The 7 Best Gaming Headsets to Buy in 2017

We'll help you find the top gaming headsets for Xbox One, PS4 and the Wii U

A good gaming headset can make a big difference in how you enjoy gaming both online and off. The quality microphones that gaming headsets offer is an obvious benefit for voice chat in multiplayer games, but if you want to play it loud at 2 a.m. and need to keep it quiet, a gaming headset can also provide booming, clear sound that won’t bother anyone you live with (or your neighbors). They come in both wired and wireless models and are usually compatible with PS4 and your PC out of the box since they connect with USB or Bluetooth, but The Xbox One requires a special connection, so not all headsets will be compatible right away. Read our best gaming headsets to find out which is best for you and your gaming system.

Sennheiser’s G4ME ONE gaming headset continues the long tradition of superb quality and sound that’s expected from the Sennheiser name. The G4ME ONE is compatible with PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets, as well as gaming consoles that have a 3.5mm audio port. The white plastic with red and black trim design offers a unique look that’s super lightweight (just 11 ounces). The XXL-sized ear cups offer velvet ear pads that fully encompass the ear offering excellent comfort for extended gaming sessions. Sennheiser’s original transducer technology allows for (50-ohm) exceptional sound clarity and accuracy. The noise-canceling microphone automatically mutes when it’s raised and volume control is located on the right ear cup. With cross-platform capability, exceptional comfort and great sound, the G4ME ONE headsets are an outstanding choice.

When it comes to sound quality, compatibility, and features at a reasonable price, you won’t find a better gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud series from Kingston. Compatible with PC, Mac, PS4, and Xbox One (with adapter) it can satisfy all of your gaming needs. It is also surprisingly light in weight, too, and the memory foam headband and ear cushions mean it is comfortable over long gaming sessions. The real appeal here is how it performs, though. The noise-canceling Team Speak certified microphone lets you communicate with perfect clarity, and the headphones 53mm drivers deliver stunning sound quality. The Kingston HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset is easily our pick for best overall headset regardless of the platform you intend to use it on.

For a solid lower cost multi-platform headset alternative, the Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X is a solid choice. It is compatible with PS4, Mac, mobile, PC, and Xbox One controllers with the 3.5mm jack (introduced in all controllers after July 2015) out of the box, and with older XONE controllers via the stereo headset adapter sold separately. 

Turtle Beach is an established brand that knows what it’s doing when it comes to sound, so the microphone and headset audio quality are great for the price range. The overall construction is a little thin and flimsy, however, and might not hold up over the long term. As long as you take care of them, however, you won’t find a better multi-platform gaming headset at this price.

Affordable, stylish, and designed with compatibility in mind, the Turtle Beach – Ear Force Recon XO One Amplified Gaming Headset is the best gaming headset you can get for your Xbox One console. The lightweight and comfortable gaming headset makes for optimal long gaming sessions and is designed with robust audio clarity for any gaming situation.

The Turtle Beach – Ear Force Recon XO One Amplified Gaming Headset features an adjustable boom microphone for an in-game and online chat that can be removed when listening to music or watching movies. It boasts powerful high-quality 50mm speakers, so players can hear every crisp and fine-tuned in-game audio sound, from low-frequency enemy footsteps to booming fiery explosions. Its audio controller allows for multiple adjustable sound options such as bass boosting, microphone mute and more. There’s never a compatibility issue either, as the headset works with all Xbox One controllers and works with any device that uses a 3.5 mm connection.

The PS4 is natively compatible with most gaming headsets, but that didn’t stop Sony from developing its own set that are arguably the best option for the system overall. The PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo is actually fairly inexpensive for a wireless gaming headset, and the fact you can use it with PS3, PS4, PC, PS Vita, and mobile (and even Xbox One via the adapter) make it a surprisingly good value.

Sony didn’t just stop at making the hardware, though, and has actually gone above and beyond to make downloadable custom sound modes created by game developers to specifically tune the audio to enhance the audio of the most popular PS4 games. The design is also very cool, with a hidden mic built into the headband rather than needing to have a long boom like most headsets. The only complaint most users have is a somewhat flimsy build quality, but like we said above, take care of it and it should serve you well.

It’s rare to find a dedicated Nintendo Wii U gaming headset, but thankfully, the Gioteck HS-1 Superlite Stereo Headset comes in to save the day. Weighing only 7.2 ounces and priced under $20, it’s one of the lightest and most affordable gaming headsets on the list and makes for the perfect accessory for online gaming with the Nintendo Wii U.

The Giotek HS-1 Superlite Stereo Headset is designed with comfortably padded ear cups that don’t cause any obstruction or strain during gameplay. It’s designed with a durable headband that has an equalized weight distribution, so you won't get that clunky feeling that other headsets may have. The built-in reversible rubber wired boom microphone allows you to adjust it according to your gaming preference, so you can better focus and immerse yourself. Amazon users love it for its sound clarity and lightweight comfortable feel that’s perfect for kids.

Feel like spoiling yourself? The Sennheiser GAME ONE Gaming Headset is beautifully designed with open acoustic engineering that makes for an accurate and natural sound experience. It features a noise-canceling microphone, 50 Ohms impedance for sound clarity and a stereo sound output with a frequency ranging from 15 to 28,000 hertz.

Lightweight at 10.5 ounces, the Sennheiser GAME ONE Gaming Headset is built with around-the-ear velvet plush XXL ear pads designed with extreme comfort in mind. It comes with multiple features, like simple microphone muting by raising the boom arm, and exchangeable cables that make it compatible with virtually every console, PC and mobile device out there. Sennheiser gaming headsets include a patented transducer that provides cutting-edge technology in audio clarity that picks up sounds across a wide range of frequencies. It comes with a two-year warranty.

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