Every new console generation comes with a new wave of gear to amplify your gameplay experience. That's especially true for headphones, which seem to be getting better and better as time goes by. But what makes any one type better than another? Since there are so many brands out there, each with their own designs and capabilities, it's important to figure out what you want first.

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Some of the factors you should consider are whether you care about comfort or style, and performance or battery life. You don't need to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars to get away with a good bargain.

10 PULSE 3D Wireless

An image of the new headset made specifically for the PS5

The simplest choice you can make is deciding to buy the headphones made specifically for the PS5. The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset retails at $99.99 on PlayStation's website, but you can likely find this at your local GameStop or similar store. Considering what you get, it's not a bad buy.

As the name suggests, the headphones utilize 3D audio to improve immersion in games like Call Of Duty: Warzone, which greatly enhances your sensorial awareness. This headset also comes with dual microphones that cancel background noise. Overall, it's a good idea to invest in these headphones, since they will work seamlessly with your next-gen console.


9 Recon 200

A picture of the Recoon 200 headset made by Turtle Beac

If you are not looking to spend much, but still want to improve your audio experience, consider buying the Turtle Beach Recon 200. These are some of the best budget headphones available since they only cost $59.95. Don't expect anything crazy from them other than a standard microphone and bass amplification.

Since they aren't tailored after the Doom Slayer's helmet, these headphones are comfortable and feel fairly light. Since they are wired, you can use them with anything that has an audio jack, which is always a plus.

8 Stealth 600 Gen 2

A picture of the Stealth 600 Gen 2, made by Turtle Beach, featuring black and white versions of the product

It's unsurprising to see that one of the most popular gaming headsets is made by Turtle Beach. The Stealth 600 Gen 2 is sold at $99.95 and is engineered specifically for PS5 and PS4. Overall, this headset boasts great design qualities.

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You flip the mic to toggle the mute function, the headband is remarkably durable, and a USB adapter is included to expedite setting up the connection between the console and the headphones. If you are looking for a headset that will boost your awareness in shooters, this pair will make enemies much easier to detect, especially if they are sneaking up on you.

7 Stealth 700 Gen 2

A picture of the baclk version of Turtle Beach's Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset

Turtle Beach makes some of the best premium headsets out there. This company has been around since before the PS3 and Xbox 360 days, and it shows. The Stealth 700 Gen 2 is priced at $149.95 and is available for both PS5 and Xbox Series X. But make sure you get the one for the PlayStation and not for a different console.

These wireless headphones also work with PS4, PS4 Pro, and Nintendo Switch (when docked). Bluetooth is used to connect to the console, so you don't have to worry about wires or USB dongles. Notably, this headset is specifically optimized to work with PS5's 3D audio capabilities.

6 Arctis 7P

The Arctis 7P headset featured alongside the PS5

Plenty of users around Reddit report having a great time with these headphones made by SteelSeries. This Danish producer of accessories specializes in everything gaming-related. The Arctis 7P is sold at $149.99.

The batteries here last 24 hours, so you will practically never run out of juice, as long as you routinely recharge them. A USB-C adapter is also included, which makes the headphones compatible with Nintendo Switch, Android, and PCs with a dedicated port for this type of connection.

5 Arctis 1 Wireless

A photo of the Arctis 1 headset paired with a phone via a USB dongle

It's a good idea to look for cheaper headsets that come with the same components as more expensive ones. The Arctis 1 has the same high-performance speaker drivers as the Arctis 7P, but it's considerably cheaper at $99.99.

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Like its counterpart, this headset has a USB-C compatible with Nintendo Switch and Android, so you can look forward to some versatility. The microphone is detachable, a wire is included if you need to connect to a joystick, and volume controls are found on the headset itself. Overall, this is a good buy in terms of quality and price.

4 Arctis 1 For PlayStation

A promotional image for the Arctis 1 wired headset for PlayStation

If you don't care about having a wireless headset, which often makes prices skyrocket, then go with the Arctis 1 For PlayStation. This headset is wired, so it will be compatible with most of your devices which is great in case you happen to also play games on PC.

Sold for $49.99, this is a valuable deal considering it comes with the same microphone as the wireless, and more expensive, version of this same headset. In fact, the overall design of the Arctis 1 isn't much different from its wireless counterpart, save for the cable that functions as a connector. This makes it so you don't have to worry about batteries.

3 Razer Thresher 7.1

A promotional image for the Razer Thresher 7.1 headset

You probably already know about Razer thanks to the countless high-end gaming PCs made by the company. They also make plenty of accessories, including headphones. The Thresher 7.1 costs $149.99 and has some pretty neat features, not found in other gear with similar price tags.

Comfort can be a deal-breaker in some cases. This headset has lightweight, leatherette ear cushions that improve noise isolation and generate superior sound quality, powered by Dolby Surround Sound.

2 Razer BlackShark V2 Pro

A promotional image for the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro

If you are prepared to spend a little more money than you would for most other headsets, you can consider this upgraded BlackShark made by Razer. Sold for $179.99, this headset is meant for gamers who play in eSports, so you can expect incredibly high levels of sound quality.

Memory foam ear cushions, advanced passive noise cancellation, and hyperspace wireless functionality make playing any game a great deal more enjoyable. This is definitely one of the best-designed headsets in the industry. That's no surprise as Razer continues to push their technical limits with smart glasses, masks with RGB lighting, and even plushies.

1 WH-XB900N

One of the best headphones made by Sony

Sony doesn't just make one of the most popular consoles in the gaming industry, but also great TVs, cameras, and headsets. The WH-XB900N is the kind of headset you buy once, and then you never need to spend money for good quality audio again. Sold for $199.99, this pair of headphones boast a noise-cancelling feature that will transform your gaming sessions.

The only caveat is that there's no mic. But don't fret, you can buy a line-in mic that connects via aux, and all your problems are solved. If you don't want to spend any extra money, remember that the PS5 DualSense Controller has a built-in mic.

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