Gaming is a great way to take a break from the grind of everyday life and escape into vast, fantastical worlds. Plus, it’s a great way to keep in touch with friends from all over the world. If gaming is the way you and your friends bond, then you’ll probably want to invest in a suitable gaming headset with high-quality audio. A great headset offers high-caliber sound for an even more immersive gaming experience and can be decisive when it comes to coordinating a raid, co-adventuring in a fantasy world, or deciding which of your friends is the best friend. . No matter your needs or budget, there’s a perfect headphone for you.
Yes, most standard wired headphones with a microphone technically work as headphones(you just plug the headset into your controller’s 3.5mm jack), but having a dedicated “gaming” headset like the PS4-compatible headsets below provides an optimized audio experience. One of the best features of the PS4 headset is the noise isolation that can block out background noise, and another great gaming headset feature is a good microphone that lets others hear you clearly when you’re in the middle of a long gaming session. Seriously, mic quality matters when you’re up against another crew.
Many people who own a PlayStation 4 choose to go with a wired headset because it can now connect to a wireless controller. It’s also worth noting that most, if not all, wired PS4 headsets also work very well., and so on, Windows PC, Mac and .
But what if you don’t want your headphones tied up with wires? If you want to ditch the cable from your controller to your headphones, some of the best PS4 headset options let you go completely wireless. Remember that all of these PS4 headsets include a low-latency wireless dongle that plugs into the PS4’s USB port (there should be no audio lag).
Note: Almost no PS4 wireless gaming headset will work with Xbox One. The Switch, meanwhile, requires a USB-C wireless dongle for wireless headphone connectivity (although some USB dongles work through the Switch’s dock).
Some mid-range and high-end PS4 gaming headset models feature 7.1 virtual surround sound. To be clear, this isn’t true surround sound, but it can help sound quality to create a richer, more immersive audio experience. It also gives you a better sense of spatial awareness with certain games, which can be an advantage. When searching for the best PS4 headsets, we also considered microphone quality, as this is especially important if your gaming session requires group coordination. If you can’t hear you, you can’t strategize!
With those basics out of the way, let’s talk about the best PS4 headset. These are the results of our in-house tests — we thought about everything from noise cancellation to ear cushion comfort. This list is updated periodically and includes some of the recommended options on GameSpot’s list of the best gaming headsets.
After testing the headset, I hand it over to my 14-year-old son, who spends most of his time playing on his PS4. I have a few gaming headsets around and it always comes back to the HyperX Cloud Alpha. It’s just very solidly built, has good sound with strong microphone performance, and most importantly, it’s comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions.
For about $30 more, you can get the HyperX Cloud Alpha S 7.1, which has nearly the same design but supports virtual surround sound audio — but only for PCs. This PS4 headset is stereo for PS4 only.
Read our HyperX Cloud Alpha preview.
Sennheiser’s GSP 370 is not only really well built, but it has great sound, comfort, microphone performance (it has excellent noise cancellation), and monster battery life — up to 100 hours, but expect a bit less. An included USB dongle allows wireless connection to the PS4, and the microphone can be muted by flipping it up. The GSP 370 is also compatible with computers.
This wireless gaming headset is a low-to-mid-range model with few physical buttons (no volume control, no volume change) except for the power switch and a large volume wheel that works very smoothly. I found it to be one of the most comfortable headphones and it also works well for listening to music.
The $200 Quantum 800 isn’t JBL’s top-of-the-line gaming headset that’s new to the gaming headset market, but it’s been in the audio game for a long time. That would be the $300 Quantum One, but that’s a wired headset and overkill for the PS4. The Quantum 800 is wireless and includes a dongle that works with your PS4 and Windows PC. It also cancels noise and sounds great not only for games but also for music and movies. It is a bit heavy but comfortable to wear.
Its microphone performance is middle of the pack and probably not as good as it should be at this price. It’s also worth noting that the microphone isn’t removable (it’s on the Quantum One), but flips up to mute. It would be nice to have it removable, as its Bluetooth connection can be used with your smartphone on the go. Battery life is rated at up to 14 hours with the lights off, but expect to get a little less than that if you keep the volume pretty high.
On the PC side, JBL needs to work out some kinks with the software, but with the PS4, everything is simpler. If you want a model that is versatile, has good sound quality and works with many devices, including a PS4 headset, this headset is one to consider.
Some say the Arctis Pro Wireless is the best all-around gaming headset for PS4 and PC. It is designed for these two platforms and has many features including high-quality audio, a comfortable fit and a replaceable battery. According to SteelCase, two batteries are included, each providing enough juice to power the headset for 10 hours.
With a wireless transmitter the size of an Apple TV that plugs into your PS4 (or computer), it’s a little tricky to set up and control (you access the settings on the transmitter). It’s one of the few wireless headphones outside of the Sony models to offer virtual surround. It also has Bluetooth wireless connectivity so you can connect it to smartphones.
The Arctis Pro came out in early 2018, so it’s probably due for an update, but it remains the best PS4 (and PC) headset if you’ve got the money. Check out its sister Arctis 1 below, which you can pick up for a fraction of the price.
As we mentioned above, the Arctis Pro Wireless is a beast — but it costs more than $400. If you want a more affordable alternative, check out the Arctis 1, a well-designed (but less fancy) wireless model that retails for around $50. It’s great value, and thanks to the included USB-C dongle, it’s compatible with PS4 and PC, as well as Nintendo Switch (in wireless mode). The Discord-certified microphone is detachable and the battery life is rated at up to 20 hours, which is pretty decent.
The Quantum 100 is the entry-level model in JBL’s new line of Quantum gaming headphones, ranging from $40 to $300. There’s nothing fancy about this model, but it’s fairly light and comfortable, with nicely padded ear cups and a detachable boom mic. The left earcup has a volume control button along with a microphone mute button. It also works with other game consoles, and while it’s a touch bright, it’s pretty decent for music.
While some of JBL’s higher-end models feature wireless connectivity and even noise cancellation, the Quantum 100 is a simple gaming headset that will appeal more to casual gamers on a tight budget.
Sony’s PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset has been around for a while and was last updated in 2018. It remains the best budget gaming headset for PS4 gamers, especially those looking for a wireless PS4 headset model for VR gaming. You’ll need to use the included USB dongle to connect wirelessly. This wireless headset has 7.1 virtual surround sound for games that support that sound quality feature.