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 670 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 PS5 headset with a wireless design we've tested is the SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ Wireless. These well-built headphones are the upgraded variant of the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless with longer continuous battery life. Although the manufacturer advertises them to last 30 hours continuously, we measured almost 60 hours, which is outstanding for long gaming marathons.
Thanks to their USB dongle, they have very low wireless audio lag. If you like to chat with others while you game, their boom mic offers good performance, ensuring you're heard clearly. Their boomy sound profile can also help emphasize sound effects like footsteps in games, but you can also tweak them using their companion software's graphic EQ and presets if you prefer a different sound.
Unfortunately, their audio delivery is very sensitive to the headphones' fit, seal, and positioning, so it's important to take the time to adjust them on your head each time you use them. Their headband also has a limited adjustment range that can't expand to fit larger heads. These over-ears offer robust performance with low latency, making them the best wireless headset for PS5 we've tested.
If comfort is your top priority, the best headset for PS5 with the most comfortable design 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. 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 HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless are the best PS5 headphones for battery life that we've tested. The manufacturer advertises these headphones to last over 300 hours continuously, which is incredible. 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.
These over-ears have low latency, ensuring that your audio and visuals stay in sync while gaming. Their well-built design is also comfortable enough for long gaming marathons. Using the 'Balanced' EQ, which results in the flattest response, they have a slightly excited sound profile. That said, unlike other HyperX headphones, their companion software offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you can adjust their sound to suit your tastes. Their boom mic offers a very good overall performance, so your teammates shouldn't have an issue hearing you clearly.
These headphones are prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery. You may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or wear glasses, as this can rupture the ear cup's seal on your head. If you prioritize a long-lasting continuous playback time, their battery life far exceeds other headphones on this list, so you don't need to worry about recharging them every day.
If you prefer a wired design, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC is the best headset for PS5 that we've tested. These headphones use a 1/8" TRRS cable, which eliminates audio lag and results in better audio quality than wireless headphones. They stand out from the crowd thanks to their digital to analog converter (DAC), allowing you to easily adjust controls like channel mixing and EQs while gaming.
These well-built headphones have a comfortable fit for long gaming marathons. While they're prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery due to their ski-band headband design, you can finetune their sound profile to your liking using the companion software's graphic EQ and presets. Changes you make using the software can then be saved onto the DAC. If you like to game with others, their boom microphone has a good overall performance, so your voice sounds clear, even if you're chatting in a noisy environment.
Unfortunately, their headband has a limited adjustment range, and if you have a large head, the headphones may not fit you well. The headphones also do a poor job blocking out background noise, which can be frustrating if you're gaming in a shared space. These wired headphones offer a comfortable fit and customizable performance worth checking out.
The Sony PULSE 3D Wireless is the best PS5 headset at a budget level that we've tested. These decently well-built headphones are designed to match the PS5's look and have a ski-band headband to help them fit a variety of different head sizes. They can also access a 5-band graphic EQ and presets directly in the console's interface if you want to adjust their sound.
These headphones come with a USB dongle that offers low latency, so you shouldn't notice lip-syncing issues. Their out-of-the-box sound profile has a touch of extra warmth, which can help emphasize sound effects in your gameplay. Their mid-range is also exceptionally flat and neutral, ensuring that dialogue and instruments sound clear and accurate. They have over 13 hours of continuous battery life, and you can use the headphones while charging in a pinch.
Unfortunately, unlike other headphones on this list, they have an integrated mic, which sits further away from your mouth compared to a boom mic. As a result, even though the mic can capture your voice fairly clearly, it struggles to separate speech from background noise. The ear cups also don't form a good seal on your ears, and this can be uncomfortable over time. However, if you're looking for more wallet-friendly PS5 headphones, these are a good budget option.
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'.
Apr 21, 2022: We've checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Mar 22, 2022: Replaced the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless with the SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ Wireless as the upgraded variant has longer battery life. Also moved the HyperX Cloud Alpha S to Notable Mentions and made the Logitech G432 Gaming Headset the 'Cheaper Alternative' of the Sony PULSE 3D Wireless.
Feb 18, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations in their categories and that the products are in stock.
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.
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.