Best gaming headsets 2018: T3's best gaming headset top picks for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch

T3’s roundup of the best gaming headsets available to buy right now

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If you're looking for the best gaming headsets and gaming headphones on the market today then you have come to the right place.

That's because we love quality gaming audio here at T3.com and, as such, have filtered out only the very best gaming headsets on the market.

The gaming headphones in this guide are the best available and, depending on your intended usage scenarios, we are sure one of them will be perfect for your gaming needs.

They will also likely be very kind on your wallet, too, as right now during the Christmas holiday season prices on gaming headsets are been driven down by makers competing with each other to offer the best value technology on the market. You just need to make sure you shop smart and decide through proper research what is the best gaming headset for your intended usage scenarios.

If you want one single gaming headset recommendation right off the bat, though, then the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is T3.com's top choice of right now. 

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is one of the most attractive, best sounding headsets we've ever tested, with its Hi-Res capable speaker drivers, lightweight aluminium alloy and steel construction, and swappable dual-battery system delivering a super all-round gaming package.

For those who wish to peruse the best gaming headsets on the market for maximum choice, however, then read on.

How to choose the best gaming headset for you

As you've most likely gathered already, there are a lot of headsets and headphones out there angled at gamers, with most firms offering multiple versions that might seem identical. Now it's easy to just go with a certain model because of a recognisable brand, but before you blow all your cash on such folly, you should consider exactly what you need from the headset your looking to buy.

For example, do you want a great sounding headset for gaming that can also be used as a regular pair of headphones? If so, you need to go for a pair of on-ears and, for style and portability issues, one with a built-in or detachable mic.

Equally, if you are looking for a dedicated, heavy duty headset for streaming and super long gaming sessions, then you're going to need a set with excellent battery life, a good boom mic, and an over-ear comfortable fit.

How we've curated our best gaming headset guide

Best gaming headphones or best gaming headset, that is the question

So how have we made our choices? Well, we've selected headphones from across the best manufacturers producing headsets today, giving you a chance to see what all the biggest brands are offering and, crucially, how they differ - such as the Astro A50 and its stunning 3D surround sound, or the colossal 7.1 surround sound of the Sennheiser PC 373D, and onto the classy Roccat Khan Aimo that delivers a built-in DAC with passive noise cancellation tech.

Each one might appear to offer the same functions at first glance, but everything from build quality to fit, and the comfort of the cups to features can differ, making each one a unique investment.

So whether you're looking for a super high-end model or something to dip your toes into the gaming audio market, T3 has all the bases covered with this new and improved headset guide for 2017 and beyond.  

Best gaming headsets: the best headphones for gaming

Best gaming headset SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

1. SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

Dual-wireless, lossless, Hi-Res audio can be yours on PS4 and PC

Reasons to buy
+Hi-Res Certified audio+40ft wireless range+Excellent wireless transmitter

The best wireless gaming headset on the market today, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is an awesome piece of kit, delivering a best-in-class audio experience for PS4 and PC gamers.

The headset not only features a dual-wireless audio system that allows for both 2.4G and Bluetooth connections simultaneously (meaning you can listen to music or chat while gaming), but it is also comes packing Hi-Res capable speaker drivers and lossless audio, too.

A very impressive 40-feet range, well-built wireless transmitter, lightweight aluminium construction, and swappable dual-battery power system complete a superb all-round package.

T3.com hasn't heard better from a wireless gaming headset.

Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 with SuperAmp best gaming headset

2. Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 + SuperAmp

Turtle Beach absolutely kills it with this stunning and comfortable gaming headset

Reasons to buy
+Excellent audio reproduction+Very comfortable+Luxe, modern design

Turtle Beach returns with a new revision to its Elite Pro offering and, simply put, it delivers one of the very best gaming headsets available today.

The Elite Pro 2 Headset has been designed in collaboration with leading esports teams and, well, it shows. The large 50mm drivers allow this over-ear set of cans to deliver incredibly balanced audio reproduction and crisp team chat, while the sleek metal headband with neat suspended head pad means comfort is top table, too.

The headset is controlled through the Elite SuperAmp, which apart from sounding a tad silly, is actually a very powerful and useful piece of kit. 

As well as letting you control the levels of the gaming headphones manually, the SuperAmp can also be connected to via Bluetooth with Turtle Beach's Audio Hub app, which allows you to customise the headset's output in many ways and also enable specialist features like the Pro 2's Superhuman Hearing mode and Dynamic Chat Boost feature.

Throw in a selection of quality audio presets, a quality mic with variable monitoring, and super soft ear cushions, and it's easy to see how this is the complete gaming headset package.

Audio Technica ATH-ADG1x best gaming headphones

3. Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1x

Superb audio reproduction and wearing comfort make the ATH-ADG1x one of the best gaming headsets going

Reasons to buy
+Incredible comfort+Super sound quality+Standout design

Audio wizards Audio-Technica brings its expertise to the gaming headset field with a product that, price tag aside, is pretty much perfect. 

That's because the ATH-ADG1X not only delivers a very high-fidelity audio experience while gaming, with 53mm drivers delivering crisp and accurate sound reproduction, but also a 3D Wing support system that helps completely mitigate its weight (which is already pretty light) on the head. 

The result is superb levels of comfort even when in prolonged gaming sessions. A vivid and clear microphone, soft ear pads, and a bundled 2-metre cable extender complete a top package.

Best gaming headsets HyperX Cloud Flight

4. HyperX Cloud Flight

One of the best gaming headsets for battery life and powerful bass

Reasons to buy
+30+ hours of battery life+Comfortable fit+Chunky bass

HyperX's first attempt at a wireless gaming headset has produced a versatile and robust set of cans for playing games or streaming on other platforms. 

With 30 or so hours of battery life on a single charge you won't have to worry about the Cloud Flight running out of juice, either, and its bass is something to be reckoned with, with a meaty punch that is right up there with the best sets on the market.

It comes with a pair of rather handy 90-degree rotating ear cups, too, and even adds in some LED lighting effects for good measure. A very attractive and competitively priced gaming headset for PC and PS4 gamers.

Best gaming headset Roccat Khan Aimo

5. Roccat Khan Aimo

Hi-Res audio, 7.1 surround sound and noise cancellation combine superbly

Reasons to buy
+Hi-Res audio compatible+7.1 surround sound+Passive noise cancellation

Roccat really knows what it is doing with gaming headsets and here, with the Khan Aimo, delivers an incredible package at a very attractive price point. 

The Khan Aimo comes rocking Hi-Res audio compatible speaker drivers, delivers 7.1 surround sound, has a built-in DAC with passive noise cancellation tech, and also boasts a 16.8M colour lighting engine with various effects and pre-sets.

If that wasn't enough, the Khan Aimo also sports some seriously comfortable memory foam ear pads, and premium stainless steel sliders, too. A gaming headset that is very easy to recommend.

Sennheiser GSP 600 best gaming headset

6. Sennheiser GSP 600

The best gaming headset for a head filling soundstage

Reasons to buy
+Loud and light+Strong mic

If bouncy sound is your thing, Sennheiser's bombastic GSP 600 wired cans should be top of your list. They're loud, brash, and the closed-back ear cups with memory foam ear pad mirrors absolutely swaddle your ears in audio, forcefully pushing you into the audio environment.

Notable features include automatic microphone muting when the boom arm is raised, robust and customisable headband, and delicious multi-platform compatibility with PC, PS4, Xbox One and anything else with a 3.5mm audio jack.

Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum best gaming headset

7. Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum

Logitech's wireless wonder hits all the right notes

Reasons to buy
+Cup-mounted hot keys+Superior comfort on long uses

Logitech has really upped its headset game of late, and the G633 Artemis Spectrum is one such example of the firm bringing together a bevy of impressive highlights into one package. 

The build quality is great, feeling both light and sturdy all at once (they also look pretty rad as well). There are also a set of handy hot key-esque G-keys on the side of the headset that can be customised for certain quick in-game actions.

The wireless audio transfer never compromises on audio quality, and it's compatible with PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360 via 2.4 GHz wireless tech. The only slight niggling issue is the battery life levels out around the 10 hour mark, but unless you're an eSports athlete or very hardcore gamer then this won't be an issue.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 best gaming headset

8. SteelSeries Arctis 7

Subtlety, style and serious sound make this one of the best gaming headsets available today

Reasons to buy
+Understated design+Impressive bass and treble

SteelSeries' Arctis range are probably the closest thing gaming headset market will come to works of art, thanks to a design that makes the various models feel more like something a pro DJ would use in the studio than a gamer in front of their console or PC.

And the SteelSeries Arctis 7 is one of the best gaming headsets available today, offering a stainless steel finish and balanced 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound that delivers powerful bidirectional sound and reliable noise cancellation. And its wireless connection is one of the clearest we've ever tested with nary a moment's lag, too.

Best gaming headset and the best gaming headphones for PC gaming as well as gaming on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

9. Turtle Beach Stealth 600

The best gaming headset designed specifically for Xbox One gamers

Reasons to buy
+Incredibly simple setup+Good wireless sound quality+Competitive battery life

If you're an Xbox One gamer and have under £100 to spend on a new gaming headset then the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is, basically, your best-in-class choice.

That's because the headset has been designed in partnership with Xbox (and is officially licensed as a result) meaning that it can connect directly to the console without an adaptor. This leads to a very straight forward plug it in once and sit back while everything is automatically set up installation procedure.

In terms of speaker hardware, the set comes with 50mm drivers that perform admirably across the audio soundscape, a flip-up omni-directional mic, and a 900mAh rechargeable battery, the latter granting up to 15 hours of usage between charges.

Throw in some of Turtle Beach's latest gaming headphones features such as Superhuman Hearing and advanced mic monitoring, as well as that aforementioned affordable price point, and you can see how if you're gaming on Xbox One you absolutely have to check out this set of cans if you're looking to upgrade.

Best gaming headset Sennheiser PC 373D

10. Sennheiser PC 373D

One of the very best gaming headsets on the market today for comfort and sound clarity

Reasons to buy
+Top mic quality+Superb surround sound

The Sennheiser PC 373D is among the most comfortable professional headsets we've ever tested, with zero pinch and a lightweight design that never weighs on your neck.

The sound quality is killer, too - the 7.1 Dolby surround sound turns every game we tested it with into a cinematic theatre of immersion, with individual sounds kept clean and clear without being washed out by the bass.

There's also a companion app for adjusting audio levels and tweaking profiles - ideal if you're partial to multiple game sessions.

Best gaming headset

11. Logitech G35

Stylish and very affordable, the G35 is one of the best gaming headsets for PC gamers

Reasons to buy
+Stylish design+Extra comfortable

Logitech has done wonders with the G35's design - its materials might not be the most deluxe, but the matte black colour choice makes everything feel distinctly less budget. The design also extends to the buttons on the cups, while include a handy mute button, a volume wheel and three customisable ones.

While the bass could be a little punchier, the use of two 40mm drivers provides an in-ear soundscape that's not a true surround sound experience. It's crisp and clear enough, but this is far from the 3D audio you can find elsewhere - but for the price, the highlights elsewhere still make it a decent set of cups.

HyperX Cloud Stinger best gaming headsets

12. HyperX Cloud Stinger

The best gaming headset for sound quality at a budget price point

Reasons to buy
+Great sound for the price+Extremely affordable

While there are plenty of headsets out there with the oft-unclean word 'budget' stuck to them, that doesn't mean that every one has to feel like it's just fallen out of a cracker. The brilliant little HyperX Cloud Stinger is one such example, offering a crisp, punchy sound that belies its sub-£50 price tag.

That sounds driven by two 50mm drivers, with cups that swivel 90-degrees for ease of movement. Of course, this being a low-end model, there are compromises - while it is lightweight, the materials do feel very flimsy and the mic (which swivels rather than retracts) fails to offer a decent signal when chatting or streaming.

PS4 Wireless Headset 2.0 best gaming headset

13. PS4 Wireless Headset 2.0

Sony's branded headset is one of the best on the market

Reasons to buy
+Surround sound for PS4 and PS3+Clear internal mic

Sony's second swing at a first-party headset for PlayStation 4 offers much of the same features the original boasted, designed specifically for use with the firm's three major consoles - this means you can employ its 7.1 Dolby surround sound on your PS3 as well as your current gen machine. It'll also work with your PS Vita (but the surround sound won't work with the handheld, sadly).

It offers a clean audio transfer with a punch to its bass, and even the mic performs remarkably well for an internal version. It's just a shame the battery life (which offers a paltry eight hours) and foldable design bring it down.

Roccat Khan Pro best gaming headset

14. Roccat Khan Pro

Crisp, comfortable and great for party chat

Reasons to buy
+Deep lows and crisp highs+Both lightweight and comfortable

While the Roccat Khan Pro doesn't deliver an eye-catching design, it does what you actually want a top gaming headset to do and that is to deliver excellent sound quality, with rich lows, ultra-clear highs and support for frequencies up to 40Hz. It's a shame the in-built mic isn't detachable, but it's crisp signal makes it great for party chat or live streaming.

HyperX Cloud Revolver S best gaming headphones

15. HyperX Cloud Revolver S

A powerful gaming headset for gamers shopping at the high end of the market

Reasons to buy
+Sumptuous surround sound+Extremely comfortable for long sessions

HyperX knows what it's doing when it comes to big and bold gaming headsets, and here the HyperX Cloud Revolver S is pushing its way into the premium end of the market.

That price tag might put some potential buyers off, but considering you’re getting one of the best 7.1 surround sound setups on the market, powerful 50mm drivers and a noise-cancelling microphone (that’s detachable, no less).

It works with PC and PS4 (including most VR headsets), but you’ll need to fork out for an extra adaptor if you want to use with the Xbox One family of consoles.

Astro A20 best gaming headset

16. Astro A20

Simplicity meets style in this stunningly minimalist gaming headset

Reasons to buy
+Striking yet minimalist design+Excellent battery life

Sat right in the middle of the gaming headset range is the Astro A20, a wireless headset that combines a blocky yet minimalist look with a robust audio experience. 

Whether you’re streaming, chatting in a party or just enjoying your game’s audio as it was intended, this set of cups offers an impressive 15 hours or more of use on a single charge.

It's made from tough materials to so it can take a few knocks without losing its looks or its fidelity. Its 40mm drivers ensure the best audio signal at all times, but make sure you buy the right one for your system of choice as some versions don’t work with PS4/Xbox One.

Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless

17. Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless

One of the best gaming headsets for wireless audio with all the trimmings

Reasons to buy
+Dolby 7.1 as standard+Impressive audio quality

Corsair may be known more for its prolific PC peripheral ranges, but that hasn’t stopped it making waves in the world of gaming audio as well. Its latest model, the Void Pro RGB Wireless, might have a weight asking price, but it’s packed with all the features you’d want from a premium set of cans.

The 7.1 audio really brings you game audio and chat to life with deep bass and clear treble, while its wireless signal holds true however long your session might be.

That eye-catching design also includes RGB lighting, which can be synchronised with other Corsair products for your very own desk-based light show.