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, there are some good options that come in an Xbox variant or work well with both consoles.
We've tested more than 361 headphones and below are our recommendations for the best Xbox One headsets 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 wireless Xbox One headset that we've tested so far is the Astro A50. These feature-packed headphones come with a convenient base station that offers a lot of inputs as well as dock charging. They also deliver great sound and a cool, comfortable design with breathable and detachable ear cup pads, as well as a good microphone that reproduces your voice accurately and filters a lot of noise.
They have a well-balanced sound that you can EQ with the Astro Command Center. The software also gives you a lot of control over the microphone and even lets you save EQ presets that you can quickly access via the controls on the headset. They have very low wireless latency, which is great not only for gaming but also for watching TV.
These headphones have an auto-off timer to help save power, but it’s a bit aggressive and some gamers may find they shut off too often. They also don’t have a regular audio jack, so you can’t use them with your phone to listen to music. That said, they perform well across the board and deserve their place among the best Xbox One headsets that we’ve tested so far.
If you don’t mind not having native mic support on the Xbox One, get the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. They’re not as easy to set up with the Xbox One as the Astro A50, but once you do, you can reap the benefits of their cool dual-battery system and Bluetooth compatibility. You can even connect them wirelessly to your Xbox One and a mobile device via Bluetooth and mix audio from both sources simultaneously, which is great if you prefer chatting on your smartphone while gaming.
On the downside, these headphones aren’t fully compatible with the Xbox One wirelessly. That said, if you really like their design but native mic support is a must for you, you can use them wired with your Xbox One controller without a problem.
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, ergonomic design. They come with a physical control center that provides plenty of inputs and customization options, making them an especially great option for live streamers.
They sound pretty good, and they’re compatible with the Astro Command Center which gives you access to a 5-band graphic EQ. You can create your own EQ presets and map them to the MixAmp for on-the-fly control over the way the headphones sound. These headphones also have a great detachable boom microphone and you can adjust the mic level and noise gate in the Command Center too.
These headphones have an open-back design that allows for a more spacious soundstage than most closed-back gaming headphones, but they also isolate less. They aren’t a great option if you have roommates and don’t want to bother or be bothered by others while gaming. Astro does sell closed-back “mod kits” on their website, but they’re expensive. If you don’t mind the lack of isolation, though, they’re great gaming headphones all-around.
If you like the qualities of an open-back design but prefer the versatility of closed-back headphones, then get the Audeze Mobius. They’re not as comfortable as the Astro A40, 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. Their microphone is outstanding, which is especially great for competitive multiplayer games online.
Although they have a fairly versatile design, they’re still rather bulky for casual use. They also don’t feel as well-built as their price may suggest and are quite plasticky, especially for premium headphones. Their 12-hour battery life is rather ordinary for Bluetooth headphones, but if you’re gaming with them you’ll be using them wired, so this shouldn’t be a problem. Overall, they provide an exciting and immersive listening experience that’s definitely worth considering.
If you’re a gamer who wants good headphones that aren’t too expensive, the best gaming headset for Xbox One in the budget category is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. They’re comfortable gaming headsets that perform fairly well overall and provide good value for their price.
These are wired headphones that sound very good. They have an excellent boom mic and are great for online games where clear in-game chats are crucial. The mic reproduces your voice accurately and filters out a lot of background noise, making sure your teammates can always hear you clearly.
Unfortunately, like many budget wired gaming headsets, these don’t have a lot of features or controls. They have a simple volume dial and you can mute the mic by flipping it upwards. They’re also don’t have any customization options, so those who also game on PC from time to time may appreciate the added customizability of the Logitech G432. However, the HyperX provide a no-fuss, simple gaming experience at a great price.
If you prefer having just one headset for gaming and casual use, then get the Logitech G433. They’re a bit more expensive than the HyperX Cloud Stinger, but they come with a whole bunch of accessories for added versatility. They have an excellent boom mic that’s detachable and a mobile-friendly cable that has an in-line mic and remote for use with your smartphone.
These headphones have a great, neutral sound; however, their bass response is somewhat inconsistent, especially if you wear glasses. They also don’t have the most durable design, although they are well-made for their price and come with extra ear cup padding in the box. Overall, they are versatile wireless headphones at a good price point and are worth considering if you have a couple of bucks to spare.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best gaming headsets for Xbox One 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.