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A photo of the Sennheiser Game One headset on a concrete floor.

Sennheiser GAME ONE review

Sennheiser's gaming headset is every bit as competent as you'd hope—minus the microphone.

Published onApril 29, 2022

Sennheiser GAME ONE
The bottom line
As far as gaming headsets go, this is a good one. However, a quiet mic can cause problems in popular chat services, so ultra bassy-voiced gamers might want to look elsewhere. Additionally, as these are open-backed headphones: audiophiles will love them, but loud neighbors will mess with your games if you're in a noisy environment.

Sennheiser GAME ONE

As far as gaming headsets go, this is a good one. However, a quiet mic can cause problems in popular chat services, so ultra bassy-voiced gamers might want to look elsewhere. Additionally, as these are open-backed headphones: audiophiles will love them, but loud neighbors will mess with your games if you're in a noisy environment.
Product release date
May 26, 2014
Original: $179 USD
April 2022: $114 USD
1.2m (cable)
3m (PC cable)
Model Number
What we like
Sound quality
Lightweight and comfortable
PC cable and standard 3.5mm cable
What we don't like
Mic too quiet
SoundGuys Rating
User Rating
Rating Metric
Our Rating
User Rating
Durability / Build Quality

If you’re looking to up your game from a cheapo headset and crappy mic, you might be looking to more expensive headsets like the Sennheiser GAME ONE. But will it be a trusted item in your inventory, or will it let you down? We spent two weeks with the Sennheiser GAME ONE to find out.

Editor’s note: this Sennheiser GAME ONE review was updated on April 29, 2022, to include in-line FAQs, expand the list of buying options, and update the score based on results from our reader poll.

  • Gamers who listen to lots of music will find a capable ally in the Sennheiser GAME ONE. The sound quality is a cut above, and the flat frequency response lends itself well to rhythm games, RPGs, and any game where you need to be able to pick out subtle sounds.
  • Gamers who wear glasses will also find a capable ally in the Sennheiser GAME ONE, as the velour earpads don’t catch acrylic or metal glasses.

What’s it like to use the Sennheiser GAME ONE?

Like many other gaming headsets, the Sennheiser GAME ONE has a very specific aesthetic, meant to appeal to those about to quest at the computer for a few hours. Thankfully, this headset isn’t clad in RGB lighting or extreme branding, but for Sennheiser the red accents are a little out of place. That’s not to say that it looks bad (it doesn’t), but it’s very apparent who this was made for.

A photo of the Sennheiser Game One headset on a computer.
An open back means noise gets in, but the tradeoff is that you get great sound.

The headset itself is a little utilitarian, with a few nods to the casual user. For example, the padding is all matte black velour: great for those wearing glasses. Additionally, the matte black plastic—fingerprint prone—does not get scuffed or schmutzed up quickly.

Where the Sennheiser GAME ONE is different than most gaming headsets is that it is of the open-back variety, so it won’t offer any isolation to speak of. If you’re gaming at home, this is a good thing. However, at LAN parties and events: you’re going to want to leave this guy at home because you’ll be able to hear everything around you. The upside here is that this type of headphone design lends itself better to the reproduction of 3D space, and that can give you an edge in deathmatch, RPG, and FPS games.

What does the Sennheiser GAME ONE use for connection?

A photo of the 3.5mm TRS terminations of the Sennheiser Game One gaming headset.
Dual 3.5mm plugs can be a pain for gamers if their source has only one dedicated port. Get an adapter.

The Sennheiser GAME ONE uses a split TRS cable with one termination for the microphone and another for the headphones themselves. If you want to use this for the Nintendo Switch or a PC with only a headphone/headset jack: you’re probably going to want to grab a TRRS adapter to combine the microphone and audio signals. It’s inconvenient to be sure, but it isn’t the only headset we’ve run across with this design. Check to see if you can connect these to your source before buying.

If your computer has both a microphone port and an audio out (pink and green, respectively), you can forgo the adapter and just plug in. However, you’ll probably find that you want more gain on the microphone than a motherboard will usually provide—but more on that later.

How does the Sennheiser GAME ONE sound?

A photo of the volume knob on the right side of the Sennheiser Game One.
A volume knob on the right earcup allows you to quickly turn the tunes down in the middle of a firefight.

As one of the best gaming headsets out there, the Sennheiser GAME ONE naturally sounds great. A neutral frequency response means that the headphones themselves are going to give you the sound that each game intends. The headphones won’t make anything sound louder or quieter than it should. This is great because it allows you to equalize your music any way you wish without much trouble.

A chart showing the frequency response of the Sennheiser Game One gaming headset.
This is an impressively good performance for a gaming headset.

If you’re used to HyperX or Razer headsets, you may feel like the Sennheiser GAME ONE lacks bass, but that’s not really true. Sure, there’s a slight de-emphasis—but it’s much more reasonable than the models most people experience with cheaper headsets. It’s just one of those things that you’ll get used to, especially given the fact that your audio will sound a whole lot “clearer” than it does on other headsets.

This type of sound is really good for RPGs, first-person shooters, and any game where music plays a pivotal role.

How good is the microphone of the Sennheiser GAME ONE?

A photo of the Sennheiser Game One's microphone in front of a computer with RGB LED lighting.
The microphone is big, beefy, and… alright.

I’ll be honest, the microphone of the Sennheiser GAME ONE leaves a bit to be desired and isn’t among the best gaming headsets with good mics. The problem is that it requires a fair bit of power—which isn’t really ideal when you consider that entry-level gaming headsets are meant for as little futzing as possible. If you don’t know how to boost gain in software, or if you’re soft-spoken, you may find yourself yelling a lot at the computer with the Sennheiser GAME ONE.

A chart showing the microphone performance of the Sennheiser Game One.
Low-pitched voices will seem a little hollow over the mic.

Additionally, bassy-voiced gamers like yours truly will seem a little hollow over the mic because of a under-emphasis in the low ranges. It’s not uncommon for microphones on gaming headsets to do this because it’s so very hard to get good mic quality from units so small. Depending on what headphones you have already, you may instead want to look for a standalone gaming mic to pair with your current headphones.

Here’s a sample to illustrate what I mean.

Sennheiser GAME ONE microphone demo (Old):

How does the microphone sound to you?

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  1. Open the “Sounds” menu in Windows by right-clicking the volume icon in the tray
  2. Open the “Recording” tab, and right-click the output the microphone is connected to. Click “properties.”
  3. In the resulting window, open the “levels” tab move the gain up to around +5-10dB

It’s a little complicated, but no gaming experience is truly complete without dialing your settings, right? The same is true with the Sennheiser GAME ONE. But thankfully: you’ll only have to do this once.

Should you buy the Sennheiser GAME ONE?

I would say so, if you’re a PC gamer or you don’t have an unnaturally bassy voice. If you don’t have a several-pack-a-day habit, this might be the headset for you.

A photo of the red and black velour earpads of the Sennheiser Game One.
It’s real velour: those earpads are a godsend for us glasses-wearers, as they don’t catch the arms of your specs.

Not only is the Sennheiser GAME ONE great with audio reproduction on a budget, but it’s comfortable over long sessions, easy to adjust the volume on the fly, and can even be used for monitoring if you want. It’s a rare gaming headset that offers all these pluses in one package. However, the main tradeoff here is that the Sennheiser GAME ONE doesn’t isolate you from your surroundings. If you need some peace from your kids, neighbor, or street noise: get the HyperX Cloud Alpha instead.

The Sennheiser GAME ONE gaming headset in black/red against a white background.
Sennheiser GAME ONE
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Frequently asked questions about the Sennheiser GAME ONE

You can, but you’ll need a 3.5mm TRRS adapter to use the mic. Alternatively, if you’re trying to play multiplayer games on the Nintendo Switch that use the company’s app-based voice chat system, just plug the mic output into your smartphone, load the app, and you’re good to go—no adapter required.

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