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 680 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 at the same time, and they have noise cancelling (ANC). While it's not the best for tackling more casual noise like the rumble of car engines, it does a better job of blocking out ambient chatter and the high-pitched hum of a standing fan.
These headphones have a somewhat neutral default sound profile. They've got a small bump in extra high-bass to help bring out sound effects like footsteps in gameplay. While they have companion software, you can't transfer your settings onto the transmitter while connected to your Xbox. 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 comfortable fit, but if you don't have the headphones on correctly, you may find their inner driver design pushes into your ears.
The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 is the best wireless Xbox One headset in the upper mid-range we've tested. Even though these headphones don't have ANC or Bluetooth like the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox, they come with a wireless base station that you can use to charge the headphones when you're finished gaming. The base station also ensures low latency, meaning you won't encounter lip-sync issues. These over-ears come in two console-specific variants, so it's important to check that you get the right model. They also block out very little ambient sound, which can be frustrating if you game in a noisy space.
Out of the box, these comfortable over-ears have a well-balanced sound profile that packs a bit of extra warmth without drowning out dialogue and instruments. That said, you can use their companion software to create a custom EQ preset, which you can then save to your headphones. If you like to game with others, their great boom mic ensures that your voice is clear to teammates and enemies alike. Their battery lasts over 17 hours continuously too, but note that they don't have an AUX port, so you can't use them passively in a pinch.
The best Xbox headset with a mid-range price that we've tested are the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless. Unlike the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, they don't come with a base station and rely on an Xbox Wireless dongle to provide wireless compatibility. Luckily, the dongle has low latency, so your audio and visuals stay in sync. They're also Bluetooth-enabled, allowing you to connect to your console and smartphone simultaneously. Thanks to their roughly 28 hours of continuous playback time, you don't have to worry about battery life during long gaming marathons.
These headphones have a fairly neutral sound profile out of the box, ensuring that dialogue and instruments in cinematic cut scenes sound clear, accurate, and present. They're prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery. It's due to their ski-band headband design, not because it's comfortable enough for long hours of gaming, but because it can be especially tricky to get a good fit. If you prefer a different sound, you can cycle through EQ presets built-in. Sound also feels like it's coming from speakers placed in the room around you, which can make for a more immersive experience. Their boom mic ensures you're heard loud and clear, even if you're talking in a noisy environment.
The best lower mid-range Xbox headphones we've tested are 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 overall 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.
The best Xbox One headset at the budget level we've tested is the Logitech G432 Gaming Headset. There aren't many wireless headsets at this price point, so wired is the way to go if you want to save money. These over-ear headphones have audio and mic support via plugging their 1/8" TRRS cable into your Xbox controller. You can't use their USB dongle with this console, so you can't benefit from their companion app's customization features. However, if you don't mind their no-frills performance, they can offer a solid gaming experience without breaking the bank.
They have a boom mic that offers excellent overall performance. The mic can capture your voice clearly, even in moderately noisy environments. Compared to the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox, they have a lot more of a well-balanced sound, even though they still lack some thump and rumble. Vocals and lead instruments sound clear and detailed, which is great for cutscenes or more dialogue-driven gameplay. While they feel a bit plasticky and not very solid, their okay build is normal from cheaper headphones.
The Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019 is the best wired Xbox One headset we've tested. Unlike other wired picks on this list, these very well-built headphones have a MixAmp on their audio cable, letting you adjust controls like volume, channel mixing, and surround sound on the fly. It also allows you to cycle through different EQ presets that you can create via their companion app if you want to alter their warm default sound profile. They also have a very comfortable fit suitable for long hours of gaming, and their boom mic offers great overall performance, ensuring your teammates hear you clearly, even in moderately noisy places.
Thanks to their open-back design, sound can escape the ear cups and bounce around your environment. It helps the headphones create an open and out-of-head passive soundstage, which can sound more immersive. Unfortunately, this also means that they won't block background noise, and their leaky sound might annoy others around you. If this is a dealbreaker, you may want to check out the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC instead. These wired headphones have a closed-back design, which helps improve noise isolation and lower audio bleed. Unfortunately, their passive soundstage seems closed off and unnatural.
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.
Apr 04, 2022: We've checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Mar 04, 2022: Verified 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.