Table of Contents
- 1 Product Comparison List
- 2 1. Sony Play Station Gold Wireless Headset – Best Headset For PS4
- 3 2. BENGOO G9000 – Best Gaming Headset Under 50
- 4 3. SteelSeries Arctis 7 – Best Gaming Headset For PS4
- 5 4. ASTRO Gaming A50 – Best Wireless Gaming Headset
- 6 5. HyperX Cloud II – Best Gaming Headset Under 100
- 7 6. Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum – Best Overall PlayStation 4 Headset
- 8 7. Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 – Best Budget Gaming Headset
- 9 8. Razer Kraken Pro – Best Noise Isolating Gaming Headset
- 10 9. Sennheiser GSP 300 – Best Sound Quality Headset
- 11 10. Corsair Gaming VOID – Best Wireless Xbox One Headset
- 12 Our Winner: The Sony PlayStation Gold Headset
- 13 Conclusion
The PlayStation 4 is the definitive gaming system of this console generation. Flanked by opponents such as the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, as well as the entirety of PC gaming which is slowly but surely becoming a deadly opponent for the console market, the PS4 still manages to stand tall and proud with a variety of exclusive titles and features.
Now, no console is perfect, and one of the biggest gripes with the PS4 has always been the bundled headset. To be frank, it sucks. Fortunately, there is a whole host of headphones and headsets out there that are compatible with, if not specifically made for, the PS4, so let’s check them out, shall we? Surely, there must be one that sticks out, one best PS4 headset, right?
|Sony Gold||Sony/On-Ear||4.1||View Price|
|BENGOO G9000||BENGOO/Over-Ear||4.3||View Price|
|SteelSeries Arctis 7||SteelSeries/Over-Ear||3.8||View Price|
|ASTRO Gaming A50||ASTRO/Over-Ear||3.5||View Price|
|HyperX Cloud II||HyperX/Over Ear||4.1||View Price|
|Logitech G933||Logitech/Over Ear||3.5||View Price|
|Turtle Beach Ear Force X12||Turtle Beach/ Over Ear||4.0||View Price|
|Razer Kraken Pro||Razer/On Ear||3.9||View Price|
|Sennheiser GSP 300||Sennheiser/Over Ear||4.1||View Price|
|Corsair Gaming VOID||Corsair/ Over-Ear||3.8||View Price|
1. Sony Play Station Gold Wireless Headset – Best Headset For PS4
What is this? Sony realizing their mistakes and releasing a much-improved version of the horrible headset that came with the PS4? No way! No way indeed, as in, no way unless you want to spend $90 extra on your console purchase.
Oh well, everything’s got a price, right? Let’s at least make sure these are actually worth it.
So, how about we start with appearances? The PlayStation Gold Headset looks about a hundred times better than the bundled piece of junk most players are used to.
This is mostly due to them having been upgraded from tiny, in-ear to large, over-ear drivers and an accommodating, elegantly designed headband.
Yes, the PlayStation Gold Headset looks cool and it looks like an official PS-branded product should, even coming with audio presets for PS4 games installed, but how is the rest?
To keep a long story short, it’s okay, but just that. From comfort, which is subpar thanks to cheap plastics, to the sound, which isn’t nearly as bombastic or over-the-top as advertised.
And the built-in microphone, which is comparable to that of the average laptop, the PlayStation Gold Headset does its job, and it is capable of doing that job on both the PS3, PS4 and PC thanks to great connectivity. But whether all of that is worth close to $100 to you is your call.
- Much improved alternative to the bundled headset
- Made by Sony
- Compatible with PS3, PS4 and PC
- Audio presets for PS4 titles
- Okay sound, but nothing special
- Not that comfortable to wear for long periods of time
2. BENGOO G9000 – Best Gaming Headset Under 50
It’s got LED lights all over the place and looks more like a prop from a low-budget science-fiction show than an actual headset.
The long microphone protruding from the left earcup doesn’t help, either. And it costs $15. That can’t be right. This must be a fraud, a hoax, a trick, some sort of scam, it must be, right?
Well, we looked at it in person and, no, it’s not. It is an actual, working headset for the PS4, Wii U, PSP, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS and the PC.
The list goes on. This thing supports almost any gaming-capable device out there via the use of a 3.5mm connector and a variety of adapters, some of which must be bought separately.
So, how’s the sound? Bearable. The mic? At least it’s a little better than the default PS4 headset’s. Comfort? Okay.
Or, in other words, the BENGOOs don’t truly excel at any particular discipline, but for almost a tenth of the price of most headsets considered ‘affordable’, what can you ask for?
- Insanely low price point
- Good set of features
- Compatible with almost anything
- Subpar in terms of performance in any given category
- Crazy design
- Cheaply made
3. SteelSeries Arctis 7 – Best Gaming Headset For PS4
On the contrary; the company has traditionally avoided the audio segment in the past.
But now that they’re here, they’ve released not one but three different kinds of gaming headphones compatible with the PS4, the most expensive and feature-packed version of which is called the Arctis 7.
Testing it out reveals a solidly performing headset with equally good sound reproduction and recording capabilities, though the 7.1 surround sound has its issues.
It can run both wired or wirelessly and is compatible with the PS4, Xbox One, PC as well as Android and iOS smartphones, so that’s a plus, too. The construction feels reasonably high-end, with a good choice of comfortable, good-looking materials, though the earcups are a tad too small for our tastes.
Still, all in all, this is a very good headset for use with the PS4. Unfortunately, quality is directly proportionate to price, if not in this case, then in general, so in exchange for the above performance, expect to pay about $150.
- Good sound and microphone
- Compatibility with a large number of devices
- Wired or Wireless
- Well-made; high-quality materials
- 7.1 surround sound isn’t perfect
- Higher price than most PS4 headsets
- Small earcups may be an issue for some
4. ASTRO Gaming A50 – Best Wireless Gaming Headset
The Gaming A50 is just that: A PS4 headset’also compatible with PC’that works wirelessly and even comes with its own unique charger.
The ASTROs feature a typical, gamer-oriented design’not nearly as exaggerated as on the BENGOOs above, but still clearly evident.
With a large, external mic and shiny blue metal surfaces gracing the body, but we must admit it doesn’t look that bad, just a bit on the large side, perhaps.
Sound is better than expected, with just slightly over-represented bass but some very good 7.1 surround, though we don’t really know whether it can justify the $300 price tag. Same goes for the microphone: Better quality than most, if not all on our list, but is it really $300 good?
Apart from the integrated Bluetooth, which does work very well, and the bundled charging station, the ASTRO A50s curiously don’t feature any real extras or special features.
Perhaps that’s a good thing for some, but would you really want to spend $300 on something that’s just ‘better’ than what you can get for less than a third of that price?
- Good sound quality, through and through
- Microphone works great
- Bundled charging station
- Comfortable, albeit a little large
- Compatible with both PS4 and PC
- Extremely high price point
- Lack of any upmarket features to justify the cost
5. HyperX Cloud II – Best Gaming Headset Under 100
The HyperX Cloud II is a classic gaming headset, with classic looks and classic features. Sure, the design from over ten years ago won’t appeal to all, but LAN party-veterans will surely come to appreciate it.
The tech has been overhauled for the new console generation, hence the ‘II’ in the name. At $95, the Cloud IIs sit in between the medium and upper price segment of PS4-compatible headsets and are equipped accordingly.
The external, removable microphone features a foam cap, which is a nice thing to have, and the padded earcups contain 53mm full-sized drivers’yes, this is an around-ear headset.
You even get a full set of replacement earpads right out of the box! Sound-wise The Clouds are pretty good, not exceptional, but good for the price.
The same can be said out the microphone, though we feel it does have a slight edge in terms of voice clarity and sound insulation compared to the competition. Apart from that, you don’t really get anything with this headset.
It is a very basic model, and for over $90, there probably are not that many gamers out there who would willingly spend the premium ‘only’ for a better sound experience without any bells and whistles.
- Comfortable fit
- Classic design
- Large drivers provide very good sound
- Great mic
- Rather high price despite lack of features
- A little large
- Styling won’t appeal to everyone
6. Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum – Best Overall PlayStation 4 Headset
At $130, this is clearly a high-end product, but the styling would have you believe otherwise.
The G933 is incredibly large, some would say bulky, even, with LED strips running along both sides and a vast array of buttons dotting the large padded earcups.
All that is rounded off by a long external mic. Most surfaces are plastic, the kind of reflective plastic that collects scratches and fingerprints like nothing else.
Like some other headsets on the list, it does feel very sci-fi-inspired, but perhaps some buyers will find that to be a good thing. What we will agree on is the comfort, which is exceptional.
Thanks to the large size and padding almost everywhere, wearing the G933 for any amount of time is perfectly fine, with no stress or pain at all.
The sound quality is pretty darn good, too. Not perfect by any means, but more than satisfactory considering the price.
The G933 does have its flaws, though. First, there’s the microphone. Let’s just say it’s not what you expect for $130. Not even close.
You can fiddle around with it however you ant; it’s not going to sound as good as those of headsets half the G933’s price. Since it’s non-removable, there’s no way to replace it with a better alternative, either.
The second big problem are the aforementioned controls. Thanks to awkwardly placed, small, plastic uttons, it’s almost impossible to finely tune any sort of setting ithout looking at the headset itself, which defeats the purpose of on-demand adjustments to begin with.
- Great comfort
- Good sound
- Compatibility with all major consoles and PC
- Extravagant design not for everyone
- Cheap materials
- $130 price tag
- Controls are hard to work with
7. Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 – Best Budget Gaming Headset
The Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 seems to be the answer.
A simple headset, with a design strangely reminiscent of the aforementioned HyperX Cloud II, it doesn’t feature much besides the external microphone, swiveling earcups and adjustable headband.
Although it was designed for the previous generation of consoles, thanks to a USB connector, it will work fine on the PS4, Xbox One and PC, too.
Being a budget product by design, the $30 price shouldn’t surprise anyone, and we think that, the cost taken into account, this is a very capable headset indeed.
Just don’t expect too much’like large sums of omfort, Bluetooth connectivity or even sound insulation’and you’ll be fine.
- Great value
- Good sound
- Nice external microphone
- Fully adjustable
- USB connection
- Very simple
- Cheap, both in price and build
- No gimmicks or extras to be found
8. Razer Kraken Pro – Best Noise Isolating Gaming Headset
We do our best to stay in the middle. The Kraken Pro is one of Razer’s top-end audio products, and, coming in at $80, is competitive with most PS4 headsets price-wise.
A compact design featuring some of the smallest over-ear drivers we’ve ever seen wedged in between a headband that looks like it’s too small to contain them, the Kraken Pro does actually put out quite the good sound.
Even though the bass is exaggerated and made a little too ‘thumpy’ and even though the 7.1 surround sound feels a little artificial sometimes, the overall experience is still very good.
The mic is detachable and of the external kind. It will be good enough for most user’s needs, but is not exceptional in any way.
Concerning comfort, the Kraken Pro is made to be both light and plush at the same time, and we feel it does strike a certain balance, though it leans more heavily towards the ‘light’ part.
Still, you can’t say that wearing it for a few hours is uncomfortable in the least. The few issues that these headphones do have seem to be connected to reliability and quality control.
Simply put, these will break. Every electronic device breaks, sure, but this one will most likely bite the dust in less than a year or two.
That’s how bad it is for many users. If you plan on using your headset for a long time, don’t consider this one to be a safe investment.
- Good sound and microphone
- Nice styling
- Compact, but still packs 40mm over-ear drivers
- Competitively priced
- Comfortable to wear
- Build quality and QC issues across the board
9. Sennheiser GSP 300 – Best Sound Quality Headset
The GSP 300 is what happens. A strange-looking product, it is best described as ‘the posh gentleman gamer’s favorite headset’, fusing both luxury and performance-inducing design elements into one package priced at $85.
Let’s take a look at the stats: Full-sized over-ear drivers, padding all around, external, non-detachable mic, heavy noise isolation thanks to a strictly closed-back design with optional active noise cancelling and a volume control built into the right earcup.
Sounds good, but oes all of that really work, and do you get what you pay for? Mostly, it does. The sound quality is unquestionably excellent, typical of Sennheiser, and the microphone does record voices very clearly whilst blocking out most environment noise.
The noise cancelling works very well, too, but you most likely won’t eed it since the isolation provided by the extra-thick earcups’which, thanks to a tight fit, will be pressed against your ears pretty hard’is more than satisfactory anyway.
Comfortable, he GSP 300 definitely is, but some users with larger heads might find the tight and poorly adjustable fit to be a problem.
Still, there’s enough padding and a good choice of materials there to provide hours of use on end without any discomfort.
Still, it’s evident that this is a gaming headset made by a company that is still largely inexperienced in the market, and, besides the issues noted above, we wish there was a wireless connection option, a way to adjust the headband or earcups and perhaps some more laid-back, less extrovert styling.
In the next model, we hope.
- Great sound
- Good mic
- Fair pricing
- Great noise cancelling, but equally good passive noise isolation, too
- Comfortable to wear (for most)
- Lack of adjustment options
- Tight fit for those with larger heads
- No wireless
- Unusual styling that’s difficult to get used to
10. Corsair Gaming VOID – Best Wireless Xbox One Headset
They already released their flagship headset, the Gaming VOID, a number of years ago, but thanks to standardized connection options including Bluetooth, it works well with the latest Windows OS and consoles.
Even if another console generation crops up in the coming years, your Gaming VOID will probably be compatible with it.
Featuring 7.1 surround sound as most PS4 headsets do as well as an external mic, customizable RGB lighting, Bluetooth and 50mm over-ear drivers, all for $115, the specs look right, but what about real-world performance? That would be best described as mildly thrilling. Why just mildly, you ask?
Although the Gaming VOID does its job well in the sound and microphone department, there is a glaring issue concerning material choice. No, it’s not overly cheap or too plastic-heavy, thank god, but it’s not that comfortable, either.
The only padding that there is will quickly turn out to be way too thin and the non-adjustable headband is a tight fit.
Once you get over that, though, what you have with the Gaming VOID is a solid headset that will work with almost any gaming console or PC wirelessly.
- Good sound and microphone quality
- High-grade build
- Nice design
- Uncomfortable in general
- Too tight a fit (for most users)
This might sound a little surprising, but bear with us here.
Basically, it goes like this: You have just bought a PS4 and realize your default headset isn’t worth a damn, so you start searching for a replacement that will pose a significant improvement in every imaginable way.
What does your gut instinct tell you? That’s right: ‘Sony probably has a more expensive version of this that I could switch to…’ And that’s just what the Gold is, an official upgrade to the standard headset.
No, it’s not perfect, but at least it’s well-rounded and it will suit your PlayStation like no other, being an official product.
If you don’t want to have to deal with the hassle of choosing between dozens upon dozens of different headsets on the market, or if you just want the optimal one to usefor PS4 gaming, then the official gear is best.
In conclusion, the world of best PS4 headsets is a tough one where not many things are clear-cut and style reigns supreme over substance. It can be easy to get lost in such a market.
But nevertheless, with the help of this guide, you should now be able to choose one of our top picks’or perhaps something else entirely’for yourself, to see which is best without our guidance. We hope you find your perfect gaming set!