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Best Xbox Gaming Headset For 2021: SteelSeries, Corsair, And More
From SteelSeries to Corsair, here are the best Xbox headsets we've tested, including great options for both Xbox Series X and Xbox One.
The Xbox Series X|S has been out since November 2020, and while new consoles in the past have needed to build a new collection of compatible accessories, Microsoft's commitment to backwards compatibility means the Xbox Series X and Series S already have a huge selection of gaming headsets. That means there are a ton of options to choose from, and you may even already have a headset that will work well on the new system. Whether you're looking for something that can work with multiple platforms or a great pair that's designed specifically for the Xbox Series X, there is a gaming headset for you.
Gaming headsets differ from traditional headphones in that they almost always come with microphone--sometimes it's detachable, but you'll need it when chatting with others online. They often include a mixing dial, as well, letting you fine-tune the level of the game audio versus the chat.
One perk of owning an Xbox is that some of its finest gaming headset options are able to connect without a USB dongle, just like a controller. These headsets are also capable of turning your console on when powered up. With how sleek the new consoles look, it's always nice when you don't have to add a USB stick to the front of them. One of our favorite Xbox headsets, the SteelSeries Arctis 9X, is capable of doing exactly this and is well worth its hefty price tag. There are also wired options available that plug into the Xbox Series X controller, which can save you cash if you're not bothered by the cord.
There are also a number of great budget Xbox gaming headset options that are much more affordable at the cost of some lost bells and whistles. These include the SteelSeries Arctis 1 wireless, which works with every platform including the PS5 and Nintendo Switch; the Corsair HS70 Bluetooth, which connects to your controller via 3.5mm cable and your smartphone via Bluetooth; and the Scuf H1, which features a number of customization options to personalize your experience and look.
Note that some of the following Xbox Series X headsets are currently hard to find in stock or may take a few extra weeks, so you may need to keep checking for availability. If you're looking for more Xbox accessories that are compatible with the newest consoles, check out our guide to the best Xbox Series X|S controllers for 2021. For other consoles, see our picks for the best PS5 gaming headsets and best Nintendo Switch Bluetooth headsets and adapters.
For more on Xbox Series X, check out the best gaming monitor and best 4K TV for the system, as well as the best Xbox Series X controller and best Xbox Series X games. Since many of these headsets work on PC, you can also check out the best gaming desks and how to use a dual-monitor setup for PC gaming.
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