The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless For Xbox are premium wireless gaming headphones released in 2022. These over-ears are packed with extra features like a wireless transmitter with built-in customization controls, active noise cancelling (ANC), Hi-Res audio support, and swappable battery packs. They also support Bluetooth, meaning you can stay connected to your smartphone and console at the same time. Unlike the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, you can get these headphones in either a PlayStation or Xbox variant. If you care about cross-platform compatibility, the Xbox variant is more versatile since it can wirelessly connect to both consoles.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless are fair for neutral sound. Out of the box, they have a somewhat neutral sound profile. The touch of extra bass adds thump, rumble, and boom to mixes. However, a large peak in the mid-range makes vocals and lead instruments sound harsh. The treble range is uneven too, which can veil dialogue while sibilants like cymbals are piercing. Luckily, you can customize their sound to your liking using their companion software's parametric EQ and presets. They also support Hi-Res audio, which is nice if you want to improve audio quality. Since they have a closed-back design, their passive soundstage won't seem very immersive.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless are good for commute and travel. Since they support Bluetooth, you can easily connect them to your smartphone when you're on the go, and a single battery pack offers roughly 25 hours of continuous playback time. They also have ANC, and while they struggle to reduce the rumble of bus engines, they can block out passenger chit-chat well. However, they have a bulky design, and their carrying pouch won't protect the headphones from anything other than dust.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless are decent for sports and fitness, although they're not designed for this purpose. They can fall off your head if you're wearing them during moderate physical activity, and they have a bulky design. Luckily, you can use them wirelessly via Bluetooth, which helps eliminate the risk of something snagging the headphones and pulling them off of your head. They also have a comfortable fit and are well-built. However, they lack an IP rating for water resistance.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless are good for office use. You can connect these comfortable headphones to your PC via Bluetooth or non-Bluetooth wireless. Thanks to their swappable battery pack system, you can use one battery (which lasts roughly 25 hours) while the other charges in the dock. If you need to take calls or attend online meetings, they have a retractable boom mic with a very good overall performance. Their ANC also offers an okay overall performance, and can block out office chatter well.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless are very good for wireless gaming. Thanks to their wireless dock, you can connect them to consoles with low latency. They also support Bluetooth, meaning you can stay connected to your gameplay and smartphone at the same time. Overall, these headphones offer a customizable experience, thanks to their companion software, and you can even use the dock to adjust their performance on the fly. Their retractable mic also offers a very good overall performance, which is nice if you like to game with others, and they come with two swappable battery packs so you can use one while the other charges.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless are great for wired gaming. You can connect them to your console via their 1/8" TRRRS cable, and if you value customizability, their dock has a built-in graphic EQ and presets that you can finetune on the fly. They also have a retractable boom mic, which offers a very good overall performance, ensuring that your teammates hear you clearly, even if you're talking in a moderately noisy environment. They have a comfortable fit for long gaming sessions too, and they're well-built.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless are good for phone calls. Their retractable boom mic can capture your voice clearly, even in moderately noisy environments. The headphones also have ANC, and although it offers an alright overall performance, they can still cut down some ambient noise around you. Unlike many gaming headphones, they also have basic call-related controls, so you don't need to access your device to answer or end calls.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless look somewhat similar to the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. They have the standard SteelSeries ski-band headband design, but the plastic frame is shinier than other headphones from this manufacturer. While they only come in black, you can purchase the Arctis Nova Booster Pack separately, which comes with a set of speaker plates and a nylon ski-band in one of several colors: 'Cherry Red', 'Lilac', 'Mint', and 'Rose Quartz'.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless are pretty comfortable headphones. They don't clamp as tightly as other models from this manufacturer, like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC, and they're a little lighter too. The ear cups have a good range of motion, and the padding feels soft against the skin. However, they're still a bit bulky in design, which is normal for gaming headphones. The sizing of the headband is also limited to the length of the ski band and the metal frame, so they may have a very snug fit if you have a large head.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless have excellent controls. The headphones have a couple of physical buttons built into each ear cup. They're easy to use and provide tonal feedback. There's also an infinite volume wheel, but it lacks a middle notch to let you know when you're over 50% volume.
On the left ear cup:
On the right ear cup:
In addition, these headphones come with a DAC that provides controls at your fingertips. You can access channel mixing, EQs, the virtual soundstage feature, gain, sidetone, and mic volume. However, it can be tricky to use since there are only two buttons.
Like most gaming headphones, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless aren't very portable. Although the cups can swivel to lay flat, they have large ear cups and a rigid headband, so they can't fold to save up more space. You can see a photo of the headphones in their default position here.
These headphones come with a cloth pouch to help protect them from dust. It's a bit sheer, meaning it won't keep your headphones from water or fall damage. Although the bag has a drawstring, it also doesn't fully close.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless' build quality is great. They're mostly made of plastic, but the headband has a metal plate and a nylon sling to keep them sturdy and comfortable. Unlike the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, there isn't extra nylon to wrap over the top of the headband, and there are only three settings for adjusting the strap. The hinges can expand the metal headband to better fit larger heads. The mic is retractable too, and you can remove the ear cup plate to access the battery or USB port.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless are fairly stable. While they shouldn't move around if you're gaming on your couch or at your desk, they become a lot less stable if you wear them during a run in the park and can fall off your head altogether.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless have a somewhat neutral sound profile. They have a touch of extra thump, boom, and punch to help intensify sound effects like explosions. However, vocals and instruments are a bit harsh, while sibilants like cymbals are piercing. Luckily, you can customize the headphones' sound to your liking using the companion software's EQ and presets. You can also save the EQs you make onto the DAC, making it easy to quickly switch settings on the fly.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless' frequency response consistency is very good. Bass delivery is fairly consistent, although you may notice a slight drop in bass if you have thick hair or wear glasses. There are also tiny deviations in treble delivery due to fit and positioning; however, as long as you take the time to adjust them on your head, you should achieve consistent audio delivery each time you use them.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless' bass accuracy is excellent. The range is slightly overemphasized, which adds a touch of extra thump, punch, and boom to mixes. It can help emphasize sound effects like the explosion of Link's bomb arrows against enemies in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. However, it doesn't overwhelm vocals and lead instruments.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless have good mid accuracy. The low-mid is very well-balanced, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear. However, a peak in the mid to high-mid can push the upper harmonics of these sounds forward and make them honky. In songs like Glimpse of Us by Joji, his voice is harsh and aggressive when he hits the high notes within the chorus.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless' treble accuracy is disappointing. A dip in the low-treble veils vocals and lead instruments while a peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants like cymbals a bit piercing.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless' peaks and dips performance is sub-par. A small dip in the low-bass lessens the thump and rumble in your mixes, while a peak throughout the mid to high-bass adds punch and boom to mixes. Another dip in the low-mid thins out vocals and lead instruments, while a peak in the mid to high-mid makes the upper harmonics of these sounds harsh and forward. A deep dip in the low-treble veils vocals and lead instruments while a peak in the mid-treble turns sibilants like S and T sounds piercing.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless have excellent imaging. This test allows us to see the alignment of the left and right drivers and indicates how well headphones accurately reproduce and place spatial objects like footsteps in the stereo image.
The group delay falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. The L/R drivers of our unit are also matched in terms of phase, amplitude, and frequency response. It's important for the accurate placement of objects like voices or footsteps in the stereo image. Keep in mind that imaging can vary between units, and it can indicate a manufacturer's quality control and ergonomics.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless' passive soundstage performance is bad. The soundstage feels large but unnatural and as if sound is coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed in the room around you. These headphones also have a closed-back design, so their soundstage won't feel as open or spacious as that created by open-back headphones.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless have a spatial audio feature in their companion software. You can adjust the settings to fit a more gamer-centric or movie-centric sound. You can also access a slider to change the distance of the passive soundstage. These headphones are compatible with PlayStation 5's Tempest 3D AudioTech, which you can turn on and off in the PS5 settings.
The weighted harmonic distortion is decent. There's some distortion at normal listening volumes in the low-treble range, but it can be somewhat hard to hear with real-life content. That said, the rest of the frequency response falls within good limits, which results in fairly clean and pure audio reproduction.
These are the settings used to test the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless, and our results are only valid with these settings.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless have a fair noise isolation performance. They have a noise cancelling (ANC) system, which can help block some background noise like ambient chatter and the hum of a computer fan. However, they struggle a lot more when cutting down the low rumbles of bus engines. If you're looking to tackle commute or travel-related noise, you'll want to check out more casual-use headphones like the Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless instead.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless' leakage performance is great. The leakage is mostly concreated in the mid to treble range, and sounds somewhat thin. That said, if you're gaming at high volumes in a moderately noisy environment, it's unlikely you'll disturb others around you.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless' boom mic has a great recording quality. Your voice sounds clear, natural, and easy to understand. That said, a bump in the low to mid-treble can make your voice sound overly bright or sharp.
The microphone's noise handling performance is good. With the noise gate off, your voice is easy to understand, even in moderately noisy environments. That said, you can access additional noise handling controls in the companion app, like ClearCast AI NC, which the manufacturer advertises to further cut down ambient noise surrounding your voice. We've recorded a pink noise and subway noise pass using this feature. There's also a noise gate feature, which you can turn on and off. We've recorded pink noise and subway noise pass using this feature too. However, both features seem to produce the same results as when the noise gate is off.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless' battery performance is excellent. Like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, they have a dual battery cartridge system. The manufacturer advertises one battery to last 18 hours continuously with Bluetooth on, using the dock. In comparison, the battery is advertised to last 22 hours when using the DAC and non-Bluetooth wireless. That said, we measured 25 hours when connected to a phone via Bluetooth and PC via non-Bluetooth wireless, with audio playing only from the PC. Battery life can vary depending on use, though.
There are two ways to charge the headphones: you can place one battery in the dock while using the other one, or you can plug in the headphones using the USB port behind the left ear cup's plate. However, if you're directly charging the headphones with the cable, you can't use them.
SteelSeries GG and Sonar are excellent companion software. Within the default GG software, you can access a graphic EQ and presets as well as mic sidetone and volume. If you want even more features, Sonar is available within the GG ecosystem. It offers a parametric EQ and presets in addition to the robust mic and chat controls. You can adjust the mic's EQ, noise gate, and noise reduction.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless have great Bluetooth connectivity. You can connect them to your console and smartphone at the same time, which is handy if you want to hear your game audio while simultaneously listening to music from your phone. Using Bluetooth, they have low latency on iOS and Android devices, which is great if you like to stream video. However, their latency on PCs is much higher, and your audio and visuals can fall out of sync. Keep in mind that apps and devices compensate for latency differently, though.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless have excellent non-Bluetooth wireless latency. There are two settings you can select within the DAC: 'Speed' and 'Range'. Using 'Speed' mode results in 28 ms of latency, which is low, ensuring that your audio and visuals stay in sync while gaming. We also measured this mode's range and got over 95 feet (29 meters), which is a fair distance. Switching to 'Range' mode increases the latency to 38 ms, but it shouldn't be very noticeable when gaming. The range is significantly longer at over 120 feet (36.8 meters), which is good if you don't sit near your TV or monitor when you game.
These headphones come with two USB-A to USB-C cables: one is to connect your PC or console to the DAC, and the other one charges the headphones or connects them to another console. They also come with a 1/8" TRRRS cable, which allows you to receive audio and use the mic.
You can connect the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless to your PC by Bluetooth, their 1/8" TRRRS cable, and non-Bluetooth wireless via the DAC with full compatibility.
Even though we tested the Xbox variant, this model can also connect to PS4 and PS5 consoles with full audio and mic compatibility via analog and non-Bluetooth wireless, thanks to their wireless transmitter base.
You can use the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless with the included 1/8" TRRRS cable or with the base station for wireless gameplay when connected to an Xbox console. Using these connections delivers full audio and mic compatibility.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless are the wireless sibling of the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro but offer more features like ANC. You can also purchase these headphones in a PlayStation or Xbox variant, but either model only comes in one color variation, 'Black', and you can see our model's label here.
If you come across another variant of these headphones, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless are premium wireless gaming headphones jam-packed with customization features. Like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, their wireless transmitter puts controls like EQs, presets, and channel mixing at your fingertips, while you can charge the spare battery pack when not in use. They also have robust controls like a parametric EQ and a noise gate via their companion app. They have very low latency and support Bluetooth too, which is great if you want to use them more casually. Even though they have ANC, they struggle to block out bass-range noise like bus rumbles, especially compared to other ANC gaming headphones like the Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox have an edge over the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. The Arctis Nova Pro are more comfortable, deliver audio more consistently, and have ANC to help block out an alright amount of background noise. Their total battery life is longer, and they support Sonar, which is SteelSeries' additional companion software that offers a parametric EQ and adjustable level for the mic. They have lower non-Bluetooth wireless latency, and you can even get these headphones in an Xbox or PlayStation variant, which offers different compatibility with either console. However, the original Arctis Pro have a more neutral sound profile, and their mic offers better overall performance.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox have a few more features than the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, which some users may prefer. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the SteelSeries have ANC to help block out a fair amount of ambient noise around you, come with two battery packs, which offer close to 50 hours of total playback time, and have more robust customization features in their companion software. They also support Bluetooth and come with a DAC, meaning you can adjust your settings on the fly. However, the Astro have a better overall mic performance, and their passive soundstage sounds more open and natural.
The SteelSeries Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox are more versatile gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro. You can use the Wireless variant wired or wirelessly and have ANC to help block out some background noise. They're more comfortable, better built, and have more consistent audio delivery. However, the wired Nova Pro have a more immersive passive soundstage.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox are more versatile gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless. While both headsets are comfortable and well-built, the SteelSeries can be used wired and wirelessly. They have an ANC unit to help block out a fair amount of ambient noise, support Bluetooth, and their wireless dock puts a lot of controls such as channel mixing and EQs at your fingertips. Their boom mic offers better overall performance, and their app has many more customization features. The HyperX are still worth checking out if you value a significantly longer continuous battery life.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox are better gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless. The Arctis Nova Pro have a more comfortable fit, deliver audio more consistently, and have ANC, which can help block some background sound. They also have a longer total battery life, lower non-Bluetooth wireless latency, and come with a dock that allows you to make adjustments, like tweaking the EQ on the fly. However, Arctis 9X have a somewhat better microphone performance.
Although the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox and the Audeze Penrose Wireless are both gaming headphones, they have different strengths, and depending on your usage, you may prefer either one. The SteelSeries are more comfortable, better-built, and have an ANC system that can help block out a fair amount of ambient sound. They also have a better overall battery performance and significantly more customization features, thanks to their companion app and wireless transmitter base, and they have lower latency. However, the Audeze are planar magnetic headphones that offer a more neutral sound out of the box and have a more immersive passive soundstage.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox are more versatile gaming headphones than the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset. While both headphones are comfortable, the SteelSeries are better-built, have a better noise isolation performance thanks to their ANC system, have a higher total battery life, and support Bluetooth. Their boom mic offers better overall performance, and their wireless transmitter base ensures a low latency gaming experience. However, the Logitech can create a more immersive soundstage.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox are more versatile gaming headphones than the Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless. The SteelSeries are more comfortable, better-built, and have a better overall boom mic performance. They also have higher total battery life and lower latency, thanks to their wireless transmitter base. However, the Razer have a significantly better noise isolation performance and a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless for Xbox are more versatile gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC. You can use the Arctis Nova Pro wired or wirelessly, either by connecting them to their wireless dock or via Bluetooth. They're more comfortable, deliver audio more consistently, and have ANC, which can help cut down some ambient noise. Their mic also has a better overall performance. However, if you only prefer wired gaming, the Arctis Pro GameDAC have a better passive soundstage and a more neutral default sound profile.