With game audio being better than ever, and so key to our experiences, upgrading to one of the best Xbox One headsets is an ironclad way to further immerse yourself in your favorite worlds, stories, and in-game moments. And quite possibly, to gain an advantage.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that the best Xbox One headsets are on their way out. But, no, Xbox One headsets are here to stay. Their staying power comes from their high quality offerings, forward compatibility with the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and the fact that the player base for the Xbox One is still enormous with folks enjoying a larger-than-ever game library.
With the Xbox Series generation nearly a year old already, it's worth mentioning that some Xbox One headsets will be great for the new-gen console, and some won't be. Generally, it's all been pretty smooth sailing in terms of forward (and backward) headset compatibility, but, to be sure - and if you're on the hunt for Xbox Series X stock - it'll be wise to keep a close eye on the best Xbox Series X headsets and the lineup of Xbox Series X wireless headsets going to see whether you're next set can cover you for both generations.
Be assured though, that this isn't just a list of the most expensive sets 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. We also make sure that the headset's microphone is 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.
As good as they are, the speakers on the likes of the best TVs for Xbox Series X and the best gaming TVs just can't provide the booming depths and sweeping ranges of game audio that headsets can. And what's more, you can get one of the best Xbox One headsets for around, or under, $100 - a tiny amount compared to a TV with enough audio punch or a top gaming sound system which can dwarf that cost.
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 for gaming and beyond, the Steelseries Arctis 9X is well worth a look. It's also compatible with Xbox Series X|S which is awesome.
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 - and will have you covered for new-gen gaming on the XBox Series X|S too.
The official venture into Xbox One headsets from Microsoft comes in the form of the Xbox Wireless Headset. While really targeted at the Xbox Series X and to be a companion to that latest console, it works beautifully with Xbox One.
The first big wallop of excellence comes in the unavoidably good-value price tag: at just $99/£89, it is way cheaper than rival headsets that are of the same weight category, quality-wise. And it is quality in almost every way: it's extremely comfortable, it has excellent audio performance with a clear audio soundscape, it features incredibly powerful bass, and the surround sound is solid too. A true highlight is the mic quality: this is tremendous, and it's designed well as it can be tucked away neatly when not in use. The wireless Bluetooth connection is one of the best we've tested on the Xbox Series X too. If you like your accessories officials and maybe find yourself in a situation of getting your new-gen console-setup in order before you find that elusive Xbox Series X stock, then this is the headset to span the generational gap.
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 - and it'll work with Xbox Series X|S!
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.
This is a great contender for best Xbox One headset that will also serve you incredibly well for a new-gen console if you've got one - or are yet to go one. And that's all down to a simple wired connection that the Recon 500 offers - oh, and also the supreme audio quality and excellent value it offers too.
You won’t find lavish gamer-y design flairs or the most premium construction materials on the Recon 500, then, since Turtle Beach’s latest in the long-running line costs less than $100/£100. What you do find, crucially, is sound so good it takes you aback, and offers an Xbox One headset experience that is not hard on the wallet, but offers great bang for buck performance and value.
Wood composite injection technology. 60mm drivers. Dedicated woofers and tweeters per earcup. It doesn’t sound like the recipe for crisp, precise sound, and yet it all comes together in a powerful surge of ultra-responsive bass, detailed high end, and a pleasingly flat EQ curve with just a bit of audible kick further down the spectrum.
So that’s yours. Take it to the bank. But what isn’t coming along for the ride is much in the way of added features - this is a simple wired model (which offers greater flexibility and compatibility, of course) with just a mic mute, detachable mic arm, and volume scroll wheel in the way of physical controls. Not one for perennial tweakers then, but those who enjoy value, simplicity, and fundamentally great audio should scout out this new Recon.
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 - and the cherry on top is that it's compatible with the Xbox Series X and S.
The Corsair HS75 XB Wireless is a 'designed for Xbox' product and doesn't require a dongle to connect to your Xbox. However, unlike some other dongle-free Xbox One headsets, the connection is strong, stable, and reliable. The main actors in the HS7b XB's performance are its booming pair of 50mm drivers. These make the headset excel at the most enthusiastic of battles and chaotic encounters, while another standout feature - the mic - means this is a superb gaming headset for multiplayer. Not only is the mic super clear, but it offers some of the best isolation around, doing a great job at cutting down on background noise around you. Throw in a strong battery life of around 20 hours between charges, and the package soon becomes incredibly compelling.
Fans of premium audio will be pleased to hear that the HS75 XB comes with free access to the Dolby Atmos app on Xbox (usually $15/£15), complete with audio presets for gaming, movies, and music, and access to equalizer settings. These options are particularly handy, offering general flexibility, but also the chance to reign in the treble which can sometimes be a bit piercing. Not many games support full-on Dolby Atmos audio yet, but the app's settings are worth experimenting with for any game, especially as you can switch on some quality positional audio, offering a potential edge in online shooters.
The build and design quality also help to further justify the price of admission, with the brushed metal earcup yokes feeling like they'll protect the headset from any drops - on their sides at least - while looking good too. Leatherette coverings around the headband and cups, along with soft padding, make the HS75 XB a comfortable wear. They do feel quite large though, and even on the smaller band settings it was quite a loose fit, especially over the ears - but then again this helped our ears stay cool.
Read more: Corsair HS75 XB review
Designed as a Series X headset first, the Razer Kaira Pro is still one of the best Xbox One headsets. It's built to serve every level of the Xbox experience, it puts ease-of-use at the forefront, along with multi-generational compatibility. Powered by wireless and Bluetooth 5.0 connections, it's flexible and easy to swap between your console or your phone.
The audio experience doesn't suffer for it, though, and it still has that Razer, premiere audio quality: Razer's own Triforce titanium 50mm drivers are the real deal, giving you a wider breadth of sound in the high, mid, and low ranges. Plus, the surround sound that accompanies is absolutely convincing - it sells a sense of place in a way no TV speaker could.
The addition of downloadable software and an onboard game sound/chat balancer rounds out what is already a tempting package. Indeed, the former allows players to tweak their audio experience to taste or get straight into the action with pre-set profiles.
If you have a healthy budget and want some of the most specialised, exquisite audio you can get from an Xbox One wireless headset, then the Audeze Penrose X is a great set to consider. This set really does combine high-end gaming audio, the very best build quality, performance, and versatility, all into one great package. Plus, and although the price of admission is considerable,m you're also getting one of the top wireless Xbox Series X headsets too so this will have you covered for two whole generations (and on PC if you want further flexibility).
You're getting a practically unrivaled audio experience out of the Penrose X; deep bass, incredible clarity, and a real depth and detail to the sound that helps to immerse you into your favorite virtual worlds and give you better insight into the action unfolding around you in multiplayer arenas. When paired with Dolby Atmos on Xbox Series X, you'll also get a virtual surround sound output that will also enhance and elevate the audio for movies and TV room, movies, and TV shows too.
As we say, the Penrose X is expensive, but it's also an investment for the future: it's a premium headphone offering from Audeze that delivers a quality, depth, and density in its sound that few of its peers are able to match.
Read more: Audeze Penrose X review
This is the official Xbox One headset produced by Microsoft, and despite its 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, meaning 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. As it's official, it'll work with your new Xbox Series X or S too.
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 making it compatible with XSX|S too. Simple, easy, and very affordable.
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. A great option for those wanting to get something excellent without breaking the bank for XSX|S too.
Turtle Beach makes 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 - and it'll work with Xbox Series X and S as well. Nice.
Note: This is a slightly older model of Xbox One headset now so you might see stock fluctuating, prices change, and maybe even a lack of availability. Still a worthy contender if you can find it though.
Are Xbox One headsets compatible with Xbox Series X
In general, the vast majority of Xbox One headsets are compatible with Xbox Series X - there are only very few outliers. That means you'll likely find that Xbox One headsets are easily transferable to your new console if you're lucky enough to grab one. Just to make sure, though, we'd recommend checking with the manufacturer's product information to double check.