What’s the best gaming headset
What’s the best gaming headset has never been a more important question. With online gaming being so popular it makes sense people are looking for a good quality headset to use. It’s important to be able to talk to the people you are gaming online with. You want them to hear you clearly & you want to hear them clearly without impeding the sound of the game. You also want to make sure you can wear the headset for extended periods of time. Then there’s those times when your playing solo & you just want to hear everything in surround sound to fully immerse yourself in the game. You want to have crystal clear sound with deep rich bass. Wow, that’s a lot of things to look for in a gaming headset. So, what’s the best gaming headset?
If only it were that simple. There are a select few that offer the comfort, sound quality & mic quality that we are looking for. To complicate matters most will only work with certain consoles. So not only do you have to make sure it has all the features and quality you want but you also have to make sure it works with your particular console. Sound complicated? That’s because it is. If you do a quick search on amazon for gaming headset you will see so many options it will boggle your mind. Most are cheap Chinese made headset claiming they are quality headsets at a low price but they are a rip off.
When it comes to headsets if you want the best sound quality, comfort and you want to be able to hear people and for people to understand you clearly you are going to pay for it. I’m not saying there aren’t some affordable decent quality headsets out there because there are, your just not going to get the best unless your willing to pay for the best. Don’t worry I’m going to list some less expensive options here too.
To make things a little easier I’m going to list the headsets in sections below. I will list the best overall, best mid price & best budget headsets. I’m even going to list the best for under $50 for those who are on a very strict budget.
*Please note that all the PlayStation compatible headsets are compatible with the PS3, PS4, PS4 Pro and the Xbox compatible headsets are compatible with Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One S & Xbox Scorpio (when it’s released).
Best ultra low budget under $50
Creative Draco HS880
(wired) compatible with PC, Xbox & PlayStation
This headset isn’t going to win any awards for the best sound but the sound quality is pretty good for under $50. They are also very comfortable. A solid choice on a low budget. This headset is best for those who want a very affordable decent sounding comfortable headset.
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Kingston Hyper X Cloud
(wired) – compatible with PC, Xbox and PS4 consoles
If you want the most bang for your buck, this headset is for you. They are ultra comfortable, have great sound quality and a good mic. I could see this headset going for well over $100 & they would still he worth it. You will not find a better headset for under $100. This headset is best for those who want a great headset with great sound and comfort for under $100.
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(wireless) – compatible with mobile, PC, PlayStation and Xbox consoles
This wireless headset is compatible with mobile devices, PlayStation and Xbox consoles. They are by far my favorite headset under $200. They are extremely comfortable, offer great sound and have two mics for superior mic sound quality. On top of all that they are the most beautifully designed headset on this list. You can remove the mic from the headset and take them out on the go if you wish and most people wouldn’t even know it’s a gaming headset. This headset is best for those who want a cross platform, stylish headset with great sound and comfort for under $150.
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Best Gaming Headset Overall
Turtle Beach Elite 800
(wireless) – compatible with mobile, PC, Xbox and PlayStation consoles
Turtle beach is very well known for their gaming headsets. From consoles to PC, they have a massive line up of great headsets. This is one of their high end wireless offerings and it is my favorite for many reasons. One being that it has some of the best 7.1 surround sound on a wireless headset available. The sound on this headset is nearly identical to the sound you would get from one of my other favorite headsets the Astro A50’s. Both of these headset’s have amazing sound & many great features. It was a tough decision to choose between them. When it came down to it, the main reason that led me to pick the Turtle Beach Elite 800’s over the A50’s for the best overall is it’s cross platform compatibility. You can use the Elite 800’s on mobile(via Bluetooth or cord), PS4, Xbox One & PC. There are a few headsets that can claim this but most will loose the surround sound feature when connected to a different device other than the one it was designed for. This one does not.
There are two different models of the Elite 800’s one for Xbox & One for PS4. The Xbox model does not work very well on PS4 however the PS4 model works perfectly on both & on PC. It is completely wireless on PS4 & also for Xbox One unless you want to use the chat function, then you will need to connect a cord from your controller to the headset for chat on Xbox One. If you want to use it for PC you may need to use a USB wire connection to your headset if your PC will not connect to it VIA Bluetooth (some will). I would rather get a full wireless experience across all platforms but it’s a small price to pay to keep that great 7.1 surround sound feature. I spend most of my time playing on my PS4 Pro anyway so I rarely need to use the wire. Here are some other great features on the Elite 800’s below.
Over time I wore them in & they are now very comfortable. I can wear them for hours without any issues.
- It has a wireless charging station
The battery only lasts 10 hours but it’s not a problem, any time you need to take a break you just set it on the charging station until you get back. It just sits on there & is held upright by a magnet. Setting your headset on the charging station & taking it off couldn’t be easier. Using this method to keep it charged all the time has worked out great for me. I have never had this headset die on me.
- The Turtle Beach Elite 800 APP
This easy to use APP lets you select between many different modes. You can even adjust mic mirroring, mic levels, all volume levels from the APP. The App also gives you easy access to help documentation if you need it. The best feature of the APP is that you can actually download different sound profiles for games to your headset. You just scroll through the preset game profiles & select them to syn to your headset. It’s that easy.
The one bad thing about this headset is that it isn’t the most comfortable right out of the box. It needs some breaking in. When I first purchased this headset I was rather disappointed. I thought it should have been more comfortable. I have sort of a big head so even though you can adjust it for your head size to fit, it still sits on your head pretty tight if your head is on the larger side.
With active noise cancellation, awesome 7.1 surround sound, cross platform capability , Bluetooth, the easy to use APP & all the other great features, this headset will not disappoint. If you choose to buy them you will soon find out why the are my pick for Best overall. This headset is best for those who want absolutely everything from their gaming headset and don’t mind paying for it.
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Astro Gaming A50
(wireless)- compatible with PC, Xbox & PS4 consoles, There are PS4 & Xbox One specific models, you will have to select the model for your console (both are compatible with PC)
The Astro A50’s are everything the Elite 800’s are without the cross platform compatibility. They may even be a little more comfortable for some. I’ll have to admit they probably are a little more comfortable, especially new. The more recent model even comes with a charging station. There’s no doubt this is one amazing headset. This headset is best for those who want the best headset are willing to pay for it but favor slightly better comfort over cross platform compatibility.
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What’s the best gaming headset in your opinion? I’d like your feedback. If you think there’s a headset that should be on here let me know in the comment section below. Or if you just have a general question or comment feel free to leave that as well.