Wireless technologies have greatly improved over time. Consequently, it's now possible to pick a great wireless gaming headset that has low enough latency that you're not bothered by the delay when playing your favorite games. If you play multiplayer games, a nice-sounding microphone ensures your teammates and friends can hear you. Some are even Bluetooth-compatible, so you can mix in your music while playing or use the headset as day-to-day wireless headphones.
We’ve bought and tested over 695 headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best wireless gaming headphones to buy. If you’re looking for headsets with a specific gaming system in mind, check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best Xbox One headsets, and the best PS4 gaming headsets.
The best wireless gaming headset we've tested is the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox. These headphones come in two variants: PC/PS5 and PC/Xbox Series X|S. That said, only the Xbox variant is compatible with both PlayStation and Xbox consoles, making them the preferred choice if you game on multiple platforms. Thanks to their wireless transmitter base, they have low latency, ensuring that your audio and visuals stay in sync. The base also holds a variety of controls, so you can easily adjust settings like EQ and mic volume on the fly. While their default sound has a bit of extra boom and brightness, you can customize their sound using their companion software, which offers a graphic EQ and presets. You can't transfer your EQ onto games when playing on the Xbox.
These comfortable over-ears are packed with extra features, including Bluetooth support, meaning you can stay connected to your console and smartphone simultaneously. They've also got an active noise cancelling (ANC) system to help block out background noise. It has some trouble tackling sounds like traffic outside your window, but it can help cut down ambient chatter and standing fan noise well. If you like to game with others, their boom mic offers a very good overall performance, ensuring that your teammates hear you clearly. They also have a dual battery cartridge system, so you can use one while the other charges in the dock. One battery lasts about 25 hours continuously too.
The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are the best wireless gaming headphones in the upper mid-range we've tested. Unlike the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox, they don't support Bluetooth or have ANC, so don't expect them to block out much background noise. However, they come with a base station that offers connectivity options like optical input, and you can use it to charge up your headphones when you're done gaming. It also delivers very low latency, which is great for gaming. They're available in either a PC/PS4 or PC/Xbox One variant, so it's important to make sure you get the right one for your console. Out of the box, they have a well-balanced sound with a touch of extra high-bass to help emphasize sound effects like footsteps. Their companion software has a graphic EQ and presets so that you can fine-tune it. They also last over 17 hours continuously and have a comfortable fit suitable for long gaming marathons.
Their boom mic isn't detachable, but it has great recording quality and can easily separate your voice from background noise. However, if you're looking for less gamer-centric-looking headphones, check out the Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless instead. They use an integrated mic instead of a boom mic, and while it doesn't offer the same level of performance as the Astro, their design is more casual, making it easy to blend in at work or on your commute. They also support Bluetooth and come with a wireless USB dongle, meaning you can stream audio from your smartphone and PC simultaneously. Overall, they're a better option if you're looking for one pair of headphones that can do a bit of everything from gaming to commuting.
The best wireless headset for gaming in the mid-range that we've tested are the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7X Wireless. These headphones don't have the same very natural-sounding microphone as the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, which might be a concern if you game with friends and want to be heard as clearly as possible. That said, their USΒ dongle offers low latency, and unlike the Astro, they support Βluetooth, meaning you can hear music from your phone and game audio from a console at the same time. They last for more than 30 hours off of a single charge, so you probably don't need to recharge every day, and they support an analog connection, so you can always plug into a controller in a pinch.
Their bass-heavy default sound profile lends extra punch to sound effects like footsteps and explosions. If you tend to play dialogue-heavy games, you may find voices sound a little veiled, but you can always adjust the headphones' sound profile using the companion app's parametric EQ. Even though the Astro have a better mic performance, you'll still be easy to understand during multi-player games online. Unfortunately, they have a more closed-off and less spacious-seeming passive soundstage, but on the other hand, they leak less audio and block out slightly more mid-range noise, like background conversations.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless are another great option at available for a little less. These over-ears are usually a little more expensive than the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7X Wireless, but you can find them on sale. They stand out from the pack due to their outstandingly long continuous battery life of over 300 hours, which is a lot longer than the 7X's and plentiful enough to survive multiple long grinds and dungeon crawls. Their recharge time of just under four hours is pretty quick too. However, they lack extra bells and whistles, like ANC or Bluetooth support. They're not compatible with Xbox consoles at all. Still, they have very low latency, thanks to their USB dongle, are comfortable enough for long periods, and have good build quality.
If you like to game with others, their boom microphone has a very good overall performance. Your voice sounds natural and clear, even if you're gaming in a moderately noisy environment. They also have a slightly v-shaped sound profile with a touch of extra thump, punch, and boom, while sibilants like cymbals are bright. Although they're very prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, depending on how well they fit your head, their companion app has a graphic EQ and presets, meaning you can fine-tune their sound to your liking.
If your budget for gaming headphones is a little tighter, check out the Logitech G535 LIGΗTSPEED Wireless. These headphones are simple in design and lack the extra-long battery life of the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless. They're also more plasticky in design, and you can't detach or retract their mic. However, if that doesn't deter you, they have what you need if you just want an affordable pair of wireless headphones, thanks to their low latency via USB dongle and over 35 hours of continuous playback time. Their soundstage also feels open, wide, and natural, making for a more immersive gaming experience.
These over-ears have a well-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box. Although they lack a thumpy low-bass, they have a bit of extra boom to help emphasize sound effects in your game. Dialogue and instruments also sound clear and detailed. However, the headphones are prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery, so it's important to take the time to adjust their fit to your liking. They're compatible with Logitech G HUB software, so you can tweak their sound using the graphic EQ and presets. Their mic also delivers a fair overall performance, but your voice lacks body. You'll still be heard clearly, though.
If you're looking for a headset that can do justice to a great game soundtrack, the best wireless headset we've tested with sound quality in mind is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. They're the spiritual predecessor of the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox, but their sound profile is more neutral and flat out of the box. Dialogue and lead instruments sound clear, accurate, and detailed in your mixes. Sound also feels like it's coming from speakers placed in the room around you rather than from inside your head, which can make gameplay more immersive. They're very prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, especially as their ski-band headband design can cause issues in fit, positioning, and seal. You can adjust their sound using their companion software's graphic EQ and presets. You can also save the EQ presets on their transmitter, which makes it easy to adjust your settings on the fly.
These headphones have fairly low latency via their USB wireless transmitter and support Bluetooth, meaning you can stay simultaneously connected to your PC or PlayStation Console and smartphone. They also have a unique battery cartridge system and come with two swappable battery packs: you can place one in the headphones, and the other one fits into the transmitter to charge when you're not using it. Their boom mic has a very good overall performance, and your voice sounds clear, even in moderately noisy environments.
Oct 28, 2022: Made the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless the 'Best Lower Mid-Range Wireless Gaming Headset' and moved the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless to Notable Mentions. Added the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7X Wireless as the 'Best Mid-Range' pick.
Sep 07, 2022: We've overhauled this article to better align our picks with user expectations. We've added the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox, the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless, and Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless to reflect different price points. The Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless has also been moved into the Astro A50's text since they're available at the same price point but have different strengths. We've cleaned up the Notable Mentions and removed any out-of-date picks.
Jul 12, 2022: We've overhauled this article. Removed the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, and SteelSeries Arctis 7+. Added the SteelSeries Arctis Pro as the 'Best Sounding Wireless Gaming Headset' and the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless as the 'Best Wireless Gaming Headset'. Made the SteelSeries Arctis 7X the 'Best Wireless Multi-Console Headset', the Razer Barracuda Pro the 'Most Versatile Wireless Gaming Headset', and the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox the 'Best Xbox Wireless Gaming Headset'. Removed the following headsets from Notable Mentions: the Razer Nari Ultimate, the Corsair HS70, Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2, and the ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air.
May 11, 2022: Added the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Apr 11, 2022: We've checked our picks for product availability and accuracy. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless headphones for gaming 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 reviews for wireless headphones, ranked by their suitability for wireless gaming. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones and your personal taste, gaming preference, and playing style will matter more in your selection.