The Sennheiser Game One is a simple and comfortable gaming headset with a great sound quality. These headphones have a wired design so they suffer in range but have practically no latency, making them suitable for both gaming and watching movies. They also have open ear cups which is relatively rare for gaming headsets. This gives them a better soundstage but makes them even less suitable for loud environments and outdoor use. Unfortunately, they lack a few active features compared to other gaming headphones in their price range.
Great for neutral listening. The Game One have a well-balanced sound quality and an open design that grants them a more open soundstage than most gaming headsets we've reviewed so far. Also, although they may lack a little bass for gaming, their neutral sound and comfortable design makes them a good option for casual and neutral listening.
Not made for commuting. They have an open design that barely blocks ambient noise so they won't be suitable for commuting or traveling. They're also not very portable.
Sub-par for sports. Although they have a breathable design, they're not stable enough to be a decent option for running. Their bulky design has a mediocre-at-best control scheme and sways a lot during physical activity.
Sub-par for office use. Their open design leaks a lot which may be distracting to the people around you. They also don't block a lot of ambient noise so if you have a lively office you will be able to hear all the chatter.
This wired gaming headset can't be used wirelessly.
Good for gaming. The Sennheiser Game One have a great sound quality, a comfortable design, low latency and a good mic that filters out a lot of noise. Since they're open-back, they have a slightly more spacious soundstage than other gaming headsets. They're also more breathable so you will be able to wear them for longer, but they are less isolating. Unfortunately, they lack in software support and customization options.
The Sennheiser Game One are comfortable wired gaming headphones with a great sound quality. This makes them a good choice for critical listening, and their wired design means they have no latency when watching videos and gaming. Unfortunately, they lack in features compared to most gaming headsets in their price range, so they won't be as convenient for gaming as some of the models compared below. You also can't remove their boom mic, and since they have an open back design, they will not be suitable for outdoor use. See our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best gaming headsets under $100 and the best PC gaming headsets.
The Sennheiser Game One Gaming Headset is a slightly better wired gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. While they're both similarly comfortable, the Sennheiser have a better-balanced sound profile and a more consistent frequency response. Their boom microphone also has a remarkable performance overall. However, the HyperX feel more durable and better-built.
The Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019 are better open-back gaming headphones than the Sennheiser Game One Gaming Headset. The Astro have more controls and better customization support via their app, which the Sennheiser lack. The Astro feel better built and have a great bass performance despite their open-back design. However, some people have reported issues using the companion software, which is a bit disappointing. On the other hand, the Sennheiser might offer better value if you don’t really have a need for an app, as they are quite versatile and work with every console that has the appropriate jack, while you need a console-specific model for the Astro.
The Sennheiser Game One Gaming Headset and the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are both very good wired gaming headsets, but with very different designs. The Sennheiser are open-back headphones, which means they hardly isolate any noise but have a more immersive sound as a result. The SteelSeries isolate more noise thanks to their closed-back design and get more bass. They’re also a lot more customizable than the Sennheiser, thanks to their unique GameDAC, although it does add a bit of latency that highly competitive gamers may notice.
The Drop + Sennheiser PC38X perform similarly to the Sennheiser Game One Gaming Headset. While both headphones are well-built, comfortable, the Sennheiser have a slightly better overall boom mic performance. However, the Drop have significantly better bass accuracy.
The Sennheiser Game One Gaming Headset is better for wired gaming than the EPOS Sennheiser GSP 600. The Game One are more comfortable, and they have better frequency response consistency. Also, thanks to their open-back design, they have a better soundstage. That said, the closed-back GSP 600 have better noise isolation and leakage performances. Also, they're better built and more stable.
The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II and the Sennheiser Game One Gaming Headset are both good gaming headsets, but each performs better in different ways. The open-back Sennheiser have better audio reproduction and will be more open-sounding than the HyperX, but some may feel like they are a bit lacking in sub-bass. The mic of the Sennheiser also offers a better recording quality. On the other hand, the HyperX has channel mixing when used via USB and are comfortable and better-built. They are also more versatile, as their closed-back design blocks more ambient noise and you can fully detach their microphone for a more outdoor-friendly look.
The Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017 are better gaming headphones than the Sennheiser Game One Gaming Headset. The Astro have an overall well-balanced sound, although the Sennheiser's open-back design may be better suited for some. The Astro are slightly better-built, but their design requires their dock for them to work, while the wired connection of the Sennheiser is more versatile. The Sennheiser's mic offers a better recording quality, and you won't have to manage a battery life as well. On the other hand, the Astro have a few customization options inside their app, which the Sennheiser lack.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017 and the Sennheiser Game One Gaming Headset are both good gaming headsets, but the SteelSeries are more versatile thanks to their wireless support. The Sennheiser's mic has a much better recording quality, though, and their open-back design helps them sound more spacious. If you prefer the freedom of wireless gaming the Arctis 7 will be better for you but the Sennheiser are a good option for those who prefer a wired connection.
The Sennheiser Game One Gaming Headset and the Beats Solo Pro Wireless are designed for different purposes. The Sennheiser are gaming headphones with an open-back design. They're more comfortable and have a significantly better passive soundstage as well as overall microphone performance. In contrast, the Beats are more suitable for casual use. They have a wireless, closed-back design, feel better-built, and have an ANC system that can block out a significant amount of noise around you.
The Sennheiser Game One look somewhat similar to the HD 598 or an open HD 380 Pro which we haven't yet reviewed. They come in two color schemes; an all-black variation and a two-tone black and white scheme that's a bit more flashy. The microfiber padding on both the headband and the ear cups give them a more high-end appeal although they do not have the versatility of having a removable mic so that you can use them outdoors like regular headphones.
The Game One headphones are similar in fit and size to the super comfortable Sennheiser HD 598. They're a bit tighter on the head than the 598 but the ear cups are large and fit well around most listeners' ears. The headband and the ear cups are also well-padded and covered in a microfiber fabric that feels soft and pleasant on the skin. They're not as comfortable as the HD 598 but you can wear these headphones for hours and not feel any fatigue, making them suitable for long gaming sessions.
The Sennheiser Game One have a very basic but easy to use control scheme. They have a volume dial and a mute switch embedded in the Mic swiveling mechanism (i.e. placing the mic in the upright position will disable it). Unfortunately, the volume dial doesn't have any distinct notches to better set your preferred volume level, and the overall control scheme feels a little lacking in features when compared to other gaming headsets and more casual everyday headphones.
These headphones are fairly breathable thanks to their open-back design and porous ear cup pads. They won't be the ideal choice for sports since they are not designed for that use case and will make you sweat during intense exercises. However, for gaming and casual listening, they are a lot more breathable than most gaming headsets.
The Sennheiser Game One, like most gaming headphones, are not really portable. They're bulky and do not fold up into a more compact format. The ear cups also do not lay flat, making for a cumbersome and difficult to carry headphone. Unfortunately, they do not come with a case or pouch, which is slightly disappointing.
The Sennheiser Game One headphones feel sturdy enough that they won't break from a few accidental falls. The headband is flexible and has a wide metal frame for support but it's also a bit creaky. Also the plastic casing covering the headband looks and feels a little cheap. On the upside, the ear cups are dense and durable and the padding material used in their build quality feels high-end. However, like the similarly designed HD 598, the hinges are the most susceptible points and may not be as durable as the rest of the build quality.
The Sennheiser Game One headphones are slightly more stable than the HD598 because they are tighter on the head but have the same issue. They should be fine for gaming and casual listening sessions but they will easily move and sway if you wear them while doing physical exercises. This makes them not suitable for sports but on the upside, they have a detachable cable that easily disconnects if it gets hooked on something.
The Sennheiser Game One has a great frequency response consistency. Due to the open-back design, and unlike closed-back ones, these headphones don't rely as much on an air-tight seal for their bass delivery. Therefore, they performed quite consistently across our human subjects. They are also quite consistent in the treble range across multiple positions, likely due to their small ear cups.
The bass is good. Low-frequency extension (LFE) is at 53Hz, which is about average. Also, low-bass, which is responsible for the thump and rumble common to bass-heavy genres and video games, is lacking by more than 5dB. This tends to be a common shortcoming among most open-back headphones. Mid-bass, responsible for body and punch is well-balanced, but the 2.5dB bump in high-bass adds a bit of muddiness to the overall sound.
The mid-range is very good. The response is virtually flat, which is great for vocals and lead instruments. However, it is consistently over our target by about 2dB, especially in low-mid. This adds a little bit of clutter to the mix and makes the overall sound a tad mid-rangy.
The treble performance is excellent. The overall response is rather uneven, but quite well-balanced. Low-treble is within 1dB of our neutral target, and mid-treble is within 0.3dB of our target. This suggests a well-balanced reproduction of vocals, leads, and cymbals.
The imaging performance of the G4me One is excellent. Weighted group delay is at 0.16, which is excellent. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched in frequency, amplitude, and phase. This is important for the proper placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo field.
The soundstage is about average. The PRTF response shows a decent amount of activation, but the pinna interaction is not very accurate as there's not a 10KHz notch present. This results in a relatively small soundstage that is perceived to be located inside the listener's head. However, the open-back design of these headphone could make them feel more open sounding than closed-back headphones.
The isolation is poor. These are open-back headphones so they don't isolate well. In the bass range, they will let in all the low rumbling noises of your environment. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they also don't achieve any isolation. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts, they reduce outside noise by about 11dB, which is inadequate. For gaming headphones with better noise isolation, check out the EPOS Sennheiser GSP 600.
The leakage performance of the Game One is poor. The significant portion of their leakage is between 200Hz and 20KHz, which is a very broad range. This means that their leakage will sound a lot fuller than that of closed-back headphones, and in-ears. The overall level of the leakage is quite loud too. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at about 62dB SPL, and peaks at 77dB, which is quite higher than the noise floor of most offices.
The recording quality of Game One's boom microphone is great. The LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 20Hz, which results in the recorded/transmitted speech to sound full-bodied. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 8KHz, suggests a speech that is clear and present, but lacking slightly in airiness and brilliance. The response between LFE and HFE points is very good, and results in a natural speech.
Update 11/24/2021: These headphones have been updated to test bench 1.5. In this update, we made changes to the way we test noise handling. We now use a subjective evaluation of our audio clips. This new method has resulted in different results than what we had reported in our previous test bench. As a result, the scoring of this box has changed, and we have updated our results.
The boom microphone has good noise handling. They can separate speech from ambient noise even in the most demanding situations.
These headphones are passive and have no battery life.
These headphones do not have any compatible software for added customization. If you like wired headphones but want a headset with a bit a more customization options then check out the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDac.
These headphones are wired and do not have a Bluetooth connection. If you want a gaming headset that supports Bluetooth, check out the Turtle Beach Stealth 700.
These headphones have negligible latency thanks to their wired connection. This makes them suitable for gaming and watching movies but they are limited by the range of their relatively short cable.
The Sennheiser Game One have a wired connection that provides volume control and microphone compatibility support for consoles as long as you plug them into the Xbox One or PS4 controllers. They also come with Y-splitter headset adapter for PCs.
This gaming headset does not have a dock. If you need a headset with a dock that also has a wired connection for gaming or watching movies, then consider the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition.