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 a more suitable choice. With so many gaming-oriented headphones on the market, you can also find options with lots of 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 be able to accurately localize objects like footsteps in the stereo image.
We've tested over 580 headphones, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best headphones for PS5 to buy. You can also check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best PS4 headsets, and the best Xbox Series X headsets.
The best PS5 headset with a wireless connection that we've tested is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. These comfortable, well-built headphones come with a wireless USB transmitter base that you can use to charge the headphones and also access other gaming-oriented features like surround sound and an equalizer. They last for over fifteen hours off of a single charge, making them suitable for multiple long gaming sessions.
They have a very neutral, balanced sound profile out-of-the-box that makes them suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. You can also use the graphic EQ and presets in the SteelSeries Engine software to adjust their sound more to your liking. Also, their boom microphone has an impressive recording quality, so your voice is clear to your teammates, even if you're gaming in a noisy setting.
Unfortunately, they have poor noise isolation, which can be distracting if you're gaming in a lively home environment. They also leak a bit of noise, which may be annoying for those around you. However, if you're looking for a wireless pair of gaming headphones for your PS5, they're a solid choice.
If you're looking for a more comfortable pair of gaming headphones for PS5, consider the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. While they leak more noise than the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, their spacious, well-padded earcups give them an impressively comfortable fit that's ideal for long gaming sessions. These well-built headphones come with a dock that acts as a recharging station. Since the PS5 doesn't support an Optical connection, the dock should be connected via USB only. Once you switch to the PS4 mode on the dock, you get full audio and microphone compatibility. Users can also purchase an Astro HDMI adapter for PS5 separately. Their boom microphone has an amazing recording quality, and your voice sounds clear to whoever's on the other end of the line, even if you're gaming in a noisy place.
If you want gaming headphones that are Bluetooth-compatible and have a more balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, check out the SteelSeries, but if you prefer a more comfortable fit, check out the Astro.
The best headset for PS5 with a wired design that we've tested is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC. These headphones come with a GameDAC, which offers multiple inputs and allows you to easily adjust controls like switching EQ while you game. They have compatibility with your PS5 when connected using the GameDAC via USB. You can also connect them via analog, but you have to use the 8-pin USB adapter to get full compatibility.
Right out of the box, their average sound profile is well-balanced, although a little dark. If you prefer a different sound, their companion software has a lot of sound customization features like a graphic EQ, mic monitoring, and DTS surround sound. The boom mic does a good job of recording your voice too, and you sound clear, even if you're talking in a noisy environment. Overall, the headphones have a great build quality and a comfortable fit suitable for long gaming sessions.
That said, their adjustable ski-band headband design can only expand to the length of the headband frame, so users with large heads may find they fit a bit tight. They're also prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery, and users with thick hair or glasses may especially notice a drop in bass. However, once you properly adjust their fit, seal, and positioning to your head, you should get a more consistent frequency response each time you use them.
If you're looking for headphones that can more easily transition from gaming to casual use, take a look at the Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset. Unlike the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC, the Logitech don't have a wired USB dock so they lack more robust controls that you can adjust on the fly. However, they have a detachable boom mic that you can remove when you're outdoors. Overall, they're well-built, very comfortable, and a bit lighter than the SteelSeries. Out-of-the-box, they have a slightly warm sound profile with a touch of extra boom which can help emphasize sound effects in gameplay. If you prefer a different sound, their companion software offers a graphic EQ and presets. Their boom mic also captures your voice clearly, even in noisy environments. However, just like the SteelSeries, they're prone to inconsistent audio delivery, so you may need to adjust them each time you use them to get a consistent frequency response.
Go for the SteelSeries if you like to tweak settings as you game. However, try the Logitech if you want sturdier and more comfortable headphones that can also be used in casual settings.
The best gaming headset for PS5 under $100 that we've tested is the ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless. These wireless gaming headphones are sturdily-built, with dense plastic construction and a detachable, flexible boom mic that does a good job of making your voice sound full-bodied, clear, and mostly free of background noise. They come with a USB-A dongle that allows for low-latency transmission of audio, so you shouldn't miss a crucial moment even during intense gaming sessions.
These over-ears supply roughly 16 hours of continuous playback time on a single charge and are equipped with an auto-off timer to help conserve power when not in use, so they should last you throughout a couple of long gaming sessions. Their Roccat Swarm companion software also lets you fine-tune their out-of-the-box audio reproduction via a graphic EQ or EQ presets, adjust voice clarity, customize the RGB lighting scheme on their ear cups, or enable their 7.1 virtual surround sound feature, though we don't currently test for the latter function.
Unfortunately, these headphones aren't Bluetooth compatible, so you can't stream music or chat with friends through your phone while remaining connected to your PS5 console. Their audio delivery is also highly sensitive to their fit, seal, and positioning on your head. Otherwise, their wide feature set, sturdy build quality, and relatively affordable price help make them one of the best gaming headsets under $100 that we've tested.
Apr 28, 2021: Verified the accuracy of our text and checked for product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Apr 07, 2021: Verified that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their category.
Mar 17, 2021: Verified that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category.
Feb 26, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability; minor updates to text for accuracy.
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.