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The 6 Best Headsets For Xbox Series X/S - Fall 2022 Reviews

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Best Headsets For Xbox Series X/S

If you've gotten your hands on an Xbox Series X or Series S console and are looking for a headset to match, there are a couple of options on the market. There's no one best Xbox Series X headset, as which one you buy is heavily dependent on your preferences. Do you despise tripping on a rat's nest of wires or want to give your gaming setup a sleek, streamlined look? Consider a pair of wireless gaming headphones that use Xbox Wireless Technology, which allows you to pair your headset to your console without needing a dongle, similar to how an Xbox controller functions. On the other hand, if you hate the idea of running out of battery at a crucial moment or experiencing a delay in audio due to latency, you may prefer wired headphones.

We’ve tested over 690 headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best Xbox Series X|S headsets to buy. If you’re looking for other consoles and PCs, take a look at our picks for the best gaming headsets, the best gaming headsets for Xbox One, and the best wireless gaming headsets.


  1. Best Headset For Xbox Series X/S

    The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox is the best headset for Xbox Series X/S that we've tested. These headphones are packed with a ton of extra features like their wireless transmitter, which has a built-in screen so that you can adjust settings like the EQ, virtual soundstage, and mic gain quickly. Their transmitter also ensures minimal latency, and since these headphones also have a dual battery cartridge system, you can charge one battery directly inside the transmitter while the other one's in use. One battery even lasts roughly 25 hours continuously. If that's not enough, they also support Bluetooth, meaning you can stay connected to your Xbox and smartphone simultaneously.

    These comfortable headphones have a somewhat neutral default sound profile. Their sound packs a bit of extra boom, which can help accentuate sound effects like footsteps in your gameplay. However, dialogue and instruments can sound a bit harsh, while sibilants like hi-hats are piercing. The headphones also have an active noise cancelling (ANC) system. Although it struggles to cut down outdoor noise like rumbling engines, it'll be more than enough to reduce ambient chatter and the hum of standing fans. If you like to chat with others while you game, their retractable boom mic has a very good overall performance, so you don't have to worry about whether you sound clear to your teammates or enemies.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Headset For Xbox Series X/S

    If you're looking for something a little less pricey than our top pick, you'll want to consider the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, which is the best headset for Xbox Series S in the upper mid-range we've tested. These over-ears come with a base station that you can use to recharge the headphones when not in use. While it doesn't offer quite the same robust features as the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox's wireless transmitter, it still offers low latency, so your audio and visuals stay in sync while gaming. While the base station makes them console-locked, the Xbox variant is also compatible with this console.

    They have a well-balanced default sound profile that delivers a touch of extra bass to help emphasize sound effects like footsteps. Dialogue and instruments in cinematic cutscenes sound clear and full-bodied, too. If you want to customize their sound, you can use their companion app's graphic EQ and presets, then save the custom preset on your headphones. They have a boom microphone, ensuring your voice sounds clear, even if you're talking in noisy environments. They also have over 17 hours of continuous playtime, which will last through long gaming marathons.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Headset For Xbox Series X/S

    If you're looking for something a little easier on the wallet, the best wireless headset for Xbox Series X/S in the mid-range is the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless. At this price point, it's unlikely that you'll find headphones that come with a dock or wireless transmitter, like that included with the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. Instead, manufacturers use a USB dongle, which doesn't offer additional features other than wireless connectivity. The SteelSeries Arctis 9X are no different, though their USB dongle ensures a low latency gaming experience. They also support Bluetooth, which is great if you want to stay connected to your smartphone and Xbox simultaneously.

    They have a well-balanced sound, though their ski-band headband design means they're prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, so it's important that you take the time to adjust them to fit your head. Luckily, you can also customize them to suit your tastes using their built-in EQ. If you like to game with others, their boom mic offers great overall performance, so you sound clear and natural. They last roughly 28 hours continuously, but if you're looking for headphones with even better battery performance, it's worth considering the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7X Wireless. They have a continuous playback time of over 33 hours, and their auto-off timer helps conserves battery life when you're not using them. However, they're not as comfortable as the 9X.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Headset For Xbox Series X/S

    The Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox is the best Xbox Series X headset we've tested. These comfortable headphones may not sound as neutral or flat as the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless. However, you can download their companion app on the Xbox and finetune their boominess and harsh mids using the graphic EQ and presets. Since they have Xbox Wireless built-in, you also don't have to worry about misplacing a dongle or dock, and they have low latency via this connection. They support Bluetooth, which is great for receiving audio from two devices at a time.

    Their boom mic has a very good overall performance, making them a solid choice if you like to play team-based games. Their roughly 19-hour continuous battery life means you don't need to recharge them too often. If you're looking to avoid the issue of battery life altogether, it's worth checking out the HyperX Cloud Alpha S. These are wired headphones with a bass slider on the ear cup, so you can customize the amount of thump and boom you get out of each driver. Their mic's recording quality isn't as good as the Razer, but they're more comfortable and come with two sets of ear cup padding.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Gaming Headset For Xbox Series X/S

    If you're looking for something more budget-friendly for your Xbox, the best Series X headset we've tested is the Logitech G432 Gaming Headset. Unlike the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox, these gaming headphones are designed with PCs in mind, meaning their customization features aren't available when used with this console. However, if you don't mind this, their wired design makes them a suitable choice for Xbox consoles. They have a fairly balanced sound with punchy bass. Their very flat mid-range also helps ensure that dialogue and instruments reproduce clearly and accurately. However, they're somewhat prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, so it's important to take the time to ensure a good fit when you use them.

    Their boom mic offers excellent overall performance, so teammates will have no problem understanding you well. At this price point, headphones tend to have simple controls, and these comfortable over-ears only have a volume wheel and mic mute via flipping the mic upwards. Their build also feels a bit plasticky and cheap compared to other options on this list. If you're looking for something sturdier, it's worth checking out the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1 instead. They have a significantly more robust build, but their sound profile isn't as neutral, and they're even more prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery.

    See our review

  6. Best Wired Gaming Headset For Xbox Series X/S

    If you want to avoid issues like battery life and latency, then the best gaming headset for Xbox Series X/S consoles with a wired design that we've tested is the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019. Unlike the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, they have an open-back design, which helps them create an open, spacious, and wide passive soundstage to immerse you in your audio. This design means they block out even less ambient noise than the other picks on this list, although most gaming headphones aren't ideal for that purpose.

    These headphones come with a MixAmp that places the headphones' controls at your fingertips. It has dedicated channel mixing and volume knobs, and you can also use them to cycle through EQ presets and enable surround sound. Their default sound profile leans warm, which can help emphasize sound effects in games, but you can also customize it to your liking using their companion software's graphic EQ and presets. Afterward, you can map your custom preset onto the MixAmp for easy access. Their detachable boom mic also delivers good performance, ensuring your voice sounds clear, even in moderately noisy environments.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro for Xbox: The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro are wired gaming headphones with a DAC. Their boom mic has a better recording quality than the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019. However, they're not as comfortable or well-built. They're also prone to a lot more inconsistencies in audio delivery. See our review
  • SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless: The SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless headphones support Xbox Wireless with low latency. However, they're very prone to deviations in audio delivery. Unlike the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless, they don't support Bluetooth, and their mic performance isn't as good. See our review
  • Corsair HS75 XB WIRELESS Gaming Headset: The Corsair HS75 XB WIRELESS Gaming Headset uses Xbox Wireless Technology to pair seamlessly with your console. It's sturdily built, comfy to wear, and offer great microphone recording quality and noise handling capability. However, unlike the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox, it isn't Bluetooth-compatible. See our review
  • Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2: The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless are gaming headphones that use Xbox Wireless Technology to pair with your console but are also Bluetooth-compatible, allowing you to stream music or chat with friends through your phone as you game. However, they're less comfortable than the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox and have shorter battery life. See our review
  • Xbox Wireless Headset: The Xbox Wireless Headset is designed specifically for this console, and they support Bluetooth. However, they have high Xbox Wireless latency, and their immensely bass-heavy sound profile overwhelms vocals and instruments. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Oct 31, 2022: We've checked our picks for product accuracy and availability. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  2. Sep 09, 2022: We've rehauled this article to provide picks that better align with user expectations. We've added the following picks to the list: the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox, Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, and SteelSeries Arctis 9X, as these picks are specifically designed for the Xbox and have good customization features. We've also removed the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal, as they don't offer good value for their price, and the HyperX Cloud Alpha S, which are simple in features compared to the SteelSeries 9X.

  3. Jun 06, 2022: Made the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless For Xbox the 'Best Xbox Series X Headset' and added the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal Wireless as 'Most Premium Xbox Series X Headset'. Moved the SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless to Notable mentions. Removed Logitech G433 Gaming Headset because of its similar performance to the Logitech G432 and removed the Xbox Wireless Headset as the HyperX Cloud Alpha S have a better overall performance.

  4. May 04, 2022: We've checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  5. Apr 04, 2022: We've checked our picks for product accuracy and availability. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best headphones for Xbox Series X/S consoles to buy for most people 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'd like to choose for yourself, here's 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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