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 March 30, 2021, to include our review of the Sony PULSE 3D Wireless headset
The Sony PULSE 3D Wireless Headset is the best PlayStation 5 headset
Don’t overthink it. The PULSE 3D Wireless Headset from Sony is the best to go with. Its design was custom-made to match the PlayStation 5, and it even shares the same color scheme. It isn’t just the colors that make it the best headset: it’s also the comfort and, most of all, the 3D audio compatibility. This is a big feature that Sony has been pushing to enhance the gaming experience.
PULSE 3D wireless headsetFull Review
The PULSE 3D Wireless Headset uses a wireless adapter to connect, and it works with other platforms in addition to the PlayStation 5. Not to mention the universal 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom of the ear cup for full compatibility. Sony claims that you’ll get about 12 hours of constant wireless play with these, which is on the lower end of the wireless gaming spectrum. At least you have the option to plug it in once the battery dies.
What makes the PULSE 3D Wireless Headset so special?
The big thing that makes the PULSE 3D Wireless Headset stand out from the rest is the full compatibility with Tempest 3D AudioTech. This is the technology Sony uses for object-based 3D surround sound. A chip inside the PlayStation 5 powers the headset to take full advantage of the spatial processing without needing to plug it in. This is different from the 360 Reality Audio that Sony promotes with its headphones, but the result is more or less the same.
Become an expert: Sony PlayStation 5: What is 3D Audio?
There are also controls for adjusting your microphone and game levels, and even a dedicated button for monitoring your voice. This lets you know how you sound to your teammates. Another feature of the PULSE 3D Wireless Headset is the noise cancelling microphone system. It has two microphones for picking up your voice and is compatible with the PlayStation 4 as well. So if you don’t yet have a PlayStation 5 but know that you’ll eventually get one, it might still be worth your time to get this headset.
Is 3D Audio exclusive to the PlayStation 5 headset?
Thankfully, 3D Audio is not exclusive to the PULSE 3D Wireless Headset. The technology is integrated into the PlayStation 5, so you can even use your pre-existing headphones as long as you plug them in via USB to the PlayStation 5 or via 3.5mm into the controller. At the time of this post, 3D Audio is only available in headsets, but Sony says that 3D Audio will eventually be compatible with your existing speakers as well.
Can you use the PULSE 3D Wireless Headset with devices other than the PlayStation 5?
The PULSE 3D Wireless Headset comes with a wireless USB-A adapter. This plugs into any USB-A port on your macOS or Windows computers as well as the older PS4. It’s a little annoying that these need an adapter in the first place, but if you’re going to game on devices other than the PlayStation 5, at least you know that it’s possible. It won’t work via USB with any Xbox platforms, but the 3.5mm connection will do just fine.
What other options are there?
If you don’t want to go with the default PlayStation 5 headset, then don’t worry; there are plenty of other options to choose from.
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.
Razer BlackShark V2 mic sample:
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 below.
Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE mic sample:
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.
HyperX Cloud Alpha gaming headset mic sample:
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
Why you should trust SoundGuys
Not only does the team at SoundGuys have years of experience with audio products in general, but we also have a secret weapon that we call Sam Moore. He’s our gaming expert who has put dozens (if not hundreds) of gaming headsets through an intense review process. Not to mention that every item that made this list got here only because we vouch for it. You can check out our entire ethics policy for our entire stance, but we don’t accept payments of any kind from companies to include their products on this list. The first time they learn about making one of our lists is when we hit publish.