If the Xbox One is your primary console, you know how hard it can be to find a headset with native mic support for the console compared to the PS4, making it hard to find the best Xbox gaming headset. It 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 705 pairs of headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best gaming headsets for Xbox One to buy. Check out our picks for the best gaming headsets, the best Xbox Series X headsets, and the best gaming headsets under $100.
The best Xbox headset we've tested is the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox. These premium headphones deliver many features that are sure to please most gamers. Their wireless transmitter puts controls like EQ customization and mic gain right at your fingertips. Since they have a dual battery cartridge system, one battery can charge inside the transmitter while the other is in use. One battery lasts roughly 25 hours continuously, so you can game for long periods without worrying about battery life. The transmitter also helps ensure a low-latency gaming experience. To round out their features, they're Bluetooth-enabled, allowing you to stay connected to your console and smartphone simultaneously, and they have noise cancelling (ANC). While it's not the best for tackling noise like engine noise from an open window, it does a better job of blocking out ambient chatter and the high-pitched hum of a standing fan.
If you like to game with others, their retractable boom mic has a very good overall performance, ensuring that your voice sounds clear to teammates, even in moderately noisy environments. They also have a somewhat neutral default sound profile with a small bump in high-bass to help bring out sound effects like footsteps in gameplay. That said, if you don't have the headphones on correctly, you may find their inner driver design pushes into your ears too.
The best Xbox headset in the upper mid-range that we've tested is the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro. While these don't have wireless connectivity or ANC like our top pick, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox, they're still good gaming headphones. Their wired setup comes with the GameDAC Gen 2, a digital-to-analog converter that offers a bunch of sound adjustment features, like EQ and channel mixing. They're also comfortable for long gaming sessions and have a great mic, so your voice sounds full and detailed over team chat. Keep in mind that they're console-locked though, so you'll have to get the Xbox-compatible model in order to play with the GameDAC hooked up.
Out of the box, the SteelSeries have a somewhat neutral sound profile with balanced, detailed, and clear dialogue and instruments. Because they're wired, you don't have to worry about battery life and latency either. They don't leak much audio either, so people around you won't hear your game at max volume. If you like to game with others, their retractable boom mic does an excellent job of recording your voice. That said, if you're looking for headphones with a less gamer-centric style, check out the Astro A30 Wireless. You can't adjust EQ or game/chat balance on Xbox, but they come with both a detachable boom mic as well as an integrated mic for a more casual look.
The best wireless Xbox one headset we've tested with a mid-range price is the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless. These headphones use a USB dongle that supports Xbox Wireless to provide a low-latency gaming experience. They also support Bluetooth, which is great if you want to receive audio from your smartphone and console at the same time. Their boom microphone ensures you sound clear, even in moderately noisy environments. Out of the box, they have a fairly well-balanced sound. Dialogue and instruments are well-reproduced, sounding clear and detailed. However, even though their ski-band headband design ensures a comfortable fit for long gaming marathons, it also means they're prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery as it's more difficult to ensure a good fit.
Luckily, there are EQ presets built-in, making it easy to alter their sound. These also over-ears last 28 hours continuously, but if you're looking for similarly-performing gaming headphones with longer battery life, it's worth checking out the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7X Wireless. They last over 33 hours continuously and come with an analog cable, meaning you can use them passively in a pinch. However, they aren't as well-built, and their mic performance isn't quite as good.
The best wireless Xbox one headset with a lower mid-range price we've tested is the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox. Their battery life may be shorter than the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless, and their sound profile isn't as neutral or flat, but they're worth checking out if you want to save money. They have low latency via Xbox Wireless, and you can pair them with one Bluetooth device and your console, allowing you to stream audio from your phone while gaming. Their battery lasts over 19 hours continuously, and their detachable boom microphone has a great performance, so your teammates won't have a problem hearing you clearly. They have a warm yet somewhat uneven sound profile, and it can muddy dialogue and instruments. They're also prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, so it's important to take the time to ensure they fit your head well. Luckily, their companion software offers a five-band graphic EQ and presets so you can adjust them to your liking.
These over-ears have a comfortable fit suitable for long gaming sessions and are well-built. However, if you're looking for even more comfortable headphones, it's worth checking out the HyperX Cloud Alpha S instead. They're wired headphones, which can be a big drawback for people who enjoy the mobility only a wireless design can provide. However, they come with two different sets of ear cup padding to help you get the best fit, and you can game while wearing them for long periods without experiencing too much fatigue.
If you're looking for wallet-friendly headphones, the Logitech G432 is the best Xbox One headset we've tested at the budget level. This price point is largely occupied by wired headphones. Most manufacturers also tend to cut costs by cheapening build quality and, compared to the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox, which are a bit more expensive, you'll notice their plasticky frame doesn't have very solid joints. However, even though they don't feel very robust or sturdy, these comfortable over-ears still offer a simple yet solid gaming performance. Their analog connection also allows you to connect them directly to your Xbox's controller with full compatibility.
These over-ears have a well-balanced sound profile, and while they lack thump and rumble, dialogue and instruments sound present and clear. However, since they're designed for PCs, you won't be able to access their companion app's features when gaming on Xbox. If that's not a dealbreaker for you, their boom mic ensures that your voice also sounds clear to teammates. If you're looking for wallet-friendly Xbox headphones with even better recording quality, it's worth considering the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1 instead. Their build quality is significantly better too, but their sound profile is boomier, and they're prone to more consistencies in audio delivery.
The Drop + Sennheiser PC38X are the best Xbox headset we've tested with an open-back design. Unlike other picks on this list, these headphones allow your game audio to escape the ear cups and interact with your environment. This creates a soundstage that feels more spacious, and out-of-head than closed-back headphones, making for more immersive gameplay. On the downside, they don't isolate you from much background noise and leak a lot of game audio, but this may not be much of an issue if you play in a dedicated room or live alone.
These headphones are comfortable for long gaming sessions and have a great mic, so you'll sound clear and present over team chat. Out of the box, they have a very warm sound profile. While they don't have as much thumpy low-bass due to their open-back design, they still deliver boom, which helps emphasize sound effects in your game. Dialogue and soundtracks also sound clear and present, but these headphones lack EQ adjustments, so you can't fine-tune the sound to your liking.
Dec 22, 2022: Replaced the Astro A50 with the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro. Also, removed the 'Best Wired' category and replaced it with a 'Best Open-Back' pick, the Drop + Sennheiser PC38x.
Oct 31, 2022: We've checked our picks for product availability and accuracy. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Sep 01, 2022: We've overhauled this article to provide picks that better align with user expectations. We've added the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox, Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, and SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless, which are all wireless headphones that offer great value at different price points. We've also cleaned up the Notable Mentions to remove out-of-date picks and removed the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal, as they don't perform as well as the Nova Pro.
Jun 06, 2022: We've restructured this article. We removed the SteelSeries Arcits Pro GameDAC and the SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless. We also removed the Corsair HS70 Bluetooth, HyperX Cloud Stinger S, Logitech G433 Gaming Headset, Astro A10, Plantronics RIG 800LX Wireless, Hyper Cloud Stinger, and HyperX Cloud Stinger S from the Notable Mentions. We've added the Razer Kaira Pro as 'Best Xbox One Headset' and the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal as 'Most Premium Xbox One Headset'.
May 04, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
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 headsets, sorted by Xbox One compatibility. 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 don't care about having a microphone or wireless features.