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 248 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 do not mind a slightly more complex set up, then you can get one of the better gaming headsets we've tested this year, the Arctis Pro + GameDAC, to work with your Xbox One. These headphones are more compatible with the PS4, so they are not the best for Xbox One users that do not like diving into menus. They're also wired, so they may not be as convenient as the Astro A50 for gaming on your couch. However, what they lack in convenience, they more than make up for with great customization features that you can access directly on the GameDAC.
They also have a great design with easy to use controls and a sturdy build quality that feels a bit more durable than that of the A50. They have even less latency since they are wired and their retractable mic and mobile adapter cable make them a more versatile option for those who also use their gaming headphones for just listening to music around the house. Click here for the instruction steps to get the Arctis Pro working with your Xbox One. You can also get the similarly designed Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp if you want a more simple Xbox One set up. However, they have slightly fewer controls and customization options, and their software is a little buggy at times.
If you like the wireless design of the Astro A50 but find them a bit too expensive, then get the Astro A20; they are the best Xbox One gaming headset in the mid-range category. They are the budget variant of the lineup, so they do not come with a base station that supports dock charging or have as many connection options as that of the A50. They're also not the most comfortable headphones since they can be a bit tight on some heads, which may get a bit fatiguing during longer gaming marathons.
On the upside, the Astro A20 deliver a sturdy design with easy-to-use controls and a good boom mic that will work with your Xbox One wirelessly provided you get the right base station for your console. They also have a very low latency, great for both gaming and watching movies, and they have a decently well-balanced sound that you can somewhat customize via the Astro Command Center.
Unfortunately, like the A50, these headphones do not have a casual design you can use outdoors since they do not have a detachable mic and do not come with an audio cable or Bluetooth compatibility to work with your phone. However, if you're looking for a mid-range option to use with your console, then the A20 are a great choice. You can also get the Astro A10 for slightly cheaper if you prefer a wired design.
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 the Xbox One and the PS4, so if you have both consoles you can easily switch between your input source. 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're not as well-built as some of the other headsets in their price range. They also 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, which may be a deciding factor for some gamers even if their build quality is not as good.
If you want a cheap gaming headset under $50 and do not mind using a wired design, the best Xbox One gaming headset 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, unlike the Stingers.
They also come with a few more accessories that make them a versatile option for a wide range of users and uses. 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 the most neutral sound quality we have measured. However, their bass is somewhat inconsistent, especially if you wear glasses, so they may not sound as good for all listeners. 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.