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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 (or are still looking for Xbox Series X stock), 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 best Xbox Series X accessories out there (they're some of the best Xbox Series X headsets overall, too). 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 best Xbox One headsets that are wireless to work on Xbox Series X).

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, better than any speakers on the best gaming TVs or best TVs for Xbox Series X can.

This guide will grow and grow over time, and we'll likely see more entrants in the shape of Razer headsets, Sennheiser gaming headsets, Turtle Beach headsets, Astro headsets, and Logitech headsets, so keep your eyes peeled and check back regularly to see if there's a perfect match for you. (For a bit of disclosure, we'd love to include Microsoft's own Wireless Xbox Headset on this list, but considering it just isn't available anywhere right now - at least, reliably so - we can't put it here to direct you to actually get it in your hands! When it comes back in stock, it'll go right in this guide, though, so check back!)

The best Xbox Series X wireless headsets

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Steelseries Arctis 9X

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Steelseries Arctis 9X

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Steelseries Arctis 9X

SteelSeries Arctis 9X

The best for Xbox One is the best Xbox Series X wireless headset

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

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

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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

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.

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best xbox series x headsets: Corsair HS75 XB Wireless

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Corsair HS75 XB Wireless

An excellent wireless XSX set that's brilliant for multiplayer

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

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

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Razer Kaira Pro

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Razer Kaira Pro

A top-grade Razer wireless headset for Xbox

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

Fantastic surround sound
Adjustable profiles
Game/chat balancer
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 headset.

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Astro A50

A fantastic, premium, and luxurious Xbox Series X wireless headset

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

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

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best xbox series X headsets: SteelSeries Arctis 7X

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SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless

An incredible Xbox Series X wireless headset that works on all platforms

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

Comfortable for long sessions
Great audio across the range
Decent mic
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.


Looking for more Xbox Series X accessories? Check out the best Xbox Series X external hard drive going, and the best Xbox Series X monitor you can get too.

Rob Dwiar

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!