Sometimes to get the full experience of the best PC games on offer, you need to get yourself a headset. And not just any headset, one of our pick of the best PC headsets for gaming, because we've tried, tested and thoroughly tinkered with every set on this list with various titles, making sure that they really are worth the moniker.
While most of the top Xbox One headsets and PS4 headsets will work with your PC, it's worth looking for a PC headset that works best with your set-up. Budget wise, there's no need to spend the earth, just focus on what you want to use your headset for and whether you can justify wireless just to make it that little bit easier to walk to the fridge with your friends howling in your ears. So without further ado, here are the very best PC headsets for gaming you can buy in 2018.
Bear in mind that if you're gaming with a pad using the original Xbox One controller and not the newer model with a 3.5mm jack, you'll need an Xbox One stereo headset adaptor that you can pick up from Amazon for most of these PC headsets.
The best gaming headset you can buy
1. Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament
Made for eSports, this headset feels and sounds incredible
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Weight: 498g | Cable length: 5ft | Drivers: 50mm
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. You might scoff now but add that to the tension settings on the headband and you've got a set of headphones that don't feel like they're crushing your skull after a few hours of play.
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. Prepare to hear sounds you didn't even know were there.
2. Razer ManO'War wireless headset
These are wire-free wonders
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Weight: 376g | Wireless range: 12m/ 40ft | Drivers: 50mm
If you wanted a reason to convert to the world of wirefree gaming sound, here it is. The ManO' War is the best gaming headset we've found that delivers on audio quality, looks and exceptional comfort. The tiny Bluetooth dongle handily lives inside the headset itself (making it far less possible to lose) and set up is painfully easy, and on PC you'll get bonus exceptional simulated 7.1 surround sound via Razer's Synapse app.
The audio quality is brilliant too and it's all in a surprisingly light package. The buttons and controls are located on each ear and reasonably easy to find once you know what you're looking for. Volumes for both the mic and audio are on there too and a press of the wheel will mute either. The mic too is easily retractable for jumping in and out of chat. Plus, despite the fact that you're never going to see them, both cans light up with Razer's 16.8 million Chroma colours. Nice. Overall, we can't recommend these cans enough.
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3. Logitech G Pro headset
Excellent noise-cancelling on a budget
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Weight: 259g | Cable length: 2m | Drivers: Hybrid mesh PRO-G
What I love most about the new Logitech G Pro range is that none of the peripherals look like they're for gaming. Some gaming kit can look far too over the top, but the Logitech range bucks that trend in favour of sleek, modern, and, more importantly, adult aesthetics. It's all black for a start, not even a splash of colour in sight, and more in line with Sony's noise-cancelling headphones than a gaming headset. And speaking of noise cancelling, the G Pro's passive noise-cancelling is fantastic, making sure everything apart from your game is a distant memory. They're intended for eSports players trying to drown out the noise of an audience, but away from all that they're just as good for immersion against a backdrop of home hubbub.
It also helps that this is a light, durable headset that's actually survived me sitting on it (accidentally, of course), and also wearing it for long, long Fortnite sessions with the GamesRadar crew. Mic-wise, you're looking at a little removable bit of kit that excellently isolates your voice from the noise and beams it to your pals. For this price, you rarely get such top notch design aesthetics and features that perform this well. The Logitech G Pro headset is a must buy.
4. HyperX Cloud Flight
Wireless, light, light-up delights
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Weight: 300g (315g with mic) | Cable length: 1m for charging | Drivers: Dynamic 50mm with neodymium magnets
Sometimes you've got to love a bit of RGB lighting, and if you want something that's just the right side of flashy, then the HyperX Cloud Flight is a wireless gaming headset that is absolutely worth checking out. Unlike something like the Razer ManO'War, you can't customise the RGB lighting but here it's more functional than aesthetic. The lights blink when you're charging and stay solid while you're using them, but aren't bright enough that your living room is lit up like a brothel when you play in the dark. Subtle is the name of the game here. Well, when it comes to lights that is, because everywhere the HyperX Cloud Flight packs an absolute punch. Honestly, this is the best mic I've ever tested, capable of superb noise isolation that means you're only heard when you want to be. I actually had my friend asking me if I was still there several times because when you aren't talking, it's silent on their end. No splutters or sniffs will be audible because it's all about your voice.
It also helps that this is a headset that's incredibly comfortable to use for long periods of time. Lightweight, lovely spongy ear-cups that cushion your head, and a wonderfully adjustable headband that can accommodate the biggest or smallest of head sizes. On PC, the HyperX NGenuity software lets you tweak the lighting to maximise battery life, but regardless you're looking at some seriously long play times over several days on a single charge. HyperX is knocking it out of the park with the Cloud Flight.
5. V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless
Perfect for gaming and everything else
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Drivers: 50mm
Here's the thing. These aren't gaming headphones but plug them in - with the included 3.5mm jack or add on the exceptional Boom Pro Mic - and suddenly that won't actually matter. Everything about the Crossfade 2 feels luxurious. Solid metal, serious durability, soft ear cushioning and, oh yeah, incredible sound. Memory foam cushions look after your ears while astonishingly clear audio fires itself into your brain. The joy of these headphones is that you can head out and use them wirelessly with Bluetooth on your smartphone for 14 hours before heading inside, plugging into your controller and filling your head with brilliant gunfire and music.
Even if you don't go for the Boom Mic, there's a mic on the cans themselves but you won't get quite the same experience. If you don't fancy the headphones though, the Boom mic is a great way of adding an excellent mic to your current setup for a minimal cost. Plus, not only do they feel and sound brilliant but, when it comes to the shields covering each ear, you can head to V-MODA's website and have them print you a whole new set with a metal and 3D pattern of your choice. The price isn't going to be for everyone but for a set of cans you can use for both gaming and not be ashamed of on the commute, there's nothing better.
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6. Razer Kraken Pro V2
Great sound and comfort for a sub £100 pricepoint
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Weight: 322g | Cable length: 1.3m | Drivers: 50mm | Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One (Xbox One Stereo Adapter not included), Switch, PC
This list can get expensive so it's always good to play with a set of headphones under the £100/$100 mark that are both comfortable and great sound. The Kraken V2 is the sequel to Razer's Kraken range and is ideal for anyone looking for a pair of ultra snug and world cancelling headphones. The oval ear cushions are snug but not skull crushing and the mic is unobtrusive. The only downside is its looks. If you don't want to look like you're definitely wearing a gaming headset, these aren't the cans for subtlety. Sound and comfort though, the Kraken Pros have in spades.
7. SteelSeries Siberia 800
The ultimate in wireless luxury
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Weight: 318g | Wireless range: 10m | Drivers: 40mm
If you're looking to invest in a monster set of luxury gaming headphones for all your devices and not have the worry of pesky wires, the Siberia 800s should be top of your shopping list. These cans run through an included external transmitter and it's easy to switch between devices without any hassle. You've got multiple options when it comes to sound too. Wire up your optical cable and the 800s deliver exemplary surround sound that means you're not going to want to take your new favourite headphones off any time soon.
We've no complaints with the stereo offering either and the bass is booming enough to plug into your mobile device for music when you've not got your head in the game. Another nice thing is the supplying of an additional lithium ion battery so no running out of sound when you need it most. The extra battery charges inside the transmitter so it's ready when you need to swap them out. If you want a multipurpose - not to mention comfortable - wireless gaming headset option for PC or console, this is definitely worth the investment.
Best for... Luxury wireless gaming
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8. Roccat Khan AIMO
Excellent sound quality, RBG lighting and super comfortable
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Weight: 275g | Cable length: 2.45m | Drivers: 50mm
Roccat has been quietly carving an excellent groove in the gaming headset industry, creating fantastic products for affordable prices. This year's Roccat gaming headset is the Roccat Khan AIMO, which builds on the precedent set by 2017's Khan Pro. It's follows the same design, which strangely blends gamer asthetic with sleek lines to the point that it works as a gaming headset but maybe not something you'd want to wear anywhere else. The RGB lighting is a nice touch and really brings that extra pizzazz to the headset. But of course, it's not all about looks. Sound quality is also seriously impressive on this one, with a bass boost mode available to, well, boost the already powerful and deep bass. The high-end sound quality is crisp, clean and concise too, meaning all those bass-heavy explosions are balanced with the ripple of gunshots and slice of swords.
This is a fantastic sounding product, that also feels like a slice of head heaven. Light and comfortable, they're great for those extended gaming sessions spent chatting to your pals. The mic isn't removeable either, but it does have excellent pick-up and manages to focus on your voice more than background noise. It's focused at PC gamers thanks to its USB 2.0 connection, but for PC there's little better at this price bracket.
9. SteelSeries Arctis 3
A great combination of price and exceptional sound quality
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Weight: 272g | Cable length: 3m | Drivers: 40mm
If you're looking for a headset that isn't going to break the bank but doesn't look too much like something you'd have to hide from people while wearing, then the Arctis 3 makes a perfect choice. Ultra-comfortable around the ears and head and with a great sound range, this headset works with everything that's got a 3.5mm jack and is really easy easy on the eyes. You can even switch out that ski goggle-style band for something brighter. The clear highlight though is the microphone. Helpfully retractable (so no risk of losing it on the day you decide you don't want to speak to anyone), it's excellent for background noise cancelling, leaving your squadmates with just the voice that matters. Yours. Obviously. If you've got a bit more money to spend though, head up to the Arctis 5 for a bit more literal bang for your buck.
Best for... Great sound and good looks on a budget
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10. Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1X
Futuristic cans with audio quality to match
Acoustic design: Open Back | Weight: 285g | Cable length: 1.2m | Drivers: 53mm
For the best audio quality money can buy in a gaming headset, you've got to check out the Audio-Technica ATX-ADG1X. It's the kind of audio that you can only get from headphones, lifting your gaming experience to new heights, especially for FPS titles where every audio cue can give you an edge. Despite its audio prowess though, the Audio-Technica ATX-ADG1X isn't the kind of headset you'd be caught dead in outside your home. With it's 53mm drivers, it's a large, ostentatious headset with the looks of something you'd see in a sci-fi movie from the 80s. And it's this that I'm not really a fan of. There are two head support pads that allegedly adjust themselves to your headshape, but regardless of the micro-adjustments I made, it constantly started slipping down until it was resting awkwardly on the top of my ears. People with smaller heads than my giant noggin faired better though. The velvet ear pads are a very nice touch though.
11. Razer Thresher 7.1 wireless headset
Excellent alternatives to the more expensive Man
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Weight: 300g (315g with mic) | Cable length: 1m for charging | Drivers: Dynamic 50mm with neodymium magnets
I love a Razer headset. Despite the fact that aesthetically this is very much a gaming headset, you can't beat the quality on offer here. Like the ManO'War higher up this list, what you're getting here is a wireless headset that although is technically built for PS4, offers plug and play 7.1 Dolby surround on PC. Particularly for games like Fortnite, this is a headset that makes sure you can hear everything that's coming for you and which direction they're in without a second guess.
The retractable boom mic has top notch noise cancellation and disappears into the headset when you're not using it, making sure that you don't feel like an airline pilot if you don't have to. Plus, this is a headset that's incredible comfortable. Although it looks bulky, I've worn this for hours upon hours of an evening and felt cool, comfortable and totally immersed, despite the summer heat. So if you balk at the price of the ManO'War and aren't bothered with Razer Synapse and customisable lighting, then this is the headset for you.
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