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The 5 Best Headsets For Xbox Series X/S - Summer 2022 Reviews

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 675 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 Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox is the best Xbox Series X headset we've tested. These over-ears support Xbox Wireless, making it easy to connect them to your console and have low latency, so you won't notice audio lag issues while you're playing. They also support Bluetooth, meaning you can receive audio from your console and phone at the same 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 that you don't need to recharge them too often.

    While their warm sound profile may sound a bit boomy to some, you can customize it with a five-band EQ and presets in their companion software. However, they're prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery, so you need to be sure to adjust their fit and positioning on your head to hear the same sound each time you use them. If you're looking for Xbox headphones with more consistent audio delivery, it's worth checking out the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. They're less prone to deviations in bass and treble delivery, and they're more comfortable than the Razer. However, they don't support Bluetooth.

    See our review

  2. Best Headset For Xbox Series X/S Under $100

    The HyperX Cloud Alpha S is the best headset for Xbox Series S and X consoles under $100 that we've tested. These affordable headphones plug into your console's controller using their 1/8" TRRS cable. Even though they don't have much in terms of extra features, each ear cup is equipped with a bass slider so that you can adjust the amount of bass you get. When both sliders are set to the max, they have a boomy sound, which can help bring out sound effects like footsteps in gameplay. Although vocals and lead instruments can sound muddy this way, you can always lower the slider to help correct this. If you like to game with others, their boom mic does a good job capturing your voice clearly. They also have a great build quality and feel comfortable for their price point.

    If you prefer a wireless design or you want a higher degree of customizability, you may want to check out the Xbox Wireless Headset instead. They support Bluetooth and Xbox Wireless, but their somewhat high latency makes them less ideal for competitive gaming since your game audio and visuals may fall out of sync. They're also a bit more customizable as they have a graphic EQ and presets in their app, but their default sound is extremely muddy and boomy, which can hurt the presence of dialogue and instruments.

    See our review

  3. 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. These wired gaming headphones are designed with PCs in mind, but their wired design makes them suitable for use with Xbox consoles. They have a fairly balanced sound with a punchy bass response. Their very flat mid-range also helps ensure that dialogue and instruments reproduce clearly and accurately. Their boom mic also offers excellent overall performance, so if you like to chat with teammates, they should have no problem understanding you clearly, even in moderately noisy environments.

    While their build feels a bit plasticky and cheap compared to other options on this list, they have a comfortable fit for long gaming sessions. Unfortunately, they only work with Xbox consoles via analog connection, and you can't customize their sound profile or use any of the other customization features in the app when connected that way.

    See our review

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

    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. These headphones are a solid option if you'd rather not worry about battery life. They 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 it to cycle through EQ presets and enable surround sound. Unlike other headphones on this list, these have an open-back design, which helps them create an open, spacious, and wide passive soundstage to immerse you in your audio. This design also 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 anyway.

    Their default sound profile leans warm, which can help emphasize sound effects in games, and you can 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 a good overall performance, ensuring your voice sounds clear, even in moderately noisy environments.

    See our review

  5. Most Premium Xbox Series X Headset

    The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal are the best wireless headset for Xbox Series X with a premium design that we've tested. If you value a high-end product packed with features wrapped in a sleek, well-built design, these offer versatile performance. They support Xbox Wireless, although they have somewhat high latency. They also support Bluetooth, meaning you can stay connected to your smartphone and PC at once. Even though you can't simultaneously connect them to your Xbox and Bluetooth device, you still may like this feature if you want to use them more casually. They have a warm yet uneven default sound profile, resulting in extra boom and bright dialogue and instruments. Luckily, you can access presets on their companion app when connected via Bluetooth or a five-band graphic EQ when connected via Xbox Wireless.

    Unlike other picks on this list, they have an integrated mic instead of a boom mic, which does an okay job of capturing your voice clearly and helps reduce their gamer-centric look. They also have an active noise cancelling (ANC) system that's best suited for blocking out ambient chatter, whether you're gaming or listening to music. With their ANC on, their battery provides 11.5 hours of playback time, but you can use them wired with full compatibility on your Xbox thanks to their included 1/8" TRRS cable.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • 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 Razer Kaira Pro Wiress for Xbox, they also 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 with your console seamlessly, but unfortunately, unlike the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox, it isn't Bluetooth-compatible. They're sturdily built, comfy to wear, and offer great microphone recording quality and noise handling capability. See our review
  • SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless: The SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless are comfortable, well-built headphones designed strictly for gaming. You can plug them directly into your Xbox Series X controller for full audio and microphone compatibility. However, they don't support Xbox Wireless, and their audio delivery isn't very consistent across different users. See our review
  • SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless: The SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless offer Bluetooth support, low latency, and roughly 28 hours of continuous playback time. However, some users have reported that their unit disconnects or the audio stutters, which can be disruptive while gaming. See our review
  • Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless: 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

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

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

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

  4. Mar 03, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.

  5. Feb 03, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

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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