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The best Xbox One headsets for 2021

The best Xbox One headsets for 2021
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Incorporating one of the best Xbox One headsets into your Xbox setup is a certain way to elevate your gaming experience and immersion. Game audio is better than ever and is so key to our experiences now that upgrading to one of the best Xbox One headsets is an ironclad way to further immerse yourself in your favorite world,s stories, and in-game moments. And quite possibly, to gain an advantage. The good news is that incorporating one of the best Xbox One headsets into any setup is incredibly easy, too - plus there's one for every budget imaginable. And many of them will even span into the Xbox Series X|S generation too so will cover you for years to come.

TV speakers, as good as they are now, just can't provide the booming depths and sweeping ranges of game audio, just because of their slimline nature. Plus the best-sounding TVs might almost be exclusive to those that are the very best gaming TVs, so you'll probably need to save very aggressively. However, there's no need for such extreme budgeting with one of the best Xbox One headsets: you can pick up one of the best sets for around, or under, $100. Go north of that mark, however, and you will find some incredibly good ones if you can stretch the budget.

Examining the balance more carefully, your first impressions of your TV's audio might be that its sound is pretty good. And, don't get us wrong, some of the audio coming out of modern 4K TVs is good. But the reality is that they just can not compete with a headset specifically designed for gaming, and particularly those headsets optimized for Xbox One. Trust us, you won't have heard and enjoyed audio as rich as the stuff pumped directly into your ear-holes with one of the best Xbox One headsets.

And what's great is that a lot of them have already been confirmed as compatible with the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles. It's worth keeping an eye on the headsets that are confirmed for next-gen as a lot of them are making early claims to be the best Xbox Series X headsets, and a lot of models will cover you across both generations which is excellent news for those whose budget just won't stretch to two headsets.

Be assured though, that this isn't just a list of the most expensive cans out there: we test a range of headsets and our picks of the best Xbox One headsets always have to conform to a few criteria: the audio quality has to be, at least, of a very good standard, even if the connection is just an ordinary 3.5mm audio jack; then they have to be comfortable enough to leave you ache-free after those longer gaming sessions; and, lastly, the headset's microphone needs to be clear and user-friendly. Beyond those functional categories, of course, the price has to be right. While some headsets may provide excellent sound, the price tags on these can spiral, so value for money is as critical as anything else. That's also why we check all the major retailers to make sure you're getting the lowest price, every day.

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Steelseries Arctis 9X

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Steelseries Arctis 9X

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Steelseries Arctis 9X

1. Steelseries Arctis 9X

The best Xbox One headset in 2021

Acoustic design: Closed Back | Cable length: 4.3ft / 1.3m | Drivers: 40mm | Weight: 13 oz | Compatibility: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Switch, Mac, Mobile

Wireless for Xbox One
Superb sound with 3D spacial on Xbox
Excellent battery life
It's expensive
'Only' 40mm drivers 

The Steelseries Arctis 9X is very much the Xbox One headset of the moment. Specially engineered to work wirelessly with the console, it provides a near-perfect connection, combined with a rich audio experience, and impressive battery life. It's a great package for anyone serious about sound and getting the most out of their Xbox games. While the headset comes with 40mm drivers, which are smaller than many similarly priced competitors, they're well-tuned and deliver audio that punches well above its weight while retaining a nice clarity and richness.

The trademark SteelSeries 'headband' design offers good comfort levels too, meaning you can play for hours without really noticing that you're wearing the headset, which clocks in at a respectable 13oz / 368g. The mic is clear, comes with decent noise-canceling, and is retractable for when you're not using it. While you never completely remove the mic, it's hidden enough for you to use this headset as an everyday pair of cans, connecting to phones and tablets via a Bluetooth connection. That's a real bonus. You can even plug in via the 3.5mm connection if you want to connect to other consoles or devices, although you lose a number of features like 3D Spatial Sound here.

It's a superb all-rounder, but one that plays so very nicely with the Xbox One. If you want to seriously invest in a headset that does everything you need it for gaming and beyond, the Steelseries Arctis 9X is well worth a look.

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best Razer headsets: Razer Nari Ultimate for Xbox One

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best Razer headsets: Razer Nari Ultimate for Xbox One

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best Razer headsets: Razer Nari Ultimate for Xbox One

2. Razer Nari Ultimate for Xbox One

Feature packed and with excellent wireless audio

Acoustic design: Open Back | Cable length: Wireless | Drivers: 50mm | Weight: 15 oz | Compatibility: Xbox One, PC

Haptic feedback feels good
Superior audio quality
Very solid wireless
Mic isn't the best

The Razer Nari Ultimate is an incredible gaming headset, but one that comes at a premium price. In addition to bringing excellent surround sound, the headset also offers haptic feedback, which means this vibrates in time with the audio so you can literally feel the big noises (usually explosions). While this may seem like a gimmick, it actually makes a noticeable difference to how you experience a game, so if you're big on action titles, this headset is definitely for you.

Elsewhere it's worth noting that the Nari Ultimate is wireless, and that the battery life is surprisingly good considering this has haptic feedback as well as the usual audio features. It's comfy, subtly designed, feels good if you're wearing glasses, and has a retractable mic. In fact, the only real issue is the mic, which doesn't offer the same premium sound quality as the rest of the features of the headset. Not really poor, but not market-leading either. So, if you're a big talker, that could be an issue. If not... there's nothing quite like the Nari Ultimate and if you have the cash we'd recommend this for the feel of using it alone, as it's easily one of the best Xbox One headsets we've tested.

Note that you can buy this Xbox One specific Nari Ultimate headset which is very focussed for the console and gaming, but will then require the Microsoft Wireless Adapter to use it with your PC as it does not include a 3.5mm connection option.

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3. Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2

Surpasses the original model in nearly every way

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

The second generation of Turtle Beach Stealth 700's comes with some serious upgrades from the previous generation, and for only $50 more than the Stealth 600 Gen 2, it's a serious contender for your next gaming headset.

The Stealth 700 Gen 2 has gotten a design upgrade from the original headset, with a slightly toned-down look (no more bright green on the Xbox version) and a flip-to-mute mic that folds neatly into the earcup. The control buttons have also been reorganized and moved to just one earcup. The buttons are nicely sized and well-spaced out, but if you're used to the Gen 1 Stealth 700s, you might need some time to get adjusted to them. 

The Stealth 700 Gen 2 is leagues more comfortable than the Stealth 600 Gen 2, which is saying something as I found the latter fit my glasses-wearing head quite well, but had ear cups that began to pinch after a few hours of gaming. The supple memory foam cushions with Aerofit cooling gel on the Stealth 700 Gen 2 is incredibly comfortable and lets you wear this headset with ease for hours upon hours of gaming. 

And these headphones sound great, with large drivers that give you some great all-around sound, and the ability to fine-tune the audio to your liking with the Audio Hub. Turn on Superhuman Hearing mode to get the upperhand in online shooters, or enable the bass boost for some serious rumble during a heart-pumping campaign mission. The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 is a great headset for the price point.

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Razer Kraken Tournament Edition

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Razer Kraken Tournament Edition

4. Razer Kraken Tournament Edition

The best value Xbox One headset

Acoustic design: Semi-open Back | Cable length: 4.3ft / 1.3m | Drivers: 50mm | Weight: 12.6oz | Compatibility: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Switch, Mac, Mobile

Great all-rounder
Decent audio through standard connection
Very comfy
Mid-range sound could be clearer
Xbox misses out on some features

We love the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition. For the $80 / £75 price, you get a lot of headset for your money here. The 50mm drivers deliver a clear, loud 5.1 sound that easily matches the quality found in headsets that cost way more than the Tournament Edition. It's one of the best headsets for online play, helping you pick out enemy movements and distant gunfire at a decent range and with great accuracy.

Elsewhere, the Kraken TE is light, comfortable (thanks to cooling tech in the ear-cushions), and sturdy - three things you really need in a mid-priced Xbox One headset. The wired connection comes with an in-line control for volume and mic muting (although this only currently works on PC), and the retractable mic itself is clear without being exceptional. Our previous champion was the Razer Kraken Pro V2, but the TE now offers superior value and audio for roughly the same price (in some cases, you can even find it cheaper), so it replaces the older model. It's one of the most well-rounded and versatile headsets we've tested, and represents great value for money. That bold Xbox green coloring is the icing on the cake.

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Microsoft Xbox One Official Stereo Headset

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Microsoft Xbox One Official Stereo Headset

5. Microsoft Xbox One Official Stereo Headset

The official headset

Acoustic design: Closed Back | Cable length: 3.3ft / 1m | Drivers: 40mm | Weight: 7.9 oz | Compatibility: Xbox One, PC, PS4, Switch, Mac, Mobile

Reasonable price
Lightweight
Includes stereo headset adaptor
Flimsy cable

This is the official Xbox One headset produced by Microsoft, and despite it's modest price it still delivers a full range of rich stereo audio. It also features a unidirectional microphone for clear communication, which can be flipped up out of the way when not in use. The headset also comes bundled with the Xbox One stereo headset adaptor, ensuring compatibility and providing handy controls over both game and chat audio volumes.

Clocking in at just 7.9 ounces (255g), this is the lightest headset to feature on our list. Its low weight, combined with the breathable fabric ear cups, mean you can happily wear it for long gaming sessions without getting too fatigued. One downside as a result of this lightness is that the headset cable is particularly thin and therefore may not stand up to rough use, so take that into consideration if it could be an issue. It's a no frills option, but does the job.

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Creative Soundblaster H6

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Creative Soundblaster H6

6. Creative Sound BlasterX H6

An excellent mid-range gaming headset that handles all media

Acoustic design: Closed Back | Cable length: 5ft / 1.5m | Drivers: 50mm | Weight: 11 oz | Compatibility: Xbox One, PC, PS4, Switch, mobile

Versatile audio
Decent mic
Has 7.1 surround sound
Some features lacking on Xbox

A new entry to our list, the Creative Soundblaster H6 packs in a lot of quality audio for the price. What impresses most about the headset, however, is the way it adapts to other forms of media (not just games). While the 7.1 surround sound doesn't function via a 3.5mm connection on Xbox One, it is perfect for the likes of Apex Legends and Fortnite on PC. Most gaming headsets sound a little hollow when handling dialogue in TV shows and movies, but even with a normal connection the H6 manages to deliver rich audio regardless of how you're using them.

The mic is good too, and it's a comfy pair of cans (although not the softest or lightest headset on this list). Creative itself is an old name in computer audio, having made soundcards for older PCs for years, and that sound pedigree is being put to good use in this particular headset. The only downsides are that some voice comms features are unavailable on Xbox, along with the 7.1 surround, while they will work with PC. Shame, but this is still great value for money.

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Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2

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Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2

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Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2

7. Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2

The best Xbox One headset for competitive gaming

Acoustic design: Closed Back | Cable length: 5ft / 1.5m | Drivers: 50mm | Weight: 14.2 oz | Compatibility: PC, Xbox One

Great spacial sound
Feels good to wear
Plenty of neat gaming features
Not as good outside of gaming

Turtle Beach make some superb gaming headsets, and this is one of the best. It's specifically designed to enhance your play in competitive games, like Fortnite, thanks to its ability to enhance nearby noises and give you a chance to not only hear enemies that are sneaking up on you, but also to tell you exactly where they're coming from. It's almost spooky when you first start using it.

Elsewhere the sound quality is great for gaming, as the Elite Pro 2 definitely puts you right in the heart of whatever you play, as you can hear everything around you. Sure, the bass levels aren't quite a good as other top-end headsets, but that makes the biggest difference when you try to use it for other media like movies and music. It's super comfortable too, with soft ear cushions and a padded headband. But that doesn't compromise build quality - the Elite Pro 2 mixes metal and sturdy, white plastic to great effect, offering an Xbox One headset that's both stylish and durable. It's expensive, but worth the money, especially if you're looking for a competitive advantage.

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Corsair HS35

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Corsair HS35

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Corsair HS35

8. Corsair HS35

A no-frills budget pick

Acoustic design: Closed Back | Cable length: 6ft / 1.8m | Drivers: 40mm | Weight: 8.8 oz | Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Mac, Mobile

Excellent value for money
Decent sound
Nice and clear mic
Lacks features and extras
Only stereo sound

Sometimes you want a cheaper headset. But just because you're saving money, you shouldn't have to put up with poor audio, terrible design, and lousy build quality. The Corsair HS35 is the headset for anyone looking to save money and still get a decent pair of cans for their Xbox One. This is a thoughtfully designed piece of kit, available in Xbox green obviously, with a sturdy yet comfortable build and some impressive audio qualities.

Thanks to memory foam ear-cups and a comfy headband, the Corsair HS35 is still snug without being uncomfortable after several hours of play, and it's tough enough to withstand being pulled on and off your head without too much care. The audio won't win awards, but it's on a par with most mid-range headsets, and manages some snappy treble (even if the bass can't match the likes of the Razer Kraken TE). The mic is clear and detachable, and there's a color-coded cable that plugs into any 3.5mm connection. Simple, easy, and very affordable.

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9. EPOS | Sennheiser GSP 300

Great value Sennheiser audio excellence

Acoustic design: Closed-acoustic, over-ear | Cable length: 2m | Drivers: N/A | Weight: 10.2oz | Compatibility: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mobile, Mac

Sennheiser-quality audio
Excellently clear mic
Comfy
Affordable (for Sennheiser)
No chat/game audio balancer
Limited features
Design is OK

As I said in my review "Getting a Sennheiser-quality headset like this, at this price point, and with this device-versatility, is an excellent proposition and one that is easy to recommend." If you're desperate to get some Sennheiser-level audio quality without paying the premium price tags, then the GHSP 300 is just that headset. It's compatible with every device and provides detailed audio, excellent surround/directional accuracy, and great overall richness. Its microphone is great too though it being non-detachable does perhaps preclude it from being a good match for Xbox players who want something for mobile too.

In an ideal world, it'd be nice to have some features but the stripped-back approach helps to keep the costs down too. Its sheer bang for buck value cannot be denied though and this is one of the best gaming headsets going for less than the three-figure mark.

I'm one of the Hardware Editors for GamesRadar+, and 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 lean on it to write about games' landscapes and environments too.