Best gaming headsets 2018 for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch: get great, immersive game audio

If you want one single gaming headset recommendation right off the bat then the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is the  top choice right now. It’s 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.

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 Gaming A50 and its stunning 3D surround sound, or the colossal 7.1 surround sound of the Logitech G35, and onto the classy Assassin’s Creed Origins: Listen Wireless with their top all-round versatility and style.

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 HEADPHONES FOR GAMING

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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
REASONS TO AVOID
No Xbox One support

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.

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2. HYPERX CLOUD FLIGHT

Battery life for miles and miles

REASONS TO BUY
+30+ hours of battery life+Comfortable fit+Chunky bass
REASONS TO AVOID
No Xbox One support
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, 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.

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3. 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.

4. TURTLE BEACH ELITE 800

Affordable, but not the total package that it should be

REASONS TO BUY
+Sound profiles offer great customisation+Strong noise cancellation
REASONS TO AVOID
Battery life feels too shortNo Xbox One compatibility

Turtle Beach is clearly aiming to transform its headset lineup and shake-off that budget connotation that it’s held for so long, with the Elite 800 sharing many of the high quality additions you’ll find in the impressive Elite Pro.

For the most part it’s an impressive bit of kit – the noise cancellation software makes for a great way to immerse yourself in your chosen game (especially in a busy house), while the audio transfer itself remained crisp and powerful across multiple titles. It’s also surprisingly comfortable for a TB headset, making it ideal for long Twitch streams.

However, while it works right off the bat with PS4 and PC, there’s no compatibility with Xbox One – purely for the fact TB has an Elite 800X model designed specifically for Microsoft’s console. It’s a tactic we wish TB would grow out of since it robs the Elite 800 of being a proper full package.

5. 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
REASONS TO AVOID
Battery life a tad too shortNeedless neon lights

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 – if you’re a casual player, this won’t be an issue, but for bigger sessions or pro tournaments.

6. STEELSERIES ARCTIS 7

Subtlety, style and serious sound

REASONS TO BUY
+Understated design+Impressive bass and treble
REASONS TO AVOID
An expensive investment

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 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.

7. SENNHEISER PC 373D

A top choice for PC and PS4… at a price

REASONS TO BUY
+Top mic quality+Superb surround sound
REASONS TO AVOID
 Very pricey 

Okay, this is one of the most expensive headsets we’ve reviewed as part of this feature, but getting quality and comfort as good as this while still being lightweight comes at a price. For your money, you’re getting one of 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.

8. STEELSERIES SIBERIA 840

New Siberia model is hot stuff

REASONS TO BUY
+Zero lag via wireless+Retractable mic
REASONS TO AVOID
Dolby 7.1 surround soundVery expensive

Taking over from the already impressive Siberia 800, the Siberia 840 adds Bluetooth connectivity to the mix and creates one of the most reliable wireless headsets on the market. We didn’t experience a moment’s lag while testing them, but then again this is a premium PC gaming headset so high-quality performance is a prerequisite at this level.

While designed with PC gaming in mind, the headsets selection of customisable sound profiles (which can be tweaked from the OLED of its base unit or the SteelSeries Engine 3 app) so you can use it with PS4, Xbox One and old-gen consoles, too.

9. LOGITECH G35

Stylish and affordable

REASONS TO BUY
+Stylish design+Extra comfortable
REASONS TO AVOID
Not true surround soundBass not powerful

While far from Logitech’s most premium headset, the G35 is still an impressive and robust bit of kit for gaming sessions. 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.

10. HYPERX CLOUD STINGER

Great sound at an ever great price

REASONS TO BUY
+Great sound for the price+Extremely affordable
REASONS TO AVOID
Flimsy build qualityMic leaves a lot to be desired

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.

11. PS4 WIRELESS HEADSET 2.0

Sony’s branded headset plays hard

REASONS TO BUY
+Surround sound for PS4 and PS3+Clear internal mic
REASONS TO AVOID
Only eight hours battery lifeFoldable design doesn’t feel solid

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.

12. RAZER MAN O’ WAR

Razer blows other headsets out of the water

REASONS TO BUY
+Super easy to set up+Powerful surround sound
REASONS TO AVOID
Bulky designCan pinch after prolonged use

With Razer pretty much dominating the PC gaming market in almost every sector, it only seemed a matter of time before the firm applied the same focus on the world of game-related headsets. The Man O’ War is a beast, too – both in its huge size and considerable weight, but also in the power of its drivers, the sumptuously clear signal and bass with extra teeth.

It supports 7.1 Dolby surround sound so you’re getting that full spectrum experience whether taking the fight online or relaxing in single-player. There’s also a USB dongle that offers up to 14 metres of wireless coverage – and you can even store it in the headphones when packing it away.

13. ASTRO GAMING A50

Gaming audio at the top-end

REASONS TO BUY
+7.1 Dolby surround sound+Three EQ preset modes
REASONS TO AVOID
Really priceySeparate versions for PS4/XO

If you’re really serious about immersing yourself in a game, be it because of an extra in flow of cash or because you’re preparing to go pro in the eSports arena, then you need a headset such as the Astro Gaming A50. It’s just got it all – and for £250 you’d hope so, too!

All that hard-earned wonga will get you a top-of-the-line set of noise-cancelling cups that boast a sultry 7.1 Dolby surround sound and a brilliant mic for clear voice signal without any background interference – perfect if you’re streaming over Twitch or relaying info to teammates while playing online. And with Kleernet 5.8 GHz wireless technology and a super-comfortable design you’re getting a serious slice of premium for your lugs.

14. ROCCAT KHAN PRO

Crisp, comfortable but not the prettiest

REASONS TO BUY
+Deep lows and crisp highs+Both lightweight and comfortable
REASONS TO AVOID
Bland design

While the Roccat Khan Pro won’t be winning any prizes for its bland and forgettable design, it more than makes up for it 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.

15. TURTLE BEACH ELITE PRO – PC EDITION

One of the best 7.1 gaming headsets you can buy

REASONS TO BUY
+Superb 7.1 Surround Sound+Lovely Aerofit ear cushions
REASONS TO AVOID
Very expensive investment

Turtle Beach has finally brought its impressive Elite Pro headset to PC, and it’s just as much of a knockout as it was elsewhere. It’s right up there with the flagship models of HyperX and SteelSeries, with its premium build quality, Aerofit cups, slick 7.1 Surround Sound and compatibility with TB’s own TAC (sold separately). The only downside is it’s gargantuan price tag, but you get your money’s worth.

16 ASSASSIN’S CREED ORIGINS: LISTEN WIRELESS

A premium set of limited edition headphones from a classy French maker

REASONS TO BUY
+Really crisp audio+Stylish, modern design+Soft cups and comfortable fit
REASONS TO AVOID
Only available in one colourwayBig ticket item

Well, this is one of the nicest surprises we’ve had this year, not only because it has come largely out of left field, but also because it is a genuinely great-sounding set of limited edition gaming headphones from T3.com favourite Focal.

And the French maker has really taken tie-in headphones to a new level with the limited edition Assassin’s Creed Origins: Listen Wireless, with APTX compatible Bluetooth 4.1, heat-sensitive memory foam ear cushions, an ultra-flexible headband, and a circum-aural closed-back design combining to great effect.

The 40 mm electrodynamic Mylar Titanium driver helps deliver very crisp, balanced audio, while the Listen Wireless’ two built-in omnidirectional microphones help deliver clear voice capture too. Throw in the fact that the set boasts a very competitive 15-metre range and 20-hour battery life, as well as a bundled carrying pouch, USB charging cable, and standard audio cable for wired connections, and it’s easy to see how this is a complete package.

At £199 the Assassin’s Creed Origins: Listen Wireless are expensive, but they sound great, deliver a top all-round package, and have a certain recherché quality thanks to numbers being limited to 2,100 units worldwide.

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