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(Pocket-lint) - Plugging in a proper PlayStation headset for the first time can be a literal game-changer.

Whether you're trying to get as immersed as possible in a narrative adventure, or wanting to boost your comms in multiplayer modes, a good-quality gaming headset can make the experience all the more rewarding. 

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However, the range of headsets on the market varies in how they connect and are sometimes not compatible across both Sony and Microsoft consoles. Lucky for you, we've been exhaustively testing headsets for both PlayStation consoles in order to work out the very best.

All the headsets we've picked should work on both the PS4 and PS5 (although going for a wired option is the most surefire way to guarantee this), and we've also included some FAQs and advice on pairing a headset to your console to ensure you can get up and running as smoothly as possible.


What are the best headsets for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5?

  1. Steelseries Arctis 7P+
  2. HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless
  3. Audeze Penrose
  4. Logitech Pro X
  5. Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Max
  6. EPOS GSP 370
  7. Corsair HS70 Bluetooth

Our Top Pick: Best PlayStation Headset

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SteelSeries Arctis 7P+

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For

  • Amazing comfort
  • Supreme sound
  • Great battery life and connectivity

Against

  • Premium price

We absolutely love the Arctis 7P+ - it's got everything most people want in a headset. The sound, first off, is superb, with deep bass but also good range, and its wireless receiver makes it comfortable to use, alongside its pillowy ear cushions.

The microphone is superb, and retractable, with a convenient mute button and a red LED strip to let you know if you are muted.

A set of solid on-headphone controls let you change volume and mute yourself on the fly, while Steelseries trademark earcups and headband are just about as comfortable as a headset gets. It makes it a dream to use and our pick of the bunch as far as headsets for your PS5 or PS4 goes. 

PS5 and PS4 headsets we also recommend

Here are a few other top headset options for your PlayStation console, if the SteelSeries model detailed above isn't the right fit for your needs.

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HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless

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For

  • Unbelievable 300-hour battery life
  • Great sound
  • Really comfortable

Against

  • Merely solid microphone

We've rarely come across any single spec that wows us like the Cloud Alpha Wireless' absurd 300-hour battery life. It's a game-changer that lets you basically forget about the concept of charging your headset up.

On top of that, the sound quality is excellent and the comfort levels are super impressive, so it's a really brilliant option. The fact that the price is reasonable is really the cherry on top for us.

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Audeze Penrose

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For

  • Amazing sound quality
  • Great build quality

Against

  • Really expensive
  • The microphone isn't always perfect

The Audeze Penrose is a wireless version of the company's Mobius headset. It boasts some serious specs including 100mm Planar Magnetic drivers, up to 50Khz frequency response and a broadcast-quality microphone. 

This is a premium, well-designed headset with really solid build quality and closed-back ear cups which nicely block out external noise and help you focus on the game. The Penrose also has multiple connection options with 2.4Ghz wireless, Bluetooth connectivity and 3.5mm options too. 

15 hours of battery life is enough for most gaming sessions and all told the Penrose is a serious bit of kit and a joy to game with. 

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Logitech Pro X

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For

  • Brilliant sound for the price
  • Nice solid build

Against

  • Wired connection only

Any manufacturer knows that hitting the sweet spot between value and quality is a dream, and Logitech has absolutely nailed that landing spot with the Pro X headset. It's a premium device by every performance and material metric, but with a seriously impressive price. 

You get a premium experience from the options it comes with, to start - a detachable microphone and leads that'll help it work with your console, PC or mobile, and even a choice between leatherette and velour earpads, easily swapped and at no extra charge. 

Happily, its sound profile is a winner, too, with superb balance and great bass making sure that you'll get the best sound you can expect from a headset priced so extremely reasonably. We, frankly, can barely understand how Logitech's doing it for this price, which is saying something. If you want a wired headset without a mixing station, this is a really great bet. 

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Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Max

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For

  • Solid price tag
  • Amazing battery life
  • Cross-platform

Against

  • Not the most premium design

Turtle Beach is one of the old names of the gaming headset world, long a provider of solid mainstream headsets for purchase in the chain stores of the world, and the latest version of the Stealth 600 is a great continuation of that tradition. It's got a wireless dongle for you to connect to your console with, and impressively great audio.

The build quality is nicely improved, which we're really pleased by, and it'll also work on Xbox, something that few headsets can match. It's decently comfortable to wear and has amazing battery life, to boot.

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EPOS GSP 370

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For

  • Absurd battery life
  • Great sound

Against

  • Huge microphone arm
  • Could be more comfortable

EPOS has a great range of headsets going, including the also impressive GSP 670 at a pricier level, but we're most taken with the GSP 370.

It's lightweight and comfortable, and easily paired to a PS4 or PS5 via a dongle, and sounds really impressive while gaming or watching movies. The microphone quality is far better than we'd hoped, too, one of the best we've tried.

Topping it all off is a truly outrageous 100-hour battery life that we still can't get over. Being able to use it that long without charging is something every competitor should be trying to imitate.

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Corsair HS70 Bluetooth

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For

  • Bluetooth and wired
  • Great build quality
  • Excellent sound

Against

  • A little stiff

This headset from Corsair is a wired one, but with the caveat that it's also got Bluetooth connectivity. The idea here is to get your game audio wired, while you can connect to a chat service like Discord by Bluetooth. It all works nicely, and the build quality is superb.

They're comfortable to wear for long periods, and microphone quality is similarly solid, so if you use a separate chat service for your parties this could be a great shout. 

Other products we considered

We know that the headsets above may not be enough to cover each person's needs, but we're also keen to keep the list as concise as possible so you can receive a snapshot of what we believe to be the very best PlayStation headsets available right now. 

In order to provide some context to our decision making and testing, as well as give you more suggestions, below are the devices that haven't quite made it into our top picks.

How to connect a PlayStation headset

Connecting a headset to your PS5 works in much the same way as with the PS4.

If you're opting for a wired headset (where you'll generally get better sound quality for the price), your life should be very simple. In most cases, headsets can connect via a 3.5mm jack to your PS4 or PS5 controller to get game and chat audio easily. Some more premium headsets might instead opt for an optical audio cable via a passthrough, but these will come with detailed instructions of how to set the system up (and will most likely be an issue of the PS5, which has no optical audio port at all). 

The PS5 and PS4 also support wireless headsets in a few different ways. For one thing, if your headphones have Bluetooth they should in theory be able to connect to the console, via its settings - however, due to the way Sony sets up its Bluetooth connections, don't expect any old pair of Bluetooth headphones to work. Really, only specifically-branded PlayStation-compatible options will work properly. 

In point of fact, most of the wireless headsets on this list come with a dongle to plug into a USB port on your console, which will let them easily and quickly connect when they're powered on. This is both the easiest and quickest way to connect to your PS5 or PS4. If you need a step-by-step guide, here it is:

  1. In Settings, navigate to Devices and go into Bluetooth Devices
  2. Put your headset into pairing mode and plug in any supplied dongle
  3. Wait for it to appear on the list and select it when it does
  4. Await a success message to confirm the connection, and register the device to your PlayStation if it's requested

How to choose a PlayStation headset

Choosing a headset for your PlayStation has become a more and more complicated endeavour as the market gets saturated with options. Here are a handful of key questions to ask yourself as you shop - they'll help narrow your options down.

What's your budget?

This is really a point that applies to every possible gadget, but gaming headsets run the gamut of pricing options, from genuinely cheap to ferociously expensive, so it would be worth establishing how much you want to spend. At around the £100 / $100 mark, you'll find a host of excellent options, while doubling that will get you audio so crisp you'll wonder how you managed before.

If you want, though, there are certainly gems to be found at lower price points, so be sure to nail your budget to avoid overcommitting.

Do you need wireless support?

A big variable on the budget front will be whether it's wireless or not - most of the options we've selected offer wireless play, but that doesn't mean you're obliged to choose one. The Logitech Pro X, for example, demonstrates that plugging into your controller can still give you astoundingly good-value sound.

However, after countless hours of testing, we're firmly in the wireless camp. For us, it's worth the extra money, and the hassle of recharging, to be able to move around freely and forget about tangles of cable.

Is it for gaming in a party?

Another key question is about what you'll use your headset for. We got our first headset to be able to chat to friends on Call of Duty, not for the single-player aspect. Indeed, we still sometimes find it more relaxing to play single-player games through loudspeakers (if only to avoid getting too scared by a horror title).

So, if you too mainly want to use the headset for party chat, make sure you check out its microphone quality to see how it stacks up. For one thing, the official first-party option from Sony, the Pulse 3D Headset, has thoroughly mediocre microphones on this front. A proper boom mic, whether removable or not, is a must-have, in our view.

Do looks matter to you?

This is a subjective one, but when you've tried as many headsets as us, you've looked in the mirror with shame too many times. Some headsets are just plain ugly - they're huge, they stick out from your ears by crazy margins, and they make you look like a bit of a fool. That doesn't detract from their many other qualities, but it does inform our judgement.

It's part of why we like Steelseries' headsets so much - they're pared-back and subtle enough to look fairly normal while worn. So, if you have any streak of vanity and don't want to be seen looking silly in front of friends or family, maybe check out photos of the headsets on people's heads before you commit.

More about this story

Every product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your day-to-day life.

For headsets, that means using them for a solid number of hours, checking out how they perform across a range of gaming genres, with a particular emphasis on using them with party chat to see how they hold up to voice chat.

We're listening out for audio quality subtleties, but also assessing microphone quality. How well built a headset is matters to us, as does the comfort levels that it can offer over extended periods of play. Price is an inescapable factor, too, but even really expensive headsets can easily be worth it if they can tick all the right boxes.

As we point out with all of our buyer's guides, it's impossible to deliver a list that works for every type of user, but we do factor in the aspects highlighted above and the opinions of the experts on the Pocket-lint team in order to determine a select crop of headsets to recommend.

What we always tend to avoid when compiling these picks are in-depth comparisons and marketing jargon; we just want to provide a summary of what each headset model is like to use. Our verdicts are concise, but this is purely in the interest of brevity. Rest assured all the things on this list have been fully tested.

Writing by Max Freeman-Mills. Editing by Luke Baker.