The PlayStation 5 is here at long last, even if it is almost impossible to get your hands on one. If you’re lucky enough to have one or plan to get one at some point, investing in a good gaming headset is a great way to enhance the gaming experience. If you’re wondering what some of the best PlayStation 5 headsets are that you can pick up right now, then this list is for you.
Editor’s note: this best list was updated on June 18, 2021, to include the SteelSeries Arctis 3, Sennheiser GSP 300, and Turtle Beach 700 Gen 2 to the Notable mentions section.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7P leaves the right features to the console
Now that we know for sure the PlayStation 5 3D Audio feature works with just about every gaming headset that can connect to the console, there’s not a whole lot of reason to stick to just Sony-built headsets like the Pulse 3D. That opens up the field to a swath of fantastic options—enter The SteelSeries Arctis 7P.
SteelSeries Arctis 7PFull Review
One of the first gaming headsets to come out specifically for the PlayStation 5, the SteelSeries Arctis 7P is an update to a classic headset, now made a little leaner. This new white and blue version drops compatibility with SteelSeries Engine, but nearly doubles the battery life and switches to a USB-C wireless dongle.
The Arctis 7P features on-ear controls for volume, game/chat mix, and mic muting, and they’re all spaced out well enough that you won’t have to wonder what you’re touching when your game gets quieter. The headset also features the same super-comfortable ski goggle-style suspension band as other Arctis headsets, and its airweave fabric-covered ear pads manage heat very well.
The move to USB-C widens the headset’s compatibility considerably—Now you can game wirelessly using the Arctis 7P with the Nintendo Switch (docked and undocked) and even connect to mobile devices that uses USB-C ports. The PlayStation 5’s front facing USB-C port means you won’t need to use an adapter cable, though the headset still comes with one for when you want to connect to the PC or PlayStation 4. Additionally, the Arctis 7P comes with a 3.5mm cable so you can game when the battery runs out, and even connect to an Xbox.
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Speaking of the battery, the SteelSeries Arctis 7P can handle over 27 hours of consistent playback on a single charge. That’s a huge improvement over the Arctis 7’s comparatively paltry 16 and half hours, and places it among the best battery performers in the gaming headset market.
Basically, the SteelSeries Arctis 7P is a super comfortable, sounds great, works almost everywhere, and will last longer a day straight. What’s not to love?
People who hate wires should get the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro
If you want the best wireless headset around, then go with the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro. The original BlackShark gaming headset was already one of our favorites and the second iteration makes it an even better buy. Complete with an improved microphone and wireless functionality, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro impressed our resident gaming expert Sam Moore in his full review.
Razer BlackShark V2Full Review
All you need to do to connect your Razer’s headset to your PlayStation 5 is plug the RF dongle into the USB input. Of course, this also means that this is compatible with PCs and the PS4. The headset houses a 3.5mm input and features an impressive 24-hour battery life. Pair that with the ear pad’s superior comfort, and you’re ready for a day and night of adventure. The surround sound compatibility means these are compatible with the 3D Audio built into the PlayStation 5.
The most comfortable option is the Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset
If you tend to have hours-long gaming sessions, then chances are you want something that’s going to be comfortable. You might know Bose for its plush padding and noise cancelling headphones, and the QuietComfort series is likely the reason why. The standard Bose QC 35 II remain frequent flyers’ go-to noise cancelling headphones, and now you can enjoy them while gaming too.
Bose QuietComfort 35 IIFull Review
Everything good about the original QuietComfort 35 II headphones is still here, but now these have a dedicated 3.5mm boom mic that you can plug into the headset. The improved quality of the microphone is easy to hear in the two samples below.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II internal mic sample:
Bose QuietComfort 35 II boom mic sample:
The noise cancelling here is top-notch and does a great job cancelling out the whirr of computer fans and loud consoles. There’s also a large volume puck that comes with the headphones for when you’re connected to a PC. If you’re looking for accurate sound quality, this is one of the best headsets we’ve tested. In other words, the frequency response leans more neutral, rather than egregiously amplifying bass notes. This makes in-game dialogue sound clear, as well as more subtle sounds like crunching leaves. Of course, Bose priced like a pair of high-end noise cancelling headphones, so if you have money to blow, this is a good choice.
Mic quality is maxed out with the Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE
When it comes to picking the best PlayStation 5 headsets, sound and microphone quality are often overlooked in favor of other features. If you don’t want to sacrifice one for the other, then check out the Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE.
Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SEFull Review
Corsair’s plush ear pads provide great isolation and are very comfortable to wear for long periods of time, despite the heft. Corsair’s headband architecture evenly distributes weight, avoiding common pain points. One of the best things about this headset is the mic which sounds spectacular. Just take a listen here.
As the name implies, these are also wireless, so you won’t have to deal with annoying wires. The 2.4 GHz USB RF dongle can plug right into the USB input of your PlayStation 5, and you’re good to go. To get a more comprehensive understanding of this headset, check out our video review.
Our bang for your buck pick is the HyperX Cloud Alpha gaming headset
The HyperX Cloud Alpha could have been our best overall pick, but you can usually find it on sale, making it a great choice for anyone looking to save a few bucks. This wired headset left a good impression on Executive Editor Chris Thomas and our entire staff, earning an Editor’s Choice award in the process.
HyperX Cloud AlphaFull Review
You don’t get all the newest bells and whistles (like LED lights) that you might find in other headsets, but this is a very well-built headset with great sound quality. HyperX paid great attention to detail, which is clear from the headband stitching alone.
The headset has a sturdy metal construction with comfortable padding for long gaming sessions. The ear cups also do a good job with isolation because they surround your ear and block outside noise from reaching your eardrums. Since this is a wired gaming headset, you have to plug these into the DualShock controller for your PlayStation 5.
Learn more: HyperX gaming headset buying guide
Best PlayStation 5 gaming headsets: Notable mentions
- Sennheiser GSP 300: You’ll stay well below a $100 USD budget with this wired gaming headset, which is compatible with any 3.5mm connection and even works with macOS.
- SteelSeries Arctis 3: Versatility is the name of the game with this wired headset, which works with any 3.5mm connection. The Arctis 3 shares much of the same DNA as the SteelSeries Arctis 7.
- Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2: This is a great gaming headset with consistently accurate microphone quality and Bluetooth connectivity. Its desktop app is simple, which may leave some gamers wanting more, but at least it doesn’t overcomplicate the setup process.
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