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The 7 Best Headsets For PS5 - Fall 2022 Reviews

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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 the best wireless headset for PS5 if you game from your couch and don't want a long, tangled cord. 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 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 690 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 headsets.


  1. Best PS5 Headset

    The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is the best PS5 headset that we've tested. If you're searching for headphones packed full of features, look no further. These premium over-ears come with a wireless transmitter with controls like EQs, chat mix, and surround sound that are within easy reach. The transmitter also ensures low audio lag and acts as a charging dock for the dual battery pack system, so you can replenish one battery while still using the other. Additionally, one battery lasts 25 hours. If that's not enough, the headphones are Bluetooth-compatible, so you can simultaneously connect to your PS5 and another device like your smartphone. Note that the headphones are available in PC/PlayStation and PC/Xbox variants. However, while the PlayStation variant is only compatible with this console, you can also use the Xbox version on the PS5, which is nice if you're looking for a single pair of gaming headphones that you can use across multiple consoles.

    Their sound delivers a touch of extra bass, which can help bring out sound effects like footsteps or liven gameplay. Dialogue and instruments can sound a bit harsh and veiled, though. They also have an ANC system, and while it's not optimized for tackling bass-range sounds like bus engines, it does a better job of cutting down background chatter and the hum of standing fans. They're well-built too, but there's a protrusion inside the ear cup, which can put pressure on your ears over time.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Headset For PS5

    The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are the best headset for PS5 at the upper mid-range price point we've tested. These over-ears come with a base station. While it doesn't offer customization features like the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless transmitter, which has built-in EQs, it charges up the headphones when you're not using them. It also ensures a low-latency gaming experience and offers a few different inputs to help you connect them to your console. While you can connect the base station to your PS5 via USB, some users have reported a drop in audio quality. The PS5 doesn't have an optical port, but if you want to use this input, you'll want to consider purchasing an HDMI adapter separately. You can find the instructions here.

    These very comfortable and well-built over-ears last over 17 hours continuously. They also have a well-balanced sound that's well-suited for most kinds of games. If you prefer a different sound, you can create a custom EQ using their companion software, which you can then save directly onto the headphones. If you like to shotcall, they have a boom mic with excellent overall performance, resulting in clear speech, even in moderately noisy environments.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Headset For PS5

    If you're looking for something in the middle of the road when it comes to price, the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless are the best mid-range PS5 headphones we've tested. There aren't many headphones with base stations or wireless transmitters at this price point. However, the HyperX are still impressive headphones due to their battery performance. They last over 300 hours continuously, which is incredible, and easily beat out the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. They also recharge in roughly 4.5 hours and are equipped with an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life when you're not using them. They have low latency, ensuring that your audio and visuals stay in sync while gaming.

    They have a slightly excited sound profile, which adds extra bass to your gameplay. However, you can't customize their sound using their companion software since these settings aren't transferrable to this console. They're prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery, though, and you may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or wear glasses. On the upside, their well-built design is comfortable enough for long gaming marathons, and their boom mic offers a very good overall performance, so your teammates won't have an issue hearing you clearly.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Headset For PS5

    The best lower mid-range headphones for the PS5 that we've tested are the SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ Wireless. These over-ears don't have a base or dock and don't have remotely the same battery life as the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless. However, at their price point, they still offer a well-rounded performance. Their wireless USB dongle has low latency, so you don't have to worry about lip-sync issues. Although the manufacturer advertises them to last 30 hours continuously, we measured nearly double that, which is fantastic. Keep in mind that battery life can vary depending on usage, though.

    They have a ski-band headband design, which ensures a comfortable fit for long gaming sessions. However, this same fit makes them more prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, so it's important to take the time to make sure they fit well when you use them. Once you get a good fit, they have a well-balanced sound that delivers a touch of extra warmth to mixes. It can help emphasize sound effects like footsteps. You can customize their sound using their companion software's graphic EQ and presets, which you can then save directly onto the headphones. If you like to game with others, their boom mic does a good job recording your voice, even in moderately noisy environments.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Headset For PS5

    The best budget PS5 headphones we've tested are the Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless. These over-ears are worth checking out if you're trying to save some money here and there. They're designed for PC gaming, and as a result, you can't take advantage of their full range of features. At this price point, there have also been slight sacrifices in design and performance. When it comes to build quality, they don't feel as robust as the higher-end SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ Wireless, and their 35-hour continuous battery life isn't as long (although it's still excellent!). However, they can also be used wirelessly with PS5s and have low latency, so your audio and visuals stay in sync during the heat of gameplay.

    These comfortable over-ears have a ski-band headband, which helps distribute their weight on your head. It also means that they're prone to some deviations in audio delivery, so it's a good idea to take time to adjust their fit on your head. They have a fairly neutral and well-balanced sound. A touch of extra boom helps emphasize sound effects without drowning out dialogue or instruments. If you like to game with others, their mic offers a fair overall performance, but if mic quality matters, it's worth checking out the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1 instead. They have a significantly better overall mic performance, but they're wired and are even more prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery.

    See our review

  6. Best Cheap Headset For PS5

    If you're looking for headphones that won't break the bank, you'll want to check out the Logitech G432 Gaming Headset, the best cheap headset for the PS5 we've tested. These wired headphones don't feel as sturdy as the more expensive Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless, but if you're looking for very affordable over-ears, be prepared to make some sacrifices. Since they're designed for PCs, they have a companion app, but you can't use these settings when connected to your PS5. However, if you don't mind their bare-bones design, they have a comfortable fit, and their boom mic offers a very good performance, which is helpful if you like to game with others.

    They have a fairly well-balanced sound. Although they lack a thumpy low-bass, they have a touch of extra punch and boom to add warmth to mixes and help emphasize sound effects like footsteps. Dialogue and instruments also sound present, although a little veiled. These over-ears have some inconsistencies in audio delivery, so it's important to take the time to ensure a good fit, positioning, and seal.

    See our review

  7. Best Open-Back Headset For PS5

    The best headphones for PS5 with an open-back design are the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019. Although they occupy the mid-range alongside the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless, these wired over-ears have very different pros and cons. Their open-back design allows sound to leave the ear cups and interact with your environment. It creates a more out-of-head and spacious soundstage that can help immerse you in your audio. However, this also means they won't block out any background sounds, which can be frustrating if you share a space with others and leak a lot of audio, even at moderate volumes.

    They come with a MixAmp with dedicated channel mixing and volume controls built-in, making it easy to adjust your settings while gaming. There's also an EQ preset button that you can use to customize their otherwise warm default sound profile. The MixAmp comes in PlayStation and Xbox variants, though. If you like to game with others, their boom mic does a great job recording your voice so that you're understandable, even in moderately noisy environments. They have a comfortable fit suitable for long gaming marathons too.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless: The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are the previous generation of the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox. They also have a wireless transmitter, but their battery life is shorter, and they lack an ANC system. See our review
  • SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro: The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro are the wired counterpart of the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox, and they come with a DAC that allows you to adjust your settings on the fly. They're a viable choice if you're looking for wired PS5 headphones, but their passive soundstage doesn't feel as immersive as the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019. See our review
  • Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset: The Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset are mid-range wireless headphones with a comfortable fit and a pretty well-balanced sound profile. However, their battery life is shorter than the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless, and they aren't as well-built. See our review
  • SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless: The SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless are the original model of the SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ Wireless. Their continuous playback time is much shorter than the 7P+, but there aren't other significant differences. If long-lasting battery life isn't your priority, they're worth checking out. 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

Recent Updates

  1. Oct 27, 2022: We've replaced the Logitech G433 Gaming Headset with the Logitech G432 Gaming Headset as the G433's price has risen above the 'cheap' price bracket.

  2. Sep 27, 2022: We've overhauled this article to bring it better in line with user expectations. We've added the following picks: SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox, Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ Wireless, Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless, Logitech G433 Gaming Headset, and Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019. We've also rehauled the Notable Mentions and added the following picks: the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset and Sony Pulse 3D Wireless.

  3. Jul 04, 2022: Made the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless the 'Best Headset For PS5'. Added the Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless as 'Most Versatile Headset For PS5'. Removed the Razer BlackShark V2, ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless, SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless, Drop + Sennheiser PC38X, and the HyperX Cloud Alpha S.

  4. May 19, 2022: We've moved the Logitech G432 Gaming Headset to Notable Mentions and added the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless as 'Best Battery Life'.

  5. Apr 21, 2022: We've checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best headphones 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.

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