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 August 25, 2021 to include the Razer Barracuda X.
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.
HyperX Cloud Flight SFull Review
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 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.
HyperX Cloud Flight S microphone demo:
The headsets rather considerable amount of options are 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.
What you should know about wireless PlayStation 4 gaming headsets
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 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.
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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.
The Razer Thresher Ultimate brings all-day comfort
The Thresher line of Razer gaming headsets is full of great options, but if one stands above the others, it’s the Thresher Ultimate. Available in versions for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, all of which work with PC as well, this wireless gaming headset has just about everything you could want.
Razer Thresher UltimateFull Review
The Thresher Ultimate features a sturdy aluminum frame, with a comfortable suspension band, huge earpads, and headphones that rotate enough to fit any head shape. Its built-in retractable mic is flexible and can bend to just about any position you’d want. If all that’s not enough, the headset offers genuinely very good sound, with surround sound support to boot.
In most of its iterations, the Thresher Ultimate comes with a 2.4GHz RF wireless transmitter that plugs into your device of choice, offering lag free audio up to 40 feet away. Additionally, this headset offers better battery life than just about any other gaming headset—advertised as up to 16 hours (though our review found it closer to 14).
Razer Thresher Ultimate microphone demo:
It’s a little obnoxious that Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are locked to different models, but if you want something that can do it all from across a living room, the Thresher Ultimate is your best bet. Also, if the price is a barrier, the regular Razer Thresher model is a great option.
If the PlayStation 4 isn’t your only gaming platform, consider the SteelSeries Arctis 7P
The SteelSeries Arctis 7P uses the same USB-C dongle as the Arctis 1 Wireless. 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.
SteelSeries Arctis 7PFull Review
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 a 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.
On top of its fantastic compatibility, the Arctis 7P design is nearly identical to the Arctis 7, which features a clever suspension headband. The ear pads are made of SteelSeries’ signature Airweave fabric, so heat buildup really isn’t an issue. This headset comfortable enough for multi-hour gaming sessions, and it can last for much longer than that. In our testing, we found the Arctis 7P had no trouble lasting over 27 hours on a single battery charge.
SteelSeries Arctis 7P microphone demo:
SteelSeries jumped the gun on this headset, seeing how it was designed for the PlayStation 5 before it was even released. However, if you have a PS4 and intend to buy a PlayStation 5, this is a great headset. Plus, it’s spatial audio-ready on the PS5.
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.
Playstation Gold Wireless HeadsetFull Review
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 left earphone, so you can chat to your heart’s content, though you won’t sound all that good.
PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset microphone demo:
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 like a fairly by the numbers, is a solid performer none the less. 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.
Razer Barracuda XFull Review
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.
Razer Barracuda X microphone demo:
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.
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
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.
Be sure to check out our list of the best Playstation 4 headsets, which feature some wired options for those who prefer sound quality over convenience.