Gaming headsets are predicated on one thing above all else: convenience. When it comes down to it, these are all products meant to simplify your audio setup and get you down to one thing you can just plug in and use. However, one final barrier lies between the gaming headset and true convenience—cords are just kind of a pain. Especially when you’re playing in a living room, a wireless gaming headset can really make everything go a little smoother.
However, while going cordless adds convenience, it’s not as simple as it can be. There are a lot of different products out there but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Editor’s note: this article was updated on July 13, 2021, to include the Razer Barracuda X.
The HyperX Cloud Flight S is the best wireless gaming headset
The HyperX Cloud Flight S brings comfort and performance for a reasonable price. This is a wireless gaming headset made for PC and PlayStation 4, and if you’re going between those platforms it’s pretty much the best option out around—wireless or otherwise.
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This headset is built on a primarily plastic frame, but it doesn’t feel cheap. It doesn’t creak at all, and the headphone hinges rotate and tilt enough to accommodate most head sizes. The headphone pads are leatherette covering thick memory foam, which is very comfortable but doesn’t do a lot for gamers with glasses.
The HyperX Cloud Flight S uses a wireless RF connection with a 2.4GHz USB dongle for transmitting audio between it and your platform of choice. This is good because it means audio lag won’t be an issue, and generally, this connection takes less power to maintain. That saved juice doesn’t go to waste here, as the Cloud Flight S lasted around 35 hours during our testing—better than just about any other gaming headset on the market. Additionally, this headset brings surround sound to both the PlayStation 4 and the PC, something that basically no other headset does.
It’s too bad this doesn’t work with the Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, but if you’re looking for something that checks all the boxes on either the PlayStation 4 or PC, this is your best bet. It’s also compatible with the HyperX NGenuity app, but you don’t really need it if setting custom EQ presets isn’t your thing.
What you should know before you purchase a wireless gaming headset
The most important thing to think about when you’re getting a wireless gaming headset is what platform you’re going to be gaming on. For the most part, there is no one-size-fits-all option on the market, and that’s mainly down to limitations placed by console manufacturers. Every platform has its foibles, some of which mean you won’t be able to get something that works everywhere.
For whatever reason, Microsoft in particular doesn’t like it when headsets that work on Xbox One also work on PlayStation 4, so finding a wireless headset that works on both is basically impossible. Up until fairly recently, the Nintendo Switch didn’t support USB audio, whether it was wireless or not, and it’s only added support on a by-device basis. The PlayStation 4 market leader that it is, doesn’t really place any strict restrictions on headphones, but some still work better on the platform than others.
Related: How to connect your gaming headset
If you’re gaming on PC, the only thing to really think about is managing your USB ports. Wireless gaming headsets generally don’t use Bluetooth, due to lag and inconsistent console support. Instead, you’ll usually find a wireless gaming headset that connects with a USB dongle using a 2.4GHz radio frequency connection, which is less battery intensive and far less prone to lag—plus everything has a USB port, after all.
Wireless gaming headsets generally don’t use Bluetooth, due to lag and inconsistent console support. Instead you’ll usually find wireless gaming headset connect with a USB dongle using a 2.4GHz radio frequency connection
Ultimately, a lot of headsets are also available in different versions for different platforms. The Razer Thresher Ultimate, for example, comes in a separate model for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If there’s something you like on this list, but it isn’t for your platform of choice, it’s possible there’s a more compatible version floating around. With that said, there are enough differences between the highlights of what’s available on each platform, that we decided it was worth including an entry for each major console.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 works on most platforms and brings the features
If your only accessible port for a gaming headset is at the back of a tower under a desk, a wireless gaming headset is probably what you should get. Built on SteelSeries’ extremely comfortable Arctis frame, the Arctis 7 sports a flexible suspension band and headphone pads made of Airweave fabric, which keeps things nice and cool.
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The Arctis 7 uses a 2.4GHz USB wireless RF dongle to transmit audio between the headset and whatever it’s connected to, so lag isn’t an issue. SteelSeries claims its battery can last up to 24 hours on a single charge, though in our review we found it landed somewhere closer to 16—still nothing to sneeze at.
The Arctis 7 features a retractable, Discord-certified microphone, so it’s guaranteed to play well with the program—a necessity for PC gaming. The headset also supports hi-res audio, though most video games don’t. And top of all that hardware, the SteelSeries Engine app brings surround sound and custom EQ balancing, to boot. If you don’t mind losing app support, you can use this on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, too.
The Razer Barracuda X is the best wireless gaming headset for Nintendo Switch
Wireless audio has been something of a bugbear for Switch owners. Recently, a software update to the Nintendo Switch opened up the USB ports on its dock to support wireless audio, allowing an additional level of convenience for gamers. However, the Razer Barracuda X is one of the few wireless gaming headsets that work with the Nintendo Switch when it’s docked or undocked.
Razer Barracuda XFull Review
The Barracuda X uses a USB-C dongle and includes a USB-A adapter for devices with older ports. Just plug the USB-C dongle into the USB port on the bottom of the Switch and you’re all set for wireless, undocked listening. You can even use the dongle with a compatible smartphone, giving you the option to take the Barracuda X out on the town (which is an option since you can remove the boom mic).
The Barracuda X, while versatile, has its shortcomings. Isolation performance is only okay under ideal conditions and the microphone output is oddly quiet. Still, for under $100 USD, you’re getting a solid Razer headset that doesn’t rely on the dubious Razer Synapse software. We like this and hope you do too.
The Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE delivers a premium, cable-free gaming experience
At first glance, you wouldn’t think the Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE was designed for gamers. Featuring an aluminum body construction finished with a gunmetal coating, this wireless gaming headset looks and feels like a million bucks… or at least what you’d expect for $200. Plus, it has RGB lighting embedded in the ear cups, allowing you to add a splash of color without turning the headset into a mini laser light show.
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The headset is crafted for gamers of all platforms. The unboxing experience reveals a slew of connectivity options, which includes a USB-C to USB-A cable, 3.5mm aux cable, or a 2.4GHz USB wireless dongle for a virtually lag-free, untethered gaming experience. A 20-hour battery life ensures that your headset will last multiple gaming sessions, even on a single charge.
Of course, we can’t talk about the Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE without mentioning its microphone: one of the best we’ve ever tested in a gaming headset. A neutral frequency response ensures that your voice—high or low pitched—will be reproduced with the utmost in clarity and volume. Although higher frequencies lack some detail, the balanced response in the low-to-mid frequencies means that your teammates are sure to hear your communiqués. Don’t just take our word for it. Listen to our microphone demo and hear for yourself.
The Logitech G Pro X Wireless sheds the wires but keeps the features
If you’re a gamer who wants as many features as a company can fit in a gaming headset (or companion app), look no further than the Logitech G Pro X Wireless.
Logitech G Pro X WirelessFull Review
This headset follows the same design principles as its predecessor, the G Pro X, sporting a metal frame and matte black plastic ear cups with big Logitech G logos emblazoned on metal plates on the side. The headset comes with plush memory foam ear pads covered in leatherette, as well as velour-covered alternates—great for gamers with glasses.
The Logitech G Pro X Wireless is compatible with virtually most gaming platforms, including PC, Nintendo Switch (while docked), PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. It uses a 2.4GHz RF USB dongle for a virtually lag-free wireless gaming experience. Unfortunately, the G Pro X doesn’t support 3.5mm connections of any kind—so undocked Nintendo Switch and Xbox support are off the table.
On PC, the Logitech G Pro X Wireless supports a bevy of options through the G Hub app. Using Logitech’s gaming companion app, you can access virtual surround, custom headphone EQ options (both presets and the ability to make your own), and the Blue Vo!ce suite of microphone options. Blue Vo!ce brings tons of customization options for your microphone experience, like custom EQ, noise reduction, expander, de-esser, and more. It won’t get you to a broadcast quality level, but it’ll get you closer with software than most gaming headsets. Listen here.
Best wireless gaming headsets: Notable mentions
- Corsair Void RGB Elite Wireless: The Corsair Void RGB Elite Wireless is a great wireless gaming headset, with a comfortable fit, good sound, and great microphone. Its frame is a little loose, but it’s got solid battery life, and you can customize the color of the headset’s LED lights, if you’re into that sort of thing.
- HyperX Cloud II Wireless: For $150, this gaming headset ticks all the boxes when it comes to a no-frills gaming headset, sporting a comfortable design, very good sound quality, and an impressive 30+ hour battery life. The headset is compatible with PC, PlayStation 4, and the Nintendo Switch when docked.
- PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset: This is ideal for people who want a headset that simple and straightforward to use. It offers 7.1 virtual surround sound, a consumer-friendly sound profile, and good wireless performance backed by Sony.
- Razer Kaira Pro: This is Razer’s first headset designed for Xbox gamers. It features Xbox Wireless support for cable and dongle-free connections for a seamless, untethered gaming experience. It can also connect to mobile devices via Bluetooth for casual listening, or for mobile gaming.
- Razer Kaira Wireless: If you’re an Xbox gamer who wants to save a little cash, this pared-down version of the Razer Kaira Pro has everything you need for a dongle-free gaming experience: a comfortable design, good microphone, and decent battery life.
- Razer Nari Essential: This headset features a bass-heavy sound signature with 7.1 surround sound for an immersive gaming experience—all for less than $100. PC gamers get additional customization options via Synapse 3, including EQ controls to fine-tune your listening experience.
- Razer Nari Ultimate: If these headsets just don’t have all the bells and whistles you want, the Nari Ultimate is probably your best bet. This headset features everything the other headsets on this list feature, along with vibrating headphones that activate during bass sounds. It all feels a little gratuitous, but if that’s what you’re in for, this is a great option.
- SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless: This is one of the only wireless gaming headsets that work with the Nintendo Switch console, regardless of whether or not it’s docked.
- SteelSeries Arctis 9X: This headset features Xbox Wireless support for a cable-free and dongle-free connection—complete with Windows Sonic Surround Sound. It’s essentially one of the best headsets you can buy for the Xbox One.
- Turtle Beach Stealth 600: This is another good wireless gaming headset for less than $100. It features a great microphone, an accurate frequency response, and is slated to have forward compatibility with upcoming consoles like the PlayStation 5.
- EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid: This is basically the only pair of true wireless gaming earbuds on the market. The mic doesn’t work when the USB-C Dongle is connected, but there’s no audio lag, good sound, and battery life long enough for decent play sessions.
Why you should trust SoundGuys
The gaming headset space, much like many other parts of the audio industry, is rife with exaggerated language and gimmicky features that often don’t add much of anything to your experience. It’s easy to get caught up in the flashy lights and promises of immersive audio and bass so intense it’ll rupture your eardrums (in a good way, somehow), but most of that stuff flat out doesn’t matter. That’s why we review headsets, and why we have lists like this.
When it comes down to it, I don’t just review gaming headsets because I’m passionate about good audio. Pretty much everything I do here at SoundGuys focuses on gaming content, and that’s because I’ve been a gamer my whole life. You name it, I’ve probably played it. I know what kind of audio features are important for different kinds of games, and maybe more importantly: which ones aren’t.
Frequently Asked Questions
While almost no gaming headset could be considered audiophile hardware, pretty much anything we put on this list will sound great for listening to music, as well as playing games.
Yes, the detachable boom mic is both Discord and TeamSpeak certified. This means you can use the HyperX Cloud Flight S headset over either Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service.
In short, no. As long as you're not using a Bluetooth headset for gaming, it isn't really an issue. Most wireless gaming headsets typically come with their own wireless RF USB dongle to minimize latency. However, all wireless devices will produce some lag, even if it isn't immediately perceptible. If you don't want to worry about latency at all, consider investing in a wired gaming headset instead.
At SoundGuys, we make an effort to keep all our lists up to date and regularly swap new entries in. If a recent gaming headset you're interested in hasn't made it on the list, it's not always because it didn't make the cut. We're a small team, and putting new products through their paces can take time. With gaming headsets in particular, we've only been regularly reviewing them for about a year, so there's also a pretty significant backlogs of products to sort through. Give us time—the headsets on this list all deserve to be there, but if there's something better out there, we'll get to it eventually.