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 nearly 400 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 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.
While you can customize them with the SteelSeries Engine software on PC, the live preview mode won’t work unless your computer supports Xbox Wireless. 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 the best gaming headset for Xbox One.
If you want a gaming headset that also works great for watching TV or movies wirelessly, go with the Astro A50 Gen 4 2019, one of the best Xbox headsets. The SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless have a much better battery life, but the Astro have an excellent base station with better connectivity, which should connect to most home theater setups. The base station also acts as a charging stand for when you aren't using the headset, so they should always be charged up when you need them. They sound great out-of-the-box, and can also be customized through Astro's software on PC. They also have much better latency than the Arctis 9X thanks to their proprietary base station, meaning most people probably won't notice any delay whatsoever. It's worth noting that the Astro is console-locked, with both an Xbox and PS4 version of the base available, so make sure you get the right version.
Get the SteelSeries if you want a headset that easily connects to your Xbox and supports Bluetooth for your mobile devices, but if you watch a lot of TV or movies and want headphones for that as well, go with the Astro.
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 immersive qualities of an open-back design but prefer the versatility of closed-back headphones, then get the Audeze Mobius, one of the best headsets for Xbox One. They’re not as comfortable as the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019, 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. Unfortunately, they don’t feel as well-built as their premium price may suggest.
Get the Astro if you prefer a more gamer-centric design and like using an external amp that provides a customizable gaming experience on the fly; however, if you want something that looks a bit more casual and delivers a unique, immersive listening experience, go for the Mobius.
The best budget Xbox One headset is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. They're a comfortable pair of headphones that perform quite well for the price.
The Cloud Stinger are a great wired headset for fans of multiplayer games thanks to their excellent boom mic. The microphone performs well above its price point and does a superb job at blocking background noise, meaning other players should have no problem hearing you clearly. Their build quality is above average and they're comfortable and relatively lightweight with large ear cups that should be big enough for most ears.
On the downside, they don't have the greatest on-headphone controls. There are no microphone-level controls and they only allow you to adjust the sound volume. The microphone can be muted easily by flipping it up, which is nice, but it's not removable so they may not be the best option for casual use outside of your home. They also aren't customizable, so those looking for more customization should consider the Logitech G432. All things considered, they are a decent headset that provides a simple gaming experience at a great price.
If you prefer having just one headset for gaming and casual use, then get the Logitech G433. It’s a bit more expensive than the HyperX Cloud Stinger, but comes with a whole bunch of accessories for added versatility. It has an excellent boom mic that’s detachable and a mobile-friendly cable for use with your smartphone.
These are versatile wireless headphones, but they’re a bit more expensive than the HyperX. You’ll want to go for the Stinger if you’re trying to keep your headset costs to a minimum, but if you have a couple of bucks to spare, the Logitech perform better in nearly every respect and are definitely worth considering.
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.
10/18/2019: Replaced the Astro A50 with the Astro A50 Gen 4 2019.