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Best PC gaming headsets 2022: the top wired and wireless headsets

Our top gaming headset recommenations

2022 is likely to be a big year for the ranks of the best gaming headsets; I’m especially intrigued by the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless and its supposed 300 hours of battery life. We’ll have to wait and see on that one, but in the meantime, there are plenty of top-quality headphone/mic combos that already deserve a home around your ears.

Unless you’ve pumped hundreds into a dedicated sound system for your PC, a good headset will usually trounce desktop speakers in games: having the drivers up close allows for a more delicate and intimate sound delivery, while still allowing for high-impact, high-volume sonic power. Even cheap gaming headsets can also produce a strong stereo or surround sound effect, making the origin points of different sounds clearer. You’ll definitely want that for an advantage in competitive shooters, or to ramp up the tension in horror games.

Integrated microphones are also convenient for voice chat, even if they’re rarely as clear and sharp as the best gaming microphones. But a dedicated mic is more of a luxury – together with one of the best gaming keyboards and one of the best gaming mice, the right headset will form a trio of true PC peripheral essentials. You can find our picks of the best headsets below, and you can read more about how we test at the bottom of this page.

Best gaming headsets 2022

Logitech G432

The best gaming headset overall

The Logitech G432 is a fantastic all-round gaming headset, regardless of whether you're on a budget or got buckets of money to spend. Compared to similarly priced headphones like the Steelseries Arctis 1 and Razer Kraken X, the Logitech G432 beats them all by a country mile.

Its sound quality is absolutely fantastic for this kind of price, producing sparklingly detailed audio in every game going. It's so clear, in fact, that Katharine had to remind herself that she hadn't accidentally put on Logitech's G Pro X by accident. It's also got a brilliant microphone, and comes with both a USB DAC and a combined and dual 3.5mm splitter to use with your PC, laptop and consoles. There are, admittedly, have a few issues with overall comfort - especially compared to the featherweight Arctis 1 - but when the G432 sounds this good, it's not too hard to overlook them.

Alternatively, if you've got a bit more to spend and fancy some RGB lighting in your headset, then the next best thing is the Corsair Void Elite RGB, which is an updated version of the excellent Corsair Void Pro RGB.

Read more in our Logitech G432 review

Roccat Elo X Stereo

The best cheap gaming headset

A photo of Roccat's Elo X Stereo gaming headset.

It's not as sonically impressive as the Logitech G432, but the Roccat Elo X Stereo is just too good not to mention alongside it. It's thes entry-level headset in Roccat's Elo range, but it's much better value than its more expensive USB sibling, and a brilliant pick for those on a budget.

Not only is its audio quality top notch, but it's also supremely comfortable - actually more so than the Logitech G432. This is largely down to its brilliant headband design, which is actually very similar to the Steelseries Arctis 7 (which, as you'll see below, is our best wireless headset pick). It's a great headset to wear for long gaming sessions, and the chassis is so light you can forget you're wearing it.

It's also got one of the best microphones on a budget gaming headset. Often these are what tend to suffer the most on lower-end headsets, but the Elo X Stereo's mic is easily as good as the one on the G432. Overall, it's a great headset for those who want something cheap and cheerful, and it's a very worthy alternative to the G432.

Read more in our Roccat Elo X Stereo review


The best cheap 7.1 headset

The AOC GH300 gaming headset on a desk.

For reasons explained further down, neither I nor the RPS hivemind recommend 7.1 virtual surround sound for all-purpose, all-genre headsets. However, if you do want to try out this drama-boosting format, the AOC GH300 is one of the most affordable gaming headsets to support it – and for the money, is a good-sounding set of cans in general.

The generously proportioned 50mm drivers are houses withing spacious, well-padded earcups. They pump out a lively sound signature that doesn’t need any fraudulent bass bosting tricks, and once you install AOC’s Audio Centre software, it uses virtual 7.1 by default While the effect isn’t exactly subtle, and won’t suit every style of game, it works well in shooters: key sound cues are enhanced and dialogue sounds much clearer over all the gunshots.

Build quality is also good for the money, with none of the plastic creaking or overall fragility that cheap headsets can exhibit. The inline control, which features a large volume dial plus a mic mute button and toggle switch for the onboard RGB logo lighting, is on the chunky side – but then it’s also relatively easy to use by touch alone.

Logitech G Pro X

The best premium gaming headset

The Logitech G Pro X headset is a seriously impressive bit of kit; one of the most comfortable headset Katharine has ever worn, so says our RPS chief, and it's also got the a lovely-sounding mic too.

Logitech's G HUB software also gives you plenty of options to get your microphone sounding just right, and it really does put all other mics to shame.

The Logitech G Pro X also sounds sublime. Thanks to its rich, detailed soundscape, it's possible to hear sounds you may never even have noticed before, making everything feel more immersive as a result. It also comes with a replacement set of ear pads, loads of different cables and connections so you can use it with other devices, plus a very lovely carry case to make sure nothing gets lost. If you've got the cash, you definitely won't be disappointed.

It's also available in a regular G Pro model, which has exactly the same design but doesn't come with the Blue VO!CE gubbins inside the mic, but if you're looking for something on the cheaper side then the next best thing is the Corsair's Void Pro RGB: the £70 / $55 Corsair Void Elite RGB.

Read more in our Logitech G Pro X review

Steelseries Arctis 7

The best wireless gaming headset

Steelseries Arctis 7

If you've ever had particular trouble in finding a comfortable headset, then the Steelseries Arctis 7 is a revelation. Its ski-goggle headband might not look as comfy as other headsets with fistfuls of padding to their name, but its clever suspension design means the steel frame never actually touches your head, allowing for hours of use without issue.

What's more, its wireless transmitter isn't just a little USB stick - it's got its own cable, so you can position it wherever you like for the best signal. You also get a regular 3.5mm audio cable so you can use it as a wired headset as well if you prefer.

The Arctis 7 is more expensive than a lot of other wireless headsets, including the ones on this list, but it does come with handy extras like its ChatMix slider. This lets you filter out all game music to focus solely on your multiplayer chat, and it works vice-versa as well, helping you drown out those screaming 11-year-olds who can't believe you didn't make that headshot from halfway across the map.

Read more in our Steelseries Arctis 7 review

Corsair HS70

The best budget wireless headset

We all appreciate a good wireless headset, but the best ones often demand well over £100/ $100, which can often be a step too far for those looking to keep costs down. Thankfully, the brilliant Corsair HS70 is here for those who don't want to break the bank.

It's still a fair chunk of change compared to other wired headsets on this list, but the HS70 is an absolutely superb headset in its own right. It's very comfortable to wear, for starters, and while it doesn't have as many fancy features as the Arctis 7, its audio quality is still top notch. At 16 hours, its battery life is a bit on the low side compared to other wireless headsets out there, but that's still more than enough for a good weekend of gaming.

If you're after something simple that gets the job done, feels great and doesn't involve trying to unravel a million cables, the HS70 is the gaming headset for you.

Read more in our Corsair HS70 review

EPOS Sennheiser GSP 370

The best gaming headset for battery life

Epos Sennheiser GSP 370

If you're after a headset that can go for months and months without charging, the EPOS Sennheiser GSP 370 is for you. Its 100-hour battery life puts all other headsets to shame, including the Steelseries Arctis 7. It does, however, come at a cost.

For some, the Epos Sennheiser GSP 370 will almost certainly be worth the extra cash over the Arctis 7. It's a bit on the chunky side design-wise, but this is still a supremely comfortable headset whose audio quality and fold-down microphone are top of their class. However, the main reason why this is sitting in our wireless top spot is because it still lacks a couple of key features that sets the Arctis 7 apart. This includes the Arctis' ChatMix feature and sidetone controls for its microphone. The Arctis 7 also comes with a 3.5mm audio cable so you can use it with other devices, too, whereas the GSP 370 is USB-only.

Still, if you’re not fussed about any of that, then the Epos Sennheiser GSP 370 more than justifies its high price. With its excellent audio quality and that stonkingly large battery life, the GSP 370 is a fantastic wireless gaming headset that should be at the top of your consideration list.

Read more in our EPOS Sennheiser GSP 370 review

Razer Kraken V3 Pro

The best gaming headset with haptic feedback

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro gaming headset propped up against a monitor.

Razer and Corsair both make gaming headsets with haptic feedback, sending vibrations into your skull to give loud sounds (like gunfire and grenade blasts) a more kinetic kick. The Razer Kraken V3 Pro shows this is more than a mere gimmick, giving those dramatic moments so much more impact that on some occasions I actually recoiled with surprise. Razer's particular haptic tech, HyperSense, is pretty smart too, dynamically adjusting the intensity and position of the vibrations to match the loudness and location of the sounds that trigger it.

It's a very pricey headset, even considering the haptics, but it still provides overall quality to match. With or without HyperSense switched on, it sounds marvellous, and the cushy padding around the earcups and headband keep it comfortable to wear for hours. Build quality is high throughout, and there's a full set of controls on the headset itself, including a volume wheel.

The right earcup houses a HyperSense toggle button, which switches the effect between Low, Medium and High levels (or turns it off entirely). Low and Medium are the ones to go for, I reckon - on High, the sound of the motors ends up competing with the sound from the drivers, and there's enough kick on the lower settings anyway.

Roccat Syn Pro Air

The best wireless gaming headset for customisation

A photo of the Roccat Syn Pro Air gaming headset.

The Roccat Syn Pro Air doesn’t have the best mic quality or the longest battery life, but it’s a respectable alternative to the SteelSeries Arctis 7 or HyperX Cloud II Wireless. That’s particularly true if you want your headset to come with a overflowing toy chest of extra features.

There’s adjustable mic monitoring, there’s manual EQ adjustment, and there’s even a dash of customisable RGB lighting on the earcups. Roccat’s Neon software provides many more tweaking opportunities, too – I particularly liked using the ‘3D Audio’ mode for more dramatic music playback, though it’s not strictly necessary for games that already have strong spatial sound like Apex Legends.

The Syn Pro Air gets the basics right as well. While Roccat’s favoured building material is a plain plastic, it doesn’t feel too flimsy, and is in fact nicely light for a wireless headset. It’s comfortable, too, with enough padding and sufficiently roomy earcups that I could happily wear it for hours at a time. Best of all is sound quality, as the Syn Pro Air’s balanced (yet bass-rich and impactful) default profile will suit just about any game you can think of.

The Arctis 7 is still better overall, and at the time of testing, Neon’s beta status meant it threw up some oddities: misreporting a mostly-full battery as 0% charged, for instance. Even so, few gaming headsets sound as good as the Syn Pro Air, and fewer still let you tinker as much.


The best gaming headset for mic quality

Both the open-back and closed-back versions of the EPOS H6Pro gaming headset sitting next to each other.

The EPOS H6Pro is actually two headsets: there’s a conventional ‘closed back’ model, which contains each driver with a rear enclosure, and an ‘open back’ model that allows air in through vents for a clearer sound. For the record, I prefer the closed version: it has a more focused and detailed quality that suits games very well, and doesn’t leak sound or let outside distractions in like the open design does. Either way, the best thing about the H6Pro isn’t sound quality: it’s the boom mic.

Of all the gaming headset mics I’ve mumbled into, the H6Pro’s comes to closest to matching the quality of a desktop microphone like the Blue Yeti. There’s no muffling or bass-starved tinniness, just clean, accurate capturing, and it doesn’t pick up too much background noise from mouse clicks or mechanical keyboards either. For the chatting-inclined, it’s a perfect match.

Well, nearly perfect. Both models fit very tightly around the ol’ noggin, and while the open back model in particular has some comfortable fabric padding (evoking the feel of a favourite pair of socks as much as it does a gaming headset), I did find myself needing to relieve the pressure after a couple of hours. Otherwise, the H6Pro adopts a nicely crafted design, with secure headband adjustment and a handsome matte finish.

EKSA Air Joy Plus

The best cheap and lightweight gaming headset

The EKSA Air Joy Plus gaming headset on a desk.

At a breezy 204g, the EKSA Air Joy Plus is 110g lighter than the Roccat Elo X Stereo – that’s like lopping off one-third of the latter and still having a functioning headset. It’s not just for bragging rights either, as the sheer lightness of the Air Joy Plus is what keeps it comfortable to wear in spite of its thin headband and cut-price materials.

It sounds better than you’d expect too, spinning an effective 360-degree effect through its virtual 7.1 surround sound feature. I initially found the Air Joy Plus’s drivers a little lacking in sharpness, but installing the companion software allows for full EQ customisation, so it’s easy to get a more balanced and satisfying profile.

It’s a shame that the microphone is, frankly, rubbish; listening back to some recordings I sounded like I was mumbling into a landline phone. In one Discord server I was also asked how I became, and I quote, “trapped in the tin foil dimension.” The Elo X Stereo is therefore more of a complete package, but if you’d prefer a lighter headset without spending more, the Air Joy Plus’s comfort and sound quality make it worth a peek.

Choosing the right gaming headset

Choosing a gaming headset can be an incredibly personal thing. Finding a gaming headset with good quality audio is obviously key, but it also needs to be comfortable. After all, you're probably going to be wearing this for several hours at a time, and it's no good if it sounds great but ends up giving you a headache after 30 minutes.

The other thing it needs is a good microphone. Again, there's no point having a great-sounding gaming headset, but your voice descends into a crackly mess every time you want to chat to your mates when you’re playing online. Professional streamers often get round this by buying dedicated microphones, but having one that's built into your headset is much cheaper, easier and simpler for those on a budget, or who simply want something for chatting with friends. That's why we test for each of these three things every time we get a gaming headset in for review.

How we test:

Whenever we get a gaming headset in for testing, we look out for three keys things: comfort, good quality audio and a good quality microphone. The former can be very subjective. Everyone has a different shaped and sized head, and what's comfortable for one person may be a head-pinching nightmare vice for someone else. To test comfort levels, we simply try to wear a headset for as long as possible. The longer it lasts without pressing down on skulls and pinching jaw bones, the better.

To test a gaming headset's audio quality, we have three games in my testing suite: Doom (2016), Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice and Final Fantasy XV. Doom has a very heavy, industrial soundtrack which is ideal for testing a headset's bass levels (and more importantly, how good the Super Shotgun sounds when you unleash its double-barreled fury on an unsuspecting imp). Listening out for details like hidden enemies and the direction of incoming fire also provides ample opportunity to judge a headset's audio finesse.

Hellblade is another great test of immersion, as this uses binaural audio techniques to create a more believable sense of place. The opening, for example, can sound like the narrator is getting up close and personal with the back of your neck. The way other voices inside Senua's head come and go, or titter around the periphery, also make for a good headset test.

Finally, Final Fantasy XV is our big orchestral game. Here, we listen out for the warm, rich details in every section of the orchestra, and make sure its zippy magic effects are still balanced against the busy battle music.

We also try out every headset as a pair of music headphones, listening to a mix of gaming soundtracks, rock bands and pop to see how it holds up away from games. Finally, we'll record ourselves speaking into the microphone, to see how clear the audio is and how it handles plosive words and phrases. Hopping on Discord with some trusted friends and getting their feedback helps too.

Gaming headset FAQ

Should I get wireless or wired headphones?

Gaming headsets fall into two broad categories: wired and wireless. Wired headsets are the most common, with most plugging into a USB port or a 3.5mm audio connection on your PC, and they're great if you want clean, uninterrupted audio.

Wireless headsets, on the other hand, tend to be more expensive than wired headset, but they're great for cutting down on the warren of PC cables you've got building up behind the back of your desk. They're also super convenient you're playing games on the TV in your living room, as it means you can kick back on the sofa without falling over a tangle of wires every time you get up to make a cuppa. They will need charging when they run out of battery, though, and their 2.4GHz wireless signal can get interrupted if you've got a lot of wireless devices in the same room or around your house. Neither I nor previous hardware ed Katharine have had this problem personally, but it can be an issue with certain headsets.

Can I use a PC gaming headset with a console?

Many, though not all, gaming headsets are multi-platform; as such you could potentially use them with a PS5, Xbox Series X or Nintendo Switch as well as on your PC or laptop. Check the headset's packaging or manufacturer website to find out if it's compatible with consoles.

Connection type is important here. Some gaming headsets only have a USB connection, for example; that's great for PC users, but not all consoles support USB headsets, so it's important to check the headset's specs beforehand. Even if a headset has a traditional 3.5mm audio connection, you should still check it's compatible with PC. Headsets with a single, combined 3.5mm headphone jack will work fine with consoles, laptops and phones, for example, but you'll need an dual 3.5mm adapter (shown below) if you want to use the headset's microphone on PC.

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas has single and dual 3.5mm audio connections via an adapter that comes in the box, so you can use it with laptops, consoles and phones as well as PC.

What are Hi-Res Audio headphones?

We’re starting to see more Hi-Res Audio stickers appear on gaming headsets, but you don't need to worry too much about making sure you get one. Hi-Res (or High Resolution) audio is meant to provide the absolute pinnacle of music quality, with audiophiles saying it’s akin to ‘being right there in the recording studio’ when you listen to it. This is because Hi-Res Audio has a much higher sampling rate (also known as bit-depth, or the number of samples taken per signal per second in the analogue-to-digital conversion process) than CD quality audio, which is meant to make it more accurate and more detailed than anything else currently available.

To throw some numbers into the mix, CD is specified at 16-bit or 44.1kHz, while Hi-Res audio is usually defined as either 96kHz or 192kHz at 24-bit. This is great if you already own lots of Hi-Res audio tracks or subscribe to a streaming service like Tidal, but it has limited use for gaming right now. It's currently unknown how many, if any, games support Hi-Res audio or whether you get any extra benefit over non-Hi-Res audio headsets. What's more, many people can't actually tell the difference between Hi-Res and CD, so you shouldn't feel like you need to pay extra to get one if you’re only going to be using it for games.

What headsets do the pros use?

Pro gamers and streamers all use vastly different gaming headsets. Ninja uses the studio-grade Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro headphones, for example, while Shroud has switched from a HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless to a Logitech G Pro X.

Myth and DrLupo also use a Logitech G Pro X headset, but Tfue uses the super expensive Sennheiser HD 800 S High Resolution headphones. Pokimane, on the other hand, often alternates between different HyperX headsets, most notably the Cloud Alpha and the Cloud Revolver, and Dakotaz uses an Astro A40.

What are headphone drivers?

A headphone driver is the technical term for the little speaker inside each earcup. They're the bits that convert the electrical signals coming from your PC into sound, so they're pretty important! They often vary between 20mm and 50mm in size, and most gaming headsets will have drivers with a 40mm or 50mm diameter.

Bigger doesn't necessarily mean better, though. Bigger drivers are louder than smaller ones, but their quality depends on a number of factors, including the way they've been designed and the materials used to construct them. There are multiple different types of drivers used in gaming headsets, and they all have their own advantages and disadvantages.

What is frequency response?

Frequency response is the range of sound frequencies produced by a pair of headphones. It's measured in Hertz (Hz) and is often represented by two numbers, such as 20Hz - 20KHz. The first number signifies the lowest bass frequency a headset is able to produce, while the second number represents the highest high-frequency it can produce. The average human can hear frequencies between 20Hz - 20kHz (or 20,000 Hz), and this is what most headsets tend to aim for as a result.

What is 7.1 surround sound?

In a traditional audio setup, a 7.1 surround sound system comprises of seven individual speakers and a subwoofer (the .1 bit). They're positioned around where your seating area, hence the 'surround sound' bit in the name, and create a more immersive aural experience. Lots of gaming headsets say they support 7.1 surround sound as well, but given that headsets often only have two drivers or speakers, it's never going to be true 7.1 surround. Instead, what they really mean is that they can do virtual 7.1 surround sound, which is done via software such as Logitech's G Hub, Steelseries' Engine, Corsair's iCue and HyperX's NGenuity software.

Sometimes, headsets will use a specific type of surround sound software, such as DTS Headphone X 2.0. This is a set standard, created by the audio engineers at DTS, that tries to recreate 11 different audio channels instead of seven: partly similar to technologies like Dolby Atmos and Windows Sonic for Headphones. However, only select games support DTS Headphone X 2.0, Dolby Atmos and Windows Sonic, so just because a headset supports it, doesn't necessarily mean all games are going to sound better as a result. In fact, enabling any kind of virtual surround sound feature usually makes your game audio feel like it's been turned into one great big echo chamber. Unless you're going to be watching a lot of films on your PC that support surround sound, it's usually better to stick to a simple stereo headset (or at least leave its surround feature turned off).

What is Logitech's Blue VO!CE?

Logitech's G Pro X headset is one of the few gaming headsets that supports Blue Voice, which is a type of voice filter technology used in Blue's Yeti microphones. It helps to make your voice sound clearer, richer and cleaner for a more professional level of voice chat, and it's really quite impressive in practice. It can't compare to a proper, dedicated microphone filter, but as an easy, all-in-one solution for those who don't have hundreds and thousands to spend on their gaming audio setup, it does an exceedingly good job.

For more RPS recommended hardware, here's a complete list of our best hardware guides:
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James retired from writing about Dota for RPS to write about hardware for RPS. His favourite watercooler radiator size is 280mm and he always takes advantage of RGB lighting by setting everything to a solid light blue.

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