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Xbox Series X wireless headset guide: go tether-free this generation

Xbox Series X wireless headset
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An Xbox Series X wireless headset is the way forward for those that are keen to cut the cord in these early years of a new generation. We know it's been hard to get the console itself, but if you've been lucky enough to bag one, getting wireless audio to go with it is a sure-fire way to instantly upgrade your XSX|S setup or prepare for when the console arrives. 

You see, an Xbox Series X wireless headset is undoubtedly one of the easiest ways to enhance your gaming experience and setup. As such, taking the plunge with any of the ones we've listed below is a good move - especially because you can't just use any cord-free set off the shelves, or, indeed, any cordless set that works via a dongle. This is thanks to Microsoft installing a kind of closed system for wireless peripherals, meaning it's not quite as easy as 'plug and go.' The long and short of this is you have to make sure you pick the right headset (which is undoubtedly getting easier due to backward compatibility for hardware that enables many of the that are wireless to work on Xbox Series X). Factors like these ensure that a lot of these sets are also just some of the best gaming headsets outright.

Regardless of what you choose and no matter whether you're a single-or multiplayer-focused kind of person, an Xbox Series X wireless headset will upgrade your audio beyond belief (you know what I mean) and immerse you deeper into your games - some of these are also the best Xbox Series X headsets and can also act as Xbox One headsets too so the flexibility is awesome too.

The best Xbox Series X wireless headsets in 2022

1. SteelSeries Arctis 9X

The best Xbox Series X wireless headset

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Superb sound with 3D spacial on Xbox
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Excellent battery life
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Great feature set

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey
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'Only' 40mm drivers 

Yup, it really isn't a surprise to see that our favourite Xbox Series X and Xbox One headset - that happens to be wireless - is also our top dog from the purely-wire-free selection available to us now.

The SteelSeries Arctis 9X is specially engineered to work wirelessly within Xbox's ecosystem and hardware, and this has graduated perfectly into this new-gen of consoles too. It has a wonderfully rich audio experience and impressive battery life in addition to a seamless connection that's going to continue with the Series X and S console.

The 40mm drivers are very well-tuned and deliver audio that punches well above its weight (for 40mm drivers, that is - competitors often stuff larger ones in at this price point) while retaining a nice clarity and richness. It's a great package for anyone that's serious about sound and getting the most out of their Xbox games. The SteelSeries Arctis 9X's mic is also clear, comes with decent noise-canceling, and is retractable for when you're not using it. 

Finally, the trademark SteelSeries 'headband' design offers good levels of comfort. This means you can play for hours without really noticing that you're wearing the headset. A truly terrific Xbox Series X wireless headset that'll always be hard to beat.

Microsoft Xbox Wireless Headset

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2. Microsoft Xbox Wireless Headset

The best value Xbox Series X wireless headset

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed back, over ear
Connections: Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C charging
Cable length: 14-inch
Drivers: 40mm
Weight: 312g

Reasons to buy

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Super clear mic 
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Reasonable price point 
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Solid surround sound 
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Fantastic bass

Reasons to avoid

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Mic monitoring could be better
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Might be too small for larger heads

The official Microsoft Xbox Wireless Headset really disrupted the Xbox Series X headset scene. And while it had a delayed appearance after the consoles' launch date, it quickly became one of the very best out there but also held, and holds, a significantly cheaper price point. At just $99 / £89, we were impressed by this Xbox Series X wireless headset's out-of-the-box quality which really shone in our testing, being particularly adept at wider soundscapes and excelling in our time with Red Dead Redemption 2. We were particularly pleased to hear a detailed surround sound between these cups as well, and those bass levels could be pumped with additional boost. 

Not only that, but that price offers better value for money over headsets of a similar price point and quality - and you're even getting luxury features like a dual connection with your phone which typically bumps up the cost as well. The Razer Kaira Pro actually costs $50 more than the standard model to include this feature, so the official headset really does offer great value for money. 

3. Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2

The best Turtle Beach Xbox Series X wireless headset

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Doubles battery life from the previous generation
+
Incredibly comfortable 
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Great microphone accuracy

Reasons to avoid

-
Might be a tight fit for some

The first in this list of wireless headsets that also appears on our best PS5 wireless headset guide, the revamped Stealth 700 Gen 2 is a significant upgrade from its predecessor. The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 is so good it is rightly challenging at the upper echelons of such rankings, and is definitely worth the price of admission. 

The revamp is immediately obvious when it comes to the headset's design: first up there's no need for a dongle so that's gone, and the aesthetics have a classy, subtle finish, while a flip-to-mute mic folds neatly into the earcup. The controls and buttons have been nicely reordered to feature only on one (the left) earcup, and the set is incredibly comfortable with memory foam cushions that feature Aerofit cooling gel, ensuring it sits nicely for long sessions.

Importantly, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset sounds excellent. The beefy drivers offer a great, all-encompassing soundscape, and with the ability to fine-tune the audio to your liking with the Audio Hub, customisation and tweaking can be performed brilliantly too. Superhuman Hearing is a feature of worthy inclusion too, genuinely offering an edge in online shooters. 

Finally, there's dedicated attention for the bottom end of the audio spectrum, with the bass boost providing some serious rumble during a heart-pumping campaign mission. Easily one of the best Turtle Beach headsets money can buy right now, and perhaps the very best.

4. Corsair HS75 XB Wireless

The best Corsair and multiplayer Xbox Series X wireless headset

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed Back
Drivers: 50mm
Weight: 13.2oz (374g)
Compatibility: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

Reasons to buy

+
A quality mic
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Great audio with big bass
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Comes with premium Dolby Atmos app

Reasons to avoid

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Quite big
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Pretty expensive

The Corsair HS75 XB Wireless is an Xbox Series X wireless headset that's specifically designed for the new console (though it will play nice with last-gen machines too, as all 'designed for Xbox' products will) and it's a real corker. A booming pair of 50mm drivers see the headset excel at the most enthusiastic of battles and you'll enjoy 20 hours of action between battery charges, along with a super smooth connection that never dropped out or stuttered in our testing.

As an extra, excellent bonus, the headset comes with free access to the Dolby Atmos app on Xbox (usually $15/£15) which is music to the ears of premium audio enthusiasts. This means you'll have instant access to audio presets for gaming, movies, and music, and access to equalizer settings. This proved particularly handy as the out-of-the-box offering of the headset was sometimes a little too treble-y. 

If you enjoy online gaming, then Corsair's mic makes this a superb gaming headset for multiplayer. Not only is it super clear, but it offers some of the best mic isolation around, doing a great job at cutting down on background noise around you. 

Overall, the Corsair HS75 XB has a great design and build too with brushed metal earcups feeling like they'll protect the headset from any drops, some traditional Corsair design flares, and features. They do feel quite large even when on the smallest headband setting, but this isn't too much of a big deal.

Read more: Corsair HS75 XB review

5. Razer Kaira Pro

The best Razer Xbox Series X wireless headset

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed Back / over ear
Battery life: up to 15 hours
Drivers: 50mm
Weight: 0.73lbs (330g)
Compatibility: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, mobile

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic surround sound
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Adjustable profiles
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Game/chat balancer

Reasons to avoid

-
Mic could be better

Razer's premium Xbox Series X wireless headset (the regular, slightly-stripped back Kaira is also available) is a great shout for fans of Razer headsets looking to get an Xbox Series X wireless headset designed to serve every tier of the Xbox experience. 

The Razer Kaira Pro puts ease-of-use at the forefront, and also flexibility by offering wireless and Bluetooth 5.0 connections and the ability to swap between your Series X or your cell phone at will. And the audio experience doesn't suffer for it, because the Pro is fitted with Razer's own Triforce titanium 50mm drivers which are excellent and offer a great experience across the sound spectrum, with great detail and precision. This extends to the surround sound that features too - it sells a sense of place in a way no any TV speaker or soundbar could.

The addition of an onboard game sound/chat balancer is most welcome, and also some downloadable software fills out an impressive package. The latter allows players to tweak their audio experience to taste or get straight into the action with pre-set profiles. A top Xbox Series X wireless Razer headset.

7. Astro A50

The best premium Xbox Series X wireless headset

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed back; over ear
Drivers: 40mm Neodymium Magnet
Weight: 11.2oz / 318g
Compatibility: XSX|S, Xbox One, PC

Reasons to buy

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Peerless comfort
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Powerful, distinct sound
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Wireless charging

Reasons to avoid

-
Software isn’t as luxurious as the hardware
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Slow to charge

If you're looking for some of the best audio going in your Xbox Series X wireless headset then pay attention to the Astro A50 right now. In one of the standout cases of a headset being worth its high price of admission the A50s give out some of the best gaming audio going - on any platform - and is a superb companion to a new Xbox Series setup. These sets have been a high-tide mark across the market for decades now and this latest variant is an absolute banger.

And it only takes a few minutes with the headset to see and hear why that is still as clear as day: 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 Xbox series X here: you will need to follow this guide (opens in new tab) and also download the Dolby Access app to ensure you set it up correctly. Elsewhere, for those who like to tinker, there's added flexibility and options provided by Astro’s Command Center software on PC that can enable users 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 Xbox and PlayStation - ensure you have the right tab selected at the retailer before purchasing!

8. SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless

The best multi-platform Xbox Series X wireless headset

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed Back
Drivers: 40mm
Weight: 12.4oz (352g)
Compatibility: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC, Switch, Android

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable for long sessions
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Great audio across the range
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Decent mic

Reasons to avoid

-
Slightly lacking in bass

Away from its big brother, the Arctis 9X, the Steelseries Arctis 7X is a truly wonderful Xbox Series X wireless headset that we can easily recommend. 

First up, it's an incredibly comfortable headset, with soft padding around the cups that remain cool for hours and an elasticated band across the crown that feels light with no pinching. We're also big fans of the 24-hour battery and the fact that the wireless signal is consistently reliable with no interruptions or stutters.

As in the 9X, the drivers here are 40mm in size so are smaller than some competitors, but they far outdo their smaller nature with the audio quality across the range being excellent. 

Meanwhile, the mic quality is solid for multiplayer use and retracts into the headset itself when not needed. Similarly, the volume controls and game/chat balance dials are easy to access.

As a wider point, while the SteelSeries Arctis 7X is marketed as a Series X wireless headset, it's actually one of the best buys for a truly multiplatform headset thanks to the USB-C dongle (there's a USB-A adapter too) which can be plugged into PS5, PC, Switch, and Android mobiles.

Note: It would seem plenty of players are already enjoying the SteelSeries Arctis 7X as it's been very hard in stores to find of late, which is why it's quite low down in this guide.

9. Audeze Penrose X

The best Xbox Series X wireless headset for audiophiles

Specifications

Acoustic design: Over-ear, closed-circumaural
Cable length: Wireless (c.50" / 127cm aux cable)
Drivers: 100mm Planar Magnetic
Weight: 11.3oz / 320g
Compatibility: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One , PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, Mobile

Reasons to buy

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Rich and detailed sound
+
Comfortable over long sessions
+
Easy to use and tweak game audio and chat volume in the mix

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive 
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It's easy to burn through the battery life
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Microphone is a bit awkward

If you have a very healthy budget and want some of the most specialised, exquisite audio you can get from an Xbox Series X 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. 

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. 

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, and for that reason, it really is one of the best Xbox Series X wireless headsets you can get.

Read more: Audeze Penrose X review

10. Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2

One of the best mid-range Xbox Series X wireless headsets

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

+
Solid battery life
+
Comfortable for glasses wearers
+
Excellent audio and microphone accuracy
+
Next-gen compatible

Reasons to avoid

-
Plastic across headband feels cheap 
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Ear cups started to hurt after long-term wear

The second generation of Turtle Beach Stealth 600's are a great low-to-mid level wireless headset compatible with Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. 

With nicely-tuned 50mm drivers, a solid-but-unspectacular 15-hour battery life, a comfortable fit - even with glasses - the bang for buck value is strong. Throw in an easy setup process, and a very accessible price tag, and you really are off to a winner. This is certainly a great choice for gaming on a budget, as the sound quality is top-tier and the microphone sensitivity is ideal for those who want to communicate without shouting. However, because of the reasonable price, the headset plastic does feel a bit cheap, especially across the headband and on the ear cups, and unfortunately, the ear cups do get a little uncomfortable in longer gaming sessions.

However, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2's are a good sequel to an affordable wireless headset. It looks pretty good, feels pretty good, and sounds great - a no-brainer if you're looking to get a pair of headphones ahead of the next-gen release that won't bankrupt you. This is definitely one of the best wireless gaming headsets, and certainly of the best Turtle Beach headsets (opens in new tab).

One of the best mid-range lightweight Xbox Series X wireless headsets

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

+
Lightweight and comfortable for long-term wear
+
Fantastic 3D sound 
+
Mid-range price

Reasons to avoid

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Plastic band and cups look cheaper than RIG 500
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Mute button toggle isn't very clear

If you're looking for a mid-range wireless headset that boasts Dolby Atmos 3D audio for your Xbox Series X / S and PC, then the RIG 700 Pro HX is a tremendous contender. This headset is lightweight, crystal clear, and comfortable, and is worthy of the extra investment when compared directly to its RIG 500 brethren. 

Lightness is crucial to the headset's design, and that's thanks in large part to the plastic headband and earcups. The self-adjusting cushioned head strap can be adjusted for large, medium, and small sizing and offer a very comfortable fit for a seriously light headset. The dual-material ear cushions are breathable and comfortable - in short, these are more comfortable than the RIG 500s by quite a bit. This headset has a 20hz frequency response, 40mm drivers, and a uni-directional mic pick-up pattern. On-board controls consist of on-ear volume control, game-chat balance, and a mute button - the latter doesn't have any sort of light or sound that makes it clear whether you're muted or not which is a bit of an oversight. 

However, it's sound that's key in a headset and this headset sounds great. In our testing we found weapon sounds to be especially crisp and satisfying, and I could easily identify where my enemies' footsteps spatially. Firing off a few rounds of the VK-47 Flatline before unleashing a smoke grenade and running away from an incoming enemy is incredibly satisfying.

For those who play shooters, particularly battle royales like Apex Legends and Call of Duty: Warzone, this is a headset that will help you get a leg up over the competition.

Read more: RIG 700 Pro review 


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Rob Dwiar
Rob Dwiar

I'm the Commissioning Editor for Hardware at GamesRadar+ and have been here since late 2018. I'm also a writer on games and have had work published over the last five years or so at 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 I do that in my spare time. I'm also an expert on the virtual landscapes and environments of games and love to write about them too, including in an upcoming book on the topic!