You can rely on Black Friday gaming headset deals to serve up a deluge of savings come the colder months. Whether you're chasing cans for PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, or PC compatibility, discounts are designed to suit all budgets and tastes.
We see retailers across the web slashing prices on everything from Razer to Corsair, HyperX to SteelSeries - and with a few of the best gaming headsets on our shopping lists in 2023 we're holding out for some excellent offers this year. We see Black Friday gaming deals launching earlier and earlier this year, so to make sure you're not caught out by the doorbusters we're helping you get prepped for 2023's sale.
We've been enjoying the audio from a range of new devices so far this year, but there are a few oldies to keep track of as well. That's why we're showing you all the Black Friday gaming headset deals you need to watch out for this year - and rounding up all the retailers' you'll need to be checking as well.
When will Black Friday gaming headset deals start?
Black Friday headset deals officially kick off on November 24. However, as is always the case, some stores just won't be able to help themselves and will launch their Black Friday offers way ahead of this date.
With some retailers going so early, we've got used to seeing some really tasty discounts start to roll in from around mid-October in the past, so we should all have our eyes and wallets ready from that point.
Where will the best Black Friday gaming headset deals be?
You know it'll be the usual suspects playing Black Friday gaming headset deals game again this year, and to get you straight to the right place to see current deals or to get your bookmarks in order now, we've compiled the below list of key retailers.
Amazon: the mega-retailer will have almost any headset you need
Best Buy: an excellent place to check out other big-brand options
Walmart: the big retailer will have plenty of headsets online and in its stores
Newegg: always worth a look and especially for PC-focused headsets
Razer: go direct to one of the best and peruse some premium sets
Amazon: your first stop for gaming headset deals this year
Very: a valuable retailer to check out in the hunt for deals
Overclockers: worth a look as an outside et for good headset deals
ebuyer: PC gaming specialist that's bound to have the goods
Currys: a UK favourite retailer of tech and gaming gear
Razer: going straight to one of the best in the business is a good move
What to expect from Black Friday gaming headset deals in 2023
Dual wireless connectivity, hot-swappable batteries, graphene drivers; 2023's gaming headsets have upped the game. What's more, many of these releases made their way to the shelves at the start of the year, so we're hoping for some particularly valuable savings on some of the year's best cups.
In general, this year's Black Friday gaming headset deals will offer up discounts on a far wider range of products and many more devices specifically built with new-generation consoles in mind. That's because many of the cups that were released alongside the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and those from last year, have had loads of time on the shelves.
We're hoping to see premium models like the $349 / £329 SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless seeing some significant discounts this year. The Nova Pro is our favorite wireless gaming headset overall right now - and has been since its launch last year. It took a massive $100 discount last October, but hasn't been able to reach those same $249.99 sales prices since then. The best we've seen in 2023 was a brief dip down to $280 in the spring. With the full gusto of the year's biggest sales event behind it, though, we could well see this $250 rate reappear. Over in the UK, a £269 sale price appeared for the first time in July of this year, which will hopefully hit the shelves once more in November.
If you're looking to spend a little less, we're also keeping a close eye on the Corsair HS35. This is a cheap gaming headset, but it still packs a considerable punch for the cash, and with an MSRP already sitting below $50 / £50 it's easy on the wallet as well. We've seen those numbers drop as low as $27.99 / £28.49 in the past, though things haven't been that cheap over the course of 2023 so far. Should Black Friday come through, though, there's going to be some serious value in these golden oldies.
Cutting straight down the middle? Those looking to invest but not break the bank will be watching the Razer BlackShark V2. Again, this is an older model, but it still holds up by 2023's standards and its age should make it ripe for discounting. The $99.99 / £99.99 headset is readily available for around $80 / £80 on a day to day basis, but has dropped as low as $59.99 / £54.99 in the past making it truly astonishing value. Those after a more up to date pick can keep their eyes on the 2023 Razer BlackShark V2 Pro (we'd particularly recommend this model if you're after the best mic in the business). This is a $199.99 / £199.99 headset launched over the summer, but we've already seen that MSRP slip to $179.99 / £163 boding well for Black Friday.
Platform-specific gaming headsets like the Pulse 3D and Microsoft Xbox Wireless Headset are going to be tougher to call. The former particularly, as Sony has raised prices of its consoles in many regions so might not be keen to cut it elsewhere. However, the Pulse did get a solid $30 off last year so we'd hope for the same again there.
Overall, we're expecting around 50% off older devices and 20-30% off newer 2023 releases in this year's Black Friday gaming headset deals, with some wiggle room for cups launched just prior to the sale kicking off.
How much should I pay for a gaming headset?
The amount you pay for your gaming headset will be determined by just how far up the quality scale you go, but also by the features you need in your device. For example, super high quality quality audio can be achieved for as little as $99 / £99 if you forego certain wireless connectivity features like Bluetooth and 2.4GHz, drop your expectations for microphone quality, and don't put too much emphasis on battery life.
The most expensive gaming headsets max out at around $349 / £349 - these are your SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pros and Audeze Maxwells, gaming headsets packing every feature under the sun while also offering powerful audio quality to boot. Underneath this you'll be picking and choosing your features - a wireless gaming headset worth its salt but with a few sacrifices will likely sit at between $70 and $150 / £70 and £150 on Black Friday, and the $30 - $70 / £30 - £100 price range is best left to wired models focusing on sound.
Does SteelSeries do Black Friday deals?
Yes, SteelSeries runs Black Friday deals across a range of retailers - and they're not half bad. Last year we saw the newly releases Arctis Nova Pro Wireless take a $100 discount, while the cheaper SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 and Nova 3 were a little harder to save on. Still, the Nova 3 zipped down from $99.99 to $79.99 in December of last year, so it's worth holding onto your cash if Black Friday doesn't quite come through.
What is the number 1 best gaming headset?
The number 1 best gaming headset we've tested so far is the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless. If you're buying a PS5 headset specifically, though, we'd also recommend checking out the Razer Kaira Pro for Playstation. The best Xbox Series X headset for most players is the official Xbox Wireless Headset thanks to its low price and surprisingly rich feature set (and built in wireless connectivity with the Xbox itself).
Should you wait for Black Friday gaming headset deals?
Even though we're starting to see more and more early Black Friday deals and offerings, we really recommend holding fire now. The biggest and best Black Friday gaming headset deals are yet to come, and will always come nearer the big day itself.
You may find a great deal that's really tempting now, and you can always check prices with CamelCamelCamel or similar to ensure you're getting good value - and maybe the early, guaranteed purchase is more of a deal-breaker for you than an extra 10 or 20 bucks. Look out also for any Black Friday price guarantees tat retailers might offer - some did last year - where you can get refunded the difference if a price does drop further, as these could prove vital when thinking about pulling the trigger.
You can check out some highlights from last year below which will further illustrate that Black Friday gaming headset deals are very much worth waiting for rather than trying to get ahead of.
Last year's best Black Friday gaming headset deals
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 |
$199.99 $139.95 at Amazon
Save $60 - Turtle Beach needs no introduction when it comes to gaming headsets, and its Stealth series is among the manufacturer's best lines. Although designed primarily for Xbox Series X and S consoles, the Stealth 700 is an amplified wireless headset that's compatible with the PS5, PS4, PC (Windows 10 & 11), and the Nintendo Switch. With a saving of $60, this deal was one you didn't want to miss.
PS5 Pulse 3D Wireless headset |
$99.99 $69 at Walmart
Save $30 - Sony's official headset is particularly brilliant as it includes support for the PS5's new 3D Audio, which makes the sound go into your ears according to the direction the thing is actually coming from. Sounds basic, but it's super effective!
Last year's deals in the UK
Of course, we're also keeping you abreast of everything you can expect from wider Black Friday PS5 deals and Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals. Or, if you're sorting your whole setup, check out the best Black Friday gaming PC deals we expect to see.