Best gaming headsets for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360
Whether you are the proud owner of a Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Mac or love gaming on your smartphone, here's the best gaming headsets to make sure your gaming commands are heard loud and clear
The recent arrivals of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, FIFA 12 and Battlefield 3 amongst others has given the gaming public plenty of multiplayer action to salivate over. While we trust you've already surveyed our list of online gaming rules, as you venture forth into unknown online territory, here's T3's pick of the best gaming headsets to bark out your orders.
Best for… Comfort seekers
Harman Audio AKG GHS-1
if you can bear the arctic camo, this lightweight, red dot design award-winning wired headset is cushioned for lengthy online campaigns.
£100, uk.akg.com, out now for PC
Best for… Big spenders
Astro A40 2011 edition
The official headset of major league gaming and a stylish wireless number that does pretty much everything except bash the buttons for you.
£220, www.astrogaming.co.uk, out now for all formats
Best for… Portable fun
Made with smartphones in mind, this 3.5mm jack headset combines good bass-filled music playback and a cable-mounted mic.
£53, eu.razerzone.com, out October for all formats
Best for… Committed warmongers
Turtle Beach Ear Force Bravo
Emblazoned with Modern Warfare 3’s logo, this limited-edition wireless headset can charge while you play, so low battery won’t delay your army.
£170, turtlebeach.com, out now for Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Mac
Best for… Future styling
Sony PlayStation wireless stereo headset
An upgrade from the PS3’s clip-on kit, this packs 7.1 virtual surround sound and a retractable mic.
£90, uk.playstation.com, out November for PS3
Best for… Call centre chic
Microsoft Xbox 360 wireless headset with bluetooth
A wireless wonder that offers eight-hour talk time and one-touch switching from game to call.
£40, www.xbox.com, out November for Xbox 360, PC and mobiles
How to spot game-changing headgear
Key ear candy considerations from Xbox LIVE Europe’s Dan “MrPointyHead” Maher
1. Crystal-clear comms between team mates can be the difference between a bullet dodged and an unwanted new orifice.
2. A sensitive, fully adjustable mic is paramount.
3. Comfortable padding will see you through that 22nd hour of gaming, while adjustable fitting will avoid poorly timed slippages.
4. Go wireless – it’s de rigueur for the seasoned gamer to lose the ungainly umbilical cord, but check for decent battery life.
5. Dolby surround 7.1 and other luxuries will give you an edge (and a warm feeling of superiority).