A great-sounding headset is intrinsic to an involving gaming experience. But the mono headset with bundled the PlayStation 4 is, let's be honest, a bit rubbish, so what is the best PS4 headset around right now?
Until the wonders of PlayStation VR are filling our eyeballs with all-encompassing gaming goodness the best way to immerse yourself in your favourite games is to sit right in front of your TV with a great pair of headphones placing you right there in the moment. That means choosing the right set of cans is vital.
1. Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament
Made for esports, this is the perfect PlayStation headset
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Weight: 498g | Cable length: 5ft | Drivers: 50mm | Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One (Xbox One Stereo Adapter required, not included), Mac, mobile
Perfect for just plugging into your DualShock 4, these wired cans are a brilliant balance of sound quality and comfort. While you can opt to go for the surround sound boosting Tactical Audio Controller on top of the initial price, the headphones alone offer exceptionally solid sound. It's in the long hours in game that you'll notice just how ridiculously comfortable the headset is. Developed specifically for esports, you can alter the tension settings and if you're a glasses wearer there's a tiny elastic option that lets you take away the pressure that leaves that line in the side of your face. Add in an ultra clear mic and this makes a perfect headset just to plug into your DualShock 4 for brilliantly clear sound that puts you straight in the game.
Kingston HyperX Cloud
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Weight: 272g | Frequency response: 15Hz - 25kHz | Drivers: 53mm |
There are so many things which make the Kingston HyperX Cloud the best PS4 headset, but first and foremost it’s the sound quality. The 53mm drivers sound fantastic and the frequency response range is well beyond what most other gaming-focused headsets are capable of producing - especially at this price.
Some people complain about a perceived lack of bass, but where the HyperX Cloud doesn’t have the artificially overblown, pounding bass of some gaming headsets it's relatively flat EQ manages incredible clarity at the low-end. That makes them great cans for use outside of just gaming too.
They’re also incredibly comfortable, the mic is good and the price stunning. Really, it’s an easy recommendation.
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Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament
Made for eSports, this headset feels and sounds incredible
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Cable length: 5ft | Frequency response: 12Hz-22kHz | Drivers: 50mm | Driver type: NanoClear
Compatible with both consoles and PC, these cans are in a league of their own when it comes to detailed sound quality and comfort. Developed with eSports players in mind, the headset itself has multiple tension options and even a nice feature where you can reduce the pressure of the ear cushions on your glasses.
The included microphone is ultra clear already but you can buy an additional noise cancelling microphone to make sure just your voice is all your teammates get. Also available is the excellent Elite Pro Tactical Audio Controller to precision control your audio experience down to a decibel. Regardless of whether you go for the add ons or not, the headset is a brilliant overall package that's clearly been crafted with long term gaming in mind.
The Astro A40 is our pick as the best Xbox One headset around and it’s PlayStation oriented variant is just as good. The A40 is a lot more expensive than the excellent Kingston headset, but does have the benefit of having a selection of gaming presets for its audio output to go with its robust design.
Best budget PS4 headset
Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 60P
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Weight: 358g | Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz | Drivers: 40mm |
When it comes to gaming headsets Turtle Beach has a great pedigree. So, when you can pick up a pair of its headphones for less than forty clams you can’t really complain. There is nothing really that outstanding about the Recon 60P headset, but that in itself is something.
Given that this is such a budget over-ear headset the fact there are no real glaring warnings to give over it is a big tick on the side of this Turtle Beach set. The padding is a little thin on the headband and the twin cables from the ear-cups might annoy some, but the sound-quality is good and they’re a mighty good price too.
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Roccat’s latest Renga headset is an interesting one, it’s one of the few open-back design headsets around, especially at this price. That means anyone else in the room is going to be annoyed with the sound leakage, but you’ll get a more natural-feeling soundscape than a closed-back headset.
Best wireless PS4 headset
Sony PlayStation Wireless Gold
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Weight: 295g | Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz | Drivers: 40mm |
You would be hard pushed to find another wireless headset with the sound quality and feature set of Sony’s dedicated PlayStation Gold cans. In fact we’d argue that it’s pretty much an impossible task - the Sony headset has a fantastic mix of price and performance.
The 40mm drivers maybe lack a little power at the low-end but they have an impressive level of clarity to their overall audio. They also neatly hook up to your PS4 offering game-specific audio profiles. But the big tick for them is the 7.1 virtual surround that links into those profiles. Well, that and the fact your headset battery will likely outlast your controller’s too.
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SteelSeries Siberia 800
The artist formerly known as the SteelSeries H Wireless is still one of the best wireless gaming headsets around. The versatile SteelSeries Siberia 800 is as aurally excellent as it is easy to use. And with its base unit taking care of all the inputs it’s also got great cross compatibility too, so there is almost no reason not to ditch the wires from your gaming setup.