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Best wireless PlayStation 4 gaming headsets
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Gaming headsets are meant to do a lot things, but if there’s one singularly consistent element informing everything about their design, it’s convenience. These are products meant to simplify your audio setup, regardless of how you play video games. But, you know what isn’t convenient? Stretching a cord across your living room to take advantage of your gaming headsets’ different features. Luckily, there are all sorts of wireless PlayStation 4 gaming headsets.
Editor’s note: this list of the best wireless PlayStation 4 headsets was updated on February 24, 2022, to add the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless and to expand the Buying guide with information on frequency response.
HyperX Cloud Flight S is the best wireless PlayStation 4 headset
The HyperX Cloud Flight S has the remarkable distinction of being one of the only gaming headsets around to offer surround sound on PlayStation 4—when the field narrows to wireless headsets, it’s one of maybe two. However, if that was the only thing this headset had going for it, it probably wouldn’t be worth considering.
This gaming headset is built to be the convenient option for switching back and forth between the PC and PlayStation 4, and as such, most of its features work well on both. It’s got solid, if a little bass-heavy sound, a decent detachable microphone, best-in-class over 35-hour battery life. Wireless audio is achieved using a 2.4GHz RF wireless USB dongle, and it’s pretty much a plug-and-play affair. On top of all that, this is the first gaming headset to support Qi wireless charging, so you can place it on top of any compatible charging pad you’ve got. HyperX makes a charging pad to go with this, but sells it separately, which is a shame.
The headset’s rather considerable amount of options is all controlled by buttons and switches, including the surround sound function. It’s a little tricky to keep all the different controls straight, but once you do there’s a lot you can control on the fly, including the usual volume and mic mute options, as well as affecting game/chat and a few other things. Despite all these extra controls, the HyperX Cloud Flight S still maintains a straightforward and comfortable design with a good mic (listen here).
The EPOS H3PRO Hybrid can do just about anything, for a price
Since it split with Sennheiser, gaming audio company EPOS has put out consistently interesting products that never quite crossed into the “great” category. That’s where the EPOS H3PRO Hybrid comes in. This wireless gaming headset connects pretty much every way you could—it works wirelessly using Bluetooth or USB dongle, and wired over USB or 3.5mm.
Once you’ve connected the H3PRO Hybrid to your PlayStation 4, you’re in for a pretty great experience. The headset sounds nice, and it’s got a great microphone (listen here). It’s comfortable over long gaming sessions, and its snug fit makes for solid isolation performance. Adding to the isolation performance is the headset’s active noise cancelling (ANC) feature, which works pretty well compared to other noise cancelling options and makes for basically the best attenuation you can find in a gaming headset. And even with ANC turned on, the headset can last over 18 hours of playback on a single charge.
The EPOS H3PRO Hybrid also brings software features like custom EQ profiles and 7.1 virtual surround sound using the EPOS Gaming Suite companion app. Basically, this is an expensive gaming headset, but it checks pretty much every box there is.
If the PlayStation 4 isn’t your only gaming platform, consider the SteelSeries Arctis 7+
The SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless uses the same USB-C dongle as the Arctis 1 Wireless and Arctis 7P. Now this may not seem like such a good thing for someone who just needs something for the PlayStation 4, but if you need something to work across platforms, this is probably your best bet.
On top of the USB-C dongle, there’s an easy USB-A adaptor cord for PlayStation 4, and PC if needed. Using USB-C means this can also plug into the bottom of many smartphones without much issue, as well as the bottom of a Nintendo Switch. You can use the included 3.5mm cable to plug into your Xbox One controller. SteelSeries even incorporates USB-C audio passthrough here too, giving you a ton of options on how to connect.
On top of its fantastic compatibility, the Arctis 7+ Wireless design is nearly identical to the Arctis 7 and Arctis 7P, which both feature a clever suspension headband. The ear pads are made of SteelSeries’ signature airweave fabric, so heat buildup really isn’t an issue. This headset is comfortable enough for multi-hour gaming sessions, and it can last for much longer than that. In our testing, we found the Arctis 7+ Wireless can last 71 hours, 42 minutes before you need to recharge with the USB-C cable.
The microphone is very good, though you’ll get better sound when you speak over a 3.5mm connection compared to a wireless one (wired mic sample, wireless mic sample). With a pretty generous bass bump, the Arctis 7+ Wireless makes bass frequencies sound about twice as loud as mids, which makes explosions that much more prominent.
PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset offers features with hardware and custom software
Sometimes you want something simple that just works, and given how console peripherals are always a little wonky, where better to go than the source. The PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset offers straightforward connectivity with its USB dongle and performance backed by Sony.
This sleek PS4 headset supports virtual 7.1 surround sound and can connect to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita (!), and PC without issue (though Vita and PC only support stereo sound). It comes with both a wired 3.5mm cable and a USB dongle for connecting to devices, so you shouldn’t have any compatibility options. It might not look like it, but the headset also has a mic embedded into the left earphone, so you can chat to your heart’s content, though you won’t sound all that good. Listen here.
This wireless gaming headset is comfortable and straightforward on its own, but if you want to get a little more granular, it’s got something for you too. There’s an app available on the PlayStation Store for free to all for further customization on the console.
The Razer Barracuda X brings solid wireless audio on a budget
Razer’s newest gaming headset, the Barracuda X looks fairly by the numbers, is a solid performer nonetheless. Featuring none of the typical Gamer-y looking visual flourishes, this wireless gaming headset offers a reliable microphone, good sound, and a USB-C dongle for a reasonable price.
This headset features pretty solid audio output, with slightly under-emphasized sound in the sub-bass range. However, the microphone is pretty solid, ably transmitting and loud chat audio without issue. Add onto that the USB-C dongle, which makes this compatible with PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch (docked and undocked) and you’ve got a compelling package. You can get an idea of how the microphone sounds here.
Thee best wireless PlayStation 4 headsets: Notable mentions
- Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset: Based on the same design and tech as the original Bose QuietComfort 35 II, these cans double as a great-sounding gaming headset and a reliable pair of Bluetooth headphones for casual listening.
- HyperX Cloud II Wireless: This no-frills wireless gaming headset gets the basics right, offering great audio quality, a comfortable design, and over 30 hours of battery life. Its available for $150 USD—a price tag that shouldn’t be too out of reach for most gamers.
- Razer BlackShark V2 Pro: This headset has everything you’d want in a gaming headset: a low-profile aesthetic, unparalleled comfort, great sound profile, and compatibility with a wide variety of gaming platforms.
- Sennheiser GSP 670: This sub-$200 headset offers a very comfortable design and very accurate audio reproduction, and should appeal to gamers who are quite picky when it comes to sound quality. It also comes equipped with Bluetooth, with support for high quality codecs like AAC, aptX, and aptX Low Latency.
Hold up! Something’s different:
Some of this article’s picks or notable mentions have frequency response and isolation charts that were measured with our old testing system. We have since purchased a Bruel & Kjaer 5128 test fixture (and the appropriate support equipment) to update our testing and data collection. It will take a while to update our backlog of old test results, but we will update this review (and many others!) once we’re able with improved sound quality measurements and ANC performance plots. These will be made obvious with our new chart aesthetic (black background instead of white).
Thank you for bearing with us, and we hope to see you again once we’ve sorted everything out.
What you should know about wireless PlayStation 4 gaming headsets
Do you need a wireless headset with the PlayStation 4?
The PlayStation 4 runs into the kinds of quirks and constraints typical of a modern console. You can plug just about any 3.5mm headset into the console’s DualShock controller it’ll work just fine. In a way, because of this connection method, you don’t really need a wireless headset—regardless of which one you use, you’ll never be stretching a cord across your living room. However, if you want access to more features than just a pair of headphones with a microphone attached, you’ll need to change things up and go wireless.
If you’re looking to get a little more out of your gaming headset, your best bet is to switch to a USB connection. If you’re in the all-too-common situation where stretching a headphone cord across your living room just isn’t realistic, getting a wireless headset is your best bet. The PlayStation 4 doesn’t support Bluetooth audio, so all wireless headsets need dongles, and that’s probably for the best—USB dongles all use 2.4GHz RF transmitters for sound, which is entirely lag free. Just be ready to give up one of your console’s few USB ports for the rest of its life.
What is frequency response?
A frequency response just denotes the range of tones that a component (headset) can reproduce. 20Hz-20kHz is a common frequency range because it aligns with the lower and upper limits of human hearing. But a simple range of numbers doesn’t tell the whole story, to add more information we provide frequency response charts for all of our reviews. This depicts where, within a given frequency range, a headset amplifies or under-emphasizes certain frequencies.
Many of our charts feature two lines: cyan and pink, with the cyan line representing the headset in question and the pink line representing a particular SoundGuys house curve. While our house curve isn’t objectively perfect, it is what we posit that most listeners will enjoy when picking up a pair of consumer or studio/audiophile headphones.
Gaming headsets tend to boost bass notes to make explosions even boomier, though this isn’t really necessary. See, game audio engineers generally tune the game mix so that action sounds like gunfire or explosions are the loudest elements in a mix. So, if you see a headset that under-emphasizes bass or sub-bass notes, it’s not a huge deal in this arena.
What about the PlayStation 5?
In November 2020, Sony launched its latest gaming console: the PlayStation 5. With a striking black and white design, this new console brings a suite of new audio capabilities, including its own built-in spatial audio system. The console supports audio connections over 3.5mm through the new DualSense controller, as well as via USB-A and USB-C ports on the console itself, and it can send 3D audio through any of those methods. It doesn’t support Bluetooth audio connection.
It wasn’t terribly clear before launch, but we now know that pretty much every accessory compatible with the PlayStation 4 will also work with the PlayStation 5. This means that any headset you buy on this list will also work just fine if you decide to upgrade consoles. Additionally, you won’t even need an adapter cable for headsets like the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless and Arctis 7P, which is nice.
Why you should trust Sam
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.
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.
Frequently asked questions about gaming headsets
The biggest difference between the two headsets relates to design. The Corsair Void RGB Elite Wireless sports a sturdy metal frame with jet-black finished ear cups, while the Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE is adorned with gunmetal aluminum accents and micro-perforations for the RGB lighting. The Virtuoso Wireless SE also delivers better sound quality compared to the Void RGB Elite wireless, although its sound profile is still better suited for gaming rather than casual listening. Besides those two key differences, both headsets deliver comparable wireless performance, isolation, and battery life.
No, none of these headsets feature active noise cancelling. That being said, it’s important to make sure that your next headset has good isolation performance, which ultimately determines how well a product is able to block out ambient noise.
When it comes to convenience, wireless is king. However, wired headsets have superior sound quality over their wireless counterpart. This is because wired connections allow for a greater amount of data transmission, resulting in higher fidelity audio with less latency. It is worth noting that as new wireless technologies develop, the gap between wired and wireless sound quality is closing to the point where unless you’re a true audiophile you may not even notice a difference.