The Xbox One has an amazing array of multiplayer games, but a multiplayer gamer is only as good as its headset. Having a good gaming headset can be the difference between life and (virtual) death in most multiplayer games. Quality headsets can help you hear footsteps behind you, call out instructions to teammates, and even point out locations of enemies. Not hearing a teammate can destroy a winning streak.
We've compiled a list of the best wired and wireless gaming headsets. Our choices below are based on sound quality, comfort, and cost. The Astro Gaming A50 is a high-quality headset that has everything to offer, including Dolby Digital surround sound. These picks are also a worthy choice for the Xbox Series X|S for the time being as we wait for more next-gen optimized headsets.
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- Highly comfortable
- Impressive audio quality
- Three EQ modes
Why should you buy this? It's the best headset available for Xbox One and offers a wireless connection to boot.
You get what you pay for with Astro's high-class gaming headset.
Who’s it for? Xbox gamers who want a headset with everything (and can pay for it).
Why we picked the Astro Gaming A50:
The refreshed A50 lives up to the Astro name, and then some. Showcasing a futuristic design imbued with wireless 5.8GHz technology, this high-end Xbox gaming headset delivers some of the best audio of anything in our roundup. The A50 boasts Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound that provides an immersive soundscape no matter what you play. To further enhance your gameplay, three varied EQ modes allow you to adjust the sound — giving you a quick way to boost the bass or treble — while the unidirectional microphone helps isolate your voice from ambient noise.
The Astro Gaming A50 also includes all the extra perks you’d expect from a high-quality headset, including auto shutoff, hassle-free wireless connection, and long battery life. But most importantly, the A50 makes games more engrossing and entertaining. For the serious gamer, the audiophile, or those who just love great sound, it's a must-have — provided you're willing and able to cough up the cash. For Xbox gamers, Astro offers an Xbox One-specific version, which includes an Xbox wireless adapter for the console to get the most from the headset.
Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2
The best premium wired headset
- Wire circumvents need to charge
- Flexible mic
- Less expensive
- 7-foot cable might not be enough
Why should you buy this? It's the best-sounding wired headset for virtual surround available for the Xbox One.
An excellent wired choice for competitive gamers.
Who’s it for? The audiophile gamer who doesn't need a wireless connection.
Why we picked the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2:
Wired headset connections may be a little more limiting, but they come with their own advantages, too — you don’t have to worry about wireless audio cutting out at a key point, for example. That’s one reason this Turtle Beach headset has such a good reputation as a reliable competitive gaming headset.
This stylish headset also has excellent 50mm drivers, but gamers may be even more pleased with the unidirectional, flexible gaming mic with noise-canceling capabilities, which can be adjusted into any position depending on your competitive gaming habits. You can also pair it with the Turtle Beach SuperAmp for more control if you prefer. The gel-infused ear cup material is also designed to keep things cool while providing passive background noise cancellation. Oh, and the whole design is also made to be more comfortable for those who wear glasses.
Finally, we’ll point out another advantage to choosing wired over wireless: You can get many of the same audio perks and sound quality at a significantly lower price, which also makes this Turtle Beach headset one of the more affordable picks at the higher end of gaming headphones.
Razer Nari Ultimate for Xbox One
The best premium Xbox wireless gaming headset
- Haptic feedback
- Sturdy design
- 50mm drivers deliver high quality audio
Why should you buy this? Razer's headset is perfect for streaming and immersive sound — and the haptic feedback is an interesting plus!
Razer's powerful headset offers haptic feedback and much more.
Who’s it for? Gamers who want a unique headset that's fit for every type of gaming experience.
Why we picked the Razer Nari Ultimate for Xbox One:
Razer crafted this headset for competitive gaming and added a very unique feature it calls HyperSense, or haptic feedback, which creates mini vibrations to indicate in-game actions from gun recoil to explosions (and is fully adjustable). It also supports Windows Sonic audio for Microsoft-certified surround sound and will work with the Series X if you ever decide to upgrade.
But even outside of haptic feedback, this is an extraordinary headset. The aluminum frame is extra durable, the headband and swiveling ear cups accommodate nearly any position, and the gel-infused ear cushions help the headset stay cooler to the touch for more comfort during long gaming sessions. The retractable stays out of the way when not in use and offers voice chat mix controls to find just the right balance for you.
Inside, the 50mm drivers offer excellent sensitivity and response to picking up the quietest sounds while delivering smooth bass. While Razer may be known more for its gaming machines than its audio, the hardware here is top grade and doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. The only thing to note is that this headset is pretty heavy, which may affect comfort levels after long periods of play.
The best budget wired headset
- Wired connection prevents having to charge
- Detachable mic
- Short, 6-foot cable
Why should you buy this? It's more versatile, features better performance than headsets that are twice as expensive, and is often on sale.
The Corsair HS50's stereo sound far outperforms its price point.
Who’s it for? The budget-minded gamer.
Why we picked the Corsair HS50:
The Corsair HS50 is the most affordable of our Xbox One picks, and while that's great news for anyone on a tight budget, even big spenders will want to consider this model.
The Corsair HS50 uses a 3.5mm wired connection, which means not only does it easily plug into your Xbox One controller, it's also compatible with the PlayStation 4, PCs, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices — you won't find that kind of versatility in an Xbox wireless model. The Corsair HS50 also provides excellent sound quality that rivals that of other headsets costing two or three times as much — if not more.
Since it's a wired model, there are some trade-offs, however. Due to its single 3.5mm connection, the Corsair HS50, unfortunately, lacks virtual surround sound. Thankfully, the stereo mix offers accurate positioning even without DSP assistance. To top it off, the headset sports an attractive, minimalist design, with a detachable mic that makes it possible for it to double as a pair of headphones in a pinch.
We won't pretend there aren't benefits to opting for a pricier pick, including the luxury of wireless freedom, but the Corsair HS50 makes a strong case that even a modestly priced, entry-level headset can work for just about everyone.
LVL50 Wireless Stereo Gaming Headset
The best budget Xbox wireless headset
- Impressive audio quality for the price
- Multiple colors available
- Requires use of a dongle
Why should you buy this? You’ll get a comfortable, great-sounding headset without going broke.
Who’s it for? Those on a tighter budget looking for wireless headphones.
Why we picked the LVL50 Wireless Stereo Gaming Headset:
PDP's LVL50 Wireless Stereo Gaming Headset is a great option, and best of all, it manages to make a strong impression despite being in the sub-$100 price range. The primary reason for this is a solid audio performance. While the mix can be a bit top-heavy at times — favoring the treble and midrange over the bass — but it's still a great audio device overall. Unlike some Xbox wireless headsets, there’s practically no wireless hum, which becomes especially welcome during quieter listening moments. No one wants to be exploring The Witcher 3's Island of Skellige with an annoying buzz along for the ride.
While the aesthetics are less than subtle (something that afflicts many gaming headsets, to be fair), the build quality is top-notch, providing heft and sturdiness that is often woefully absent from other headsets in this price range. Another standout feature is its long battery life, which lasts up to 16 hours. We like the simple, on-ear volume and mic controls, too. Perhaps the most impressive thing about the LVL50 Wireless Stereo Gaming Headset's design, however, is the comfort of the earcups and headband padding. These generously padded sections feel more like soft fabric upholstery than thin leather or polyester. The fabric is light and breathable, keeping your ears cool during long-haul gaming nights.
You can get this headset in a few different colors, including black, white, and a gray camo, perfect to match most Xbox One systems. Although this device isn't made by Microsoft, it's licensed by Xbox, giving it a high-quality stamp of approval.
Xbox Wireless Headset
Best for comfort
- First-party Microsoft product
- Easy to use right out of the box
- No detachable mic
Why should you buy this? You'll get a comfortable wireless headset with above-average sound quality.
Who's it for? Someone who wants high-quality sound without spending hundreds of dollars.
Why we picked the Xbox Wireless Headset:
The Xbox Wireless Headset is the new standard, hailing directly from Microsoft. It's ultra-comfortable and adjustable, including a thick headband that works far better than the flimsy material found with many other headsets. The best part is that you don't need a dongle or receiver to use it — simply sync it to your Xbox system and you'll be ready to go. For $100, it's a great deal, especially when you consider just how good the audio quality is.
Best for Esports
- Lightweight design
- 40mm drivers deliver high quality audio
Why should you buy this? You'll get a sturdy, high-quality headset with plenty of adjustable options to suit your needs
Who's it for? Players looking to get into competitive gaming without spending a fortune
Why we picked the SteelSeries Arctis Prime:
The SteelSeries Arctis Prime is a comfortable, lightweight headset. But don't mistake its lightweight design for cheap and flimsy, as it still feels like a sturdy device that can be adjusted to fit comfortably. In addition to the physical quality of the headset, the sound itself is what steals the show, thanks to its 40mm drivers. This isn't necessarily the best audio quality money can buy, but given the inexpensive $80 price tag, you'll likely walk away impressed. Its noise-canceling characteristics also increase the immersion, perfect for players looking to get into competitive play. Specifically, when playing competitive shooters, it should be easy to hear your opponents nearby, which is practically essential for those types of games. Though, you can certainly enjoy the sounds of single-player adventures, as well.
How we test
Like we do for all the products we test, including PS4 headsets, we put gaming headsets through the wringer. We base our recommendations on our observations regarding audio quality, comfort, mic performance, and other features like wireless connectivity and battery life if applicable. We play games of various sound experiences to ensure the headsets will sound great during frenetic action sequences, as well as quieter moments. We assess audio quality by listening to music and videos. We use songs from various genres and try different bit rates to see how well the headphones perform in different situations.
For mic testing, we record clips of ourselves speaking in quiet and loud environments, with any noise canceling or enhancements toggled on and off. Our testing process lasts for several days. The best way to get a feel for how comfortable the product is or to see how well the battery performs is to use the headsets while playing video games, listening to music, or watching videos over the course of several days.
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