If the Xbox One is your primary console, then you know how hard it can be to find a headset that has native mic support for the console when compared to the PS4. This makes the gaming headset selection for Xbox slightly limited; however, some good options come in an Xbox variant or work well with both consoles.
We've tested over 400 headphones and below are our recommendations for the best gaming headsets for Xbox One to purchase in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best gaming headsets for PC, and the best gaming headsets under $100.
The best Xbox One headset that we've tested so far is the SteelSeries Arctis 9X. They’re well-built and comfortable gaming headphones that are designed to work wirelessly directly with the Xbox One without the need for additional transmitters or base stations. They also have Bluetooth so you can listen to music wirelessly from your mobile devices, and even mix the music into your Xbox audio as well, which is a cool feature.
These headphones have a well-balanced and neutral sound profile, which is versatile enough to handle most genres of music, as well as games and content like podcasts and audiobooks. If you aren't happy with their out-of-the-box sound performance, however, you can connect them to a Mac or Windows PC via a USB cable and gain access to a graphic EQ through the SteelSeries Engine software. Their 28-hour battery life is among the best we've seen on a gaming headset and can be fully charged in just under 2.5 hours, which is quite good.
Unfortunately, while these headphones can be used wired with a 1/8" TRRS cable, they don't support the microphone this way and can only be used to hear audio, both on Xbox and PS4. On the upside, their microphone is great and sounds full-bodied and clear, it also does a great job at separating your voice from background noise, making them a good choice for loud environments like a gaming competition. Overall, these are a very good pair of gaming headphones and the best Xbox One headset we've tested to date.
If you want a gaming headset that also works great for watching TV or movies wirelessly, go with the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, one of the best Xbox headsets. The SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless have a much better battery life, but the Astro have an excellent base station with better connectivity, which should connect to most home theater setups. The base station also acts as a charging stand when you aren't using the headset, so they should always be charged up when you need them. They sound great out-of-the-box, and can also be customized through Astro's software on PC. They also have much better latency than the Arctis 9X Wireless thanks to their proprietary base station, meaning most people probably won't notice any delay whatsoever. It's worth noting that the Astro is console-locked, with both an Xbox and PS4 version of the base available, so make sure you get the right version.
Get the SteelSeries if you want a headset that easily connects to your Xbox and supports Bluetooth for your mobile devices, but if you watch a lot of TV or movies and want headphones for that as well, go with the Astro.
If you prefer the stability of a wired connection, the best wired Xbox One gaming headset that we’ve tested so far is the Astro A40 TR + MixAmp Pro 2019 Edition. These are well-built gaming headphones that have a comfortable and ergonomic design. They come with a small USB amp that allows you to plug into the USB port of your Xbox or PC, or you can connect to your PS4 or Xbox One controller with the included 1/8" TRRS cable. The amp also gives you access to a variety of connection options, which makes them a great option for live streamers.
Their out-of-the-box sound profile is fairly well-balanced, though it may sound a bit muddy and cluttered. Luckily, they're compatible with Astro's Command Center software on Windows or macOS, which gives you access to a 5-band graphic EQ and presets, so you can customize their sound to better suit your preferences. Their microphone sounds very clear and detailed and does an excellent job of blocking out background noise, making them well-suited for louder environments like gaming competitions.
Unfortunately, due to their open-back design, they leak a lot of audio, and those around you will likely hear your game's audio coming through your headphones. They also do a terrible job at isolating background noise, so they won't help you focus by blocking out ambient sounds. That being said, they're a great wired gaming headset and are an excellent choice if you're an Xbox gamer who doesn't want to worry about a wireless connection.
If you like the immersive qualities of an open-back design but prefer the versatility of closed-back headphones, then get the Audeze Mobius, one of the best headsets for Xbox One. They’re not as comfortable as the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019, but they’re good gaming headphones that also support Bluetooth for wireless compatibility with your smartphone. They have a DSP-aided soundstage that our current tests couldn’t measure accurately but feels immersive and engaging. Unfortunately, they don’t feel as well-built as their premium price may suggest.
Get the Astro if you prefer a more gamer-centric design and like using an external amp that provides a customizable gaming experience on the fly; however, if you want something that looks a bit more casual and delivers a unique, immersive listening experience, go for the Mobius.
The best budget Xbox One headset is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. They're a comfortable pair of headphones that perform quite well for the price. They are a great wired headset for fans of multiplayer games thanks to their excellent boom mic. The microphone performs well above its price point and does a superb job at blocking background noise, meaning other players should have no problem hearing you. Their build quality is above average and they're comfortable and relatively lightweight with large ear cups that should be big enough for most ears.
On the downside, they don't have the greatest on-headphone controls. There are no microphone-level controls and they only allow you to adjust the sound volume. The microphone can be muted easily by flipping it up, which is nice, but it's not removable so they may not be the best option for casual use outside of your home. They also aren't customizable, so those looking for more customization should consider the Logitech G432.
All things considered, they're a decent headset that provides a simple gaming experience at a great price.
If you prefer having just one headset for gaming and casual use, then get the Logitech G433. It’s a bit more expensive than the HyperX Cloud Stinger, but comes with a whole bunch of accessories for added versatility. It has an excellent boom mic that’s detachable and a mobile-friendly cable for use with your smartphone.
These are versatile wireless headphones, but they’re a bit more expensive than the HyperX. You’ll want to go for the Stinger if you’re trying to keep your headset costs to a minimum, but if you have a couple of bucks to spare, the Logitech perform better in nearly every respect and are worth considering.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Xbox One headsets for most people to buy 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 headphones that are good for gaming. 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 do not care about having a microphone or wireless features.
11/20/2019: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
10/18/2019: Replaced the Astro A50 with the Astro A50 Gen 4 2019.