The perfect wi-fi gaming headsets for PC, PS4, Xbox and Change (2018)

The perfect wi-fi gaming headsets for PC, PS4, Xbox and Change (2018)


In the event you’re in search of the very best wi-fi gaming headset on your XboxPC, or PlayStation, search for a headset with a high quality microphone, lengthy battery life and good sound high quality — in spite of everything, you need to have the ability to have the flexibility to discuss with teammates and curse out your opponents in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite for so long as it takes to win.

And whilst you’re at it, why not make it a wi-fi headset? High up your espresso or seize a snack with out fumbling with a wire — or worse, yanking your valuable laptop computer or console to the ground. (Do not ask.) 

Final yr, I used to be available in the market for simply such a headset, however had a tricky time selecting one. However as a result of I work for CNET, I had a easy answer: Take a look at them abruptly

Thirty-plus headsets and lots of, many video games of PUBG later, I discovered the very best for me. And relying in your wants, I am fairly positive I’ve discovered the very best for you, too.

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Which wi-fi headsets are finest? We examined just about all of them.


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Learn me first

Earlier than you dive into our checklist of the perfect wi-fi gaming headsets, a couple of issues it is best to know:

  • You do not essentially want these for the PS4 or Xbox One. Virtually any wired headset can successfully change into a wi-fi headset by plugging into the three.5mm jack in your controller.
  • Most wi-fi headsets work with the PS4 or Xbox, however not each. I am undecided why, however I would not be stunned if it includes attorneys. Headsets with optical jacks can get audio from each consoles, however not essentially use their microphones.
  • Each single headset I attempted works with Home windows PCs. Even when they do not point out PC on the field. Simply know that direct-connect Xbox Wi-fi headsets (there aren’t many, and I am going to level them out) require this $25 dongle for Home windows.

  • Each headset is able to digital {surround} sound. Most headsets have built-in {surround} sound, and for people who do not, Home windows PCs and the Xbox One have aftermarket choices like Home windows Sonic and Dolby Atmos. We’ll level out if a PS4 headset does not have the choice.
  • Digital {surround} sound is not nice anyhow. Consultants usually agree, and I do too — headphones aren’t any substitute for precise surround-sound audio system. I’ve gotten good at telling the place gunshots got here from with plain ol’ stereo, and did not discover a helpful distinction even switching to Dolby Atmos.
  • Not many wi-fi headsets work with the Nintendo Change. You may try this publish to see which.

The perfect

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The HyperX Cloud Flight.


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The no-brainer: HyperX Cloud Flight

$160, £140, AU$230

  • Suitable with: PS4, PC, Steam Hyperlink
  • Purchase for: Greatest battery life, good audio high quality, consolation, nice controls, slim minimalist design, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Skip if: You want an Xbox-compatible headset.

The HyperX Cloud Flight is the wi-fi gaming headset I am shopping for for myself, and the one one I really feel snug recommending with out understanding your particular desires. It is light-weight, remarkably snug, not too flashy, and better of all, it sounds implausible — a wealthy, full, clear and vast soundstage ok for my music assortment, with simply sufficient bass punch for gunshots and explosions in video games.

Plus, it is the very best wi-fi gaming headset for battery life, essentially the most of any wi-fi headset immediately at 30 hours (I examined). It really works splendidly as a set of passive wired headphones, too. Simply yank out the removable mic and plug in a 3.5mm cable, and you may stroll down the road listening to tunes with out draining that battery in any respect. 

The catch: it does not work with the Xbox, even in case you plug that 3.5mm cable into your gamepad. It is received a headcellphone jack, not a headset jack, so there isn’t any mic (and apparently no Xbox compat) once you use a wire. And although I discover it cozy, it nonetheless places slightly little bit of strain on my jaw. 

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The Plantronics Rig 800.


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Probably the most snug for many heads: Plantronics Rig 800

$150, £160, AU$250

  • Suitable with: PS4 (Rig 800HS) or Xbox One (Rig 800LX); additionally works with PC and Nintendo Change
  • Purchase for: Consolation, battery life, mic high quality, wi-fi vary, optical jack, chat/quantity mixer dial
  • Skip if: You crave bass, want a headphone jack, or need a headset that is nice for music in addition to video games.

Plantronics makes gaming headsets? Yep — and the Rig 800 is the one one so light-weight, so snug, I generally forgot I used to be sporting it. 

As an alternative of counting on a conventional ratcheting headband that pinches the edges of your head a set quantity, the 2 sides are related by a spring-loaded internal head strap that mechanically adjusts stress to the dimensions of your cranium. The flowery modular headband additionally helps you to come out the earcups and slot them increased or decrease to suit bigger or smaller heads. 

Add nice battery life (I received almost 27 hours) and a number of the finest wi-fi vary (downstairs, by way of a flooring and a wall) and you have fairly the contender. Simply know that whereas the mic high quality is sort of good, the audio lacks some punch and may get slightly tinny. There’s additionally no {surround} sound for the PS4, if that is essential to you, and no headphone jack.

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The Steelseries Arctis 7.


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The perfect headset for individuals who hate headsets: Steelseries Arctis 7 

$150, £140, AU$280

  • Suitable with: PC, PS4, Nintendo Change (with 3.5mm workaround), Steam Hyperlink, others by way of wired 3.5mm cable
  • Purchase for: Consolation, trendy design, mic high quality, battery life, two audio streams on PC, and you may plug in your earbuds!     
  • Skip if: You are shopping for for Xbox, have a very tall head or massive ears, and/or want nice audio high quality.

Some folks hate headsets. They hate how they give the impression of being. They hate how they really feel. These folks should purchase a Steelseries Arctis 7. It is the headset that makes use of a colourful, cozy, ski-goggle-like stretchy cloth band to make a trend assertion, cushion your head and regulate its stress concurrently. 

The outcome: a headset that is extra snug for average-size heads than virtually every other, and one you would not be embarrassed to put on in public. (The super-retractable mic additionally does not damage.) And in case you nonetheless hate the match, you may plug your earbuds into the headset’s “Share” port and go away the Arctis dangling round your neck. 

The Arctis 7 additionally affords a killer function you will not normally discover on headsets this value: two distinct audio streams on PC. Set voice chat to 1, your recreation to the opposite, then simply attain up and rotate a dial at any time when that you must hear pals (or footsteps) extra clearly.

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The Astro A50 Gen 3.


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The perfect audio: Astro A50 Gen 3

$300, £250, AU$480

  • Suitable with: PS4 or Xbox One variations; additionally works with PC, Nintendo Change (with 3.5mm workaround), Steam Hyperlink
  • Purchase for: Mic high quality, audio high quality, consolation, two audio units on PC, optical jacks on base station
  • Skip if: You want lengthy battery life — or audio privateness. You are not made of cash. You need a wired headset, too.

There is a cause the Astro A50 is usually touted as the very best wi-fi gaming headset: it sounds excellent. No different wi-fi gaming headset has the readability and the booming bass over a purely wi-fi connection. None has a microphone almost as wealthy, or nearly as good at filtering out undesirable background sounds. 

That is most likely as a result of not like virtually every other headset, the A50 makes use of a 5GHz wi-fi connection, providing extra bandwidth (and thus increased audio high quality) than a typical 2.4GHz package. But it surely additionally means shorter vary, shorter battery life and — notably on the Xbox, in case you learn the consumer critiques — the possibility for troublesome interference. 

Although the Astro A50 Gen Three comes with a neat charging dock that retains observe of your battery life, it is robust to get the charging pins lined up. I got here again to a lifeless headset greater than as soon as. Additionally, know that it is the leakiest headset I attempted: Folks round you may positively hear your tunes.

None of these are why the A50 is not my prime choose, although. It merely prices twice as a lot as different competent choices. And if value isn’t any object, it is best to positively try the extra futureproof (however much less bassy) Steelseries Arctis Professional later on this publish.  

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The Corsair Void Professional Wi-fi.


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The perfect for funds PC avid gamers: Corsair Void Professional Wi-fi

$100, £110, AU$200

  • Suitable with: PC, Steam Hyperlink. Works poorly with PS4.
  • Purchase for: Large heads. Completely happy wallets. Items for different folks.
  • Skip if: You are shopping for for PS4, Xbox, Change, or cellphone. You have got a small head. 

There are two simple methods of the Corsair Void Professional Wi-fi. It is actually snug, actually low cost, surprisingly crisp and clear, and appears cool.

Or: It barely stays in your cranium, does not work correctly with something apart from a PC, is ugly AF and lacks nice sound. It actually is determined by the dimensions of your head, and your expectations. If $50 is some huge cash to you (it is the distinction between the Void Professional and our prime picks) and your head is massive, I might nab it over virtually the rest.

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The Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum.


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The largest bass increase (and three.5mm methods): Logitech G933

$200, £170, AU$300

  • Suitable with: PC, PS4, Nintendo Change, Steam Hyperlink, others by way of wired 3.5mm cable
  • Purchase for: Large booms. Headphone jacks. Flashy lighting. Programmable keys for PC. Replaceable battery.
  • Skip if: You may’t stand the fashion — or the creaks. Your head is large. 

At a avenue value of simply $130, the Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum is a wi-fi champ in two methods. It is the one headset with large, booming bass you may really feel whereas strolling down the road — and the one headset the place the three.5mm headphone jack does a great deal of fantastic issues.

When the ability’s on, you need to use the G933 as a completely amplified 3.5mm wired headset: programmable sound profiles, lighting and all. Even when the ability’s off, Logitech’s bundled 3.5mm cable affords a in-line quantity dial and mic on your tunes and cellphone calls. Plus, there is a second 3.5mm line-in jack on the USB dongle so you can also make virtually any wired audio supply wiremuch less, together with old-school consoles with RCA audio jacks. (Logitech consists of an adapter.)

It is only a disgrace the G933 is not higher constructed. It is creaky and vice-like, with barely scratchy cloth earcups. The battery does not final tremendous lengthy. And it is fairly dang cumbersome to significantly put on round city.

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The Logitech G533.


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The perfect wi-fi vary: Logitech G533

$150, £140, AU$220

  • Suitable with: PC, PS4, Nintendo Change, Steam Hyperlink
  • Purchase for: Bulletproof wi-fi, all-around high quality, programmable key for PC, replaceable battery
  • Skip if: It is too gamer for consolation. You want Xbox or a 3.5mm jack.

“The one means I might make the audio lower out was I needed to stroll outdoors of my home, throughout the parking zone to my automotive and get inside. Once I drove again, 20 minutes later, it mechanically reconnected as quickly as I opened the automotive door.”

That is how I described the Logitech G533 final January, and it is nonetheless true immediately. In the event you’re planning to abuse a wi-fi headset’s vary to roam round your home — or a spot of gardening, possibly? — the G533 is the one for you. 

It does not sound fairly nearly as good because the G933, there isn’t any 3.5mm jack and the plastic end scratches actual simple…but when you’ll find it on a typical sub-$100 sale (e.g., immediately, April 18!) it is an awesome choose for the PC, PlayStation and even a docked Nintendo Change.

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The brand new Sony PlayStation Gold Wi-fi.


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The perfect for cheapskates: Sony PlayStation Gold Wi-fi (2018) 

$100, £70, AU$130

  • Suitable with: PC, PS4, Nintendo Change, Steam Hyperlink, others by way of wired 3.5mm cable 
  • Purchase for: Broad machine compatibility, gentle weight, a contented pockets
  • Skip if: You understand what good audio seems like. 

You know the way folks say “Ignorance is bliss” on the subject of sound high quality? If that describes you and your mates, purchase the brand new PlayStation Gold Wi-fi and by no means look again. It really works with virtually something — together with the Nintendo Change — and it is also the lightest, least obtrusive wi-fi headset you should buy immediately.

I discovered it far comfier than the PlayStation Platinum and unique PlayStation Gold, by the best way. It does not fold down just like the outdated PS Gold… however which means it does not have flimsy plastic arms to interrupt, both. That was a standard criticism. No increase mic means your voice sounds tinny and robotic. However you do not care about audio high quality. Proper?

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The Razer Thresher.


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The perfect for Xbox (or eyeglasses): Razer Thresher for Xbox One

$150, £150, AU$230

  • Suitable with: Xbox One
  • Purchase for: Direct wi-fi connection to Xbox One, luxurious padding with eyeglass aid
  • Skip if: You hate harsh excessive notes. You wish to hook up with something BUT Xbox.

If you need a headset with a direct wi-fi connection to your Xbox, or that is designed particularly for eyeglasses, there are solely three picks: the Turtle Seaside Stealth 600, the Turtle Seaside Stealth 700 and the Razer Thresher. And except you actually, actually need a 3.5mm headset jack or Bluetooth audio, it is no contest — the Razer Thresher is vastly extra snug and sounds higher, too, with a remarkably clear microphone. 

These cooling-gel-filled earcups are essentially the most snug I’ve tried, bar none, and I have been advised the beneficiant eyeglass aid does an awesome job maintaining strain off your frames. It might be my choose for many snug… if it did not weigh almost a pound. And know that it solely actually works with an Xbox One out of the field. You will want an non-compulsory $25 dongle for Home windows PCs. 

Additionally observe there are three different variations of the Thresher, together with a $150 Thresher 7.1 for the PS4 and a pair of $250 Thresher Final units for the Xbox and PS4. I am unable to suggest ’em as a result of the mics aren’t as clear, and I would not pay an additional $100 for his or her included base stations. The increase in wi-fi vary is not ok to purchase for that cause.

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The Steelseries Arctis Professional Wi-fi.


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The futureproof choose: Steelseries Arctis Professional Wi-fi

$330, £300, AU$500

  • Suitable with: PC, PS4, Nintendo Change, Steam Hyperlink, others by way of wired 3.5mm cable
  • Purchase for: Close to-universal compatibility, Bluetooth, swappable batteries, audio high quality, consolation, design, mic high quality, wi-fi vary, optical jacks, two audio streams on PC, and so forth…
  • Skip if: You are not made of cash. You are shopping for for Xbox.

It is the most costly wi-fi gaming headset you should buy. (You may purchase a brand new PlayStation or Xbox for much less.)

However in case you consider the Arctis Professional Wi-fi as an funding, it’d truly make sense. It is the one headset with a pair of user-swappable batteries — which means you by no means run out of cost. Even in case you put on them down, you may simply purchase extra. (It makes use of the identical batteries as its Siberia 840, 800 and H Wi-fi predecessors, which value $20 for a pack of two.) 

It is also the one headset I can suggest with Bluetooth connectivity — which means it pulls double obligation as a wonderful pair of Bluetooth headphones for music, video games and even calls. Plus virtually every part I like about its cheaper Arctis 7 cousin.

Now add the second-best wi-fi vary of any headset, and the richest audio of any save the Astro A50 Gen 3. Actually, it is received clearer mids… if it had slightly extra bass and a barely higher mic, it’d knock out the Astro as nicely. 

If I might afford one, I might purchase one. However I am unable to proper now.

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The remaining, aka headsets that are not fairly nearly as good

Astro A20

Good mic, however sound high quality, construct, consolation, vary and battery life pale compared to the HyperX Cloud Flight. In the event you want the optical jack and recreation/chat combine, choose the Plantronics.

Asus Strix Wi-fi

One dimension matches few (no changes in any respect), muddy audio, below-average mic high quality, and a big, heavy construct. 

Corsair Void Wi-fi

Similar to the Corsair Void Professional Wi-fi, however barely worse — a worse microphone increase, much less apparent mute indicator, and barely worse earcups. Prices the identical, so why hassle?

LucidSound LS40

It appears to be like trendy, works with virtually any audio supply, affords two audio units on PC, and has glorious mics. However the construct high quality and connectivity are hit and miss… and the audio is not ok to justify the $200 value. 

LucidSound LS30

Very similar to the LS30, however with a tighter, creakier match and no native {surround} sound. At $150, it is outclassed by the HyperX Cloud Flight and Steelseries Arctis 7. Is perhaps worthy at $100.

Razer Man O’ Battle Wi-fi

A number of consumer critiques say the plastic body tends to interrupt. Sound is mostly clear and crisp, however not sufficient depth to set it aside. Additionally massive and heavy. 

Razer Thresher 7.1 (PS4)

Comfortable, however harsh highs and no simple technique to regulate them (not like on Man O’ Battle). I believe you would be happier with the Plantronics, except you put on glasses.

Razer Thresher Final (PS4)

$250 is an excessive amount of to pay for a $150 headset (see Thresher 7.1 above) with slightly further wi-fi vary and a plastic stand.

Razer Thresher Final (Xbox)

In contrast to the PS4 model, there’s truly a cause to pay the additional $100 right here: the Xbox model of the Thresher Final weirdly works with PS4 too. However I might pay slightly further for an Astro A50 as an alternative. 

OLD Sony PlayStation Gold Wi-fi / Wi-fi Stereo Headset

A number of consumer critiques say this headset’s flimsy plastic arms have a tendency to interrupt. Extra bass than the brand new Gold, however that is not sufficient cause to choose it as an alternative.

Sony PlayStation Platinum Wi-fi

Above-average sound high quality cannot make up for the crappy mic and uncomfortable match. All of my prime picks (save the PlayStation Gold) sound higher, and the Gold is extra snug.

Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Rage Wi-fi

The one worst headset I examined. Ugly, low cost and uncomfortable, with tiny earcups and horrible sound high quality. 

Steelseries Siberia 840, Siberia 800, and H Wi-fi

Discontinued and changed by the Arctis Professional Wi-fi.

Turtle Seaside Stealth 420+

Discontinued and changed by the Stealth 600. No nice loss.

Turtle Seaside Stealth 450

Far too low cost and uncomfortable, regardless of decently clear sound. 3.5mm jack seems like an afterthought.

Turtle Seaside Stealth 520

Discontinued and changed by the Stealth 600. Which is a disgrace, as a result of it provided clearer sound and extra options. 

Turtle Seaside Stealth 600 (PS4)

Higher constructed than the Turtle Seaside Stealth 520 it replaces, however barely worse sound — and loses the optical and three.5mm jacks that made the 520 deal. The brand new PlayStation Gold Wi-fi is a greater funds choose general.

Turtle Seaside Stealth 600 (Xbox One)

With a firmware replace, direct-connect Xbox Wi-fi now appears to work tremendous (not like early consumer critiques). But it surely does not sound nice, and it is not suitable with something besides Xbox.

Turtle Seaside Stealth 700 (PS4)

Bluetooth is sweet at this value, however someway sounds worse (muddier) than the cheaper Stealth 600. Much less snug to put on, too. 

Turtle Seaside Stealth 700 (Xbox One)

With Bluetooth, 3.5mm and direct-connect Xbox Wi-fi, it is versatile! Sadly, it does not sound or match any higher than the PS4 model.

Turtle Seaside Elite 800 

Horrible audio high quality. The mic’s so unhealthy my pals refused to play with me. Buttons are means too delicate, making it tremendous simple to by accident energy on or off.

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How we examined

So that you is perhaps asking your self: Why do you have to belief my opinion on which wi-fi gaming headsets are the very best? Why did I choose these specific headsets, anyhow? 

To that I say: “As a result of I examined all of them.” Just about.

To create this information, I scoured the net and contacted each respected headset firm to see in the event that they’d have a wi-fi mannequin by the point our testing was executed. Some had been already being phased out — which is why I by no means tried the fan-favorite Corsair Gaming H2100 or SkullCandy PLYR 1, for instance. I referred to as in each wi-fi gaming headset I might. 

Then, I examined and in contrast 30+ headsets, taking part in them off one another, utilizing an enormous spreadsheet to maintain observe of my outcomes. And whereas that spreadsheet is a teensy bit tough across the edges, I am completely satisfied to share it with you

We’ll be updating this information as extra and higher headsets arrive. And if we missed a very superior one, do not hesitate to achieve out! You could find me at sean.hollister@cnet.com.



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