Best PS4 Headsets 2020: Buyer’s Guide & Review

Modern games push the boundaries to deliver cinematic experiences, and that extends into sound as well. 

However, to truly soak in all the high definition audio as the developers intended, you’d need a worthy gaming headset. They also go beyond entertainment value and can actually impact your online game performance – e.g. by giving you the ability to hear enemies from further away in FPS games.

But with the slew of headsets (gaming and otherwise) in the market, it can be challenging to pick one out. But don’t fret – we’ve got you covered.

Here are our picks for the best PS4 headset options that you can get this year.

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Best Wired PS4 Headsets


  • Frequency Response: 12 Hz – 28 kHz
  • Surround Sound: 7.1 on PC / 5.1 on PS4
  • Weight: 0.71 lbs
  • Cable Length: 1.3 m
  • Driver Size: 50 mm
  • Enclosure: Closed Back

Razer has a lot of excellent headsets for the PS4, but the Kraken Tournament Edition takes the cake for being the best one of the bunch. 

Pros

  • Amazing audio quality with a good frequency response
  • Relatively affordable
  • Comfortable with an excellent form factor
  • Easily accessible manual volume control

Cons

  • Full surround sound doesn’t work with the PS4

Our Rating: 4.8 / 5.0

ASTRO A40 TR

  • Frequency Response: 10 Hz – 24 kHz
  • Output Power: 100 dB
  • Weight: 1.47 lbs
  • Output Connections: 3.5mm Aux

ASTRO headsets are well-regarded as one of the best among professionals and e-sports athletes. One of their best entries to date, the A40 TR, gives tournament-level audio quality to the PS4 console.

The A40 TR is equipped with ASTRO Audio V2, which works with an extended frequency range to deliver detailed in-game sounds and audio. It’s vivid, clear, and immersive for that edge you need especially in FPS games.

The wired headset is also very comfortable to wear, using cushions that don’t press hard against your ears. This is paired with synthetic leather for better acoustics, and adjustable headband to find your pressure-free fit.

The A40 TR by itself does a decent job at preventing outside noise interference, but it’s not 100% noise free. Fortunately, you can get a separate Mod Kit to turn the A40 into a noise-cancelling closed back headset. This is fantastic for e-sports athletes for use in tournament settings

As for the microphone, it’s a removable boom mic that can be swapped on either side of the headset for your personal preference. The audio quality and pick of the mic is great. They’re uni-directional and highly sensitive, yet doesn’t pick up as much feedback as you might expect.

Overall, you’ll see why Astro is at the top of most pro gamer’s headset choices with the A40 TR. It delivers professional quality audio for serious gamers, as well as live streamers and content creators.

Pros

  • Very clear and vivid audio
  • Comfortable fit
  • Swappable boom mic

Cons

  • Needs separate add-on for noise-cancellation feature

Our Rating: 4.8 / 5.0

HyperX Cloud Alpha

  • Frequency Response: 13 Hz – 27 kHz
  • Weight: 0.75 lbs
  • Driver Size: 50 mm

The HyperX Cloud Alpha is proof that excellent headsets need not have an expensive price tag. With a cost of below $100, it’s certainly within reach of any gamer.

For such a low price, though, the sound quality is one of the better points of the Cloud Alpha. It’s one of the first headsets that feature dual drivers, with one dedicated to bass. This separation allows the two frequencies to shine through, giving you top-notch in-game sounds. Explosions are deep, voice-overs are crisp, and game environment sounds are well-heard.

The detachable microphone is also a nice touch, which also has noise cancellation technology. It’s great for playing in a noisy room (like when you’re in an apartment living with someone else).

This removable mic also makes the Cloud Alpha pretty flexible, as it can double as your go-to headset. And the nice thing is that it’s very lightweight and comfortable, unlike most gaming headsets that feel more substantial.

Of course, it has its limitations, chiefly its lack of any advanced features like built-in amplifiers to really drive sound. Plus, it’s also wired. The design isn’t also as edgy or “cool” as offerings from other brands like Razer.

But if you’re after a gaming headset that just works, the HyperX Cloud Alpha is a great choice. It’s a solid first pick if you’re starting out and want a reliable unit to use.

Pros

  • Lightweight and comfortable fit
  • Dual-chamber drivers give crisp, distinct sound quality
  • Detachable mic with noise cancellation

Cons

  • Wired
  • Basic features

Our Rating: 4.7 / 5.0

SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC

  • Frequency Response: up to 40 kHz
  • Weight: 1.15 lbs
  • Output Connections: USB, optical, and 3.5 mm

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC is an elite-level PS4 gaming headset with advanced features to boot. It’s the wired version of the similarly excellent Arctis Pro Wireless, with one exception: this is the world’s first Certified Hi-Red Audio headset, with audio quality that surpasses most standards.

(If you prefer a wireless headset, though, you can use this review as a basis for buying the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless as they have the same specs and feature set. Click here to check the price on the Arctis Pro Wireless)

The heart of the Arctis Pro is the GameDAC, the central hub that connects to your PS4 and offers options and settings you can adjust on the fly. It features an OLED menu that is easy to use. You can also turn features on or off with one touch. One of our favorites is the onboard EQ, allowing you to fine-tune your audio quality without any software.

The sound quality of the headset is off the charts. Bass rumble convincingly, and dialogue is crystal clear. Most importantly of all, you can hear positional audio cues much more clearly, like footprints in the distance. In multiplayer FPS sessions, this is a game-changer.

Comfort-wise, the Arctis Pro is decent. The Airwave fabric earpads are comfortable on your skin. However, we can’t say the same for the ski goggle headbands. The clamping force is, in our opinion, a bit too much. The effect is that the headset tends to have a pulling effect on your head, rather than resting naturally on it. It’s not the most comfortable thing to wear in the long run.

On the talking side, the Arctis Pro has an above average, noise-canceling headphone. It does the job, but the quality is just like any other gaming headphone with no advantages.

Despite this, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC is a fantastic esports headphone that delivers impressive sound quality that can actually give you an edge. Just don’t expect to wear it on a 10-hour gaming marathon.

Pros

  • Impressive sound quality with audio positioning
  • GameDAC offers plenty of controls while being easy to use
  • Noise-canceling microphone

Cons

  • Clamping force is too much

Our Rating: 4.6 / 5.0

Beexcellent Gaming Headset

  • Frequency Response: 15 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Weight: 0.65 lbs
  • Output Connection: 3.5 mm

The Beexcellent Gaming Headset turned our heads with its ridiculously cheap price tag at less than $30. You might be skeptical with other headsets, but fortunately, this one delivers more quality than its low price point.

The Beexcellent checks all the basics of a gaming headset. It has superb sound quality that’s reasonably crisp and clear. It might not be as deep and rumbling as more elite gaming headsets, but for the price point, it’s actually impressive.

Despite being a wired headset, the Beexcellent gives you plenty of freedom and flexibility. This is thanks to the extra-long cord, which is also rugged and durable by the way. Actually, the overall build quality is top-notch, and it has a sturdy feel to it.

Comfort is also good with this headset, with soft memory foam used in the earpads. Lightweight material is used throughout, and you’ll feel it when you wear it. Plus, it has LED lights that look pretty awesome.

Because of the combination of durability and price, the Beexcellent makes a fantastic headset for kids. This can definitely take a beating. But don’t let that fool you into thinking that this is just a toy. Thanks to the sound quality, you can use this in a heated online match in a pinch.

Overall, the Beexcellent is highly recommended for casual and younger gamers who want a no-frills gaming headset.

Pros

  • Cheap price tag
  • Excellent sound quality with clear and crisp mid-tones
  • Durable and solid build
  • Extra-long wire

Cons

  • Rubbing on the cord transfers some noise into the left headphone

Our Rating: 4.7 / 5.0

Best Wireless PS4 Headsets

Sony Playstation Platinum Headset

  • Surround Sound: 7.1 
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs
  • Battery Life: 6 hours
  • Driver Size: 50 mm
  • Enclosure: Closed Back

Sony’s official wireless headset, the Playstation Platinum delivers solid sound quality and unparalleled compatibility with the PS4. Being an official licensed Sony product, it opens up a whole new set of features that’s exclusive to the console.

The sound quality of the Platinum is rich and immersive, with great clarity through all frequencies from bass to high. It also enables 7.1 surround and 3D sound with supported games. This allows you to experience real ambient sound in-game. You can also tune the headset’s using configuration profiles from the companion app, that’s specific to individual game titles.

The built-in microphones also perform decently. The voice chat is clear enough, but it does need to be tweaked in the settings to achieve optimal clarity.

For a wireless headset, it has a long battery life of at least 6 hours, depending on usage. It’s definitely up to par or even lasts longer than the Dualshock 4 controller.

The Platinum also has a gorgeous minimalistic design with the metallic headband. The headset’s earpads are soft and very comfortable when worn. If you’re using the Playstation VR headset, you’ll be pleased to know that the Platinum integrates into that very well. 

Overall, it’s hard to regret getting the Playstation Platinum if you’re a PS4 user. It provides excellent surround and 3D sound, as well as impressive audio clarity. Couple that with tight compatibility with the console, and you have a worthy official PS4 headset.

Pros

  • Super comfortable to wear
  • 7.1 and 3D surround support for the PS4
  • Audio profiles from game developers
  • Tight compatibility with PS4 and its other peripherals

Cons

  • Microphone quality not as good/clear as a detachable mic

Our Rating: 4.6 / 5.0

Logitech G935

  • Battery Life: 12 hours (with RGB light off)
  • Wired/Wireless: Wireless
  • Weight: 1.54 lbs
  • Audio Drivers: Pro-G 50 mm

The Logitech G935 is an excellent mid-range headset from the reputable peripheral manufacturer.

It excels at sound quality thanks to its Pro-G drivers, but it also shines with its surround sound capabilities. The great thing is that it works exceptionally well even without the use of Dolby or DTS. That makes it a competitive edge for FPS games, or any modern 3D game for that matter.

The microphone quality is also top-notch. It has an excellent signal-to-noise ratio, giving the G935 excellent noise cancellation capabilities.  

Beyond the basics, the G935 has fantastic advanced features. Our favorite is the G Hub, which gives you excellent control over the headset’s EQ settings and other options. Best of all, you can save settings per game, so you can always get the best sound quality regardless of what you play.

The RGB lighting is an excellent aesthetic addition, which strobes in sync with the game you’re playing. Looks cool, but it does drain the battery life of the G935 much faster. Luckily, you can switch this off quickly.

Overall, the Logitech G935 is an excellent wireless gaming headset with a few advanced features that make it worthwhile. 

Pros

  • Impressive audio output with surround sound
  • The microphone delivers crisp and clear recording
  • G Hub software for effortlessly managing headset settings

Cons

  • Headset can’t keep up with rich, deep bass

Our Rating: 4.7 / 5.0

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless

  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Wired/Wireless: Wireless
  • Drivers: 50 mm
  • Battery Life: 15 hours
  • Weight: 0.61 lbs

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is a fantastic buy if you’re looking for a budget wireless PS4 headset. The sub-$100 price tag gives you access to surprisingly excellent sound quality with a generous 15 hours of battery life to boot.

The sound quality is decent, giving you deep bass and a crisp midtone. You can also choose from four options to help you customize the sound to your liking. The ambient sound is there as well, giving you the ability to locate enemy positions through their footsteps.

The microphone is another great plus of the Stealth 600. You can quickly flip it up and down to mute or talk with any buttons to press. Voice overs are also crystal clear with decent noise cancellation, plus you can adjust the mic monitoring volume with the side dials.

The only thing we noticed is a slight plosive, which is evident when you make an “s” sound. It’s not loud enough to be annoying.

Comfort-wise, this headset delivers as well. The earpads use a mesh design, yet are soft enough to be worn for long periods. It’s also great for relieving pressure for those wearing glasses. Overall, we found people being able to wear this headset for extended (more than 4 hours) periods.

For us, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless headset is a good steal. It’s one of the better budget wireless models for the PS4.

Pros

  • Excellent price point
  • Generous battery life
  • Very comfortable to wear

Cons

  • Plosives are evident in the microphone

Our Rating: 4.7 / 5.0

ASTRO Gaming A20 Wireless Headset, Black/Blue - PlayStation 4

  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20KHz
  • Battery Life: 15 hours
  • Output Power: 100 dB
  • Driver Size: 40mm
  • Wireless Range: 30 ft
  • Weight: 320g

The ASTRO A20 is the wireless version of their award-winning gaming headsets. It takes the audio fidelity of their pro range and fits it into a consumer headset.

The wireless headsets can last up to 15+ hours, having the longevity to last together with your intense gaming sessions. Because it’s meant for long term use, the comfort of the headband was emphasized as well. The A20 has soft ear cushions that feel nice even when pressed against your skin. The headset is lightweight overall, so it won’t weigh you down while playing. It’s also pretty durable, as the steel headband is covered with rubber that can withstand impacts.

The audio quality is everything you’d expect from an ASTRO product. Every game sound and chat voice is clearly articulated, thanks to the built-in flip microphone You can also tweak EQ and input/output levels with the Command Center software.

Overall, the ASTRO A20 is a nice wireless gaming headset to have in any session. Good quality audio, good battery life, and durability round out the best aspects of this entry-level model.

Pros

  • Fantastic audio quality
  • Overall comfortable headsets
  • Good wireless range and battery life

Cons

  • This isn’t a plug and play headset; connecting to your PS4 is not as intuitive as we might have hoped

Our Rating: 4.8 / 5.0


  • Surround Sound: 7.1
  • Wired/Wireless: Wireless
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs
  • Battery Life: approx. 20 hours, shorter with HyperSense enabled
  • Driver Size: 50 mm
  • Enclosure: Closed Back

The Razer Nari Ultimate brings immersive experiences to a whole new level, thanks to haptic feedback technology called HyperSense.

HyperSense is actually a cool feature that you should really try to experience first-hand. In essence, it creates micro-vibrations, similar to how the vibration in a Dualshock 4 works, to reflect what’s happening in-game. Explosions, for example, can register as a vibration, making you feel as if the explosion happened right beside you.

The Nari is one of the few headsets that have this feature and is worth getting to for this feature alone, in my opinion. But even without it, this is still a worthy headset to get.

At its core, the Razer Nari has a lot of other solid features going on for it. It has one of the most extended battery life of any wireless headset – at around 20 hours without HyperSense enabled.

The sound quality, though, isn’t quite there yet with a top tier headset. It has a higher frequency response, so the audio output isn’t quite there yet.

Comfort-wise, the Razer Nari scores really well. It’s surprisingly light, which makes it a joy to wear with longer gaming sessions. The wireless connection quality is reliable, too, which introduces no distortions in the audio.

Overall, the Razer Nari Ultimate is a decent gaming headset with a fantastic haptic feedback feature that needs to be tried to be believed. At the end of the day, it’s one of the key reasons you’ll want to buy this headset.

Pros

  • Unique HyperSense haptic feedback system
  • Super long battery life
  • Light build that’s comfortable to wear

Cons

  • Frequency response not up to par with comparable monitors in the same price tier

Our Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

Why Get a Headset for Your PS4?

For a more immersive gaming experience

Most casual players play their PS4 on a television set, with the TV’s built-in speakers or, even better, with a dedicated sound system. And even at this level, they are definitely missing out on some things that a headset can give.

Simply put, a headset puts you right into the game. Games benefit much more from immersion compared to the theatricality of watching a movie, in my opinion.

You’ll be able to hear every nuanced sound the developers intended, to something as subtle as your character rustling through the leaves. Ambient sounds like wind and rain will sound and therefore feel incredibly real. And by blocking out any outside sounds (as a good headset should), you’ll feel like you’re inside the game.

The sound quality of a headset also serves a practical function: you’ll be able to use sound to your advantage during gameplay. You can, for instance, better locate an opponent based on the sound of his footsteps.

For better communication during multiplayer sessions

When you’re playing in a team on multiplayer games, a headset is absolutely essential to success. It gives you access to quick communication during a match, making it easier to change strategies or warn of incoming danger to your teammates. Such quick coordination is vital for winning in fast-paced team games. 

It allows you to stream games with live commentary.

Streaming your game sessions through a service like Twitch is increasingly popular nowadays. Akin to commentary on sports games, there have been dozens of celebrity streamers who have become popular in the community through their entertaining sessions.

If you’re an aspiring streamer, or just want to record your thoughts on a gaming session while playing, a headset is essential. You can, for example, discuss your strategies and thought process while playing a fighting game. Or, you can entertain would-be listeners as you try to play an otherwise long and mundane game session.

What To Look for in Your PS4 Headset

As with any headphone, not all gaming headsets are created equal. What you’ll buy will ultimately depend if you’re gunning more for audio quality, or if a decent microphone is your top priority.

With that said, here are some considerations when buying a gaming headset for your PS4:

Sound Quality

Of course, the audio quality of your headset is one of the prime considerations when buying one. In essence, when you’re discussing sound quality, you’re really referring to the range of depth the headphone is capable of producing. That means the bass is deep and rumbling, while the high notes are bright and clear.

This is called the headset’s frequency response, and it’s used to describe virtually all audio equipment from speakers to amplifiers. The bigger the range, the more nuances the headset can produce.

Most headsets or headphones have a frequency response range from 20 Hz (the bass frequency) up to 20 kHz (treble or high frequency) on average.

However, the frequency response only tells you how much of the sound the headset is capable of reproducing. It tells you nothing of the sound’s quality. Nevertheless, it’s a good starting point, based on your preference.

For example, if you’re the type of person who loves a deep bass, then you’d want to get a headset that can hit the lower frequencies – somewhere along 20 Hz. If you prefer a much more neutral sound, you’d want a frequency response that skews somewhere in the middle.

Microphone Quality

One of the top considerations next to audio quality is how well you sound through the microphone. At the very least, the quality must be high enough that your voice isn’t distorted when you talk through it. Nothing’s more frustrating than miscommunications during a match, simply because your microphone was garbled.

However, don’t expect gaming headsets to have a microphone that’s at recording quality; that’s not possible, at least with what’s available in today’s market. And not that it matters, either. Remember that the goal is to be heard clearly by everyone.

With that being said, most microphones will lack a bit in the lower range, so people with deep voices will often sound “tinny” when speaking through a gaming headset. Some might be a little overpowered, such that you need to speak louder to be heard. 

Some microphones are adjustable and even removable. If your headset has this feature, it can make a big difference in call quality by allowing you to move the mic closer to your mouth. Also, removable mics enable you to use the headset just like a regular headphone.

Wired vs. Wireless

PS4 headsets can either come in wireless or wired configurations. Which you choose is a matter of preference. There are, however, a few caveats with each choice.

Wired headsets have a cable that attaches directly to the headphone jack of your PS4 controller. These types of headsets have the advantage of broad compatibility; they primarily work with any console or device, not just your PS4.

You should also keep in mind that most PS4 controllers, like the Dualshock 4, are wireless. Hooking up a wired headset into these controllers will also make your headset, in effect, wireless.

However, if you hate the idea of wires, or if you’re using a wired PS4 controller, then maybe a wireless headset is your route. It requires you to hook up a dongle into your PS4’s USB slot. The drawback is that it does eat up that free USB slot on your PS4. Also, most wireless headsets can only be used in the specific console it’s designed for. A PS4 wireless headset will not work in an Xbox One, for example.

If you like the idea of having one headset you can use in gaming as well as in other applications, a wired headset might be your only choice.

Fit and Comfort

Comfort is an often overlooked aspect of gaming headsets, but it’s nevertheless vital. Remember that you’re potentially wearing the headset for hours. Make sure it’s not bothering you, or worse, straining your head or neck in the process.

A key area you need to hone in on is the earbuds. Make sure they’re not squishing or otherwise putting unnecessary pressure on your ears. The headset also needs to be at an ideal weight, as a heavy unit can strain your neck over long periods.

Finally, also consider the clamping force of the headset. This is how hard the headset “clamps” on your head. A strong clamp is essentially to create a good seal, but an excessive amount can create pressure and discomfort.

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to guarantee a 100% perfect and comfortable fit for headphones, except to try it out.

Solutions for people wearing eyeglasses

Headsets are a bane for people wearing glasses, and the wrong one will lead to reduced performance or discomfort while wearing. It’s, therefore, crucial to look for features that make wearing the headset much more comfortable.

Also, an eyeglass frame can interfere with the seal on the headset’s pad, which can lead to drops in audio quality. This often leads to a lower frequency response, making you miss out on some of the bass in the sound.

The material of the headset pad matters a great deal to make wearing them much more comfortable. For eyeglass users, look for velour pads. They work in tandem with memory foam on some headset pads to lessen pressure and make wearing them more enjoyable.

Some gaming headsets also have eyewear channels, which are grooves that allow the frames of the eyeglass to pass through. They prevent the entire ear pad from pushing on the frame and creating pressure against your temples.

Lastly, the clamping force of the headphones matters. You might need to get one that’s not tight.

Noise Isolation

To make the gameplay experience as immersive as possible, headsets need to block out outside sounds as much as possible. Hearing ambient sounds from your environment can affect what you hear, or prevent you from hearing certain sounds entirely.

This is where a headset’s noise isolation capability matters.

Noise isolation relies on how well the headset seals your ears, effectively blocking outside noise. The pad is the critical element of this. Make sure it’s completely covering your entire ear while being comfortable, of course. If that’s not the case, you often can order bigger replacement buds.

Sometimes, though, it’s just a matter of the foam in the pad needing some time to conform to the shape of your head. If this is the case, simply wear your headsets often until noise cancellation improves to a decent level. 

Some headsets have specialized noise cancellation features, which actively filter out or negate any outside noise. If you live in an excessively noisy area (i.e., roommates or outside construction), it might be worth it to invest in headphones that have this feature. 

Durability

The durability of your headphones matter, especially for prolonged uses.

The vast majority of budget and mid-range headphones will almost always be made of plastic. It’s a cheap, light, and reasonably durable material that you can make do in most situations. If you can, however, look for a headphone with metal components, especially along with the frame. This can add a substantial level of durability. 

When looking for the build quality of your headphone, pay close attention to the band near the top part of the headphone. Remember, this is the part that’s often exposed to stress. Cheap plastic can creak and even break eventually.

Surround Sound

Surround sound in headphones refers to its ability to project sound in 360 degrees, giving you the impression of full surround sound. This is often done with multiple small speakers surrounding each part of your ear.

There are multiple technologies behind surround sound, like DTS:X 2 or Dolby. In our experience, however, they all simulate surround sound in much the same way. 

Headphones with surround sound are more than just creating an immersive experience in your games. It can actually give you an edge in gameplay. Surround sound will allow you to pinpoint where enemy gunfire came from. You can then either go towards the sound and engage the enemy or run away and join up with your teammates.

With that being said, surround sound is a feature that’s useful only for specific genres (first-person shooters come to mind). Every other game, like fighting games, will work just fine with the regular stereo headsets.