If you regularly play online multiplayer games, you'll need a decent gaming headset. Here are some of the best for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
A good quality gaming headset is a must-have when it comes to gaming; especially when playing multiplayer titles such as Battlefield 1 or Overwatch.
However, it’s not easy picking a good gaming headset as there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ option. There are budget-friendly options such as the SteelSeries Siberia 150 or Logitech G230 or more expensive, premium headsets like the Razer Man O’War and the Astro A50.
There are a few details you’ll need to look out for when purchasing a gaming headset:
Comfort – Given you’ll be wearing a gaming headset for extended peiods of time, it’s massively important that you find yourself a comfortable pair that won’t cause any fatigue to your ears.
Weight – Bulky headphones aren’t great to wear as they push down on your ears and make your neck tired. When shopping around for a headset you want to look for a lightweight pair, especially for long gaming sessions.
Build Quality – The expression ‘you get what you pay for’ has never been more true when it comes to buying a gaming headset.
Any headset below £20 is not going to be made from high quality materials or feel particularly great in your hands or on your head. The ear pads won’t feel luxurious, metal components will be rare, the plastic won’t be robust and the cable will feel flimsy.
Don’t expect them to last long.
Wired vs Wireless – Headsets can be either wired or wireless, with wireless models generally costing more.
A wireless gaming headset offers you the freedom to move throughout your room and sit at a more comfortable distance away from your computer monitor or TV set.
If you go the wireless route, ensure you find a pair that offers exceptional battery life, comfort and perhaps above all else zero latency between the action on screen and the sound being piped into your ear canals.
Here’s our pick of the best gaming headsets:
Official Xbox One Stereo Headset
This may not be the flashiest set of headphones on this list, but they get the job done.
While there’s no 5.1 Surround, they are plug and play which means no messing around with extra cables, software settings or wireless receivers. They’re also comfortable during extended gaming sessions.
SteelSeries Siberia 150
A great all-round headset. The sound-quality is decent as is the built-in microphone.
Even if you’re not a gamer, these are great for work, conference calls, listening to music, watching movies and more!
With its nice, lightweight design, the Logitech G230 is perfect for a long gaming session. The soft earcup covers remain comfortable on your ears for hours on end.
The sound is clear and crisp for voice chat. We also liked the inline volume control to adjust chat and in-game sound levels.
The Logitech G230 can be used with consoles, though it will require an adapter which converts the two 3.5mm jacks into one.
HyperX Cloud II
The HyperX Cloud II has a lovely, sleek design and feels incredibly comfortable on your head.
It also represents fantastic value for money. For the price you pay, you’re getting a very high-quality headset for a fraction of the price of the so-called top brands.
Sony Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0
If you’re a PS4 gamer, the Sony Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 is a great choice.
Not only does it have a long battery life, it’s incredibly well designed, comfortable and durable.
The headset also comes with a complimentary app that allows you to select audio profiles for certain games and movie genres to enhance your experience.
Razer Man'O War
Razer headsets are designed to deliver the ultimate gaming experience. After all, Razer’s motto is – ‘By gamers, for gamers’.
It features crystal clear audio, battery charge that gives you 7 days uninterrupted gameplay and lag-free 2.4 GHz wireless technology. There’s also a cheaper, wired version of this headset.
Although it’s been designed with PC gamers in mind, you can use it for the PS4. If you want a Razer headset for the Xbox One, there’s the Kraken model available for £94.99
The Astro A50 is the headset of choice for gaming pros and true audiophiles. While it’s relatively expensive, it comes with a great base station that conveniently keeps the headset charged without needing a fiddly mini-USB cable.
The surround-sound has a nicely unified 360-degree sound field that allows you to easily track opponents in competitive first-person games like Overwatch.
The Astro A50 is a great choice if you play a lot on both consoles and the PC. You can get USB surround from your PC and optical surround from your console without needing to change cables or use an external switch.