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 2020. 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. It has tons of features that gamers look for and is designed to work with the Xbox One. They wirelessly connect to your Xbox One console without any dongle and are also Bluetooth-capable, which means you can listen to your music from your phone at the same time as playing. These were designed especially for optimal compatibility with the Xbox One.
They're well-built, like most of SteelSeries' high-end gaming headphones. Their microphone also sounds very clear and handles noise well, which means people in your party won't have any trouble understanding you. They're very comfortable for long gaming sessions thanks to the nice padding and the typical ski-band SteelSeries headband. They also sound neutral with accurate audio reproduction, but you can also easily EQ them inside their app, which gives you access to presets and a good 10-band EQ. You shouldn't need to recharge them too often, as they offer about 28 hours of continuous playback.
Unfortunately, due to the padding and fit, their audio delivery is somewhat prone to inconsistencies and definitely won't be the best option for people with glasses, as you might lose a good amount of bass.
If you need a more versatile headset than the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless to use with your home theater setup, check out the Astro A50 Gen 4. The base station offers many more choices in connectivity and also doubles as a charging dock for the headphones. You shouldn't have to worry much about the battery life, though, as these headphones can last over 17 hours. Unfortunately, the customizations available in the desktop app aren't as granular as the SteelSeries', with the graphic EQ being limited to only 5 bands. However, their default sound is very good; it's well-balanced and neutral without any hint of sharpness in the treble.
If you only care about using the headphones for Xbox gaming, get the SteelSeries, but if you plan on using them for watching movies or TV shows, the Astro are much more versatile and are one of the best wireless Xbox One headsets.
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 Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019. 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 might not feel as comfortable as the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019, but they're good gaming headphones with a unique 3D surround sound and head tracking feature. While our tests couldn't currently measure it accurately, these features give a very immersive experience when playing games. However, these features come at a hefty price, which doesn't exactly correlate with their build quality, which is slightly disappointing and plasticky.
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're 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. While these gaming headphones aren't as cheap as the Stinger, they come with a few nice accessories like extra pads, a carrying pouch, and a few extra cables, which add to their versatility. It has an excellent boom mic that’s detachable and a mobile-friendly cable with an in-line remote for use with your smartphone. They also have a good companion app that allows for sound customization, which the Stinger lacks.
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, are worth considering, and are one of the best Xbox headsets.
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.
01/21/2020: 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.