We might be in the new generation of PlayStation consoles now, but that doesn't mean we've forgotten the good old days. Many are still on the hunt for the best PS4 headsets to make the most of their previous generation consoles - and with good reason. Next generation headsets still manage to breathe new life into even the oldest of PS4 games, so if your setup is looking a little lackluster it might be time to upgrade your audio.
There's just one thing you need to know. The PS4 doesn't have a USB-C connection, so many newer headsets offering 2.4GHz dongles via this port will need a little extra research. The good news is that many of these PS4 headsets also ship with an adapter for use with a standard USB-A port, but it's always worth double checking.
We've compiled this list of the best PS4 headsets based on our own extensive testing and comparisons, and each model featured will be able to connect to your console straight out of the box. Don't let the PS4's age fool you, these are some of the best gaming headsets on the market and they're all fully compatible with the previous system.
You can easily get a set of cups for less than $100 / £100. Still, before you pull the trigger, it's wise to have an eye on the best PS5 headsets - especially if you're looking to take the leap soon.
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The best PS4 headset overall
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is our number one best headset right now, so it's also our top pick for the previous generation console.
Best under $60
The best PS4 headset under $60 / £60
If you're after something a little cheaper, the Arctis Nova 1 still offers incredibly clear and well balanced audio with a comfortable form factor.
Best for most
The best PS4 headset for most
If you're after solid wireless performance, a few extra features, and impressive audio, the Razer Kaira gets you there for under $100 / £100. Plus, you're picking up a more Sony friendly design to boot.
The best wired PS4 headset
The Inzone H3 makes for a particularly sleek wired gaming headset with a solid sound quality and long-lasting comfort to boot.
The best PS4 headset for haptics
The Kaira Pro model features excellent haptic feedback for extra immersion - that's as well as great audio and extra comfort.
The best PS4 headset overall
It's our favorite gaming headset on the market right now, and its performance holds up even on older consoles like the PS4. Very few cups have come close to the proposition set out by the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro wireless, and we expect it to reign for a while yet.
✅ You want to invest: The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is about as expensive as they come, but if you're looking to sink some cash into something that will offer luxury for years to come, it's a wise investment.
✅ You have a split PC and console setup: You're spending on that dual-connection hub, so it makes sense to use it. You're truly going to be getting your money's worth if you run a PS4 and PC in the same setup.
✅ You don't want to worry about battery: With two swappable battery packs and a handy hub to keep one charged at all times, you won't have to worry about running out of juice ever again.
❌ You don't play across multiple platforms: Those flying solo on PS4 are certainly going to feel the effect of this high quality audio. However, if you're not swapping between two platforms on the regular, you might not get your money's worth here.
❌ You don't want to tinker with EQ settings: Getting that audio balance just right often comes down to EQ settings, and thankfully the Nova Pros offer this functionality right on the hub. However, if you just want to plug and play there are better options out there.
Design: The Nova Pro Wireless follows the same design language as other cheaper models in the range, but does so with a sophisticated twist in build materials and luxury. You're still getting that classic ski-goggle headband, longer oval shaped cups, multi-leveled external design, and adjustable frame, all with that extra flourish of a premium finish.
Features: Yes, we were blown away by the rich, textured audio hitting our ears during our testing, but it was the way SteelSeries wraps its best in class sound up in a whole host of additional features that really stole the show.
Many of these extras are contained within the small hub / DAC system that ships with each Nova Pro wireless headset. You'll find a range of handy features here, including the ability to seamlessly switch between different wireless inputs (think switching between your PS4 and Xbox audio at the flick of a switch). That's excellent for multi-platform users, but the star of the show is the battery. The base station also serves as a charging dock for the spare battery, which can be hot-swapped in and out of the headset itself. That means you'll never run out of charge - and that's invaluable for those playing longer sessions and the disorganized chargers among us. We were so blown away by this simple resolution, we're shocked nobody's done it before.
Audio: We've found SteelSeries' audio compelling for some time now, but the Arctis Nova Pros blow previous generations out the water. Not only is there an excellent balance across the soundstage here, but the brand has also added some extra oomph to the lower ranges - something we noted was missing in predecessors. That, plus some excellent directional cue handling, meant we were enjoying competitive shooters and solo adventures alike.
Verdict: With new generation audio the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro wireless is going to breathe new life into any PS4 setup. Between crystal clear audio, a high end microphone, and additional quality of life features, the Pro Wireless is a go-to for anyone looking to indulge themselves in some high-end PS4 audio. While that naturally high price point is going to be prohibitive for some, this is the gold standard when it comes to the best PS4 headsets.
Read more: SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro wireless review
The best PS4 headset under $60 / £60
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1 sits at the opposite end of the budget spectrum to the Pro above. However, this line has traditionally been incredibly successful, and the latest iteration proves that Arctis headsets perform no matter their price point.
✅ You want to connect to different platforms: If you're looking for a PS4 headset that can also transfer across Nintendo Switch and Xbox, the wired Nova 1 keeps things simple enough to just require a 3.5mm port.
✅ You prioritize comfort: The lightweight form factor (remember there's no wireless tech or battery to consider here) means the Nova 1 remains super comfortable even over longer play sessions.
✅ You're working with a smaller budget: SteelSeries consistently make great value headsets in the lower end of the price range, maintaining as much of their pedigree audio quality as possible. That means anyone working with a smaller budget will get plenty for their cash.
❌ You want the best audio possible: There are slightly more expensive wired PS4 headsets that do beat SteelSeries for audio quality overall. If the finer details are important to you, we'd recommend aiming slightly higher.
❌ A wireless connection is a must: SteelSeries and Razer both produce budget-friendly wireless PS4 headsets that only come in slightly more expensive than the Nova 1 - or the same price during sales events.
Design: The Nova 1 has a completely different design to the Pro, offering a scaled back plastic chassis with an elasticated inner headband to keep things flexible. That's not going to offer the same plush comfort, but we found it still offered comfort over longer sessions - primarily because of the ultra lightweight design. Weighing in at 236g, these smaller cups sat perfect on our heads. The only drawback we noticed was temperature. Despite the fabric (and therefore usually more breathable) material on the cups themselves, we did find these cups heating up a little quicker than others we've had our hands on.
Features: Of course, this being a cheaper headset, you're not getting the same feature list as you would something a little more sophisticated. This is a wired headset with no 2.4GHz or Bluetooth connectivity - but that also means you won't be weighed down by such tech (or a battery for that matter). The detachable cable can instantly hook you up to pretty much anything (sorry iPhone users) as well. Elsewhere you'll still find a decent ClearCast Gen 2 microphone and an everyday set of controls on the side as well.
Audio: When it comes to audio, it's easy to see just how far we've come. We were surprised that the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1 offers such a similar soundstage to its far more expensive cousins. Audio quality is a real driver in this value proposition, with the Nova 1s packing an immense power into these smaller 40mm drivers. Clear, well-balanced audio allows for directional precision in faster games, and there's a depth to the human voice in dialogue which was impressive as well.
Of course, this isn't a $300 headset, so you're not getting some of the finer points of high-end audio. That means the low-end is a little artificial when directly comparing against more expensive options. However, you really are getting fantastic audio for your cash here, all wrapped up in a portable and comfortable form factor.
Verdict: Yes, you're dropping the vast majority of the features the $350 cups above will offer, but for $60 / £60 the Arctis Nova 1 still represents fantastic value for money. This is the best PS4 headset for anyone looking for a cheaper alternative to the big guns.
Read more: SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1 review
The best PS4 headset for most players
The Razer Kaira Pro is our top pick for PS5, but if you're after something a little cheaper for your previous generation system the Razer Kaira will be perfect. In fact, this is one of the few times we'd recommend opting for the wireless cups over the cheaper (but wired) Razer Kaira X model.
✅ A wireless connection is a priority: The cheaper Kaira X model offers pretty much the same package but without a wireless connection. This is for those after a cord-free experience and who want to take advantage of Bluetooth dual connectivity.
✅ You just want solid PS4 audio: The Kairas offer an excellent audio experience all-round - above that which we usually find in this price point. That means you're spending less on extra features but more on what goes on between the cups.
✅ You like the PS5 aesthetic: This is an excellent headset for PS4, but it does help that it's sporting those new generation colors. If you're a fan of the black, white, and blue these are a real treat.
❌ You don't want to buy an adapter: Without a USB-C port you won't be able to use the Kaira's 2.4GHz connection on a PS4. There exist plenty of cheap adapters which will see you through using the existing USB-A on your console, but it is a small added expense.
❌ You don't need wireless connectivity: If you're just as happy with a cabled connection, you might as well pick up the cheaper Kaira X model. You're getting everything else under the hood just minus that extra wireless tech.
Design: The middle-child Kaira keeps the aesthetic and plastic chassis of the Pro and X models, with the classic PS5-inspired color scheme looking great in any setup. A pair of blue Razer logos adorn each cup with a light blue fabric covering the drivers underneath. You are dropping the leatherette used in the Pro option, instead opting for an arguably more breathable (and more comfortable) flowknit surface. Considering we found a higher clamp force than usual in this headband, that's a welcome relief, though it does mean the cups feel less padded than other options - causing some comfort issues around the three hour mark in our testing.
Features: While you might not want to pay the full whack for haptic feedback, the majority of players on the hunt for a solid PS4 headset will want to go wireless. It's a small feature in the grand scheme of things, but in this instance it really does offer far greater ease of use. If, however, that cable-free connection isn't a make or break for you - there's very little separating the middle child Kaira from the X device.
There is an extra wireless feature to tempt you back to the Kaira, though - SmartSwitch swapping between Bluetooth and 2.4GHz allowing for dual-pairing between PS4 and your phone. That 2.4GHz connection does run off a USB-C dongle, though, so you'll need to grab yourself an adapter for PS4.
Audio: The Kairas offer a solid audio quality that offers a better experience than many others at this $100 / £100 price point. Clustered soundstages like that of Tiny Tina's Wonderlands were handled well, with individual details shining bright above background noise. They do emphasize the basslines a little, with booming sounds sometimes threatening this more delicate balancing, but this was never overblown.
Verdict: At $99.99 / £99.99, the Kaira has been developed to hit a sweet spot for the majority of players looking to spend some cash on high-end audio, without breaking the bank on fancy extra features. You're getting high-end audio in a comfortable form factor, swappable Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless connections, and an official PlayStation design.
That's excellent for anyone after a one and done PS4 headset that goes beyond the capabilities of devices purpose built in the previous generation's heyday.
Read more: Razer Kaira for PlayStation review
The best wired PS4 headset
The Sony INZONE H3 is a wired PS4 headset that offers a sleek look and solid audio at a reasonable price.
✅ You want a more subtle PS4 headset: The longer cup shape and lack of any garish 'gamer' aesthetic features means this is a PS4 headset designed with a more premium headphone feel.
✅ You want multiple connection options: The Inzone H3 can connect via 3.5mm to your controller or via a USB-A dongle to your console. That gives you plenty of options, especially considering the cable is plenty long for wired console play as well.
✅ You don't want to break the bank: Wired PS4 headsets are generally cheaper than their wireless counterparts, which means the Inzone H3 doesn't break past $100 - and is even less in the UK.
❌ Basslines are a priority: We noticed the H3s can't handle basslines at higher volumes as well as their pricier counterparts, so if you're after a thumping lower range we'd recommend moving further up the price scale.
❌ You need a clear mic: The attached microphone is nice and sensitive, representing voices clearly - however we did notice it picked up a lot of background noise in our testing which can muddy the experience.
Design: The Sony INZONE H3's wired connection and synthetic ear-cup material are why it's priced at $99/£89 compared to the other two models that are wireless and offer leather material on the earcups. Nevertheless, it still carries that subtle, almost headphone-styled form factor that makes it such a good option for use on the go as well as in the home. The headset is lightweight and looks particularly great with a PS5 or other official peripherals, so PlayStation fans may want to keep this one on deck. The wired AUX cable can't be removed but it is fairly long (especially if you use the included USB dongle, which will push the length of the cable to about six feet).
Features: The INZONE H3 has a great app for PC users that will let you create custom settings with the equalizer to really hone in your audio for different listening experiences (gaming, music, or otherwise). You can also use this app to turn on 360 Spatial Audio, which will make your gaming experience even better. The mic is sensitive and teammates report it picks up voice chat well, although there is some background noise.
Audio: The Inzone H3 sounds great, with nice highs and lows and crisp, clear sound. There's plenty of volume between these cups, and cranking that up to max never distorted the audio either - something that can easily catch out even the best PS4 headsets in this price range. Spatial audio also manages to keep its cool as well, with directional cues working great across Apex Legends and Overwatch in our testing.
We did notice, however, that the bass feels a little more robust in the Inzone H9 model, with more sound blockage to boot.
Verdict: This is a rock-solid, good-looking, good-sounding wired PS4 headset for under $100/£100, which makes it a solid option for many gamers.
Read more: Sony INZONE H3 review
The best PS4 headset for haptics
If you're looking for a recent, awesome contender for PS4 headset - that will also be a go-to for PS5 players too then the Razer Kaira Pro for PlayStation is a terrific choice.
✅ You want extra immersion: It sounds obvious if you're looking for a haptic headset, but the extra immersion on offer here is unparalleled.
✅ You mostly play single player games: There are some issues to iron out with those haptic effects when online chat comes into play, but if you mostly play solo adventures you're going to get the best value out of this headset.
✅ You appreciate the PS5 aesthetic: You can still enjoy that crisp colorway even if you're not on board with the new generation console yet. The slick PlayStation aesthetic comes out great in this Razer iteration.
❌ You mostly play online with chat: You won't be able to comfortably use these haptic features in an online game with chat, which means those who stay away from single player experiences won't be getting their money's worth.
❌ You have a smaller budget: There are older PS4 headsets with slightly weaker haptic feedback that are available for less than this $199 / £199 MSRP.
Design: The headset shares a lot with the Kaira range generally that we saw rolled out for Xbox prior to the PlayStation range, and, as a result, looks similar, while maintaining a white and black colourway to match the newer console. Each side of the headband slides in and out and each cup rotates to offer the perfect fit as well. Unfortunately, this is where our only qualm with the Kaira Pro's design comes in. It's a minor note, but these cups will swing whenever you pick up the headset - they're a little too loose to hold their position by themselves. While that has no bearing on the worn experience it can get old.
Features: One of the biggest selling points, however, is the inclusion of Razer's newest haptic feedback tech. The inclusion of this makes this Razer headset is a surefire enhancement for those looking for a bit more immersion from their PS4 headset. The haptics only requires the existence of audio frequency to work which is impressive and allows for haptics to be enjoyed thoroughly on PS4 still. The one drawback of the haptics is that your teammates and friends speaking to you will also set them off which is a little annoying - perhaps the next generation of haptics will be able to tell between in-game audio to enhance and chat audio to ignore.
The mic could be a bit better with my friends saying I was a bit tinny and thin sounding, but the Kaira Pros do benefit from the top line of Razer's tech elsewhere. You'll find new 50mm TriForce Titanium drivers behind each cup, Razer Chroma logo accents on each side, and plenty of controls spanning each side as well. Of course, you're also getting that dual Bluetooth connectivity as well.
Audio: Haptics aside, we also enjoyed the Kaira Pro's excellent audio quality that really does a brilliant job from the deepest of booms to the highest-pitch notes. Everything is crisp and clear here, from environmental noises of wider open worlds like Assassin's Creed Valhalla to the engines of an F1 car. There's excellent handling across busier soundscapes even in an online setting as well, as we found in our Outriders testing.
Verdict: The Razer Kaira Pro sits at the top of Razer's PlayStation line, and while it's got some Kraken-shaped competition it's the best PS4 headset for haptics overall. Not does that feedback offer up an incredibly immersive experience overall, but it's backed by excellent audio and a comfortable ergonomic fit to boot.
Read more: Razer Kaira Pro for PlayStation review
The best multiplatform PS4 headset
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX is a staple in GamesRadar+ setups, thanks to its multiplatform versatility. Whereas the majority of cross-platform headsets generally tend to favor one system in reality (through wireless connectivity, sound quality, and specific features), the latest in the Stealth 700 line manages to pack a serious punch no matter what it's hooked up to.
✅ You regularly play across multiple platforms: Whether you switch between PS4 and Xbox, PC, or Nintendo Switch, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX can handle it. With no audio quality concerns across any platforms, this is a rare winner.
✅ You prioritize comfort: These larger cups are perfect for those looking for a headset that can remain comfortable over the course of a longer session.
✅ You don't need EQ controls: The Stealth 700 GEN 2 MAX doesn't offer EQ adjustments easily, which means anyone who isn't after this tech is buying into features and performance more geared towards their needs.
❌ You don't mind buying extra gadgets: If you don't mind picking up a USB-C to USB-A converter for your PS4, the Turtle Beach Stealth Pro is a newer version that packs a slightly more expensive punch.
❌ You want to change EQ settings: As mentioned above, this isn't an EQ adjustable headset, so if you prefer to get your audio levels just right you'll need to check out another model.
Design: The Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX sounds great, yes, but where it shines on top is its comfort. With roomier cups, but still plenty of noise isolation, we were surprised at just how many hours we could keep this thing on for. Luxurious materials and padding kept things comfortable for even the longest of sessions, and we never felt an excess clamp force either.
Features: The Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX boosts the spec sheet in a couple of ways compared to its predecessor. You're getting double the battery life here (we managed to net around 40 hours on a single charge in our testing), as well as that extra padding across the headband. There's a solid suite of controls spread across the right cup, offering mic balancing as well. The only drawback comes in the exclusion of EQ settings, which will put more PC-focused players on the back foot. However, out of the box sound was impressive enough to allow us to forgive this shortcoming.
Audio: With rich, balanced audio and plenty of power behind each driver, this is a looker to begin with. However, we found that same quality transferred across PS4 and Xbox just as well. That means you won't have to sacrifice when switching between systems in a multi-console setup. Not only that, but the performance of the Dolby surround sound was just as pinpoint accurate on each device as well.
Verdict: Yes, the Turtle Beach Stealth Pro is the best multiplatform gaming headset overall, but its receiver hub relies on a USB-C connection which doesn't play too nicely with PS4. You can pick up a cheap adapter if you did want to spend a little more on the Pros but, straight out the box, The Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max packs an excellent punch.
Read more: Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX review
Best PS4 headsets: FAQ
What headset brand is best for PS4?
In our testing, SteelSeries has performed best on PS4 across a range of price scales. However, we have also found excellent performance in PS4 headsets from Razer, Sennheiser, and Sony itself.
Can you use a PS4 headset with PS5?
If you've made the jump to the new generation, you can be safe in the knowledge that your existing PS4 headset will, in all likelihood, work with your new console. If you bought your headset before the PS5's release, though, you might not be getting the best quality 3D or surround sound.
Do any headsets work with PS4?
The majority of gaming headsets on the market will work with PS4, though there are some outliers. If you're using a wireless PS4 headset with a USB-C 2.4GHz receiver, it's worth double checking you're also receiving an adapter for the console's standard USB-A ports in the box. Neither the PS4 nor PS4 Pro carry a USB-C port on board, but you'll be able to use these headsets with the older console with the help of this adapter.
It's also worth avoiding wired headsets that use a USB-C connection rather than 3.5mm - you'll be tethered to your actual console rather than the controller in this scenario, and via an adapter on top.
How we test PS4 headsets
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We test every PS4 headset that crosses our desks for a minimum of two weeks, and often longer. In that time we're using these headsets as if we own them - running them for all daily work and play across gaming, streaming, meetings, and music. We test across a range of genres during that time, hitting wider open world games, faster competitive online shooters, and more atmospheric adventure titles as well. We test these headsets on a PS4 console, while also performing some tests across PS5, Xbox (where appropriate), PC, and Nintendo Switch. For more information on how we test gaming headsets, check out the full GamesRadar+ Hardware Policy.
If you want to upgrade your visual experience as well, then check out our guides to the best PS4 monitors and best gaming TVs. And if you're on the hunt for a different kind of headset, then head over to our best headphones guide.