If you’ve never purchased the best PS4 headset specifically for your PS4 or PS4 Pro, you may get a little lost in all the options. So we took it upon ourselves to buy and test the top 15 PS4 headsets along with our favorite games (such a tough proposition, I know) to find the best option for 2019.
As we ran each headset through its paces, we measured sound quality, mic quality and overall comfort and durability. With these features in mind, it was an easy choice to pick the ASTRO Gaming A50 wireless PS4 headset as the champion. This stellar headset offers lossless wireless capability, a super versatile mic and unbeatable audio quality in every game we played. Keep reading to learn more about the A50 and the other 4 top PS4 headsets of 2019.
- 1 Top 5 PS4 Headsets Compared
- 2 #1 Pick Astro Gaming A50 – Editor’s Choice
- 3 #2 Pick SteelSeries Arctis 7 – Best Wireless PS4 Headset
- 4 #3 Pick Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless – Most Versatile PS4 Headset
- 5 #4 Pick PlayStation Premium Wireless Headset – Most Innovative Headset
- 6 #5 Pick HyperX Cloud – Most Affordable Over-Ear PS4 Headset
- 7 What to Look for in the Best PS4 Headsets
- 8 Mistakes to Avoid
- 9 Most Important Features
- 10 Which Best PS4 Headset is for You?
Top 5 PS4 Headsets Compared
|Astro Gaming A50||SteelSeries Arctis 7||Turtle Beach Stealth 600||PlayStation Premium Wireless Headset||HyperX Cloud|
|Rank||#1 - Editor's Choice/Best Wireless Fidelity||#2 - Best Wireless PS4 Headset||#3 - Most Versatile PS4 Headset||#4 - Most Innovative Headset||#5 - Most Affordable Over-Ear PS4 Headset|
|7.1 Surround Sound|
#1 Pick Astro Gaming A50 – Editor’s Choice
Price: $299.99 | Weight: 12 ounces | Battery Life: 15+ hours
WHY IT’S A TOP PICK: Excellent sound, wireless capabilities, and an updated design with even more to love.
The A50 gaming headset has long been one of our favorites, which is why we were excited to see Astro updating the headset to a new model for 2019 – and an even more impressive set of headphones. In addition to incredible fidelity and Dolby 7.1 surround sound, the headset comes with full 5GHz wireless capabilities, so no cords are going to get you tangled. Plus, the new mount/charging cradle allows you to show off the A50 while restoring the battery. That battery lasts over 15 hours, another welcome upgrade from the previous model. The new mic, meanwhile, is flexible and flip up, a combination of features that we really like.
But that’s not all that’s changed. The design, particularly around the headband, is also lighter and sparser, helping to cut some of the weight off of these hefty headphones and make them easier to wear for long periods of time. The new LED light panels also give you an extra dimension of style and customization, allowing you to change the color and status indicators as you see fit. The new ASTRO Command Center software gives you complete control over audio settings and voice communication.
Oh, and the headset is also completely compatible with PC if you ever get tired of playing on the PS4. You can even choose a bundle with a mod kit that lets you add a padded headband new, synthetic leather ear cushions. All in all, the new A50 is worth every penny despite its high price tag. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better PS4 headset on the market.
#2 Pick SteelSeries Arctis 7 – Best Wireless PS4 Headset
Price: $112.48 | Weight: 12.5 ounces | Battery Life: 24 hours
WHY IT’S A TOP PICK: Extra large ear cups and mic make for a durable design and high immersion.
While the SteelSeries Arctis 7 headset may look generic overall, without any console preference, it’s perfectly compatible with the PS4 as well – and one of the best gaming headsets around. Those massive ear cups are perfect for those who often find over-ear fits a little small, while all the extra cushioning is surprisingly comfortable, even with the added weight. Not only does the Arctis 7 look great, it also sounds amazing when gaming. Using premium S1 speaker drivers, you’ll get the clearest sound possible from this headset, also due in part to the DTS Headphone:X v2 surround sound capability.
The headset also offers stellar battery life – measuring in at 24 hours – just like you should come to expect from previous Arctis Pro series. On top of that, you’ll also get what’s often considered the best gaming mic in the industry. It’s Discord certified and outperforms almost every other mic on this list with background noise cancellation so your in-game chat is always crystal clear.
#3 Pick Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless – Most Versatile PS4 Headset
Price: $99.95 | Weight: 13 ounces | Battery Life: 15 hours
WHY IT’S A TOP PICK: Flip-to-mute mic and Superhuman Hearing technology for multiplayer.
Turtle Beach makes a great gaming accessory, although most of the recommendations for this brand favor the Xbox. However, this particular wireless model, the Stealth 600, comes in a PS4-friendly format that makes it easy to recommend, especially with an extra-affordable price tag. The Stealth features an attached mic with flip-to-mute, Turtle Beach’s proprietary “Superhuman Hearing” to enhance your in-game audio and virtual surround sound.
The headphones are also super comfortable, and the earcup cushions are even glasses friendly, making them an excellent choice for those of us with horrible vision. If you’re looking for a super affordable PS4 headset, you can’t miss the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 wireless headset.
#4 Pick PlayStation Premium Wireless Headset – Most Innovative Headset
Price: $119.40 | Weight: 14 ounces | Battery Life: 7 hours
WHY IT’S A TOP PICK: 7.1 surround sound, 3D audio technology and dual mics.
We absolutely had to include this PS4 headset on the list, seeing as it was made directly by Sony for the PlayStation. As such, you will get the full benefits of PS4 games that have 3D audio enabled. This proprietary technology is built directly into many PS4 games and provides a truly immersive experience that you have to hear to believe. Add that on top of 7.1 virtual surround sound and you’ve got a set of killer headphones.
You can even download the headset’s companion app from the PlayStation Store to hear games exactly as their developers wanted you to hear them. When you’re starting a new game, look for it on the companion app and if it’s available, your headset will adjust its EQ levels to bring out all the subtle nuances and audio queues of the game. You won’t get an experience like this with any other PS4 headset.
#5 Pick HyperX Cloud – Most Affordable Over-Ear PS4 Headset
Price: $68.53 | Weight: 11.4 ounces | Battery: NA/wired
WHY IT’S A TOP PICK: Official PlayStation licensed, super affordable, durable and comfortable design
HyperX is a well-established name in the gaming headset community, but it typically offers higher-end devices and higher price points. The HyperX Cloud forgoes all that to give you a sub-$100 wired headset that is officially licensed by PlayStation and tested by Sony for quality. While you may not get any of the bells and whistles of the headsets that cost hundreds of dollars more, the HyperX Cloud gets the job done.
The mic is also impressive for such a low-cost headset. It’s flexible, detachable and sounds great on the other end. The ear cups themselves are made of polyurethane and memory foam, but they have a light, comfortable fit and should last a long time with care (no roughhousing around the headset).
What to Look for in the Best PS4 Headsets
Sony Compatibility: PlayStation headsets tend to benefit more from specialized features that are actually coded right into the games you buy. Look for headsets that are designed to play better with certain PS4 games (hey, there’s a reason Sony’s own elite headset won as our top pick).
Surround Sound: These days 7.1 surround sound – well, virtual surround sound – is more important than every to a good gaming headset. This allows you to pinpoint the source of incoming sound, and will make a big difference in the most intense gameplay sessions.
Low Latency: Latency is sometimes an issue, especially with wireless headsets. You want no noticeable latency at all – otherwise, gameplay and sound won’t match up.
Extra Mic Features: Auto mute, noise cancellation, attenuation, and similar auto-correct options for a mic can be very, very handy if you hold a lot of in-game discussions.
Mistakes to Avoid
First, always make sure that the headset you buy is actually made for PS4. Some headsets may be PC-oriented but with PS4 compatibility. Others may have different models that you have to specify to make sure you get the right, PS4-ready version. Don’t skip this step!
Also refuse the temptation to buy a headset just because it had big ear cups: We get that those large pads look heavy and powerful, but sometimes that just means they are uncomfortable to wear and don’t give you any benefits in return. Buy for sound and features, not for colossal components. Yes, our Sennheiser model has extra-large ear cups, but that wasn’t the factor we based our pick on.
Finally, remember to stay organized. Many of the headsets on our list have dongles, detachable mics, charging stands, optional cables, and other accessories that you absolutely need to keep track of to continue using these headphones. So set aside a box or space, and remember to clean up – especially if you have kids or roommates. One missing piece could ruin your purchase.
Most Important Features
- Response and Fidelity: Response and fidelity are tricky headset specs to judge. How accurate is the sound reproduction? This is easier for us to judge because we can rapidly switch between different headsets to see how the same sounds compare. So good thing we’ve done the home work for you.
- Battery: If you opt for a wireless headset, battery life will be very important. Current headsets tend to range between 10 and 20 hours on one charge. This is a lot of variance, so check the individual specs on your models for more information. Our wireless picks offer 10-20 hours of battery time.
- Ear Cups: Gaming headsets tend to get thrown away when the ear cups wear out, so pay close attention to their durability. Simple, non-puffy cups in minimalistic designs tend to do the best here. Also look for ear cups that can be replaced if necessary.
- Connectivity: There are many cable and connectivity options for PS4 headsets. Do you want to connect via a mobile device, controller wireless connection, or other option? Think about the distance from your console, possible interference, and other issues here.
Which Best PS4 Headset is for You?
If you’re looking for the best of the best, and don’t mind paying for it, then check out the Astro A50 – this headset has a lot of great wireless features and top-notch audio quality. Otherwise, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 remains an excellent pair of headphones and is easily the best PS4 headset under $100. If you prefer heavier, more feature-rich headphones with some extra compatibility, then take a look at the SteelSeries, HyperX and PlayStation Premium models.