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Best console gaming headset: The best headsets for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

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Our pick of the best gaming headsets no matter what console platform you’re playing on

If you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on a PS5, Xbox Series X or Series S, you’re going to want one of the best gaming headsets for a fully optimised next-gen experience.

The trio of consoles were released in November last year and, unsurprisingly, launching new hardware in the middle of a global pandemic has proved a logistical nightmare for both Sony and Microsoft. A shortage of the AMD chips powering the consoles has meant there simply aren’t enough units being produced to quell consumers’ insatiable appetite for next-gen gaming.

With demand massively exceeding supply, it’s nigh-on impossible to find the consoles in-stock online and when retailers do have devices available, they sell out almost instantly. Demand has spiked for the best gaming headsets, too, though most are still available if you do a bit of searching around.

For those that have managed to get hold of a PS5 or Xbox Series X, the new consoles offer unprecedented power and deliver 4K resolution gaming, rapid load times, Ray Tracing and most relevant to this article, 3D audio.

Sony’s PS5 delivers 3D audio via its Tempest Engine, and you can take advantage of it by using any wired or wireless headset as long as it’s enabled in the audio settings of your console. Microsoft’s consoles handle things slightly differently, with three forms of spatial audio to choose from: Microsoft Sonic, Dolby Atmos and DTS Headphone:X. Again, you can utilise spatial audio on any stereo headset (though some will implement it better than others) so you have hundreds of options to choose from.

That’s where this guide comes in. We’ve tested a huge range of products and compiled a list of the very best gaming headsets across a range of categories and price points. We’ve not only included headsets designed specifically for PS5 or Xbox Series X, though. With millions of gamers yet to upgrade from their PS4 or Xbox One and portable gaming on Switch more popular than ever, we’ve included the best gaming headsets for every platform.

Below, you’ll find mini reviews of each headset along with their key specifications to help you choose one that is most suitable for your needs. Before we jump into the list of entries, there’s a comprehensive buying guide breaking down all the things you should consider before splashing out on one of the best gaming headsets.

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How to choose the best gaming headset for you

Wired vs wireless headsets

This one comes down to your personal preference and your budget. Most wireless headsets cost a premium as the technology costs more to manufacture. The benefit of having a wireless headset is that you can sit on your sofa, without having to worry about being plugged into your headset or console. It’s worth remembering, though, that if you’re using a DualSense, DualShock 4 one of the newer Xbox controllers, these have a 3.5mm headset socket built-in so you don’t need cables stretching across the room.

The advantage of a wireless headset is that it gives you complete freedom to move around, along with – in some cases – 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound. The big downside is that a wireless headset needs to be recharged – be it through the built-in lithium-ion battery or via swappable rechargeable batteries. Some gaming headsets are now capable of being charged wirelessly, though you’ll have to fork out for a Qi charger separately.

As for wired headsets, there are advantages over their wireless counterparts. These generally give you clearer audio quality, although the difference nowadays is minimal.

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Is it worth investing in 5.1 or 7.1 headsets?

Some gaming headsets offer a virtual surround-sound mode that can be toggled on or off – it’s present in those that have the 5.1, 7.1 or Dolby logo on them. As for the benefits, they’re dubious. We often find headsets with virtual surround sound can crush the sound quality or make it less accurate for positional cues (such as footsteps). In fact, many competitive games find themselves turning the feature off. Still, it’s at your disposal if you choose to use it.

With the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S incorporating 3D and spatial audio respectively, you can now experience some of the benefits of virtual surround sound without needing to buy a headset with 5.1 or 7.1 support. That doesn’t make such headsets entirely redundant but means you shouldn’t worry if you can’t afford a pricier headset packed with fancy audio options.

If I spend more money on a headset, will I have a better experience?

Generally speaking, the more you pay for a gaming headset, the more features you’ll get. Of course, there are some brands that charge a premium simply for having their name on the products – but sometimes this premium is for a good reason. Sound quality and comfort are important traits to all, so if you seek out the most comfortable, best sounding headset with the most features (such as wireless technology or Bluetooth), expect to pay more for it.

That’s not to say a cheaper set is bad – far from it, as some offer exceptional value for money. But, as with anything, setting yourself a budget is important. Once you’ve set your maximum price, go about finding the best headset you can get for what you’re willing to pay. We’re sure you’ll find one in our top picks below.

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Does driver size matter?

There are headsets with all sorts of different characteristics, but often you’ll overlook the driver size, the size of the tiny speaker that generates the sound. Size doesn’t always matter, but as a general rule of thumb, the bigger the diameter of the driver, the more space it’ll have to reproduce sound. Consequently, you’ll most likely get a better sound quality from a bigger driver or have a wider soundstage – which makes a difference when you’re gaming.

Is a noise-cancelling microphone needed?

Noise-cancelling microphones aren’t a must, but if you play in a noisy environment, you’ll find having a mic that only captures your voice will result in a better experience for those who are listening to you in-game.

Should I buy an officially licensed headset?

Ultimately, licensed headsets only provide a few extra functionalities. Examples include a bundled adapter for plugging into one of the first-generation Xbox One controllers or in-game sound optimisations. We wouldn’t necessarily recommend seeking a licensed product, but they’re not without their advantages.

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The best gaming headsets for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

1. Sony Pulse 3D headset: A great gaming headset for PS5 owners

Price: £90 | Buy now from Currys
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The Pulse 3D headset launched alongside the PS5 and is a natural companion for the much sought-after console. It operates wirelessly via a dongle that slots into your PS5 but can also be connected to your DualSense controller via a 3.5mm audio jack. Though predominantly comprised of plastic, it’s well made and is comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions.

Audio quality is impressive for a wireless headset costing under £100 and 3D audio works particularly well with it, which is to be expected given the headset was designed with Sony’s new Tempest engine in mind. The Pulse 3D does have a couple of weaknesses, however. The lack of a boom mic will appeal to those that want a more pared-down aesthetic but the quality of the two in-built mics leaves a fair bit to be desired. And although the audio/party chat audio mix adjuster is a very welcome inclusion, the cup-mounted controls aren’t the most intuitive to navigate your way around.

Read our Sony Pulse 3D review for more details

Key specs – Platforms: PS4, PS5, PC, Nintendo Switch, mobile; Driver size: 40mm; Connection: Wireless (via USB-C dongle), 3.5mm; Surround sound: No; Noise-cancelling mic: Yes; Amp/remote: N/A

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PlayStation 5 PULSE 3D Wireless Headset

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2. Razer Blackshark V2: The best wired gaming headset

Price: £100 l Buy now from Razer
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Without a doubt, the Razer Blackshark V2 is the very best gaming headset on the market. Supremely comfortable, with a staggering amount of audio and mic output controls through Razer’s Synapse software, the Blackshark V2 is an excellent wired gaming headset which supports PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and any smartphone with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The large 50mm drivers help to create exceptional sound, delivering crystal-clear audio through THX Spatial Audio via the included 7.1 channel sound card for PC. The detachable mic also does a good job at removing pesky background noise, without compromising voice quality. Of course, the only downside (other than the price) is that the Blackshark V2 isn’t wireless. However, the long 1.8m cable should do the job whether you’re plugging it into a controller or into the gaming PC under your desk.

Key specs – Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, mobile; Driver size: 50mm; Connection: 3.5mm, USB sound card; Surround sound: THX Spatial Audio; Noise-cancelling mic: Yes

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Razer Blackshark V2 with USB sound card – Premium Esports Gaming Headset (wired headphones with 50mm driver, noise reduction for PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One and Switch)

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3. Venom Sabre: The best gaming headset under £30

Price: £29 | Buy now from Amazon
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Budget gaming headsets are ten-a-penny but few deliver the comfort and performance of the Venom Sabre. Ditching a solid headband in favour of a flexible, self-adjusting suspension headband, the Sabre fits well on heads of all shapes and sizes. The large, circular earcups are well-padded and create a good seal over your ears, cutting out a decent amount of environmental noise to help aid your immersion.

Audio is impressive, especially given the Sabre’s very reasonable price tag. Mids and treble are reproduced with detail but there’s no shortage of bass. The 50mm drivers did a convincing job of articulating the impact of gunshots and explosions in The Last of Us Part II while also ensuring that the substantial amount of dialogue was crisp and clear. Subtler sounds like enemy footsteps were positioned accurately in the soundstage, too, which is often not the case with cheaper headsets. The Sabre’s microphone is retractable, meaning it can be tucked away when not in use. It’s a clever design choice that elevates an otherwise unremarkable mic that works well and is easily muted via the headset’s in-line controls.

Cheap headsets rarely sound, look or feel this good. If you’re wanting to improve your gaming experience on a budget, adding the Venom Sabre to your arsenal is a great place to start.

Key specs – Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, mobile; Driver size: 50mm; Connection: 3.5mm; Surround sound: No; Noise-cancelling mic: No; Amp/remote: N/A

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Venom Sabre Universal Stereo Gaming Headset (PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC / Mac) (PS4)

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4. Audio-Technica ATH-G1: A superb wired gaming headset

Price: £149 | Buy now from Amazon
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If you’re looking for serious audio prowess, an excellent microphone and a supremely comfortable design that’ll let you game for hours, the Audio-Technica ATH-G1 is a great choice.

Sound quality is in Audio-Technica’s DNA and it comes through the G1’s 45mm drivers – instrument separation is fantastic, the warm-sound signature comes across gracefully and the bass extends into the nether regions of the low frequencies. Despite not having all the bells and whistles of other gaming headsets, you shouldn’t overlook this fantastic gaming headset. There’s also a wireless option available too – the ATH-G1WL – though it’s quite a bit more expensive.

Key specs – Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One; Driver size: 45mm; Connection: 3.5mm; Surround sound: No; Noise-cancelling mic: Yes; Amp/Remote: No

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Audio-Technica ATH-G1 Premium Gaming Headset

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5. SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless for Xbox: The best value wireless gaming headset for Xbox

Price: £99 | Buy now from SteelSeries
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This wireless headset works perfectly well on any platform but features green detailing on the inside of its earcups, identifying it as an Xbox peripheral. Plug the headset’s nifty USB-C transmitter into your console of choice (via a provided USB-A adapter, in some cases) and the Arctis 1 Wireless connects instantly. The sound quality is superb, delivering immersive and accurate sound staging, and the 2.4GHz lossless connectivity ensures ultra-low latency playback.

The Arctis 1 Wireless is more than just a great-sounding headset. Its ‘Discord-certified’ detachable boom microphone relays your voice loudly and clearly while also cutting out white background noise thanks to its bidirectional noise-cancelling capabilities.

This headset’s comfort might actually be its biggest selling point, however. The steel-reinforced headband makes for a snug fit but it remains comfy thanks to a layer of foam padding, and the earcups themselves have a soft, plush interior that gives the ears plenty of room to breathe.

Read our full SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless for Xbox review for more details

Key specs – Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch, Android; Driver size: 40mm; Connection: USB-C 2.4GHz (wireless), 3.5mm (wired); Surround sound: No; Noise-cancelling mic: Yes; Amp/remote: No

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SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless For Xbox – Wireless Gaming Headset – USB-C Wireless – Detachable Clearcast Microphone – For Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Android (Xbox Series X|S|One), Black

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6. Logitech G332: The best gaming headset under £50

Price: £50 | Buy now from Amazon
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The Logitech G332 is an affordable gaming headset that oozes comfort, excellent recording quality and cross-platform compatibility. The flip-to-mute microphone is intuitive and with a wheel on the left cup, it’s easy to adjust the headphone’s volume. The G332 houses large 50mm drivers and as a result have wide pads that sit around your ears – they’re supremely comfortable. In their very nature, these large drivers offer a wide soundstage. Instrument separation is its greatest asset as you’ll hear enemy footsteps from afar and be able to distinguish positional cues with ease.

Sonically, it has a warm, fun sound signature with ample bass and treble to keep you locked into your game. For under £50, the G332 an excellent choice for gamers. If you want the very same experience, but want to add surround sound and an optional USB soundcard into the mix, get the dearer Logitech G432 headset instead.

Key specs – Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, mobile; Driver size: 50mm; Connection: 3.5mm; Surround sound: No; Noise-cancelling mic: Yes; Amp/remote: N/A

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Logitech G332 Wired Gaming Headset, 50 mm Audio Drivers, Rotating Leatherette Ear Cups, 3.5 mm Audio Jack, Flip-to-Mute Mic, Lightweight for PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch – Black/Red

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7. HyperX Cloud Mix: The best dual-purpose gaming headset

Price: £180 | Buy now from Amazon
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The HyperX Cloud Mix is a versatile headset that’s compatible with every gaming platform and successfully doubles up as a pair of Bluetooth headphones.

Audio quality is impressive regardless of whether you’re using the Cloud Mix wired or wirelessly. We’re not talking audiophile levels of sound but there’s weight to the bass, detail in the mid-range and decent instrument separation. When wired you can reap the benefits of hi-res audio; game soundtracks and dialogue are reproduced vividly and with real clarity. When listening in Bluetooth mode there’s support for the aptX codec in addition to AAC and SBC, which is a big plus.

The detachable mic works well for in-game communication and there’s also an in-built mic for when you’re using the headset wirelessly. It’s not quite as clear as its detachable counterpart but is good enough for phone conversations.

There are undoubtedly better Bluetooth headphones and gaming headsets out there, but as a dual-purpose product, the Cloud Mix is hard to beat.

Key specs – Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, mobile; Driver size: 40mm; Connection: 3.5mm jack, Bluetooth; Surround sound: No; Noise-cancelling mic: Yes; Amp/remote: No

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HyperX HX-HSCAM-GM Cloud Mix – Wired and Bluetooth Gaming Headset

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8. Fnatic React: The best value gaming headset for eSports fans

Price: £75 | Buy now from Amazon
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Despite what you may think, the Fnatic React is no mere cash grab from one of the world’s most recognisable esports brands. It’s an excellent all-round gaming headset that’s comfortable, sounds great and features an extremely high-quality detachable microphone.

Its large and super-soft faux-leather earcups make even the longest sessions a pleasure and overbearing bass takes a backseat in a soundstage expertly balanced with competitive gaming in mind. It’s not got any special features to speak of and you don’t get any additional accessories, but what you do get is a superb-sounding headset that you can wear happily for hours.

Read our full Fnatic React review for details

Key specs – Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, mobile; Driver size: 53mm; Connection: 3.5mm; Surround sound: No; Noise-cancelling mic: No; Amp/remote: Yes

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9. SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless: The best premium wireless gaming headset

Price: £300 | Buy now from SteelSeries
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If you’re a PC or PlayStation gamer, headsets don’t get much better than the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. This headset allows you to play your favourite games in truly immersive style with its drivers reproducing high-resolution audio to 40,000Hz. It features lossless wireless audio for PC, PS4 and PS5 courtesy of a wireless transmitter, while offering Bluetooth connectivity for mobile devices. A dual battery system allows you to charge one battery in the transmitter dock while using another in the headset, with each lasting up to 20 hours, so you’ll never be caught short on battery. Luxurious build quality, a bidirectional microphone and the ability to customise your audio experience via the transmitter make this headset the standout choice for elite players who take their gaming seriously.

Key specs – Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One (via 3.5mm only), mobile; Driver size: 40mm; Connection: 2.4GHz/Bluetooth (headset), 3.5mm, USB; Surround sound: DTS Headphone: X v2.0; Noise-cancelling mic: No

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SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless – Gaming Headset – Hi-Res Speaker Drivers – Dual Wireless (2.4G & Bluetooth) – Dual Battery System – For PC, PS5 and PS4 – Black

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10. HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless: A cheaper alternative to the Pulse 3D

Price: £75 | Buy now from Argos
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A lightweight, comfortable headset is a godsend during long play sessions and the Cloud Stinger Core Wireless is exactly that. It’s among the lightest headsets we’ve tested at just 245g and breathable cushions prevent your ears overheating no matter how long you’re gaming for.

Audio is transmitted via a USB-A 2.4GHz wireless receiver and sound quality is impressive, both while gaming and listening to music. The bass has plenty of impact, with gunshots and explosions articulated powerfully, though the low-end does overshadow dialogue at times. Battery life is stated at around 17 hours and that proved accurate: we used the headset for two to three hours every night for over a week before it needed a top-up.

The Cloud Stinger Core Wireless’ flip-to-mute microphone is neatly designed, with a flexible boom allowing you to position it exactly how you want. We found our voice was heard very clearly but the mic’s ability to cancel out background noise proved a bit disappointing. A few minor issues aside, the Cloud Stinger Core Wireless is a great choice for PlayStation gamers, particularly those looking for a headset to perfectly complement the colour scheme of the upcoming PS5.

Key specs – Platforms: PS4, PS5, PC; Driver size: 40mm; Connection: 2.4GHz wireless; Surround sound: No; Noise-cancelling mic: Yes; Amp/remote: N/A

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11. Corsair HS70 Bluetooth: The best gaming headset for Nintendo Switch

Price: £100 | Buy now from Amazon
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Unassuming to look at, the Corsair HS70 Bluetooth is full of surprises. We actually like the understated, metallic design – it makes a change from garish RGB and looks far less ridiculous on your head. But it’s the functionality of this Bluetooth headset that really stands out. It will connect to your PC or smartphone via Bluetooth, and to your Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One or Xbox Series X via a 3.5mm cable, and it will play audio from both Bluetooth and 3.5mm inputs at the same time. This makes it ideal for Nintendo Switch: you can hear in-game audio and chat audio (from the companion smartphone app) through the same pair of headphones. Nifty.

An impressive 30-hour battery life plus firm and comfortable ear pads ensure that you won’t need or want to take the HS70 Bluetooth headset off very often. The mic is detachable and slots in next to a user-friendly but basic selection of cup-mounted controls on the left-hand ear cup; you have a volume dial, mic mute button and power button (doubling as a play/pause button) but that’s about it.

Courtesy of a pair of 50mm Neodymium drivers, audio is a cut above the usual fare at this price. Like all gaming headsets, the bass is pronounced, and the soundstage is nice and wide, meaning directional audio cues come through clearly. Unusually, however, mids and highs are given just as much space to sing, and not once did we feel that telltale crowdedness that mars the average gaming headset.

Key specs – Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, smartphone; Driver size: 50mm; Connection: 3.5mm, USB-C; Surround sound: No; Noise-cancelling mic: Yes; Amp/Remote: No

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12. Astro A40TR: The best gaming headset for competitive gamers

Price: £250 | Buy now from Astro
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Astro offers three versions of the A40TR – one designed for PC/Mac, one for use on PlayStation and the other for use on Xbox.

Regardless of whether you game on PlayStation or Xbox, the fourth-generation A40TR is among the best-sounding headsets. Its open-back design means it has an incredibly wide soundstage, which is excellent for listening to footsteps or even enjoying the scenery in open-world games. It’s comfortable too: the soft leather cushioned pads make it comfortable for hours of gaming, and its detachable noise-cancelling mic prolongs the life of the headset.

As for the MixAmp Pro that comes included, it provides excellent, noise-free sound quality. Note, if you want the wireless variant of the A40TR, you’ll have to get the A50 instead.

Key specs – Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One; Driver size: 50mm; Connection: 3.5mm, optical, USB; Surround sound: Dolby 7.1; Noise-cancelling mic: Yes; Amp/Remote: MixAmp Pro

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13. PuroGamer Gaming Headset: The best volume-limited gaming headset

Price: £35 | Buy now from Amazon
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If you want great gaming audio without compromising your aural health, the PuroGamer is just the ticket. This wired headset makes a point of limiting volume to a maximum of 85 decibels, which is where sounds become harmful to your eardrums if listened to for prolonged periods. The sound quality is impressive and, unlike many gaming headsets, doesn’t overemphasise the bass, making for a nicely balanced audio experience. The mids and vocals are particularly crisp, so you’ll hear every word of your favourite dialogue-heavy RPGs with clarity.

The 1.4m long cable features a splitter leading to 3.5mm and USB Type-A connections, giving you flexibility in how you connect, and also houses an in-cable control box, which lets you mute your mic and control volume. The mic picks up and isolates your voice very well, filtering out a decent amount of ambient sound and if you’re playing solo, it’s easily removed.

Limited volume may not be for everyone, but if you want to take care of your ears while gaming, the PuroGamer will help you do that without sacrificing audio quality.

Key specs – Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, mobile; Driver size: 50mm; Connection: USB Type-A, 3.5mm; Surround sound: No; Noise-cancelling mic: Yes; Amp/remote: No

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14. EKSA E900 Pro Stereo: The most comfortable budget gaming headset

Price: £40 | Buy now from Amazon
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The EKSA E900 Pro is a supremely comfortable gaming headset. The earcup and headband cushions may not be the plushest but they’re extremely soft while still forming a decent seal around your ears.

You’ve got a choice of two connection options – detachable USB-A and 3.5mm cables are supplied and plug into the left earcup of the headset. Rather cleverly, you can lock the 3.5mm jack in the headset port, preventing it from being pulled out should you get over-excited when RNG blesses you with a rare drop. Also housed on the left earcups are an easy-to-access mic-muting button and volume scroll wheel.

The EKSA E900 Pro delivers solid audio but bass can be a little too dominant at maximum volume, causing on-screen action to sound muddy. Things are better when you’re listening at a lower volume and on the whole, the E900 Pro handles most frequencies well. If you enjoy a spot of PC gaming on the side, you’ll be able to utilise the E900 Pro’s 7.1 surround sound, once you’ve downloaded a driver from the company’s website. The detachable mic proved decent, too, picking up my voice clearly and without feedback.

Ultra-comfortable and versatile to boot, the EKSA E900 Pro is an impressive, affordable headset for gaming.

Key specs – Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, mobile; Driver size: 50mm; Connection: 3.5mm/USB-A; Surround sound: PC only; Noise-cancelling mic: No; Amp/remote: N/A

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15. Trust GXT 488 Forze-B: A cheap headset for PlayStation fans

Price: £30 | Buy now from Game
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If you love the PlayStation ecosystem, the Trust GXT 488 Forze-B is the budget gaming headset for you. It’s officially licensed and specifically designed for PlayStation 4, with the instantly recognisable logo adorning both earcups.

The headset is comfortable to wear for long periods, with generous padding on the earcups and soft foam lining the adjustable headband. Sonically, it offers a solid stereo audio experience, though there’s perhaps a tad too much bass, as the on-screen action can sound slightly muffled at times.

The omnidirectional microphone is easily folded up out of your way when not in use and can be muted via the in-cable control box, which also allows you to change your volume. Call clarity is impressive but the mic does pick up a fair bit of background noise when compared with some cardioid mics we’ve tested.

For the price, you can’t go wrong with the Trust GXT 488 Forze-B. It’s comfy, sounds decent and its aesthetic perfectly fits the PlayStation brand. The basic version comes in black but there are eye-catching, albeit slightly more expensive, blue and grey camouflage options available.

Key specs – Platforms: PS4, PS5; Driver size: 50mm; Connection: 3.5mm; Surround sound: No; Noise-cancelling mic: No; Amp/remote: Yes

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Trust WiFi Gaming GXT 488 Forze-B [Officially Licensed for PlayStation] Gaming Headset for PS4 and PS5 with Flexible Microphone and Inline Remote Control – Blue

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