Along with a good monitor, a gaming headset is one of the most important peripherals necessary for immersing yourself in the virtual world. From enjoying a game’s music and sound design to hearing every directional detail right down to nearby enemy footsteps, a quality gaming headset will guarantee that you get the best experience playing your favorite titles while also giving you a competitive edge — and that built-in microphone is also a must-have for communicating with teammates and trading banter with foes.
You don’t want to go too cheap and end up with a crummy headset, but the good news here is that if you’re shopping for a new set of cans on a budget, there are plenty of cheap gaming headset deals if you know where to look — and we’ve got ’em all right here. If you’re ready to get your game on and save some cash, you’ve found the right place.
Today’s best gaming headset deals
- Turtle Beach Recon 70 Wired Gaming Headset - Green Camo — $23, was $40
- Turtle Beach Recon 200 — $30, was $60
- Razer Kraken Tournament Edition Gaming Headset — $55, was $100
- Razer Kraken Tournament Edition 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset — $69, was $99
- Razer Kraken Gaming Headset — $70, was $80
- Sony Platinum Wireless 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Gaming Headset — $149, was $160
- Sennheiser GSP 600 Acoustic Gaming Headset — $178, was $250
How to choose a gaming headset
Choosing the right gaming headset isn’t as big of a decision as buying your next PC or console, but as with a mechanical keyboard or gaming mouse, you naturally don’t want to end up spending your hard-earned cash on one that isn’t a good fit. That’s why after setting your budget, it’s a good idea to spend a little time figuring out exactly what headset features you want and which ones you can live without (or maybe even ones you definitely do not want).
The first consideration after the price is what platform you’re gaming on. The vast majority of gaming headsets are universal in their basic functions, typically using a 3.5mm wired or Bluetooth wireless connection that allows them to interface with most devices (be they computers or consoles). Certain gaming headsets, however, are built with a specific system in mind and may have additional features that only function with that platform. For instance, a PlayStation 4 headset’s in-line remote or other onboard controls might not work properly with on your Xbox or PC even if the audio and basic in-game chat capabilities do, to name one common example. Just be sure to look over the specs and read customer reviews to make sure the headset you’re eyeing will operate fully with your chosen gaming setup. This is especially important if, like many gamers, you play on more than one platform.
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Choosing between a wired or wireless headset boils down to sound fidelity and convenience. Audiophiles generally agree that wired connections produce the best sound (which is not to say that a cheap wired gaming headset will sound better than a high-end wireless headset), so if you don’t absolutely need a wireless headset at your battle station, then it might not be worth paying the premiums that come with Bluetooth-enabled cans. That said, many if not most wireless headsets also include a 3.5mm audio jack and detachable cable, giving you the option for a wired connection when you want it. Along with possibly providing better audio, this also prevents you from draining your wireless headset’s battery all the time.
A final note before you buy: As with most electronics, you tend to get what you pay for, but you also get diminishing returns on your dollar after you cross a certain budget threshold — for gaming headsets, that’s typically around the $80-$100 mark. Nicer gaming headsets will naturally have better sound quality, sturdier construction (usually), nicer materials (namely metal instead of plastic), and clearer microphones, and even nicer ones will feature things like detailed EQ settings you can tweak to fine-tune your experience as well as 7.1 virtual surround sound. Don’t get too caught up with those additional features, however; while nice to have if you’re willing to pay for them, these are not essential and jack up the price. Know what you need, stick to your budget, adjust your expectations to your chosen price point, and you won’t end up with buyer’s remorse.
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