Best gaming headsets 2021: high fidelity gaming headphones

The best gaming headsets available for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, all in one place

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Welcome to T3's best gaming headsets 2020 guide. Right here we've got our curated top picks of the very finest gaming headphones going, be that on PlayStation (PS5 and PS4), Xbox (Xbox Series XXbox Series S and Xbox One), Nintendo Switch or PC.

Our best gaming headsets list has been designed to take the stress and strain out of choosing the best set of gaming cans for you. We've got recommendations covering a variety of budgets and features, so you can find something that suits you perfectly – no matter what your gaming setup is like.

Whether you're looking for the best gaming headset for the PS5, the best gaming headset for the Xbox Series X or S, the best gaming headset for PC use, or the best headset for an older device, we've got you covered with some top-tier options here.

While these headsets cover a wide variety of price points, we haven't compromised on audio quality here – we know that your games have to sound their very best, and these devices will put your ears right in the middle of the action, whether you're hearing birdsong or planets exploding. We absolutely won't accept sup-par sonics at T3, and we don't think you should either.

Underneath our list of top gaming headphones, we've also included some useful advice on what to look for if you're shopping for a new gaming headset, wireless or otherwise, which you can apply no matter what your situation.

Best gaming headsets: the best headphones for gaming

Best gaming headset PS4 SteelSeries Arctis Pro WirelessT3 Awards 2020 - Highly Commended

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is the best gaming headset in the world for Sony PlayStation 4 gamers.

1. SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

The best gaming headset for PS4 gamers

Drivers: Neodymium
Frequency response: 10–40,000 Hz
Headphone sensitivity: 102 dB SPL
Mic type: Retractable boom
Noise cancellation: Yes
Wireless range: 40ft
Battery life: 20 hours (10 per battery)
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 equipment, delivering a best-in-class audio experience for PS4 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), it also comes packing Hi-Res capable speaker drivers and lossless audio too.

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

Simply put, hasn't heard better from a wireless gaming headset in 2020, and if you are shopping for a pair of PS4 gaming headphones with a high-end budget, then look no further.

And, when we said you needn't look much further, we were absolutely right, with the panel of judges in the T3 Awards 2020 bestowing the highly-desirable Best Gaming Headset award on the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless.

LucidSound LS50X best gaming headsets

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2. LucidSound LS50X

The best gaming headset for Xbox gamers, be that Xbox One or Xbox Series X and S

Speaker size: 50mm
Frequency response: 20 - 20,000 Hz
Weight: 14.4oz
Wireless: Yes
Wireless range: 30ft
Mic type: Boom
Battery life: 20 hours
Reasons to buy
+Very simple setup+Comfortable, premium design+Excellent audio reproduction

LucidSound is one of T3's favorite gaming headset makers thanks to its ability to deliver top-draw audio reproduction and stylish, comfortable builds at attractive price points – and the LS50X does nothing to knock that reputation.

The headset is a hugely impressive new entry as we enter the era of the next-gen consoles, with an all-around package – style, setup, audio – that's very difficult to beat. Build quality is first-rate, the sound is superb, and as an added bonus there's Bluetooth connectivity too, for attaching other devices.

The LucidSound LS50X will work with both your current Xbox One console and your new Xbox Series X or S, and you'll be up and gaming in 10 seconds, it really is that fast. There's a flexible, removable boom mic, with the ability to cancel out background noise and echoes, plus five EQ modes to pick from.

We played a variety of games on the Xbox One to test the LS50X – Forza Horizon 4, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Rage 2, Fifa 20 and Halo 5 Guardians – and every time the audio was immersive and refined. That won't come as any surprise to anyone who has used LucidSound headsets in the past.

best PC gaming headset Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero

PC gamers are spoiled in terms of audio quality and customization with the Elite Atlas Aero.

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3. Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero

The best gaming headset for PC gamers

Driver: 50mm Nanoclear
Frequency response: 12Hz -20,000Hz
Wireless: Yes
Weight: 1.9lbs (870g)
Battery life: 30 hours
Mic type: Detachable boom
Reasons to buy
+Turtle Beach Control Studio allows incredible customization+Premium 50mm Nanoclear drivers deliver quality audio reproduction+Long-lasting battery life

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero should be one of the very first gaming headsets PC gamers consider when shopping for an upgrade. The reason for this is not just the hardware package the headset delivers, which partners a future-industrial, understated and mature aesthetic with high-end build quality and top-rate audio reproduction, but the fact that it then allows audiophile-level customization through the Turtle Beach Control Studio Windows application.

The Turtle Beach Control Studio aesthetically looks a bit old-fashioned (it reminded T3 of Hi-Fi software from the turn of the century), with sliders, buttons and toggles left, right and center, along with tabs, settings and more. However, the control it grants over the Elite Atlas Aero is truly first-rate, with everything from treble, bass and dialogue levels, through mic variables, noise and volume, and onto high-level features like Superhuman Hearing and 3D Audio tweakable.

Go into audio settings and the software even lets you start setting values in equalizer profiles, including Game, Chat and Microphone EQ. Rumbles, explosions, vocals, atmospheric effects like wind and leaves, or in-game effects from vehicle engines and more can be prioritized or downplayed as desired. Throw in macro creation, game preset importing and exporting, and 3D audio personalization and it is a quite simply staggering control system at the user's disposal.

Connectivity to the PC comes courtesy of a small, flat USB dongle, while charging takes place via MicroUSB to USB cable. The Elite Atlas Aero can also be connected via a standard 3.5mm audio jack, too, which means that at least superficially this set could also be used with a games console such as Nintendo Switch. However, it is the wireless PC functionality that you really ring these up for. A small detachable mic completes the package.

In terms of the headset cups themselves, the Elite Atlas Aero delivers serious punch, and a chunky depth means that they feel dense and well made both in the hand and on the head. Adjustments for size come from cups sliding up and down the frame arms, while there is a padded, floating headband that sits underneath the metal frame top that makes wearing the headphones comfortable for sizeable gaming sessions.

There are plenty of quality PC gaming headsets on the market today (the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless above delivers an incredible package that technically delivers even more in terms of audio features, though that costs twice this set), however, for the price, which is firmly mid-range, we feel these deliver everything a PC gamer could want in one package and at a very approachable price point.

Logitech G635 best gaming headset 2020

A comfortable fit and excellent audio performance make the Logitech G635 gaming headset one of the best around.

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4. Logitech G635 7.1 Lightsync Gaming Headset

Super sound and comfort at an affordable price point

Driver: 50 mm PRO-G
Weight: 12.1 oz (344 g)
Frequency response: 20 Hz-20 KHz
Audio sensitivity: 93 DB SPL/mW
Mic type: Boom
Wireless: No
Lighting: Lightsync RGB
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable, tight fit+7.1 surround sound+Customizable LED lights

Logitech can usually be relied upon to produce solid pieces of equipment, and so it is with the wired G635 headset – 7.1 surround sound audio, Lightsync technology for illuminating your gameplay space, plenty of features and buttons onboard the headset itself, and compatibility with PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch... what more could you want?

The headset is really comfy and snug to wear, and produces crystal-clear audio, which is of course the main selling point: you can hear the faintest sound of enemy footsteps, and the headset doubles up as a fine way to listen to music too. The supplied Logitech software lets you customize the lighting if you're connecting it to Windows, and it's a breeze to use.

Ideally, we'd like a bit more heft to the hinges on the headphones themselves, and the angular, black design won't be to everyone's taste, but really these are minor drawbacks on what is otherwise an excellent gaming headset – one of the best gaming headsets in the business actually, which is why it earns a spot on our list.

Astro A50 Gen 4 best gaming headphones

The Astro A50, in its latest guise, is simply stunning and an easy best gaming headset recommendation.

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5. Astro A50 Gen 4

A fine upgrade to one of the best gaming headsets ever made

Driver: 40mm Neodymium Magnet
Frequency response: 20Hz - 20,000Hz
Weight: 0.83 lbs (380g)
Wireless: Yes
Wireless range: 30ft
Battery life: 15 hours
Mic type: 6.0mm uni-directional
Reasons to buy
+Superior sound quality+Versatile base station+Swappable earpads

The Astro A50 Gen 3 was an excellent gaming headset and the Gen 4 improves on it: it has a more compact base station (the headphones themselves are wireless), the design is now more subtle and refined, and the same great sound is available through these headphones, whether you're playing on PC, PlayStation or Xbox One (you do need to pick either Xbox One or PlayStation when you're buying, however).

The Astro A50 feels comfortable on the head, and brings rich and vibrant audio to your ears at any volume – bass, trebles and mids all come through clearly. The earpads are actually removable, so you can swap them out for a different pair if you're looking for a different feel.

You get pretty darn good noise cancellation, too, and the A50 headset packs a real punch in terms of audio reproduction across the board. From dialogue to music to sound effects, everything comes across crisply, and we'd have no reservations about adding this to our gaming setup. Astro is very much gaming headset royalty and this latest setup continues that lineage.

Best gaming headsets Razer Blackshark V2

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6. Razer Blackshark V2

Pound-for-pound Razer's best gaming headset

Dimensions: 235 x 193 x 100 mm (H x W x D)
Weight: 0.58lbs (262g)
Type: On-ear
Audio output: 7.1 surround sound
Frequency response: 12 – 28,000 Hz
Driver size: 50 mm
Mic type: Boom
Wireless: No
Reasons to buy
+Superb audio reproduction+Very comfortable earcups+USB sound card and carry bag included

Razer produces a fair few gaming headsets but for our money here at T3 the Blackshark V2 is its best overall for most gamers.

The sets of gaming cans is powered by Razer's Triforce Titanium 50mm Drivers, which have been designed to improve clarity across the spectrum, ranging from bass to treble.

There's noise cancellation tech delivered, too, by the on-ear cups, which elevates in-game immersion and improves sound isolation as well.

We're particularly fond of just how comfortable the Blackshark 2 is on the head as well thanks to Razer's Flowknit Memory Foam Ear Cushions and soft, padded adjustable headband. This comfort is no doubt aided by the headset's light weight 262-gram design.

You also get a detachable Hyperclear Cardioid Mic and USB sound card as well, which works with Razer Synapse to allow the wearer to customise features like Ambient Noise Reduction, Mic Equalizer and Voice Gate. Compatibility with THX Game Profiles also means custom-tuned profiles in-game.

Many of these features lean themselves towards to esports and streaming, however considering the Blackshark V2's firmly affordable price point, we think it fair to say that not only esports champions should apply.

Few other things: the Blackshark V2 is a wired gaming headset, so if you need wireless you need to upgrade to the Blackshark V2 Pro. Oh, and the Blackshark V2 also comes with an included carry case, which makes transporting them to gaming tournaments (or just using them as a pair of quality headphones) easy.

JBL Quantum One best gaming headsets 2020

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7. JBL Quantum One

An impressive flagship wired headset from JBL

Driver: 50mm
Frequency response: 20Hz – 40,000Hz
Weight: 0.81lbs (369g)
Mic type: Detachable boom microphone
Wireless: No
Noise cancelling: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Modern, understated design+Premium build materials+Versatile Bluetooth functionality 

The JBL Quantum One headset is up towards the more expensive end of the market, but you're actually still getting very decent value for money here – these headphones sound great, not just for gaming but also for watching movies and listening to music and everything else that you might want to do.

The headset works best with Windows PCs, but you can connect it to pretty much anything via a 3.5 mm headphone jack or USB: it works with game consoles, the Nintendo Switch, smartphones, tablets, and even VR headsets. No matter where you plug it in you're going to get some impressive audio fidelity.

You also get a whole host of features with this pair of headphones, covering everything from surround sound to active noise cancelling to RGB lighting that you can customize using the supplied Windows software. Absolutely one of the best gaming headsets around right now.

Best gaming headset wireless 2020 HyperX Cloud Mix

Want a gaming headset that you can also wear out and about? Then check out the HyperX Cloud Mix.

8. HyperX Cloud Mix Wired Gaming Headset + Bluetooth

The best gaming headset for versatility and wear-everyday style

Driver: 40mm neodymium magnet
Frequency response: 10Hz–40,000Hz
Weight: 0.57lbs (260g)
Mic type: Electret condenser boom
Wireless: Yes
Wireless range: 10 meters
Battery life: 20 hours
Noise cancelling: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Modern, understated design+Premium build materials+Versatile Bluetooth functionality 

HyperX is one of T3's favorite gaming peripheral makers right now and, in the gaming headset market, it's been hitting nothing but home runs as of late with quality sets of headsets such as the HyperX Cloud Flight and the HyperX Cloud Revolver S (both of which also feature in this best gaming headsets 2020 guide).

Its latest effort, the HyperX Cloud Mix, is for our money the best overall gaming headset the company has ever made, combining top-rate audio reproduction with premium build quality and understated modern design.

The latter two of these qualities hit you as soon as you unpack the headset, with a rigid and cool-to-the-touch aluminum frame wrapped with a plush, soft-touch headband securely carrying memory foam-clad ear cups. Everything is finished in a delicious matte black coating, with the only notable detailing being HyperX's logo printed in silver. It's a fantastic overall look.

That premium headphone style is crucial, too, considering the big sell with the Cloud Mix – its Bluetooth functionality. This allows you to ditch the cabling and use the Mix as simply a very rich pair of regular headphones, which is ideal for portable gaming on the go, as well as listening to music and watching media, too.

The fact that the HyperX Cloud Mix can be used with PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac, Mobile and VR, as well as any other Bluetooth-enabled device or console, makes it one of the most versatile headsets on the market today, and a definite pick for our best gaming headphones 2020 list.

Crisp and balanced Hi-Red Audio, a long-lasting 20-hour battery life, detachable boom mic, lush braided cabling and an included carry bag complete a quality package that's hard to top.

Best gaming headphones 2020 Audio Technica ATH-ADG1x

The Audio Technica ATH-ADG1x are, as you would expect from such a well-established audio brand, top rate.

9. 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

The audio wizards at Audio-Technica bring their 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). 

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-meter cable extender complete a top package that earns a spot on our list of the best gaming headsets in 2020.

Best gaming headsets 2020 HyperX Cloud Flight

HyperX Cloud Flight

10. 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 headphones 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.

SteelSeries Arctis 1 best gaming headset 2020

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 is among the best gaming headsets for affordability.

11. SteelSeries Arctis 1

One of the best gaming headsets for quality components at a fantastic price

Reasons to buy
+Very affordable+Top-end components+Detachable mic

The newest pair of SteelSeries headphones in our list are also the cheapest: this is the budget offering from SteelSeries, giving you the option of getting some top-quality craftsmanship at a lower price than the rest of the range.

The Arctis 1 uses the same design, speaker drivers, cushions and noise-canceling microphone as the 3, 5, 7 and 9X models, so these headphones aren't cutting too many corners to reach that inexpensive price point.

SteelSeries has changed the headband design and there's no wireless option here, but it's an excellent choice if you want to get a superior gaming headset experience without breaking the bank.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 best gaming headsets

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12. Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2

A well-designed, comfortable, superb-sounding console headset

Reasons to buy
+Excellent comfort and fit+Flip-out mic works well+Simple setup and operation

You can pick up the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 for both Xbox and PlayStation, and both options will work with both current-gen and next-gen consoles. The Xbox version was the one we had in for review, and we were very impressed with the quality of the build and the sound these headphones produced.

The earpads combine memory foam and cooling gel rather well, for a fit that's going to be comfortable across extended gaming sessions, and with the padded, metal-reinforced headband, you don't need to worry about these headphones sliding off.

Across a range of games, the audio was crisp, rich and detailed at all volume levels. As an added bonus, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 comes with Bluetooth connectivity as well as Xbox Wireless connectivity, so you can hook up laptops and phones as well – and music and movie performance are great too.

Considering everything you're getting with this headset – including a flip-out mic – we'd say the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 represents excellent value for money, and this is definitely worth shortlisting whether you buy your consoles from Microsoft or Sony.

Logitech G Pro X Wireless Lightspeed best gaming headsets 2020

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13. Logitech G Pro X Wireless Lightspeed

Premium wireless audio for Windows machines

Reasons to buy
+Top-quality audio performance+Low latency wireless connection+Solid, understated design

The Logitech G Pro X Wireless is only for Windows computers, and only works wirelessly, but if you're okay with that then this is a fantastic offering – something we've come to expect from Logitech kit. It's a little on the expensive side, but it's worth paying for if you want one of the best gaming headsets of the moment.

It starts with the excellent design and build quality, with aluminum, steel, faux leather and memory foam all combining for a truly polished – but understated – end result. These are the kind of headphones that you want to leave on display when you're not using them, that's how good they are.

Even more importantly, the audio is excellent too, whether that's movies or gaming or something you're trying to say through the microphone attachment. A custom 2.4GHz wireless connection ensures minimal lag, so you can get on with the important business of improving your gaming.

Best gaming headset 2020 Audio-Technica ATH-G1

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14. Audio-Technica ATH-G1

A good jack-of-all-trades that extends beyond gaming

Reasons to buy
+Incredibly lightweight +Detachable mic for ultimate versatility

If versatility and compatibility is at the top of your list when it comes to headphones, wired Audio-Technica's ATH-G1 is a good jack-of-all-trades for long gaming sessions as well snapping onto your ears, plugging into your phone, and blasting your favorite tunes during your daily commute.

The 45mm drivers offer the sound quality we've come to expect from Audio-Technica although it struggles slightly with bass and lower tones. If you're a fan of lightweight headphones that are fitted without a snug fit, the ATH-G1 is perfect for you, although compromises have been made in the looks department to hit that sweet spot; the aesthetics belie the price tag.

If you don't want to fork out for a gaming headset and a second pair for music, this is a great pair of headphones that offers more than adequate sound quality for music, phone conversations, and marathon gaming sessions. 

Best gaming headsets Roccat Noz

Roccat Noz

15. Roccat Noz

The best gaming headset for ultra light weight and high comfort

Reasons to buy
+Premium 50mm drivers+Super soft earcups+Incredibly light

Comfort and lightness are two absolutely crucial facets for a gaming headset, and especially so for hardcore or eSports gamers that need to wear a set of gaming headphones for hours straight. This is something that the Roccat Noz understands.

Weighing in at a ludicrously light 210 grams (the Sennheiser GSP 600, as a point of comparison, weighs in at going on twice that at 395 grams) and installed with wide earcups coated with a padded fabric that has been designed to stay cool, the Noz makes playing games for extended periods a no-head-pain, moisture-free joy.

The Noz's high-caliber 50mm drivers also mean it is no dud when it comes to audio quality, either, while a Roccat's Real-Voice mic has been built to cover the full vocal spectrum and, as a result, delivers natural and distortion-free voice chat.

Other neat aspects such as solid metal hinges and a stainless steel headband slider imbue the headset with a level of premium feel that stretches beyond its price, too, which rings in for a third of the outlay of some of the flagship gaming headphones on the market today.

Sennheiser GSP 670 best gaming headsets

Sennheiser GSP 670

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16. Sennheiser GSP 670

The best gaming headset for a head filling soundstage

Reasons to buy
+Loud, quality audio+Comfortable to wear

Sennheiser is an audio brand you can rely on and the powerful GSP 670 wireless headset gives you excellent audio over Bluetooth. You can turn up the volume without worrying about any kind of distortion, whether you're listening to a pounding bass-heavy soundtrack, or trying to tiptoe through the quietest of enemy bases.

Not only is the audio great, but they're really comfortable to wear, with leatherette earpads that wrap nicely around the ears and a solid headband that's reinforced with metal. No matter how long your gaming session, the Sennheiser GSP 670 headphones will look after you.

These headphones will work with PCs and PS4s, and you get a bunch of useful features as well – a flip-to-mute mic, low latency Bluetooth, around 20 hours of use between charges, and support for 7.1 surround sound. Once you've found your favorite audio configuration, you can save it as a preset.

Best gaming headset 2020 SteelSeries Arctis 7

SteelSeries Arctis 7

17. 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 is probably the closest thing the 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 not a moment's lag, too.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 best gaming headsets 2020

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18. Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2

A great gaming headset designed specifically for PS4 gamers

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

If you're a PS4 gamer and have under $100 to spend on a new gaming headset then the 2nd-generation Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is a very appealing buy (we've featured the PS4 version here, but there's an Xbox One equivalent too).

Attach the bundled wireless adapter to your PS4 and you're good to go, with excellent performance in terms of both audio output and input – whether you're listening or talking, this is a headset that belies its very affordable price. As with the previous version of the Stealth headphones, you'll get 15 hours of battery life between charges.

While the materials and fit aren't quite as premium as some of the more expensive headsets we've seen, these headphones are well built enough for us to think they're going to last you a long, long time. From setup to onboard controls, everything is simple to configure.

If you're looking for a really good headset on a budget, then the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 is hard to beat. These should work with the PS5 (and Xbox Series X and S), but testing has yet to be completed, so we're waiting for confirmation on that.

Best gaming headsets Razer Thresher Ultimate

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19. Razer Thresher Ultimate

Razer delivers superb wireless gaming audio for PS4 and Xbox One gamers

Drivers: 50mm neodymium
Frequency response: 12Hz-28,000Hz
Wireless: Yes
Battery life: 16 hours
Features: Noise-isolating ear cushions, quick control buttons
Reasons to buy
+Wireless 7.1 audio+Comes with own stand+Comes in PlayStation and Xbox variants

Razer's premium 7.1 surround sound wireless headphones deliver in terms of style, audio reproduction and, crucially for a cord-free gaming headset, a quality wireless connection.

The lag-free wireless audio connection is the real star and why we envision a lot of gamers are going to ring these up (you're looking at a stable connection up to a 12-meter range), however a battery life that stretches up to 16 hours between charges is also something to write home about.

We're also a big fan of the fact that the Thresher comes with its own headphones stand, which looks suitably futuristic and cool, as well as the fact that it rocks a strong retractable unidirectional microphone and RGB lighting, too.

Yes, you have to pay the Razer tax on the Thresher Ultimate, which means there are definitely more affordable headphones in this best gaming headset buying guide, but if you want quality and have a large budget, these headphones are a great choice.

Best gaming headset 2020 Sennheiser PC 373D

For high levels of comfort, the Sennheiser PC 373D is a great gaming headset choice.

20. 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. It's the sort of quality you want from one of the best gaming headsets on the market.

There's also a companion app for adjusting audio levels and tweaking profiles, which is ideal if you're partial to multiple gaming sessions.

Best gaming headset HyperX Cloud Stinger S

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21. HyperX Cloud Stinger S

Excellent value surround sound headphones

Reasons to buy
+Virtual 7.1 surround sound+Comfortable for hours+Impressive, versatile audio quality

There's plenty to like about the HyperX Cloud Stinger S headset, one of many different models in this series. This is the one to go for if you're after wired connectivity to a Windows PC, though with the 3.5mm audio cable you can in fact attach these cans to any device with a headphone port.

You are, however, limited to Windows use only if you want to take advantage of the headset's virtual 7.1 surround sound capabilities – this requires the bundled USB dongle, and HyperX software that you can download for free, which does an impressive job of making sounds appear as though they're happening all around you in a variety of games.

As for the audio quality, it's impressively good for the price you're paying for the Cloud Stinger S, whether that's in the deeper bass or the higher treble. The headset is well built and comfortable to wear too, despite a slightly cheap feel, and it's definitely worth a place on our best gaming headsets list.

Best gaming headset stand Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless

When it comes to style, the Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless has it in spades.

22. Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless

A stylish gaming headset that delivers 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 from making waves in the world of gaming audio as well. Its latest model, the Void Pro RGB Wireless, might have a weighty asking price, but it's packed with all the features you’d want from a premium set of headphones.

The 7.1 audio really brings your 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 synchronized with other Corsair products for your very own desk-based light show.

Trust GXT 488 Forze best gaming headset 2020

The Trust GXT 488 Forze offers brilliant value for money.

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23. Trust Gaming GXT 488 Forze-B

A great cheap gaming headset choice for PlayStation 4

Driver: 50mm
Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20000 Hz
Sensitivity: 115 dB
Wireless: No
Weight: 0.66lbs (300g)
Mic type: Boom condenser
Cable length: 47in
Reasons to buy
+Officially licensed for PS4+Solid, well-made construction+Excellent audio performance

Reasonably priced, comfortable to wear, and officially approved by Sony, the Trust GXT 488 Forze headset is an excellent choice for PS4 gaming – it brings with it just about everything you could want from such a device, and it definitely earns its place on our list of the best gaming headsets you can buy in 2020.

The audio from the 50mm active speaker units inside the cups is top-notch, whether you're listening for enemies sneaking up behind you or just taking in the ambient noise in whatever virtual world you happen to be in. As the volume cranks up, the fidelity remains crisp and clear.

As for comfort, the Trust GTX 488 Forze scores highly here as well. Wearing anything on your head for hours at a time is going to start to bother you after a while, but the headset really impresses in terms of how well it cups your ears and how easily it rests on the head. We had several extended evening gaming sessions wearing this Trust headset and didn't notice any major problems with how it felt.

The braided mic and the chunky, angular design all add up to a headset that looks good as well as feels good, and you've got three different colors to choose from (there are blue and grey camouflage options as well as the standard black). It's hard to fault.

Eksa E900

Get the Eksa E900 wrapped around your head and you won't be disappointed by the audio performance.

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24. Eksa E900

This gaming headset shows you don't pay a fortune for good audio

Driver: 50mm
Frequency range: 20Hz-20KHz
Sensitivity: 114dB +/- 3dB at 1KHz
Weight: 1.12lbs
Wireless: No
Reasons to buy
+Very comfy to wear+Decent price point+Audio is impressive

There is a huge amount to like when it comes to the Eksa E900 headset, especially considering the low, low price you'll have to pay for it: it's comfortable, it's well built, and it delivers an audio experience that puts you right in the middle of whatever scene you're in. The device connects via a 3.5mm audio cable and will work with Xbox, PlayStation, and PC platforms.

You get a generous cable that's close to 6 feet, you get 50mm neodymium speaker drivers to power the audio, you get a high sensitivity microphone that you can detach if you need to, and you even get a nice black carry pouch to hold your new headphones too.

The Eksa E900 is comfortable to wear, even for long periods, with its soft padding and protein foam earmuffs, and thanks to its lightweight, we barely even noticed we had it on. It's in the sound that the headset really excels though: from the smallest whispers to the loudest crashes, everything comes through clear and rich.

Creative SXFI Gamer best gaming headsets 2020

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25. Creative SXFI Gamer

One of the best wired gaming headsets

Driver: 50mm neodymium magnet
Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
Sensitivity: 114 dB / mW @ 1 kHz
Mic type: Unidirectional noise-reduction
Wireless: No
Reasons to buy
+Includes 7.1 surround sound+Affordable price+Excellent comfort and fit

You don't get the option of wireless with the Creative SXFI Gamer gaming headset, but you get just about everything else. That includes excellent comfort, an unfussy but strong design, and of course superior audio, which is a requirement for entry on our best gaming headsets for 2020 list.

The headset works with Creative's SXFI tuning apps for mobile and desktop too. Using your phone you take a couple of photos of your ears (bear with us here), and a few clever algorithms then tune the sound coming out of the headphones to specifically match the shape of your head and ears. Based on the results we've experienced with the Creative SXFI Gamer, we'd say it works too.

The surround sound mixing works really well too, so you can hear enemies creeping up from behind you or enjoy immersive audio from your movies, as long as the source format supports 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound. For a comfortable pair of headphones that are excellent across the audio spectrum – including volume levels – the SXFI Gamer is well worth considering.

Qpad QH-25 best gaming headset 2020

For gamers with a very tight budget, the Qpad QH-25 gaming headset is a great option.

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26. Qpad QH-25

This gaming headset shows you don't pay a fortune for good audio

Driver: 40mm mylar
Frequency response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
Nominal Impedance: 32Ohms +/- 10% Per System
Sound Pressure Level: 108 +/- 3dB
Wireless: No
Reasons to buy
+Includes 7.1 surround sound+Affordable price+Excellent comfort and fit

The Qpad QH-25 packs in an awful lot for not much money at all – 7.1 surround sound (with a separate USB sound card), rainbow lighting effects, an inline remote, leather earpads and a 40 mm driver, for example. The headset will work with PS4, Xbox One, PC and mobile devices, too.

Thankfully that long feature list is matched with really good comfort and fit too. The Qpad QH-25 earpads fit snugly around your ears and provide that immersive experience you want from every gaming headset: the outside world gets blocked out and you get to focus on whatever sounds are coming from the in-game scenes.

Audio quality is what's most important of course, and the Qpad QH-25 delivers here as well. We found we were able to pick out the quietest of sounds with this headset as well as really crank up the volume without losing the sound to a wall of distortion and noise. Definitely recommended if you're shopping on a tight budget.

best gaming headphones 2020

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What is the best gaming headset?

If you need a quick top pick for the best gaming headset right off the bat, then the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is's top choice of the models on sale at the moment. For PS4 and PC users, it is a dream gaming headset that's going to serve you well for years.

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

To play top PC games and PS5 games with the audio quality they deserve, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is simply the best gaming headset going out of all the models we've put through their paces.

The best gaming headset is going to be different for everyone though, so we'd encourage you to spend plenty of time on your research, and to check out all the other options that we've listed in our guide above.

How to choose the best gaming headset for you

Best gaming headsets 2020

There are a huge number of headsets and headphones out there for the eager gamer, with most manufacturers offering multiple products with only small variations. While it might be easy to just go with a certain model because of a recognizable brand, before you spend any of your hard-earned cash, it's worth weighing exactly what you need from your next headset.

Do you want a great-sounding headset for gaming that can also do double duty as a regular pair of headphones, for example? 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, you'll need a set with excellent battery life, a good boom mic, and an over-ear comfortable fit. Everyone's needs vary to some extent, and the best gaming headset of 2020 is going to be different for everyone.

How we curated our best gaming headset guide

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

We've picked headphones from across the very best manufacturers in business today, so you're able to see what all the biggest brands offer and – crucially – how they differ. It's a fast-moving market, but we'll help you stay on top of the latest developments and products.

Every gaming headset might appear to offer the same functions and features at first glance, but in fact, every device is unique: the build quality and the fit of it, the comfort of the ear cups and the connection method, the features you get as part of the package... the list goes on.

Whether you're looking for a top-of-the-range model or something just to dip your toes into the gaming audio market, we've got all the bases covered with this new and improved guide to the best gaming headsets for 2020 and beyond. We update this guide on a regular basis too, so check back often.