In the world of gaming, peak performance is everything.
You need a computer with enough power and video card memory to run games at a consistent 60 frames.
A monitor with perfect color definition and a huge display for a greater field of view is a must. Don't forget the ergonomically designed mouse and keyboard to keep your hands from cramping up.
Why, then, should it be any different for your headset?
Audio is just as big a part of the gaming experience as visuals, especially in games where being able to hear things coming is an integral part of gameplay.
Team-based games also need a good microphone, so having one attached to your head instead of sitting awkwardly in the middle of the desk is a definite plus.
If you’ve already got the latest hardware or even just something slightly above average, why accept a sub-par headset to go with it?
Let’s take a look at the ten best gaming headsets on the market today so that that doesn’t happen. For the sake of both you and your teammates, let’s get started.
1. Plantronics RIG 800HS
Available for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (which also means PC), the Plantronics RIG 800HS is a fantastically designed headset with a lot of small quality-of-life features that a good number of similar products overlook.
Wireless by design, each headset comes with a USB-powered dongle that can be plugged into your device of choice for synchronizing at a range of up to ten meters.
With 24 hours worth of power on a single charge, you can easily avoid the hassle of stopping your game to go plug things in (unless you’re playing for 24 hours straight, in which case you really need to take a break).
In terms of technical specs, the RIG 800HS prides itself on delivering lag-free, isolated sound with 40mm drivers, providing crisp, realistic audio that emphasizes the ambient noise in games in all the right ways.
On the side of the comfortable memory-foam ear cups are analog control for the game and chat audio as well as a master volume knob, allowing you to set the volume precisely how you like it at all times.
Additionally, one really convenient feature comes in the form of the microphone, which can simply be switched off by flipping it up against the headset.
2. Corsair Void Pro RGB
The Corsair Void Pro RGB is a stylish but fairly user-friendly headset made with the consumer in mind.
With superior sound quality and a bit of flair to spice things up, it’s certainly in the running for one of the best headsets on the list.
For starters, both the wired and wireless headset options use 50mm neodymium drivers to recreate some of the most immersive soundscapes in gaming right up against your ears.
With 16 hours worth of charge on the wireless version, you’ll likely have no trouble with regards to needing to pause your play to go power up again.
Each also has a noise-canceling microphone, helping to cut out anything that’s not your own talking for a better collaborative gaming experience with others over voice chat, including through Discord.
As for the actual appearance, the Void Pro RGB ups the ante with a choice between white, yellow, and carbon (black) headset colors.
Regardless of which you choose, though, each headset will glow with adjustable RGB lighting on certain parts of the body when active.
Not only does this look good, but it’s helpful in locating things like the power and microphone mute buttons on the side of one of the ear cups, making this a choice for both form and function all in one.
3. HyperX Cloud Revolver S
About the only thing to hate about the HyperX Cloud Revolver S is the price, but if you can afford it, it’s definitely worth a look.
Sitting right at the juncture between looks and amazing performance, it’s one of the best examples of the technology on the market today.
Powered by 50mm drivers, the Cloud Revolver S delivers unmatched 7.1-channel surround sound in total comfort thanks to the supple but secure memory foam ear padding.
As a USB-wired headset, you won’t have to worry about running out of power mid-game, and the solid steel construction will ensure you’ve still got this headset in working order years down the line no matter how rough you treat it.
Another bonus for this headset comes in the form of its microphone; not simply that it’s noise-canceling, but that it’s detachable in the event you don’t need it for a particular game.
This headset has also been part of several art showcases, meaning those who would like something a bit more flashy than the standard gunmetal color shouldn’t have much trouble finding a more attractive version provided they can pay for it.
4. Astro A20
Compatible with PS4, Xbox, and PC, the Astro A20 is a solid contender for each system with its no-nonsense approach to audio and sense of style.
With its unique design that’s built to last, it’s certainly a worthy pick for anyone who’s serious about their games, especially if they have a particular fondness for one console over the other.
Though a bit on the pricier side as well, the Astro A20 headset manages to justify its cost in part because of the fine job the creators did in tuning the headset for a gaming experience.
The sound is perfectly balanced for the experience of dynamic audio coming in from many directions, more than making up for the fact it does not actually possess surround sound capabilities.
As for battery life, the headset can easily last over fifteen hours on a single charge, so you won’t have to worry about recharging until you’re ready to unplug for the day.
There are also volume equalizer and game voice balance buttons on the side, plus an analog master volume wheel for fine tuning your experience.
Appearance is where the A20 really shines, though. This headset has four variations based on the two major consoles it’s compatible with. A black version with green piping represents the Xbox while a gray version with blue piping is for the PS4.
Additionally, two Call of Duty variants are also available, those being light gray and blue urban camo designs for the Xbox and PS4 versions, respectively. For clarity’s sake, know that any of the four will work for either console as well as PC, but that the intended coloring is simply a way to show loyalty to a specific machine.
5. Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament
Turtle Beach’s Elite Pro Tournament headset is compatible with PlayStation, Xbox, the Switch, PC, and even mobile, making it one of the most versatile headsets you can buy right now.
That wouldn’t mean much if the thing wasn’t worth using, to begin with, though, but luckily that isn’t an issue here, as the Elite Pro Tournament is a great product in its own right.
There are several great quality-of-life features for the Elite Pro Tournament, helping it to earn all three designations of “elite”, “pro”, and “tournament [worthy]” in its name.
For one, the padded ear cups are formatted specifically to accommodate glasses, no longer forcing you to suffer through the choice of being able to see or hear your games.
Additionally, one of the major pluses of being compatible with so many different platforms is in its wired connection, changing between a USB and 3.5mm jack with ease.
On the more technical side of things, the Elite Pro Tournament features 50mm drivers for superior sound quality, delivering both realistic game audio as well as clear chat playback.
This is complemented by the professional-quality microphone attached to the side of the headset, the microphone itself is uniquely flexible for more adjustable user experience.
6. SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless
The price tag on the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless headset is more than a bit intimidating.
Even so, its immense amount of functionality and unparalleled audio quality more than make up for this. Assuming you’ve got some cash burning a hole in your pocket, it’s well worth a second look.
40mm drivers power a 2.4G lossless audio system, giving you the most lifelike sound you could ever want out of your games. Wireless with Bluetooth connectivity, this headset will integrate with both your gaming system and phone without issue, even at the same time.
You can even use it to receive calls at a potentially higher quality than with your phone thanks to the noise-canceling bi-directional microphone.
The Arctis Pro is also fairly ingenious in how it handles the battery problem, as well. Each headset comes with a pair that’s recharged within a transmitter base station (which can also be used for things like sound mixing and connectivity).
By keeping one charging at all times, you can simply swap out the battery packs when one runs dry, effectively giving you unlimited playtime.
7. Razer Nari Ultimate
Razer’s Nari Ultimate headset is an interesting choice, to say the least. While a perfectly respectable headset in its own right, it does have a few features that make it worth a try if for no other reason than the novelty of what it does.
The Nari Ultimate combines 360-degree audio with haptic feedback, a system that not only makes you feel like there are sounds all around you but literally makes you feel it in the form of vibration and movement in the ear cups based on the sound they produce.
While not to everyone’s tastes, it’s certainly like nothing you’ll ever find in another headset. If you find it’s not to your liking, though, this feature can easily be disabled without issue.
The headset is also designed with comfort in mind, a necessary feature when they’ll be rattling around on your head.
Not only are the plush ear cups made with glasses channels to reduce pressure, but they’re also gel-infused to act as a heat sink and prevent the dreaded sweaty ear problem during long usage.
Rounding things out is the removable 3.5mm jack that can turn the headset into a wired connection as well as a retractable microphone.
8. Asus ROG Strix Fusion 700
Asus’ ROG Strix Fusion 700 headset is a powerhouse in the world of gaming audio. Providing both great audio and unmatched style, this deceptively simple headset is one of the best on this list.
50mm Neodymium drivers support super clear and realistic audio, putting you in the shoes of your character in a way that makes even the most fantastical story feel just a bit more lifelike.
Using a Bluetooth connection or a USB wire, it has no trouble connecting to all current generation consoles, PC, and mobile devices.
Most appealing of all is that below its minimalist design is an innovative LED RGB colored lighting system. Adjustable through the included software, you can set certain parts of the headset to glow a specific color.
It can also be adjusted to cycle through different colors or pulse in time with music or in a rhythmic breathing pattern.
9. Sennheiser GSP 600
Sennheiser delivers their usual quality in the GSP 600 headset.
Ergonomically designed to deliver both superior audio playback as well as broadcast quality microphone pickup, it’s a great choice for those who need some serious power in their headsets.
As a bit of user-friendliness not often seen, the GSP 600 features two separate audio jacks (3.5mm) for better connecting to controllers or devices, one being straight while the other is curved.
Additionally, they’ve made the process of turning your microphone on and off simple, as well, flipping it up instantly muting you.
One of the few downsides to this headset is that it is a bit heavy and can cause some stress for longer gaming sessions.
Even so, the ear cups themselves are quite comfortable and the headband adjusts to a wide degree to accommodate virtually any head shape.
10. HyperX Cloud Alpha
With 50mm dual chamber Neodymium drivers and compatibility with all consoles and PC, the HyperX Cloud Alpha is a force to be reckoned with.
While not quite as showy as HyperX’s previous representative on this list, the Cloud Alpha works as a great budget companion that won’t be a significant downgrade in terms of quality.
Stereo sound and an analog 3.5mm jack are two of the main points for this headset, as is the detachable noise-canceling microphone.
This all works together to provide you with super clear audio with a touch more bass than many headsets, providing a good listening experience for both games and music.
In terms of the microphone’s quality, it’s equally exceptional. Certified for both Discord and TeamSpeak, this headset is used by professional streamers and pro gamers alike thanks to the extreme vocal clarity you get.
Sound is an integral part of most games out there.
As such, you deserve the best when it comes to crisp, defined audio as well as responsive microphone pickup. If you’re in need of an upgrade, any one of these ten exceptional gaming headsets would be a great investment.