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 283 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 headset for Xbox One that we've tested so far is the Astro A50. These headphones are packed with features and come with a convenient base station that offers a lot of inputs and dock charging. They also deliver a 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 only have 39ms of latency, which is great for gaming and watching videos, and thanks to their multiple inputs on the base station, they are also a good headset for home theater use.
Unfortunately, their auto-off feature, which saves quite a bit of power, can be a tad too aggressive and may be a bit bothersome since there is a little delay as they turn on. They also do not have a wired mode, so you can't use them with your phone to listen to music or with your console controllers if you also have the PS4. On the upside, as long as you get the right base station for your console variant, the Astro A50 is the best Xbox One headset you can get.
If you don’t mind taking a bit more time setting up your gaming headphones in exchange for even more connectivity options, get the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. It’ll take a bit more effort to get them working with the Xbox, especially compared to 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.
Unfortunately, the Arctis Pro Wireless have limited microphone control. If you need better mic control and don’t mind bit of menu-diving, take a look at the Arctis Pro GameDAC. They’re wired, but they have better mic support and even more customization options in the SteelSeries Engine program.
If you want your gaming headphones to work wirelessly with your Xbox One out-of-the-box but find the Astro A50 too expensive, get the Astro A20. Since they’re significantly cheaper, they don’t come with the same great charging station as the A50, but their battery performance is better overall, especially considering the price difference.
They are sturdy, easy-to-use gaming headphones with very good sound and microphone quality. They have a battery life of 14 hours, which is comparable to that of the A50, but they fully charge in 3 hours, which is much quicker than the A50. The A20 can also provide audio while charging, so you don’t have to take a break from your game just because your headphones’ battery is dead.
Unfortunately, they are not the most comfortable gaming headphones we’ve tested. They may feel a bit fatiguing, especially during longer gaming sessions. However, their fit seems to isolate the wearer better than the Astro A50 do, which is nice if you live with roommates or share your space with a partner. Overall, the A20 are decent wireless gaming headphones that are a good choice for those who want easy compatibility with the Xbox One without breaking the bank.
If you want a mid-range wireless headset with a better sound and more comfortable fit, consider the Plantronics RIG 800LX. They do not feel as well-built as the Astro A20. They also have a pretty glaring flaw, as they distort quite a bit at higher volumes, so if you typically game with your volume level all the way up, these won't be the best headphones for you.
On the upside, the Plantronics RIG work well with both the Xbox One and the PS4. They have very low latency, suitable for gaming and watching movies, decent wireless range, and a great battery life. They also have a very well-balanced sound that, unfortunately, you won't be able to listen to at max volume because they distort. This makes the Plantronics a niche recommendation; they're great for gaming on Xbox, but the distortion levels may be a deal breaker for some.
If you want a headset that you can use wirelessly with your phone as well as your Xbox One, then get the Turtle Beach Stealth 700. They have a rather short boom mic that's decent for gaming, but will not reproduce your voice as well as some of the other recommendations on this list. On the upside, the Turtle Beach are one of the few gaming headphones that will work with your phone via Bluetooth. They also come with a compact, low latency dongle that you can plug into your console, depending on the variant you buy. This dongle only has about 20 ms of delay, which is great for gaming.
Overall, the Stealth 700 are decent wireless gaming headphones for the Xbox, with an above-average sound, a 10-hour battery life with an auto-off feature, and mild customization options and presets with the audio hub on PC. They're also one of the few headphones you can use wirelessly with your phone.
If you do not mind using a wired design, the best Xbox One gaming headset in the budget category is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. These headphones do not have the premium metal design of the more high-end headsets of the lineup like the Cloud II and Cloud Alpha. Their boom mic is also not detachable, which makes them less outdoor-friendly than some of the other gaming headsets on this list, like the Logitech G433.
On the upside, they have a wired 1/8" TRRS connector that will have both audio and mic support with your Xbox One controller. The mic is also really good for in-game chats. It reproduces your voice accurately and filters a lot of background noise, making sure your teammates can always hear you clearly.
Unfortunately, like many budget wired gaming headsets, they do not have a lot of features or controls. They have a simple volume dial and a mute switch when you set the mic in the upright position. On the other hand, they deliver a satisfying sound that's great for gaming and listening to music, and they're also quite affordable. They're a simple choice for gamers on a budget and they work well with the Xbox One and the PS4.
If you prefer having one versatile gaming headset to use with your Xbox One controller and your phone, then get the Logitech G433. Like the HyperX Cloud Stinger, the G433 are wired, so they won't be as convenient as some of the wireless options on this list. They also do not have the most durable design, although they are well made for their price. On the upside, their excellent boom mic is great for multiplayer games, and it's detachable, so you can use the G433 casually outdoors.
They have spare earcup pads included in the box, a USB adapter for extra features on PC, and even come with a mobile-friendly cable with a mic and remote that will work with your Android or iPhone. They also have one of the most neutral sound quality we have measured. However, their bass is somewhat inconsistent, especially if you wear glasses. Overall, the G433 are versatile wireless headphones at a good price point.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Xbox One gaming headsets to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one 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.