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/S headsets.

  1. Best PS5 Headset

    The Audeze Maxwell Wireless is the best PS5 headset we've tested. These over-ears come in a PlayStation variant and offer a premium gaming experience, thanks to their planar magnetic drivers. These allow for a deeper bass extension, less distortion, and a better soundstage when compared to dynamic driver headphones, like the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro. While this makes them a little bulky and heavy for long gaming sessions, their nearly 78-hour battery can get you through many sessions without recharging.

    These gaming headphones have a neutral sound profile on their default setting. The bass range delivers adequate thump and punch to make sound effects like explosions and gunfire immersive without overpowering the mix. If you want to change it up, you can use the Audeze HQ app to switch between EQ presets, like the 'Immersive' preset, which makes the sound profile even flatter and better suited for high-res audio. Plus, your voice sounds very clear and natural via the boom mic, and voices from teammates sound detailed and understandable, so you won't miss a thing during an intense game. It's worth noting that these headphones are often back-ordered and hard to get a hold of, so it's worth jumping on them if they're available.

    If comfort is your top priority, you may want to consider the similarly premium Astro A50 X Wireless. They have a plush fit, and their headband distributes their weight well on your head. However, they only support a wireless connection (but with low latency!), and their battery life isn't as long-lasting as the Audeze.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Headset For PS5

    The best wireless headset for PS5 at an upper mid-range price is the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED Wireless. These headphones are an updated version of the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset and offer a better build quality, with more range of motion for the ear cups. They also have low latency, a comfortable fit, and nearly 100 hours of continuous battery life, so you don't need to worry about recharging daily. These headphones also support Bluetooth, so they can pair with your phone or Bluetooth-enabled computer. However, unlike the Audeze Maxwell Wireless, they can only connect with one source simultaneously, so you can't hear audio from your console and phone simultaneously.

    They have a detachable boom mic that makes your voice sound clear and understandable, though robotic and bassy. Fortunately, it'll prevent your voice from being drowned out by background chit-chat or a passing car. You can utilize the feature-packed software to alter and save your EQ settings and use them with your PS5. The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro cost around the same and have a mic that makes your voice sound more natural. However, it doesn't perform as well in noisy environments, and the headphones aren't quite as comfortable for most people.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Headset For PS5

    If you want a more middle-of-the-road option, consider the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless as the best headphones for PS5 in the mid-range. The trade-off to their lower price than the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED Wireless is that they don't feel as comfortable or premium, but don't let this deter you! They're still feature-full with soft cloth ear padding. They have a similarly bass-rich sound, and thanks to their companion software with a parametric EQ, you can fine-tune them to your liking. You can transfer the EQ settings directly to your SteelSeries headset, meaning they can work on your console without changing the mix.

    When connected to a PS5, you can also use PlayStation's Tempest 3D AudioTech, which is meant to help properly situate sound effects like footsteps in the soundstage. They come in console-locked variants, so get the 7P variant for the best performance with PlayStation consoles. We tested the 7X variant, which provides a low latency connection with consoles, and we expect the 7P variant to perform similarly. Their roughly 30-hour continuous battery life can last through long gaming sessions, and they have an auto-off timer to save power when they're not in use. You can also use them wired with most consoles to avoid latency and battery drain altogether.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Headset For PS5

    Unlike the pricier options on this list, you can't use the Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless wired. They also don't support Bluetooth but come with a USB dongle that provides a low-latency connection via non-Bluetooth wireless. That doesn't stop them from being one of the best PS5 headsets you can get on a budget, though. Their well-balanced sound adds a touch of extra boom to mixes without drowning out dialogue and instruments. That said, while they have companion software, you can't directly access it when using it on a console. On the upside, you can still use the PS5's Tempest 3D AudioTech for a more immersive audio experience.

    They're decently well-built and have a comfortable fit as well. They last for around 35 hours of continuous use off of a single charge, and even though they don't support an analog connection, they can receive audio while charging. However, the mic makes your voice sound thin compared to previous picks, including the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7, which will affect you if you play multiplayer games.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Headset For PS5

    If you're looking for a cheaper option, check out the Logitech G432. They're wired headphones designed primarily for PCs, but they're still PS5-compatible by plugging them into a controller or with the USB dongle for low-latency wireless gaming. They offer a comfortable fit and a good overall mic performance that outperforms the more expensive Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless, so your voice sounds clear during online games, even with some noise in the background. Unfortunately, they have a cheap, plasticky build quality that doesn't feel solid.

    Their sound profile is reasonably well-balanced. They can't reproduce as much rumble and thump from the low-bass range as the G535, but the audio still sounds warm and full. Elements like voices in dialogue also sound clear, though a little veiled. Their companion app lets you adjust the mix with a graphic EQ and presets, but the headphones won't save these settings when you disconnect them from your PC. As such, you're stuck with their default sound profile when using them on PS5.

    See our review

  6. Best Open-Back Headset For PS5

    For a more immersive gaming experience, look no further than the Drop + Sennheiser/EPOS PC38X. These are the best headphones for PS5 with an open-back design. They're priced in the mid-range, like the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless, but offer different advantages and drawbacks. Open-back headphones are only suitable for use in quiet spaces since they don't block out ambient sound and leak a lot of noise. However, if you like to immerse yourself in your game's audio, their open-back design helps create a wider and more open soundstage.

    Their sound lacks low bass, like most open-back headphones, but there's a touch of extra boom to help bring out sound effects like footsteps in games, while voices and dialogue reproduce clearly and accurately. Unfortunately, unlike most other headsets on our list, it doesn't have a companion app or sound customization features, like an EQ or presets. Fortunately, they're well-built and very comfortable and include a choice of velour or microfiber ear cup pads. The boom mic makes your voice sound clear and natural, even if you're playing in a moderately noisy environment.

    Check out the Corsair VIRTUOSO PRO if you're looking for open-back gaming headphones with an even better passive soundstage performance. The soundstage feels wider and more out-of-head, which can give you a more dimensional audio experience. They're also better built but aren't quite as comfortable.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for PS: The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless are premium gaming headphones with models available for PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Their wireless transmitter puts customizability and control at your fingertips, but their battery doesn't last nearly as long as the Audeze Maxwell Wireless. See our review
  • Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Wireless for PlayStation: The Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Wireless are high-end headphones with a swappable battery pack design and noise cancelling. However, their sound profile is much less neutral than the Audeze Maxwell Wireless, and their boom mic doesn't perform quite as well. See our review
  • Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset: The Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset has a comfortable fit. They're mid-range wireless headphones with a pretty well-balanced sound profile and are currently on sale for almost half of their retail price. However, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless have a longer continuous battery life and offer Bluetooth connectivity. See our review
  • Sony PULSE 3D Wireless: The Sony PULSE 3D Wireless are headphones designed for the PS5. They have low latency and can access an EQ and presets via this console. However, they're less comfortable than the Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless. See our review
  • Sony INZONE Buds Truly Wireless: The Sony INZONE Buds Truly Wireless are a decently comfortable choice if you prefer an in-ear fit for gaming and have an ANC system that does a good job of eliminating distracting background noise. However, their 12 hours of continuous battery life pales compared to the 100 hours offered by headsets like the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED Wireless. See our review
  • HyperX Cloud III: If the 100 hours of battery life provided by the Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED Wireless isn't enough for you, consider a wired headset like the HyperX Cloud III. These well-built headphones are very comfortable but lack low bass, which takes some of the rumble out of explosions. You can adjust the sound with a graphic EQ and presets available via the companion app. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 29, 2024: We've checked our picks but have made no changes. One of our Notable Mentions, the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS, are currently on sale at a steep discount, though, which we've flagged in the text. Otherwise, we've made only minor edits to the overall text.

  2. May 02, 2024: We've checked this article for accuracy and clarity but our picks remain unchanged.

  3. Apr 03, 2024: We've added a mention of the Astro A50 X Wireless in the text of the Audeze Maxwell Wireless. Both headphones are premium picks but have slightly different strengths.

  4. Feb 27, 2024: We've checked our picks to ensure they're all in stock and added a note about the Audeze Maxwell's improved availability. We've also added the HyperX Cloud III as a Notable Mention.

  5. Feb 02, 2024: We've checked our picks to ensure they're all still in stock and added the Sony INZONE Buds Truly Wireless as a Notable Mention.

All Reviews

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.