The Best PlayStation 4 Gaming HeadphonesBy Nick Schmiedicker
Looking to get a PlayStation headset and want the best bang for your buck? Get the HyperX Cloud (available at Amazon for $79.99) . Primarily billed as a headset for PC gaming, the HyperX Cloud will net you the best performance without spending as much as you did for the console itself. It's comfortable as a cloud, sounds awesome, and has a mic with crystal clear clarity.
You have to do your research if you're buying a headset for your console of choice. Something I found out the hard way when I tested 20 different headsets to find the best of the best. Despite headsets advertising cross-platform compatibility, the truth isn't so simple. The audio and microphone will work, but oftentimes the features you paid extra for won't. And that's without even considering the drop in audio quality a console has compared to a PC.
It's a scary thought, but that doesn't mean there aren't some great headsets out there. Sure, you can spend hundreds of dollars on a premium headset, but who has that kind of spare cash? Instead, opt for something that gets high marks without breaking the bank. That's why I recommend the HyperX Cloud.
Updated July 17, 2017
HyperX CloudBest Overall
The HyperX Cloud is a slightly older model that's still the best headset for most gamers. It's extremely comfortable and come packaged with leatherette or velour earcups, an audio control box, and a detachable mic. The aluminum body is strong and durable enough to stand up to any kind of travel if you like to take your gaming on the go.
As far as the audio goes, the Cloud is explosively loud. As long as you take care to dial into a comfortable volume you'll be rewarded with beautiful detail and clarity that's unmatched. That audio clarity extends to the detachable mic, which delivers great sound for team communication.
HyperX Cloud Stingerbest value
The Cloud Stinger is the perfect headset for beginners. It's as straightforward as it gets when it comes to gaming headphones. The sound quality is good, though not amazing, and the mic works without a ton of hassle. At $50, what more can you ask for?
The Cloud Stinger supports most platforms—meaning you can swap between PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 without a hassle. The mic isn’t detachable, but it swivels upward to tuck out of the way—which also mutes it. Plus it’s lightweight and comfortable to boot. The only downside is that it doesn’t feel particularly sturdy or hefty. I’d be careful when packing up your console to game at your friend's place, as it could get damaged along the way.
Razer Kraken Pro V2
When I was testing out all of these headsets it was a super close call between this and the winning HyperX Cloud. The audio is exactly what you'd expect from a headset targeted at pros. It's impressively loud and detailed without overwhelming the callouts from your team. And on your end, the fully retractable unidirectional mic delivers your chat without the electric buzz of cheaper headsets. It's very comfortable and one of my favorite headsets I've tried.
So why didn't it win top spot? Well, honestly it comes down to the HyperX Clouds being packaged with a couple of extra accessories and a slightly fuller sound. The differences are extremely minor and really if you can find the Kraken Pro V2s on sale you can buy them with absolute confidence.
Turtle Beach Stealth 520best wireless
A lot of the "wireless" headsets out there aren't really wireless. While you'll be free from a tether to your console, you'll still have a cable connecting yourself to your wireless controller. Does it really count as being wireless if you're tethered to a half-pound brick? Not in my book.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 520 takes care of that by providing a USB wireless transmitter you plug into the PlayStation. Sync it once and you'll be set from then on to enjoy true wireless freedom. That alone would make it a great headset, but it also has a laundry list of some of my favorite features: multiple presets to boost voice/chat, bass, high notes, and more; mic monitoring; a dedicated mute button for the mic; and a removable mic.
The only reason it didn't come out on top was the comfort. While it was better than the Stealth 420X+ (the Xbox version) it still didn't quite match up to the HyperX Cloud or the Razer Kraken Pro V2. Still, for those features at that price, the Stealth 520 is an incredible bargain for true wireless freedom.
HyperX Cloud Revolver S
I've liked the HyperX Cloud Revolvers since I began testing gaming headsets. Then, along came the HyperX Cloud Revolver S. Functionally very similar to the original Revolvers, the Revolver S gets an upgrade with an included USB Sound Card Audio Controller Box. Routing your headset through this gives you control over mic and headset volume as well as the ability to activate 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound at the press of a button.
It's an impressive setup for any headset and marks a definite improvement over the basic Revolver. The overall design remains the same—with an automatically adjusting headband and wide earcups that completely encompass any ear size. The removable mic is fairly generic but provides clear comms that guarantee your team can hear and understand every word. If you don't mind paying a little extra for Dolby, the Cloud Revolver S is a great headset for playing games or just listening to your playlist.
SteelSeries Arctis 3
The entry model in SteelSeries' new Arctis lineup, the Arctis 3, is a comfortable, great-sounding headset that has the look and style of snowboarding gear. I went with the Arctis 3 over the Arctis 5 and 7 because each of the higher-end models has features (that you'll pay a premium for) that don't work with the PlayStation. But what you lose in features you more than makeup for in design and performance.
The entire headset is soft and comfortable and fits snuggly without being overbearing. The audio on the Arctis 3's isn't anything revolutionary, but if you're a casual gamer who just wants a bit more of an intimate experience, these get the job done and then some. I was also a big fan of the easy-to-use earcup controls and retractable mic that allowed me to chat and goof off with my friends online and then easily mute myself while my roommates asked me a question. Overall, it's a great headset that you won't be embarrassed to use away from your gaming couch, and for some, that's all you need.
Sony Playstation Gold Wireless Headset
A step up from the Silver Wired Headset and a step down from the new Platinum Wireless Headset, the Gold Wireless is the perfect middle ground. It's an inexpensive option for true wireless—the kind that doesn't tether you to a controller, that is. The sound is decent, but not mind-blowing, and the mic is nestled internally, which in my experience limits the quality of your comms.
At the end of the day, the Gold headset is a cheap way to get true wireless on your console. But, when it comes down to it, I'd still recommend the HyperX Cloud Stinger if you're looking to save money. Either that or spend a bit more for the Turtle Beach Stealth 520 if you want real wireless.