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The 7 Best Xbox One Headsets - Fall 2018
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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 2018. See also our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best gaming headsets for PC, and the best gaming headsets under $100.

  1. Best Xbox One Gaming Headset: Astro A50

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    8.0
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    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.

    See our review

  2. Alternative with more customization options: SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC

    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : No
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    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 + Game Dac, 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 Game+Dac.

    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.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Xbox One Gaming Headset: Astro A20

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    7.3
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    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 has 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.

    See our review

  4. Better sounding alternative: Plantronics RIG 800LX

    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    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.

    See our review

  5. Bluetooth enabled alternative: Turtle Beach Stealth 700

    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : Yes
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you also want a headset that you can use with your phone as well as your Xbox One, then get the Turtle Beach Stealth 700. They do not have the most premium looking design or the best build quality. They're also not the most comfortable headphones for long gaming sessions and their boom mic is decent but not as good as some of the other gaming headsets we've tested.

    On the upside, the Turtle Beach are one of the few gaming headphones with Bluetooth compatibility so they will work with your phone wirelessly for listening to music and even watching the occasional video, although their latency with Bluetooth is not ideal for that use case. However, when using the dongle, they have only 20 ms of latency, which is great for gaming. They also have a decent sound quality, a 10-hour battery life with an auto-off feature and mild customization options and presets with the audio hub on PC. The Stealth 700 are a decent wireless gaming option for the Xbox, provided you get the right variant, and they're one of the few headphones that you can use wireless, which may be a deciding factor for some gamers. 

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Xbox One Gaming Headset: HyperX Cloud Stinger

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    7.2
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : No
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    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.

    See our review

  7. Alternative with more accessories: Logitech G433

    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : No
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you don't mind the wired design of more budget gaming headphones but want something that looks good enough to use outdoors with your phone, then get the Logitech G433 instead. They do not have the convenience of a wireless design so they may not be the ideal option for all console gamers. They also have a fabric coated design that won't be as durable as the similarly designed Logitech G Pro or another budget option like the Corsair HS60.

    On the upside, the Logitech G433 have a simple casual design that comes with a pair of spare earcup pads, a good, detachable boom mic, and a mobile-friendly audio cable with an in-line mic that you can use with your phone outdoors. They also have a surprisingly well-balanced sound, making them a great wired option for gaming and to use as your everyday headphones.  

    The HyperX lineup have slightly better-built headsets around the same price range as the Logitech. However, the G433 deliver more options and accessories, have a better sound quality overall and come with multiple cables for your various devices including a USB adapter for PC and a simple 1/8 TRRS that will work with your Xbox One controller.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp. A decent gaming headset with a wired Dac amp that gives you a bit more control options and Bluetooth connectivity with your phone. Slight issues in the software and not the best value to performance ratio. See our review
  • HyperX Cloud II. A well built wired gaming headset that will work with both consoles. Good comfort and a durable design but not as many features as the other mid-range picks. See our review
  • Astro A10. A wired alternative to the A20. Good build quality but the wired design is a bit less convenient. See our review
  • Logitech G933. A good budget alternative to the G933. However, it does not have as many features and only one programmable button. See our review
  • Corsair HS60. Versatile design for casual use. Good mic, sound, and build quality but wired designed a bit less convenient. See our review
  • Creative Sound BlasterX H5Gaming headphones with a good build quality and comfortable casual design. Wired connection is latency-free but limited in range. See our review
  • Sennheiser Game One. Good gaming headset with an open sound and a great mic. A bit too pricey for their lack of features and what they have to offer. See our review
  • Turtle Beach Elite 800. A gaming headset with a low latency dock and Bluetooth. Poor control scheme and mediocre overall performance. See our review

All Reviews

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.

 

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