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Best Gaming Headset 2024: Console and PC options tested

Finding the best gaming headset for your console or PC can be a tough task. Not only are there compatibility concerns, but there are also a number of elements you need to consider, from comfort and audio quality to microphone performance.

This makes it virtually impossible to judge the quality of a gaming headset from specs alone. Fortunately, we’ve stepped in to help find the best gaming headset options for every budget.

Our team of experts has thoroughly tested every gaming headset we feature. We compare the build quality with other headsets while also testing the audio, battery life, and microphone performance. We also endeavour to test every feature, such as customisable RGB lighting, haptic feedback and ANC.

We update this list throughout the year, ensuring it reflects the best gaming headset options on the market at any given moment. This way, you can ensure you get the very best option for your needs and budget.

And if you want to narrow your search to a particular platform, check out our best PS5 headset and best Xbox headset roundups. Those headsets have been explicitly tested with the named platforms.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for headphones for music playback, take a look at our selection of the best headphones, best wireless earbuds and best wireless headphones.

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How We Test

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We use every headset we test for at least a week. During that time, we’ll check it for ease of use and put it through its paces by using it in a variety of games, as well as playing music in order to get the full experience.

We also check each headset’s software (if applicable) to see how easy it is to customise and set up.

Logitech G Astro A50 X

Best overall gaming headset
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  • A multiplatform dream
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Superb microphone


  • Tedious set-up
  • Odd mic arm

The Logitech G Astro A50 X is, simply put, the gaming headset to buy if money is no object, and especially if you switch between multiple gaming platforms regularly.

For those unfamiliar with the high-end Astro cans, it comes in two parts; the headset and an accompanying base station. Starting with the headset itself, it sports a typical gamer aesthetic with large ear cups, chunky padding and a flip-down microphone. It’s made from a combination of plastic and aluminium, and despite its size, it’s incredibly comfortable to wear with remarkably plush cushioning.

It’s the base station where things get interesting however; utilising Logitech’s PlaySync technology, the base station can connect to two consoles, a PC and an extra Bluetooth device simultaneously, and you can cycle through each with a button on the headset. It works quickly and reliably, offering a very convenient option for gamers that play across consoles and PC.

Matching the impressive build quality and connectivity options, audio performance is superb. Our reviewer found that the 40mm drivers deliver “a new level of detail” with tremendous bass tones, a balanced mix of lows, mids and highs that cheaper headsets can’t match, and incredibly precise spatial audio. This is all customisable via the Logitech G app, as is the microphone, allowing you to truly tune your audio settings to your taste.

That all said, at £359/$379, the Astro A50 X cans certainly aren’t cheap, so make sure you’re really going to make the most out of the multi-platform connectivity and advanced EQ features on offer before splashing the cash.

Reviewer: Callum Bains
Full Review: Logitech Astro A50 X review

Sony Inzone Buds

Best gaming earbuds
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  • Comfortable fit
  • Warm and wide sound
  • Sublime ANC
  • Excellent battery life


  • Thick charging case
  • Connectivity is inconsistent
  • Mic is rather thin sounding

Sony’s Inzone range launched last year and it’s a curious beast, representing the brand’s efforts to take a share in the PC peripheral market away from PlayStation. The Sony Inzone Buds are its first earbuds offering, and they’ve done a mightily good job.

We’ve always been intrigued by the idea of gaming earbuds, especially for your average gamer, and the Inzone Buds get that line of thinking too. They prioritise a comfortable fit and excellent long battery life, alongside nailing luxe features like a broad sound and wonderfully immersive active noise cancellation (ANC).

It’s really all about convenience, with 12 hours offered on a single charge and then another 12 hours offered from the charging case. Bluetooth LE connectivity, through a USB-C wireless receiver, ensures you’re solidly connected too.

Obviously, these earbuds are focused on gaming but they showcased impressive all-round audio chops in our testing. The sound was punchy and accurate and served games well with spatial audio luxury.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Sony Inzone Buds review

HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless

Best gaming headset for battery life
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  • Big, meaty sound
  • Sturdy construction
  • Simple controls
  • Incredible battery life


  • Expensive
  • Lack of RGB may not please some
  • Lacklustre software

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless is a great headset for anyone that wants to game on the PC and PS5, coming with a 2.4GHz USB-A receiver, which we found remarkably simple to set up. 

We thought that the headset felt properly premium, from the metal earcups to the red-accented headband. It also struck us as very stylish, lacking some flashier features like RGB lighting but having a more mature and sleek aesthetic. 

In terms of audio, our reviewer noted that the headset has a big, meaty sound profile that comes with lots of volume to boot, which is ideal for gaming. Our review also mentioned how the Cloud Alpha Wireless packs a lot of nuance and detail, which also makes it an ideal choice for anyone hoping to listen to music or podcasts. 

The shining feature of this headset has to be the battery life, which clocks in at over 300 hours. We noted that the battery didn’t appear to drain, with our reviewer not needing to charge the headset for the two weeks it was used. So, for anyone who’s looking for a headset that can last through the night without issue, there is no better choice than the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless review

AceZone A-Spire

Best eSports gaming headset
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  • Lots of connectivity options
  • Clear and crisp microphone on calls
  • Comfortable fit
  • Versatile and luxurious sound


  • High price point
  • Dated design

The AceZone A-Spire, while perhaps lacking the good looks of its counterparts, offers performance that leaves a lasting impression.

At 270g, the headset emerges as a featherweight contender, delivering an unparalleled level of comfort even during multiple 8-hour workdays. Featuring a flexible leather-clad headband and velvety ear cushions, it stands as an ideal companion for those immersive gaming sessions, aligning seamlessly with the standards upheld by eSports aficionados.

The attached microphone is versatile, effortlessly conforming to various positions while maintaining stability. Noteworthy is the thoughtfully incorporated green mark, ensuring optimal alignment for crystal-clear communication – a crucial feature for the eSports-focused among us.

Connectivity options further elevate the A-Spire’s appeal, spanning USB, Bluetooth, and Aux interfaces, accommodating multiple devices for a low-latency experience.

Crucially, the audio performance is noteworthy, even if the 40mm cans are smaller than those of some competitors in our chart. They deliver impressive clarity with a dedicated app that adds an additional layer of customisation, allowing users to fine-tune the audio output to their tastes. There are also specific game profiles for popular FPS games like Apex Legends to help pick up on footsteps and improve game performance.

For those venturing into the eSports realm, the AceZone A-Spire is a reliable entry point, seamlessly blending comfort, adaptability, and superior audio performance.

Reviewer: Sarah Thwaites
Full review: AceZone A-Spire review

Corsair Virtuoso Pro

Best open-back gaming headset
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  • Solid construction
  • Detailed and neutral audio
  • Vast compatibility


  • Lack of on-board media controls is a shame
  • No software
  • Comparably expensive

The Corsair Virtuoso Pro may seem like a rather stripped-back option compared to some similarly priced alternatives given the £169.99/$199.99 price tag, but it does so in order to prioritise audio performance over all else. An aim that’s largely achieved.

Clad in a premium combination of aluminium and plastic, the Virtuoso Pro certainly feel premium, though at 338g, they’re certainly not the most lightweight cans around. That said, our reviewer found that they were comfortable enough in general use, with nice fabric padding in all the right areas to help alleviate the build-up of pressure on the head.

What you won’t find, however, is much in the way of built-in controls. You won’t find any buttons or switches on the cans or even an in-line control on the cable. These features have largely been sacrificed to deliver an open-back design, which is great for audio performance, but no so much when it comes to convenience.

Speaking of, the open-back design of the cans deliver a much wider soundstage than regular over-ear alternatives that delivered exceptional directional audio in testing, whether you’re playing the latest Call of Duty or the new Forza Motorsport. These deliver a seriously immersive sound experience with a powerful low-end, a clear and detailed mid-range and a sharp top-end, though the latter could sometimes be a little too sharp.

The attached microphone isn’t quite as impressive, however, with some notable compression and thin-sounding vocals in testing. It’s more than serviceable for quick chats with friends during gaming sessions, but streamers will likely want to look elsewhere.

Reviewer: Reece Bithrey
Full review: Corsair Virtuoso Pro review

Xbox Wireless Headset

Best Xbox gaming headset
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  • Great sound and powerful bass
  • Clever design
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • Incredible value


  • Plasticky build
  • Mic monitoring could be a little louder
  • No Active Noise Cancelling

Our extensive tests show that the Xbox Wireless Headset is the best gaming headset choice for anyone who owns Microsoft’s consoles. We were able to easily connect it to our Xbox Series X wirelessly, while also using our smartphone simultaneously for Discord chats. 

We also really liked the Xbox-themed design, and found the rotating control dial allowed us to easily alter the volume without blindingly searching for small buttons. We were also impressed with the headset’s wide range of features, which includes Dolby Atmos that creates an immersive 3D audio effect. 

We found the audio quality to be superb during testing, although we do recommend fiddling with the equaliser to find a soundscape to your liking, as the audio sounds a little muddy to us out of the box. 

You can admittedly find plenty of other gaming headsets that have been designed with the Xbox in mind, such as the HyperX CloudX Stinger Core Wireless and Corsair HS75 XB Wireless, but Microsoft’s own headset is our favourite, mainly due to its incredible value.

Reviewer: Esat Dedezade
Full review: Xbox Wireless Headset review

PlayStation Pulse Elite

Best PlayStation headset
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  • PlayStation Link is a genuine connectivity upgrade
  • Planar magnetic drivers squeezed into £130 headset
  • Pillow-soft earcups are comfy and block out noise
  • Long battery life


  • Design won’t be for everyone
  • Sub-par Bluetooth audio performance
  • No ANC

While it might be tempting to opt for the pricier Sony Inzone H9 (although it’s certainly worth picking up if you jump between games on PS5 and PC), the Pulse Elite headset offers such good value for money that it easily jumps in at the top spot for our favourite PS5 headset.

As a successor to the PlayStation Pulse 3D that launched alongside the PS5, the Pulse Elite is still compatible with Sony’s 3D Audio to create an immersive experience that makes it feel as if you’re hearing everything from the perspective of the character you’re playing, but there’s more to it than that.

Despite its £129.99/$149.99 price point, the Pulse Elite packs high-end planar magnetic drivers which bring out even more detail than before, making conversations feel crisp and adding tons of weight to action scenes. To see them at their best, you only need to wear the Pulse Elite during the chaotic opening segment of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

There isn’t any active noise cancelling on the Pulse Elite which may be worth bearing in mind if you game in a busy household, but it’s a small issue when you consider how good the sound quality is. Plus, the comfortable padded ear cushions do a decent job of expelling a degree of external noise.

Just like the Pulse Explore earbuds, the Pulse Elite packs Sony’s new PlayStation Link technology, which allows the headset to connect to your PS5 almost instantly. Even though it requires a USB-C dongle to operate (it’s included in the box), it still works brilliantly and allows you to get straight into your desired game quickly.

As a final cherry on top, the Pulse Elite can last for up to 30-hours at a time, but if you’re ever running low then a simple 10-minute top-up can net you another two-hours of playtime. There’s even a charging hook thrown in that allows you to replenish the headset’s battery when it’s stored away.

Reviewer: Chris Smith
Full review: PlayStation Pulse Elite review

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 2023

Best microphone on a gaming headset
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  • Brilliantly clear microphone
  • Generous battery life
  • Comfy cushions


  • Pricey
  • Synapse app is a bother

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro (2023) is one of the best gaming headsets for eSports players or streamers. It features an incredible microphone that has been massively improved compared to the previous model. It has a 9.9mm condenser microphone running a 32kHz sampling rate, which we found provided a deep and warm response, free of background noise. The arm attaching the mic is stiffer, which stopped it from gradually drifting away during gameplay so you won’t need to keep readjusting it as you play. 

The headset itself uses the same Razer Triforce as many other Razer headsets. We thought that they sounded glorious; mid-ranges sang beautifully, and the audio came through surprisingly wide for closed-back ear cups. Playing around with the Synapse EQ brought about even better changes, with games like Resident Evil Village and Doom Eternal sounding more immersive and eerie.

In terms of connectivity, the BlackShark V2 Pro charges via a USB-C. It can be linked to devices through a USB receiver or Bluetooth, giving it much more versatility than standard wired headsets. We were able to connect it to mobile phones and the Nintendo Switch, with audio sounding consistent over these devices. However, the lack of a 3.5mm audio jack was a little limiting and means that any Xbox Series X/S gamers won’t be able to utilise this headset. 

Battery life was very impressive. Razer claims that it can last for around 70 hours when connected through the 2.4Ghz receiver, and 90 hours over Bluetooth. While we did not reach these heights during testing, we felt that these quoted numbers were eminently reasonable, with the battery life drained by half after a week of use. 

If you’re looking for a headset with more premium features – such as haptic feedback or ANC – the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense may be a better pick, and the Razer BlackShark V2 HyperSpeed is a cheaper, pared back option. But if you’re after a quality microphone to chat with friends or build up a streaming community over platforms like Twitch, then the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is definitely the headset for you. 

Reviewer: Callum Bains
Full Review: Razer BlackShark V2 Pro (2023) review

Turtle Beach Recon 70

Best budget gaming headset
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  • Loud, clear audio
  • Decent looks
  • Relatively comfortable


  • Very plasticky
  • Some exposed wires

Top-notch gaming headsets don’t have to break the bank, and the Turtle Beach Recon 70 is a prime example of that. Priced at a fraction of the cost compared to some high-end options in our chart, the Recon 70 delivers the core experience with smart compromises.

Wrapped in a robust plastic finish and available in a swathe of colours to match the platform of your choice, the Recon 70 is built to endure, sporting a flexible construction and sturdy wires that won’t give in after a few weeks of use. It comes equipped with a retractable mic featuring lift-to-mute technology, a volume wheel on the cups, and a wired 3.5mm headphone jack for hassle-free connectivity.

The audio quality is nothing to sneeze at either; the headset strikes a solid balance between intense explosions, ambient noise, and dialogue lines, making it easy to discern footsteps, even in the fast-paced action of games like Overwatch 2. There’s room for improvement in the bass department, but it’s by no means a deal-breaker.

Granted, you won’t find premium features like ANC, customisable audio settings, or wireless connectivity, but given its price, the Turtle Beach Recon 70 gets the job done.

Reviewer: Josh Brown
Full review: Turtle Beach Recon 70 review

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What is a 7.1 gaming headset?

Headphones with a 7.1 surround sound can make audio seem as if it’s coming from a specific location, which is helpful to determine where your enemies are lurking. This feature is often only available on PC.

Can you use a gaming headset for work?

Some gaming headsets can be used for work, but be mindful that many have garish designs and can often see lots of sound leakage.

Can you use a gaming headset with a Nintendo Switch?

The Nintendo Switch and the Switch OLED now have Bluetooth support, so can be used with headsets that have a 3.5mm audio jack or Bluetooth.

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