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PS5 wireless headset guide: cut the cords with your new-gen console

Sony Pulse 3D headset
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A PS5 wireless headset is rapidly becoming the weapon of choice for PS5 (and PS4, to an extent) owners. Like traditional hard drives giving way to SSDs, the territory of wired headsets is fast being encroached upon by wireless headsets - and we're here to help you embrace this no matter whether you've been lucky enough to get a PS5 or are still chasing PS5 stock.

Now, don't get us wrong, there will always be a place for a PS5 wired headset. Sometimes you can't beat the flexibility that connection provides, and a lack of signal dropout - to say nothing of low latency - can't be ignored. Plus, some of the best PS5 headsets (and best Xbox Series X headsets) are wired models. However, getting a PS5 wireless headset is a particularly astute move right now - they offer greater flexibility and less faff. In fact, they're some of the best PS5 accessories out there.

The number of PS5 wireless headsets that will play nice with the previous-gen is not too bad, either. From Turtle Beach headsets to Sony headsets for gaming to Sennheiser gaming headsets, it's clear that a large proportion of the big players are eager to offer compatibility with both generations. This means such a headset could be your tether-free version of the best PS4 headset simultaneously. Nice.

Over time, the number of best PS5 wireless headset options is likely to grow and become quite an impressive list. As makers release more, and as we test more, this list will become richer and richer. For example, we'd expect to see more of the likes of Razer headsets, Astro headsets, and Logitech headsets as we progress deeper into this generation, all offering the best PS5 wireless headset for you.

The best PS5 wireless headsets

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Sony Pulse 3D headset

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Sony Pulse 3D headset

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Sony Pulse 3D headset

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Sony Pulse 3D headset

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Sony Pulse 3D headset

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Sony Pulse 3D headset

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Sony PS5 Pulse 3D wireless headset

The official headset is the best PS5 wireless headset

Acoustic Design: Closed Back, over ear | Drivers: 40mm | Weight: 295g | Compatibility: PS5, PS4, PC, PSVR

Official companion accessory
Tempest 3D AudioTech
Easy to use
Very comfortable
Great value
Built-in microphone could be better 

The official Sony PS5 wireless headset is now my go-to PS5 headset. And that's because it is just superb. There's no doubting that it also offers benefits from being the official companion of the PS5. Boasting the same aesthetics and design language, the Pulse 3D headset is easily the best and, well, easiest way to tap into the PS5's Tempest 3D AudioTech. 

And the quality is noticeable, immediately. From the pre-loaded Astro's Playroom to bigger, heavier hitters like Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Spider-Man: Miles Morales, the investment in the Tempest audio engine, and how the PUlse 3D delivers it to you, is exceptional; the drivers cover all parts of the audio spectrum brilliantly, with better bass than the official PS4 headsets to boot.

Elsewhere, the built-in mic is reliable and clear, though not being a boom mic does mean it picks up some background noise and isn't quite as crisp. But this is nitpicking. The Pulse 3D has set a high bar for PS5 wireless headsets, and it's likely to remain around the top of these lists for the entire generation, based on what it's capable of and demonstrating already.

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Steelseries Arctis 7P

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Steelseries Arctis 7P

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Steelseries Arctis 7P

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Steelseries Arctis 7P

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SteelSeries Arctis 7P

The pick of third-party PS5 wireless headsets

Acoustic design: Closed Back, over ear | Drivers: 40mm Noedymium | Weight: 354g | Compatibility: PS4, PS5, PC, Switch, Mobile

Excellent audio quality and detail
Very comfortable 
Excellent battery life
SteelSeries quality in build and audio
Bass can be a bit lacking

Leading the way early on for the third-party makers of PS5 wireless headsets is the SteelSeries Arctis 7P. It's a fabulous headset and oozes SteelSeries quality from every angle. It's got a slick and tidy design that also feels robust and solid in the hands - but it's also comfortable and light on the head. The familiar SteelSeries ski-goggle headband makes it easy to adjust, too. 

The microphone is of the highest quality and is retractable, so can be easily put out of the way for single-player playtime. Meanwhile, all the onboard controls are neat, tidy, and responsive. Having a sidetone (hearing your own voice) dial is a nice bonus, and the feature set on PC offers a good amount of customization options as well.

The real quality comes, of course, in the audio, and this is superb. It's crisp, clear, and detailed. There's a tiny bit lacking at the bottom end, perhaps, but this doesn't impact use and the audio experience. To get specific, the 40mm drivers do a great job of giving me Valhalla's music, natural sounds, and much of the combat noises, while also capturing the combat sounds excellently in the likes of Godfall (don't @ me), and Spider Man.

If you're after the best third-party PS5 wireless headset, then this is it. It's also compatible with PS4 too which is excellent news!

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Astro A50

A fantastic and luxurious PS5 wireless headset

Acoustic design: Closed back; over ear | Drivers: 40mm Neodymium Magnet | Weight: 11.2oz / 318g | Compatibility: PS5, PS4, PC

Wireless charging
Peerless comfort
Powerful, distinct sound
Software isn’t as luxurious as the hardware
Slow to charge

If you're looking for sheer premium gaming audio in a PS5 wireless headset then Astro’s A50s could well be for you. Definitely worth saving up for to account for their price tag, the A50s have long been a high-tide mark not just within the manufacturer’s own product range but in console wireless headsets for the better part of a decade now. And this latest variant is an absolute banger.

A few minutes with the latest version of the A50 and it’s clear why: there is peerless comfort and build quality, twinned with a rich sound even the most particular of audiophiles would be impressed by. This version’s had its wireless base station slimmed down to take up less space and charges the headset to about 15 hours of charge, which is about the standard for current wireless models. A quick note on the base station and compatibility with PS5 here: you will have to obtain Astro's HDMI Audio Adapter to ensure functionality with the PS5 (follow this guide). This is due to the PS5 not having an optical audio port. An extra acquisition but one that is absolutely worth it! Elsewhere, there's added flexibility and options too by plugging the A50 into a PC and using Astro’s Command Center software to choose between EQ profiles and tweaks within its simple interface. Not that tweaks are really necessary here - the sound you get by default is really special. 

It’s authoritative but tight in the low end of the audio spectrum, making those low resonant frequencies felt without drowning out the subtler details higher up the frequency range. In fact, it might be the single best for sound articulation on the wireless market right now. 

Note: Just remember, Astro makes the A50 for PlayStation and Xbox - ensure you have the right tab selected at the retailer before purchasing!

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Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2

A superb Turtle Beach option

Acoustic design: Closed Back, over ear | Drivers: 50mm Nanoclear | Weight: 382g | Compatibility: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC

Doubles battery life from the previous generation
Incredibly comfortable 
Great microphone accuracy
Might be a tight fit for some

Leading the line of Turtle Beach's Gen 2 headsets, the Stealth 700 is a perfect PS5 wireless headset. It's had a design upgrade from the previous incarnation with a new, subtler aesthetic, and a flip-to-mute mic that folds neatly into the earcup's design and form. The controls have also been shuffled around a bit to now only feature on one earcup and all are easy to use. 

Still, the new design's greatest success is that it's incredibly comfortable. Supple memory foam cushions with Aerofit cooling gel are a highlight, ensuring you can wear them for hours at a time with no aches or strains.

Importantly, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset sounds excellent. Its large drivers give you some great all-around sound, and the ability to fine-tune the audio to your liking with the Audio Hub adds depth to the possible soundscapes. The Superhuman Hearing feature is a worthy inclusion too and stays true to Turtle Beach headsets' exemplary track record in first-person shooters and online shooters. A great headset that'll cover you for both PS4 and PS5, and a terrific PS5 wireless headset overall.

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Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2

An excellent mid-range PS5 wireless headset

Acoustic design: Closed Back, over ear | Drivers: 50mm | Battery life: 15 hours | Weight: 580g | Compatibility: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC

Solid battery life
Comfortable for glasses wearers
Excellent audio and microphone accuracy
Next-gen compatible
Plastic across headband feels cheap 
Ear cups started to hurt after long-term wear

If you're looking to maximise bang-to-buck value for your PS5 wireless headset, then the second generation of Turtle Beach Stealth 600s is a great set to consider. Compatible with PS4 and PC too, the positioning of the Stealth 600 Gen 2 as a mid-range headset is likely to be an astute one and attract loads of players who want to maximise their PS5 audio experience without going overboard on price. 

With nicely-tuned 50mm drivers, a solid 15-hour battery life, a comfortable fit (even with glasses), the bang for buck value is strong. But when you throw in an easy setup process, Turtle Beach audio excellence, and that price tag, you really are flying in terms of value. 

The sound quality is top-tier and the microphone sensitivity is ideal for those who want to communicate without shouting, but the design of the headset does suffer a bit from feeling plasticky and cheap at points. It's not quite as comfortable as the 700s but isn't enough to put anyone off, either. Just watch out for those longer play sessions.

Basically, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2s are a good sequel to an affordable wireless headset: the set looks pretty good, feels pretty good, and sounds great - a no-brainer if you're looking to get a no-nonsense PS5 wireless headset without breaking the bank.

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Sony PlayStation Wireless Platinum

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Sony PlayStation Wireless Platinum

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Sony PlayStation Wireless Platinum

Sony PlayStation 4 Platinum headset

A cross-gen favourite plays nice as a PS5 wireless headset...if you can find it

Acoustic design: Closed Back | Battery life: 6 hours | Drivers: 50mm | Weight: 318g | Compatibility: PS4, PS5

Sony and PlayStation pedigree
Super comfortable
Stylish look
Great audio
Companion app is fairly redundant
Older model

The Platinum headset shone on every level as a PS4 headset, and also offers a strong option as a PS5 wireless headset option. If you can find it, the Sony Platinum headset has a fantastic mix of price and performance. The 50mm drivers are great, only lacking a tiny bit in the bottom end, but there is an excellent level of audio detail, clarity, surround sound, and richness to everything else. This means the overall audio is of exquisite quality. 

The on-board and built-in features are reliable and worthwhile too; there's an excellent game/chat audio balancer, and the ability to store onboard game audio profiles - specifically designed audio soundscapes for particular games - is awesome. The quality of the Platinum headset means it's definitely in with a shout of being one of the best PS5 wireless headsets you can use nowadays as a result, and it's a particularly great option for those folks wanting an official headset to straddle two great consoles. 

Now, importantly, it isn't being made anymore by Sony. However, it is still possible to find deals on it so keep a lookout if this is the PS5 wireless headset that interests you.

If you're looking for other acquisitions for new-gen, PS5 gaming then check out our guides on the best TV for PS5, the best 120Hz 4K TVs, the best PS5 external hard drive, and best PS5 SSD options, and the best PS5 monitors.

I'm one of the Hardware Editors for GamesRadar+, and have been for nearly three years; I've also been a writer on games - freelancing and the like - for four or so years for the likes of Eurogamer, RPS, PCGN, and more. Day to day, I take care of a whole host of gaming tech reviews, buying guides, and news and deals content that pops up across GamesRadar+. I'm also a qualified landscape and garden designer so do that in my spare time, and use it to write about games' landscapes and environments too, including an upcoming book on the topic!