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 more than 350 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 wireless Xbox One headset that we've tested so far is the SteelSeries Arctis 9X. They’re well-built gaming headphones that are designed to work directly with the Xbox One wirelessly without the need for a separate transmitter. They also support Bluetooth, so you can use them wirelessly with your mobile devices and even mix audio from both sources, which is great.
These are very good-sounding gaming headphones. They’re lacking a bit of thump and rumble by default, but are otherwise very well-balanced. If you want to modify the way they sound, you can connect them to your PC via USB and tweak their sound profile in the SteelSeries Engine software. They have a great 28-hour battery life, so you can game all day, and they even have a mobile-friendly control scheme on the ear cups so you can play/pause your music and accept incoming calls over Bluetooth.
Since our test bench is reliant on being able to test on PC, we purchased the Xbox Wireless Adapter separately for testing. We found these headphones to have rather high latency for a gaming headset (77 ms); however, we expect their latency performance to be better when gaming directly on the Xbox One. Like other Arctis headsets we’ve tested, their ski-goggle inspired design won’t be for everyone, but if their fit works for you, they’re a very good option for Xbox One gaming.
If you want your gaming headset to work well not only on the Xbox One but also with a greater variety of home theatre setups, then get the Astro A50. Their battery doesn’t last as long as that of the SteelSeries Arctis 9X, but their base station provides more connectivity options, so you can set them up with your home theatre system and watch TV or movies wirelessly too. Their base also doubles as a charging stand, which is great since it provides a dedicated place for you to store the headphones when not in use. They sound great and can also be customized on PC.
These headphones don’t support Bluetooth and they also can’t be used wired. Unfortunately, this means they can’t be used more casually with a smartphone. On the upside, their dock easily plugs into a PC and can even work on PS4. So if you’re looking for gaming headphones that you can also use casually, they’re not a great option – but if you want a great headset strictly for gaming or home theatre, these are the way to go.
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, these are 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 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019 Edition, 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 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 headphones 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 clearly hear you.
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 customization options, so those who also game on PC from time to time may appreciate the added customizability of the Logitech G432. However, they 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 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.