Best Gaming Headset For PS5 In 2023
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7P leads the pack, but there are a bunch of great PS5 headsets to choose from in 2023.
If you're a new PS5 owner or simply looking to upgrade your gaming audio experience, there are plenty of superb PS5 headsets in 2023. In fact, there are probably too many to choose from, which can make your decision confusing and time-consuming. To help you pick the right PlayStation headset for you, we've put together a list of the best PS5 headsets in 2023.
A good PS5 headset can improve your audio experience, whether you play competitive multiplayer games or immersive single-player adventures. For those who game online with friends, a good mic is another feature of the best PS5 headsets that's important to note when making your choice. Additionally, the PS5 has some cool sound features, including Tempest 3D AudioTech, that can be properly highlighted by using select headsets, so it's worth keeping that in mind when deciding which one will fit the criteria you're looking for.
Our list of the best PS5 headsets includes high-end wireless models as well as budget-friendly wired options and everything in between. It's worth mentioning that the pricier headsets on this list not only produce crisper and more customizable audio experiences, they tend to have better, more ergonomic builds. That's another aspect to consider when shopping: Comfort is almost as important as sound quality. As you'll see, the best PlayStation headsets come from numerous brands, including SteelSeries, Razer, Sony, and more manufacturers.
We'll continue to update this list as we test new PS5 headsets throughout 2023.
Editor's Note: Article updated on February 22, 2023.
Best PS5 Gaming Headset in 2023
SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7P and 7X
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7P is an excellent headset that offers much more than just great sound quality. You’ll be treated to a noise-canceling microphone that can fully retract into the earcup when not in use, plush earcups that stay comfortable during extended play sessions, and the ComfortMax System--which includes the lightweight steel headband, four points of adjustment, and soft materials throughout the headset that give it a premium feel.
Of course, a headset is only as good as its sound quality, and the Arctis Nova 7P is no slouch. Featuring 360-degree spatial audio and Tempest 3D Audio support on PS5, you’ll be able to make full use of the console’s impressive audio technology. It runs for a solid 38 hours of battery life.
If you’re looking for a headset with full multiplatform support, the Nova 7P works with PC, Switch, and mobile platforms. The Nova 7X, meanwhile, is essentially the same product as the Nova 7P, but adds support for Xbox, so give it a look if you’ll be gaming across numerous platforms. The Nova 7 series connects via a USB-C adapter or Bluetooth, which gives you welcome versatility and convenience.
Prior to the launch of the Nova line, our top pick for PS5 users was the Arctis 7P. The Nova 7P and 7X surpass the original Arctis 7 series in every way thanks to superb ergonomics, excellent audio, and a premium build--all while staying in a reasonable price range.
Best PS5 Gaming Headset - Runner-Up (Tie)
Razer Kaira Pro
In terms of gaming headsets that make great use of the PS5's features, you can't beat the Razer Kaira Pro. One of the hallmark new features on the PS5 is the haptic feedback from the DualSense controller. The Razer Kaira Pro adapts haptics for your ears via Razer's HyperSense technology. Though it may sound strange at first, the Kaira Pro offers an inventive and immersive experience that stands out. The 50mm drivers produce rich sounds that put the Kaira Pro near the top of the class in terms of audio quality, and the detachable microphone makes voice chat crisp and clear.
The Kaira Pro is a high-end headset that also looks the part thanks to its white and black design that matches the PS5. It's equipped with Chroma RGB lighting effects that can be tinkered with using a mobile app. Another perk of the Kaira Pro is that it connects wirelessly to PS5 via a 2.4GHz USB-C dongle while also boasting Bluetooth. That means you can use the Kaira Pro as headphones for all Bluetooth-enabled devices, making it a versatile pick that is best on PS5 but great all around.
Best PS5 Gaming Headset - Runner-Up (Tie)
Razer BlackShark V2 Pro
The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is one of the most comfortable gaming headsets out there, and it delivers excellent audio quality with its wireless connection. It features the same Hyperspeed wireless tech that Razer uses in its keyboards and mice, providing a low latency connection that works like a charm. Paired with the THX Spatial Audio app, it also makes for a great PC gaming headset. It's available in a number of configurations, including two wired versions. While the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is more expensive than the Pulse 3D headset, it makes up for that in superior audio quality, extreme comfortability, and an excellent microphone.
Best high-end PS5 headset
SteelSeries Nova Pro
If you're not concerned about price, the SteelSeries Nova Pro is an incredible gaming headset that also doubles as a high-end pair of traditional headphones. The Nova Pro is one of the few wireless headsets that is compatible with both PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. That alone makes it an awesome choice if you have both consoles. There are two versions: one that works wirelessly with PlayStation and PC and one that is compatible with Xbox, PlayStation, and PC (only two devices at once).
The Nova Pro comes with a base station that connects to your devices via USB-C. The base station has an OLED display on which you can tinker with sound, EQ, and ChatMix. You can also adjust audio and other settings on the earcups themselves. The base station recognizes when you turn on your PS5 or Xbox, so you're ready to go without doing anything but turning your console on. Additionally, the Nova Pro comes with two rechargeable batteries, one of which charges while in the base station. This means you will never have to deal with a lack of charge--provided you remember to charge the spare battery in the base station.
The Nova Pro has a sleek design with a clever bidirectional, noise-canceling microphone that slides into the left earcup, which comes in handy when using the Nova Pro has a traditional pair of Bluetooth headphones. The synthetic leather earcups are ultra-soft, making it comfortable to wear for hours on end. An adjustable support band keeps the pressure off your head and allows you to find just the right fit for you. The steel headband provides a secure fit while also giving you peace of mind that the headset is built to last.
If you also game on PC, you can take advantage of SteelSeries' Sonar app, which lets you set up custom audio profiles for specific games as well as tell the headset to focus on particular audio cues. You can also use Sonar to block out specific noises such as the sound of someone typing on a keyboard.
The SteelSeries Nova Pro is the best wireless headset for not just PS5 but Xbox and PC, too. So if you're looking for universal support, the Nova Pro is a pricey but wonderful option. It also comes in a wired version that has even better audio quality on PC, though we'd only recommend it for those who game at their desk.
Best Budget Wireless PS5 Gaming Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger Core
The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core packs in some impressive tech for a headset under $100. Beyond a lightweight design and durable, steel construction, you’ll get onboard audio controls, a swivel-to-mute microphone, and a sleek design that wouldn’t be out of place on a much more expensive product. The biggest concession HyperX makes with the Cloud Stinger Core is battery life--which clocks in at just 17 hours. Still, that’s more than enough to get you through multiple sessions before needing a recharge, and so long as you’re plugging it in every night, you shouldn’t run into any issues.
Best Premium Wired Headset
SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro + GamDAC
Love the reliability of wired connection? Then the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro + GamDAC might become your new favorite headset. The big selling point is the GamDAC system, which enhances your audio and reduces distortion to provide crisp audio that many other headsets struggle to match. The system works in conjunction with Tempest 3D Audio and 360-degree spatial audio to create an immersive experience that lives up to its premium price tag. It also includes a retractable microphone and on-unit volume controls for easy access during the heat of battle.
HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless
If you hate when your headset runs out of juice, you’ll want to take a very close look at the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless. Where most gaming headsets offer around 30 hours of battery life, the Cloud Alpha somehow manages to pack in 300 hours of runtime before needing a recharge. That alone makes it worth the price of admission, but toss in DTS Spatial Audio, 50mm dual chamber drivers, and a detachable microphone, and you’ve got one of the best PS5 headsets available. It’s also built to the usual HyperX standards, so you’ll find soft-touch materials, a lightweight design, and a durable aluminum frame that should help it withstand years of use.
Best Budget Wired Headset
SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1
Wired headsets are almost always more affordable than their wireless cousins. And if you still want top-tier performance but are working with a budget, then the $60 SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1 might be a good fit. It offers many of the same features found on more premium SteelSeries products (such as 360-degree spatial audio and the ComfortMax System), but does so without inflating its price tag. Best of all, its 3.5mm jack means it can serve as a reliable pair of headphones for all of your consoles and devices. Other standout features include on-unit audio controls, a microphone that can eliminate background noise by up to 25dB, and a lightweight design.
Solid Audio At A Great Price
Sony Pulse 3D
The Pulse 3D headset is Sony's official gaming headset for the PS5, and while its plastic frame makes it look and feel somewhat flimsy, it's actually a great budget option. Its audio quality is quite good, pushed even further with Sony's 3D audio technology. Its sleek design also means you won't have a big mic boom in front of your face when chatting with friends. However, those with larger ears may not find the Pulse to be the most comfortable headset. If you want to learn more, check out our Pulse 3D headset review.
Best For PC Gamers Who Also Play PS5
Sony's recently released Inzone headphones have the same great PS5 audio features as the Pulse, but they come in three different models and are ideal for those who game on PC and PS5. While pricey at $300, the Inzone H9 has the same soft-fit leatherette used in Sony's WH-1000X headphones lineup, which make them incredibly comfortable. The H9 is certainly the best of the bunch if you're looking for a wireless headset, because the $230 H7 has a lower-end fabric on the earcups and lacks noise-canceling tech. Both the H9 and H7 offer 2.4GHz wireless and Bluetooth connections.
Meanwhile, the wired H3 comes in at the same price as the Pulse. If you're primarily a PS5 gamer, we'd recommend the Pulse over the Inzone line. However, if you play a lot on PC, any of the Inzone headsets are great picks. They utilize Sony's 360 Spatial Sound to produce audio designed specifically for your ear shape. It works quite well, but this feature is only available for PC. You also gain robust control over your audio experience on PC with the Inzone hub app.
So, who would we recommend these headsets to? PC gamers who also play PS5 would be happy with Inzone. We'd recommend checking out Sony's 650 Spatial Sound before buying the pricey Inzone H9. That said, if you dig it, then the H9 might be a good pick for you over the SteelSeries Nova Pro. PS5 owners who game a lot on PC and don't mind a wired connection can't go wrong with the Inzone H3.
Best EQ Features
Astro's A50 wireless headset is one of the best high-end options confirmed to work with the PS5. It's an exceptionally comfortable headset and comes with a charging dock that you can easily drop the headset into between sessions. It connects to the PS5 via USB, but if you want to use the included MixAmp then you'll need the Astro HDMI adapter. Connecting the dock to a PC also lets you customize and save EQ profiles for use with PlayStation consoles. It also has a battery life of up to 10 hours, which makes it great for those day-long sessions.
Best Wired PS5 Gaming Headset
If you want a cheaper, wired option, then the Astro A40 is a great choice. It boasts a similar audio quality to the A50 while featuring a detachable microphone, lighter frame, and a wired connection--no charge required. It connects via the DualSense's 3.5mm port and supports both game audio and voice chat. If you want to use the MixAmp Pro TR that comes with some models, you'll need the Astro HDMI adapter, which released in October for $40. Both are suitable options for the PS5; it's really just a matter of whether you prefer a wired or wireless headset.
Great For Competitive Gamers
Victrix Gambit Black
For anyone looking to inject some serious sound into their ears, the Victrix Gambit features fine-tuned hardware that's designed to take advantage of the PlayStation 5's 3D Audio features, an ultra-lightweight design, and profiles designed to make popular games such as Fortnite and Call of Duty sound more immersive.
Best Not-Headset PS5 Headset
HORI 3D Gaming Surround Gaming Neckset
It’s a bit quirky, but if you find gaming headsets uncomfortable, the HORI 3D Gaming Surround Gaming Neckset is a great alternative. The unique device sits around your neck and essentially functions as a personal surround system. It connects directly to your DualSense controller, offering both speakers and a microphone so you can communicate with your teammates. You’ll even get to select different audio modes that alter its performance based on the type of game you’re playing. It won’t be for everyone, but it’s arguably the best headset-adjacent alternative currently on the market for PS5 gamers.
Editor's Note: Article updated on July 22, 2022
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