The best gaming headsets in 2024

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Picking the best gaming headset can be a difficult proposition, as both audio and gaming-centric brands make headphones that are suitable for gaming in addition to listening to music, podcasts or movies in a cocoon of sound. 

Nevertheless, we've narrowed down a selection of headsets that we think are best for your gaming needs. These not only take into account audio playback quality and comfort but also how clear and responsive the microphones are, whether they are fixed or virtual.

We also take into account gaming features, alongside some of the gaming design flourishes that can either unite or divide gaming fans. 

If you're looking specifically for cord-free models, we've also compiled a list of the best wireless gaming headsets. And, if you're in the market specifically for console headsets, you can check out our lists of the best PS5 headsets and the best Xbox headsets. But read on for our picks for the best gaming headsets in 2023. 

Top 3 best gaming headsets

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Best overall: Razer Blackshark V2
The Razer Blackshark V2 might be a mid-range headset on the surface, but it's comfortable among one of the best gaming headsets we've ever tested. It's comfortable for lengthy play sessions, looks seriously slick, and certainly doesn't skimp in the audio quality department. This headset sounds great, and the additional THX profiles make it a great choice for cinematic games.  

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Best value: HyperX Cloud Stinger 2
The HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 are a strong pick if you want a gaming headset on a more restricted budget. This gaming accessory provides perfectly decent sound quality, along with a comfortable fit, a no-nonsense design, and strong connectivity with PCs and consoles alike. Truthfully, there's not much to say about the Cloud Stinger 2, other than "it just works."

Best for PS5: Sony Pulse 3D

Best for PS5: Sony Pulse 3D
The Sony Pulse 3D Wireless Headset is a nearly essential accessory for PS5 players. And this audio accessory also works on PC as well which adds a degree of versatility to the headset. Add in compatibility with Sony's Tempest 3D Audio engine, fully wireless functionality and a design that matches the PS5 console, and you've got a rather impressive gaming headset for less than $100. 

The best gaming headsets you can buy today

Razer Blackshark V2 review

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Best gaming headset overall

Specifications

Compatibility: PC, PS5, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Drivers: 50 mm
Frequency Response: 12 Hz - 28 kHz
Wireless: No
Weight: 8.5 ounces

Reasons to buy

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Excellent sound
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Comfortable earcups
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THX profiles

Reasons to avoid

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Hard to get a good fit
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Not many THX-supported games

On the surface the Razer Blackshark V2 might not look like all that much. Yes, it's a mid-range headset and it's wired as well. But it's arguably the very best Razer gaming headphones that we've ever tested. For starters, it's extremely comfortable to wear even during longer play sessions, and its sleek design is refreshing next to some overly flashy gaming accessories. 

However, despite the simplistic nature of its design, the Razer Blackshark V2 doesn't skimp on audio quality. The headphones sound great when playing music, but the addition of THX profiles makes the can great for games, with realistic and detailed surround sound, courtesy of the famous film audio firm. What's more, there are profiles for a selection of games like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and battle royale shooter Apex Legends. 

There are a couple of caveats, in that the Razer software used with the Blackshark V2 can be awkward to use, and finding the perfect fit can be a bit tedious, along with the non-removable mic. But for under $100, you're going to get a lot of value out of the Blackshark V2. 

Read our full Razer Blackshark V2 review.

HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 on desk

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Best cheap gaming headset

Specifications

Compatibility: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch
Drivers: 50 mm
Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 28 kHz
Wireless: No
Weight: 9.7 ounces

Reasons to buy

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Great sound, for the price
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Comfortable fit
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Simple operation

Reasons to avoid

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Cumbersome, quiet microphone
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Flimsy design

The HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 is a strong contender for the best cheap gaming headset you can buy. This sub-$50 peripheral provides perfectly decent sound quality, along with a comfortable fit, a no-nonsense design, and strong connectivity with PCs and consoles alike. Truthfully, there's not much to say about the Cloud Stinger 2, other than "it just works."

To be fair, we can't vouch for how the Cloud Stinger 2 might hold up over time, as its plastic chassis doesn't seem as durable as some of the headsets we've reviewed with steel headbands. The mic is also a bit on the quiet side, which might prove troublesome for players who thrive on online multiplayer. 

Read our full HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 review.

Sony Inzone H9

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Specifications

Compatibility: PC, PS5, mobile
Drivers: 40 mm
Frequency Response: 5 Hz - 20 kHz
Wireless: Yes
Weight: 11.6 ounces

Reasons to buy

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PS5-style design
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Comfortable to wear for hours
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Compatible with PS5 and PC

Reasons to avoid

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Giant earcups feel oversized
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Inconsistent desktop app

While Sony has a dedicated PS5 headset in the form of the PlayStation Pulse 3D Wireless Headset, the Sony Inzone H9 is another excellent set of headphones and mic for the games console. And it works well with the PS5, thanks to the headset's black-and-white livery. Support for Sony's Temped 3D Audio is also a boon, adding more immersive directional audio. We'd even suggest that the Inzone H9 even beats the Plus headset for overall sound quality. 

But the Inzone H9 can also be used with PCs, though an awkward desktop app does hamper it a bit. And the mic leaves us wanting more for the price. Yet all in all, the Sony Inzone H9 is a solid gaming headset for both PC and PS5, with just a few factors preventing it from being perfect.

Read our full Sony Inzone H9 review.

Logitech G Pro X

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Specifications

Compatibility: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Drivers: 50 mm
Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Wireless: No
Weight: 11.3 ounces

Reasons to buy

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Excellent sound quality
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Versatile
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Comfortable build

Reasons to avoid

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Hard to get a good fit
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Not easily portable

The Logitech G Pro X delivers tournament-grade performance for a reasonable $130 price. The headset's distinguished black design sets itself apart from the competition, in no small part thanks to its flexible headband and supremely comfortable foam and leatherette earcup options. Simply being comfortable isn’t enough to recommend a product as one of the best gaming headsets, but it’s arguably the most important quality we evaluate. If you can’t wear a headset for more than a few minutes at a time, it’s not very useful.

The Go Pro X delivers rich, direction-accurate sound out of the box whether you're playing on PC or console. It's also the first gaming headset to sport a built-in Blue microphone, allowing for extra-crisp voice chat whether you're practicing with your Apex Legends squad or streaming to your online fans. Also worth considering is the Logitech G Pro X Wireless variant. 

Read our full Logitech G Pro X review. 

corsair virtuoso rgb wireless xt

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Specifications

Compatibility: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, mobile
Drivers: 50 mm
Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 40 kHz
Wireless: Yes
Weight: 13.5 ounces

Reasons to buy

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Great sound quality
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Comfortable to wear
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Bluetooth, USB and 3.5 mm connectivity

Reasons to avoid

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High price
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Lackluster battery life

The Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT is one of the best gaming headsets that Corsair has ever made. Not only is this headset extremely comfortable, but it also provides excellent sound quality. It works wirelessly with PCs and PlayStation consoles via USB, as well as mobile devices, streaming players and smart TVS via Bluetooth. You can connect it to a Switch, Xbox controller or older system via 3.5 mm audio cable. There's very little that the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT can't do.

Granted, all that functionality doesn't come cheap. The Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT is one of the more expensive gaming headsets we've reviewed. You also don't get that much battery life for the price; some of the Virtuoso's competitors can run for twice as long on a single charge. Still, first and foremost, a gaming headset should be easy to wear and provide great sound, and the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT succeeds on both counts.

Read our full Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT review.

xbox wireless headset

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Specifications

Compatibility: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC, mobile
Drivers: 40 mm
Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Wireless: Yes
Weight: 11.0 ounces

Reasons to buy

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Good sound quality
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Easy pairing
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Comfortable fit

Reasons to avoid

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Limited customization
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Hard to get a good fit

The Xbox Wireless Headset is exactly what the name suggests: a wireless headset that works particularly well with Xbox consoles. Whether you have an Xbox Series X, an Xbox Series S, an Xbox One or a Windows 10 PC with an Xbox controller adapter, this headset can provide fantastic sound with a simple pairing procedure. Not only that: the Xbox Wireless Headset supports Bluetooth as well, meaning that you can listen to music or take calls on your phone while you game.

Unlike some of its competitors, the Xbox Wireless Headset won't work with a PS5 or a Switch at all, which means it's not a great choice for gamers who own multiple consoles. Getting a comfortable fit can also be troublesome. But for the price, the Xbox Wireless Headset offers terrific features, a streamlined interface and a stylish design.

Read our full Xbox Wireless Headset review.

Razer Kaira Pro review

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Specifications

Compatibility: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC, mobile
Drivers: 50 mm
Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Wireless: Yes
Weight: 11.6 ounces

Reasons to buy

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Extremely comfortable
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Good sound
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Ideal for Xbox consoles

Reasons to avoid

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Bluetooth inconveniences
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Few customization options

Debuting alongside the Xbox Series X, the Razer Kaira Pro is arguably one of the best gaming headsets for Microsoft's current-gen console. This sleek, lightweight wireless headset pairs with Xbox consoles right out of the box. But you can also use it with PCs and mobile devices, thanks to built-in Bluetooth capabilities. The Kaira Pro is not terribly expensive, and the sound quality is excellent, particularly for video games.

The Bluetooth pairing process is admittedly not as seamless as it could be, and the Kaira Pro has relatively few ways to alter the sound profile — especially compared to Razer's more PC-centric headphones. But if you've got an Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S or an Xbox One, this is one of the more comfortable and intuitive accessories available right now.

Read our full Razer Kaira Pro review. 

SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless for Xbox is (almost) the perfect gaming headset

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Specifications

Compatibility: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, mobile
Drivers: 40 mm
Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Wireless: Yes
Weight: 8.9 ounces

Reasons to buy

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Excellent wireless connectivity
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Compatibility with almost everything
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Decent sound for gaming and music

Reasons to avoid

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No elastic headband
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No iOS compatibility

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless is simply one of the best wireless gaming headsets you can get for less than $100. In fact, it's one of the only wireless gaming headsets you can get for less than $100, at least from a major manufacturer. It's also compatible with a wide variety of systems, from PCs and consoles to Android phones. You can even get the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless for Xbox variant, which lets you transition seamlessly between wireless modes for PlayStation and Xbox consoles — a rarity, even among much fancier peripherals.

The flip side is that the audio quality is about what you'd expect from a cheaper headset, while the mic is nothing special. Similarly, the Arctis 1 Wireless uses a standard adjustable headband rather than the "ski goggles" design that makes most SteelSeries gear so comfortable. But if you want fancier features, you'll have to buy a more expensive gadget.

Read our full SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless review.

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Specifications

Compatibility: PC, PS4, PS5
Drivers: 50 mm
Frequency Response: 15 Hz - 21 kHz
Wireless: Yes
Weight: 11.8 ounces

Reasons to buy

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Incredible battery life
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Great sound
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Comfortable fit

Reasons to avoid

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Convoluted software
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Doesn’t work with Xbox, TVs, smartphones

Even if the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless got nothing else right, it would still be an impressive gaming headset, simply for its battery life. Whereas most wireless gaming headsets last between 15 and 30 hours on a charge, the Cloud Alpha Wireless boasts 300 hours. Even if you spent eight hours per day gaming, you could still go more than a month without having to recharge the device.

What makes the Cloud Alpha WIreless great, though, is that it's an easy recommendation, even without its best-in-class battery life. The headset boasts crisp, clear, nuanced sound, as well as a comfortable fit and an intuitive set of controls. The software isn't great, and its lack of Bluetooth feels a little limiting. But if you want a wireless gaming headset for the PC or PS5, this is probably the one to get.

Read our full HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless review.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 review

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Specifications

Compatibility: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, mobile
Drivers: 50 mm
Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 22 kHz
Wireless: Yes
Weight: 13.4 ounces

Reasons to buy

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Good sound quality
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Two kinds of wireless connectivity
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Great mic

Reasons to avoid

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Tight fit
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Inconsistent volume levels

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 is one of the best console headsets on the market, particularly if you want a wireless model. This peripheral boasts great sound, plush earcups and two kinds of wireless functionality. The PS4 version can connect to either PS4 or PC via USB dongle; the Xbox One version can connect to the Xbox One right out of the box. Both versions can connect to mobile devices and PCs via Bluetooth. It's an extremely convenient feature, especially since very few gaming headsets offer Bluetooth functionality.

The only real caveat here is that the Stealth 700 Gen 2 has an extremely tight fit, so you'll have to either break it in, or get used to some pressure around your ears. Volume levels can also be a little inconsistent, so it's best to start with the volume turned down and slowly work your way up, when possible.

Read our full Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 review.

Astro A20 Gaming Headset Gen 2 review

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Specifications

Compatibility: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, mobile
Drivers: 40 mm
Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Weight: 11.2 ounces
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