Whether you’re a gamer on a budget or a millionaire trying to sneak in a World of Warcraft raid (looking at you, Henry Cavill), you’ll need a gaming headset to get the most out of the experience. Cheaper headphones might be OK for casual gamers, but anyone invested in competitive titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War or Valorant will want something more appropriate. Or if you need to get immersed in the incredible music found within games like Doom Eternal, you’ll want a headset that can match your expectations.
If you’re looking for a high-quality gaming headset, look no further — we’ve selected headsets for players depending on their console of choice, budget, and whether they prioritize something like comfort or design.
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The best gaming headsets you can buy today
1. SteelSeries Arctis 7P
2. JBL Quantum One
3. Razer Blackshark V2 Pro
4. SteelSeries Arctis 7X
5. Corsair HS75 XB Wireless
6. HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless
(Image credit: SteelSeries)1. SteelSeries Arctis 7P
The best PS5 gaming headset
Connection: 3.5mm/Wireless | Noise Cancelling: No | Drivers: 40mm
Premium audio quality
Sleek and comfortable design
Long battery life
No EQ settings
No USB Type-C charging
The SteelSeries Arctis 7P is the best gaming headset you can currently buy regardless of what platform you’re on. It’s particularly excellent for gamers looking to utilize the PS5’s Tempest Engine, which provides immersive 3D audio. For $149, you’ll get premium audio quality, long battery life, and an excellent noise-cancelling microphone, all tucked inside of a comfortable and sleek exterior.
The headset is advertised as being optimized for the PS5, but it can also connect wirelessly to the Nintendo Switch, PC, Android devices and the Google Stadia controller. And you can even connect it to the Xbox Series X using the 3.5mm audio jack.
However, the headset lacks EQ settings, meaning you can’t get software-based assistance if it’s giving you trouble. Additionally, it lacks USB Type-C charging and it isn’t great for listening to music. Regardless, it’s still the best gaming headset you can buy for its price.
See our full SteelSeries Arctis 7P review
(Image credit: JBL)2. JBL Quantum One
The best premium gaming headset
Connection: Wireless/3.5mm | Noise Cancelling: Yes | Drivers: 50mm neodymium
Strong sound quality
7.1 surround sound
Expensive yet made of plastic
If you’re willing to invest a good bit of money, the JBL Quantum One is one of the most sonically powerful gaming headsets we’ve ever tested, and one of the best options you can buy right now. However, it is going to cost you $299, and for a price this high, we’d expect the exterior to be made of something higher grade than plastic.
If you can look past these flaws, the Quantum One delivers solid performance for both gaming and music; the headset does a great job of balancing highs and lows to provide an immersive experience filled with accurate treble and bass. It also boasts tons of premium features like active-noise cancelling, 7.1 surround sound, and software that drastically improves the experience by providing a slew of customization options. It is a bit heavy, but that’s made up for by incredibly comfortable earcups.
See our full JBL Quantum One review
(Image credit: Razer)3. Razer Blackshark V2 Pro
The best comfy gaming headset
Connection: USB/3.5mm | Noise Cancelling: No | Drivers: 50mm titanium
Crisp and loud audio
Short signal range
Micro USB charging
The Razer Blackshark V2 Pro is a great gaming headset for those looking to experience high-quality performance while gaming or listening to music. The headband and ear cushions are made out of Flowknit memory foam, which feels soft and comfortably wraps against your head. It also boasts a sleek all-black design with a subtle accent of Razer’s signature green hue alongside the mute mic button.
However, the headset possesses a terribly short signal range; it beeps uncontrollably when we stepped outside of our room. You’ll also need to have it connected to a USB 3.0 port, otherwise, it will perform less reliably. If you can look past these issues (and the fact that it doesn’t have USB Type-C charging), it’s quite a great headset, and it even has a convenient volume knob!
See our full Razer Blackshark V2 Pro review
(Image credit: SteelSeries)4. SteelSeries Arctis 7X
The best battery life on a gaming headset
Connection: 3.5mm/USB | Noise Cancelling: Yes | Drivers: 40mm
Solid sound quality
Long battery life
Many EQ settings
Requires some tuning
The SteelSeries Arctis 7X is a great headset for those looking to game on the Xbox Series X. It boasts solid audio quality, although it does require some tuning to make it perform optimally, which can be done utilizing its many EQ settings. Unfortunately, its microphone is a bit sensitive, meaning it isn’t the best option if you’re looking for a high-quality mic.
However, with 24 hours of battery life, you’ll have more than enough time to enjoy this headset’s full wireless capabilities. We used it throughout an entire day without needing to charge. It also has an impressive steel exterior in combination with soft ear cushions for those needing a comfortable fit.
See our full SteelSeries Arctis 7X review
(Image credit: Corsair)5. Corsair HS75 XB Wireless
The best Xbox Series X gaming headset
Connection: Wireless | Noise Cancelling: No | Drivers: 50mm neodymium
Comfortable ear cups
Xbox only headset
The Corsair HS75 XB Wireless headset is another solid gaming headset made for the Xbox Series X, but unfortunately, it only works on this console. It can also be used on a PC with an adapter, but that will cost extra money beyond the $149.99 cost of the headphones. Additionally, it possesses a microphone that made our reviewer sound muddy, loud and sort of like a robot.
Otherwise, the headset boasts excellent audio quality for both gaming and listening to music. With Dolby Atmos and 50mm neodymium audio drivers, you’ll feel immersed in every encounter as the bass surrounds your senses. It’s also designed to look unique and possesses comfortable ear cups. And unlike some other headsets, it actually uses USB Type-C charging.
See our full Corsair HS75 XB Wireless review
(Image credit: HyperX)6. HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless
The best affordable gaming headset
Connection: Wireless | Noise Cancelling: No | Drivers: 40mm
Comfortable ear cups
Difficult to adjust
Gamers who value the safety of the cash in their wallets will appreciate the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless. This solid wireless headset may lack punch in the bass and treble, but the audio is crisp and clearly presented for both music and gaming. However, it’s only compatible with PS5, PC, and PS4. You’ll have to look at some of the other headsets if you’re a Nintendo Switch or Xbox One/Series X player.
Additionally, there is no way to customize the headset due to a lack of EQ features, and the uncomfortable design can get a bit annoying. But if you can look past these issues, expect a high-quality yet affordable gaming headset, especially compared to the other entries in this list.
See our full HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless review
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