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 single best headset for Xbox Series X consoles, as which one you buy is heavily dependent on your own 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 the need for 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 625 headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best Xbox Series X headset 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 headsets for PS4.
The best headset with a wireless design that we've tested is the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless. These wireless gaming headphones have a comfortable over-ear fit and a great build quality, with a flexible metal headband. They're compatible with Xbox Wireless, which allows you to connect wirelessly to your Xbox Series X without a dock or adapter.
Their retractable boom mic makes your voice sound clear and full-bodied and does a great job of separating it from background noise. Out of the box, their sound profile is neutral. While it lacks a little low bass, you can customize it to suit you with a graphic EQ and presets in the SteelSeries Engine software. They last for about 28 hours of continuous use, so you don't need to charge them every day and only take a little over two hours to fully recharge.
Unfortunately, like many gaming headsets, they're prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery. You may need to take time to adjust their fit, seal, and positioning on your head to experience the same sound each time you wear them. They have somewhat higher non-Bluetooth latency than some wireless gaming headsets, although it shouldn't be very noticeable for most people. Otherwise, their comfortable fit, impressive mic performance, and customization features make them a great choice for Xbox gamers.
If very low latency over Xbox wireless is a priority, you may prefer the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless. They have a shorter continuous battery life than the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless and take longer to recharge, but they have very low non-Bluetooth wireless, which may be especially important if you spend a lot of time gaming online with friends. They have a similarly comfortable fit and a boom mic with an excellent overall performance. Their default sound profile is also more bass-heavy, bringing extra thump, punch, and boom to your game audio. It's not as well-balanced, though, meaning some sounds may be harsh or piercing. Fortunately, you can also customize their sound with a graphic EQ and presets in the headphones' companion software.
Go for the SteelSeries if you want a better overall battery performance. If you want lower Xbox Wireless latency, the Razer are a good alternative.
The best gaming headset for Xbox Series X/S consoles with a wired design is the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019. These headphones have an open-back design, which helps make their passive soundstage seem big and spacious. Their MixAmp, which is a USB dock, offers plenty of inputs and controls like volume adjustment, channel mixing, and sound customization options.
They use a 1/8" TRRS cable, which delivers full audio and microphone capability on consoles with an AUX jack. Their warm sound profile helps bring out sound effects in action-packed games, but if you prefer a different sound, you can customize it with a graphic EQ and presets in the companion software. You can also map presets onto the MixAmp, which makes it easier to cycle between them on the fly. Their boom mic has a great performance, so your voice should be heard clearly by your teammates, even in loud environments.
Unfortunately, their open-back design means they leak a lot of audio. They also don't isolate you from ambient noise like background conversations, so they're better suited for gaming at home in a relatively quiet room. That said, they offer a more immersive and spacious audio experience compared with many closed-back headphones and are among the best open-back headphones that we've tested.
If you want a more expensive gaming headset, you may prefer the HyperX Cloud Alpha S. Unlike the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019, these wired gaming headphones don't have sound customization features included in their software, but they're less expensive. They also have much better build quality, a comfortable fit, and a detachable boom mic with a good overall performance. While they lack an in-app EQ or presets, there's a bass slider on each earcup that lets you turn the bass up or down. With the sliders turned up, they have a boomy sound profile that can help bring out sound effects in games. They also have a closed-back design, so they leak less audio and block out more ambient noise than the Astro. However, like most gaming headsets, they don't have active noise cancelling and don't isolate you from sounds like rumbling bus and plane engines.
If you want access to an in-app graphic EQ and presets to customize your headphones' sound profile, go for the Astro, but consider the HyperX instead if you prefer closed-back headphones or want to spend less.
The best Series X headset under $100 that we've tested is the Xbox Wireless Headset. These headphones have a comfortable fit and don't clamp onto your head, so they shouldn't cause much fatigue during long gaming sessions. They offer full compatibility with Xbox Series X via Xbox Wireless, and they also support Bluetooth, so you can chat with teammates or listen to music on your phone while you game.
Their boom mic has a great recording quality, so your voice sounds clear and natural, and it also does a decent job of separating it from ambient sound. Their default sound profile is very bass-heavy, so it delivers a lot of extra thump and rumble. Some may find this overwhelming, but fortunately, their app gives you access to a graphic EQ and presets, so you can customize their sound to suit you.
Unfortunately, like many gaming headsets that we've tested, they're prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery, and people who wear glasses or have thick hair may experience a drop in bass. They also have somewhat high latency over Xbox Wireless, but it may not be noticeable for everyone, and if you want lower latency, you can also connect to your Xbox with their USB-A to USB-C cable.
The best headset for Xbox Series S and X consoles on a budget that we've tested are the HyperX Cloud Stinger. They have a 1/8" TRRS cable that provides full audio and mic compatibility when you plug them into your controller, which is good if you don't want to deal with the hassle that comes with audio latency or running out of battery at an inopportune time.
They have an excited V-shaped sound profile that should emphasize the thump and rumble sound effects in action-heavy games but doesn't completely overwhelm in-game dialogue or music. Their boom mic also offers impressive overall performance given the relatively affordable price, as it makes your voice sound full-bodied, natural, and mostly free of background noise, even if you're gaming in a fairly noisy environment.
Unfortunately, their audio cable isn't detachable, so if it gets damaged, the entire unit needs to be replaced. Their control scheme is also quite limited, even by the standards of dedicated gaming headphones, with only an unintuitive volume slider and a flip-to-mute boom mic. Their audio delivery can also vary drastically depending on their fit, seal, and positioning. However, thanks to their affordable price, comfortable fit, and impressive overall mic performance, they're also among the best gaming headsets under $50 that we've tested.
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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.