• HyperX Cloud

  • HyperX Cloud Stinger

  • What You Should Know About Gaming Headphones

  • Other Gaming Headphones We Tested

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HyperX Cloud
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Best Overall
HyperX Cloud

The HyperX Cloud is a slightly older model that's still the best headset for most gamers. It's extremely comfortable and come packaged with leatherette or velour ear cups, an audio control box, and a detachable mic. The aluminum body is strong and durable enough to stand up to any kind of travel if you like to take your gaming on the go.

As far as the audio goes, the Cloud is explosively loud. As long as you take care to dial into a comfortable volume, you'll be rewarded with beautiful detail and clarity that's unmatched. That audio clarity extends to the detachable mic, which delivers great sound for team communication.


  • Great audio quality

  • Detachable mic

  • Comfortable ear cups


  • Light on features

HyperX Cloud Stinger
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Best Value
HyperX Cloud Stinger

The Cloud Stinger is the perfect headset for beginners. It's as straightforward as it gets when it comes to gaming headphones. The sound quality is good (though not amazing), and the mic works without a ton of hassle. At this price, though, what more can you ask for?

The Cloud Stinger supports most platforms—meaning you can seamlessly swap between PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The mic isn’t detachable, but it swivels upward to tuck out of the way—which also mutes it. Plus, it’s lightweight and comfortable to boot. The only downside is that it doesn’t feel particularly sturdy or hefty. I’d be careful when packing up your console to game at your friend's place, as it could get damaged along the way.


  • Multi-platform support

  • Good audio quality


  • Light on features

  • Somewhat flimsy materials

What You Should Know About Gaming Headphones

While gaming headphones are still headphones, gamers typically have a different set of priorities than audiophiles listening to music on the go. Even within the gamer population, different gaming headsets will be more or less useful, depending on their preferred gaming genre. Once you've decided that regular headphones are no longer adequate for an hours-long session of Red Dead Redemption 2, here are a few features that can help you make your decision.

Sound Quality—Are you playing games that are mainly soundtrack music? Or can your headphones' transmission of audio cues make or break your ability to level up? If you're playing online with friends, can you hear their instructions and comments? If you're constantly listening for gunshots or footsteps, you may want to invest in a pair of headphones that emphasize bass tones; otherwise, if you need to hear more than audio cues, it's best to get headphones that have a more expansive sound profile.

Microphone—Having a high-quality mic is key, especially if you're playing with teammates. The best microphones should cut out any electric humming or ambient noise, and have voice clarity that is comparable to talking to someone on a cell phone when you both have great reception. Ideally, the microphone is also adjustable so that you can get it at just the right distance from your mouth so that it doesn't transmit your breathing more than your voice.

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Comfort—Listen, we've all gone on gaming binges before, but you can't really enjoy a gaming marathon if your headset starts squishing your head and ears after only a couple of hours. The headphones themselves should be adjustable so that you're not stuck with ill-fitting headphones. Thick ear pads, a padded headband, and a relatively light weight are necessities for a pair of gaming headphones if you're going to be spending quality time in front of your TV or computer.

Isolation—Gaming can be a form of escapism; to ensure that you're really escaping, your headphones should really block out ambient noise, both so you can better hear what's going on in the game, and so that the outside world doesn't distract you from your task. Granted, in an emergency, it's best to be able to hear some of the outside world, but gaming headphones should ideally be able to block out humming from air conditioners, refrigerators, and other appliances.

Cable/Wireless—If your gaming headphones have a cable, it should be a long cable (ideally, longer than 10 feet). While it's easier when you're gaming on your computer, when you're gaming on TV screen, you're typically not sitting right up in front of it, like you would with a computer. Having a long cable allows you to sit at a comfortable distance from your gaming system. If, on the other hand, you prefer to be cable-free, then you may prefer wireless gaming headphones. Wireless gaming headphones usually have either a USB connector that you plug in, or are connected over Bluetooth. Keep in mind that wireless gaming headphones have a battery life, and that you may want to keep an eye on said battery life, lest they cut out at a key point in your gaming experience.

Platform—Before you lay down cash for a pair of gaming headphones, make sure they're compatible with your PS4. Some brands have different products for different platforms, and others just have a regular headphone jack that can be plugged into any system. Additionally, some features may not work equally well across all platforms.

Other Gaming Headphones We Tested

Razer Kraken Pro V2

When I was testing out all of these headsets it was a close call between the Kraken Pro V2 and the winning HyperX Cloud. The audio is exactly what you'd expect from a headset targeted at pros. It's impressively loud and detailed without overwhelming the callouts from your team. The fully retractable unidirectional mic delivers your chat without the electric buzz of cheaper headsets. It's very comfortable and one of my favorite headsets out of the ones I tested.

So why didn't it win top spot? Well, honestly it comes down to the HyperX Clouds being packaged with a couple of extra accessories and having a slightly fuller sound. The differences are extremely minor, and if you can find the Kraken Pro V2s on sale you can buy them with absolute confidence.


  • Very comfortable

  • Fully retractable, unidirectional mic

  • Impressive sound quality


  • No extra accessories

HyperX Cloud Revolver S

I've liked the HyperX Cloud Revolvers since I began testing gaming headsets. Then, along came the HyperX Cloud Revolver S. Functionally very similar to the original Revolvers, the Revolver S gets an upgrade with an included USB Sound Card Audio Controller Box. Routing your headset through the box gives you control over mic and headset volume, as well as the ability to activate 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound at the press of a button.

It's an impressive setup for any headset and marks a definite improvement over the basic Revolver. The overall design remains the same—with an automatically adjusting headband and wide ear cups that completely encompass any ear size. The removable mic is fairly generic but provides clear comms that guarantee your team can hear and understand every word. If you don't mind paying a little extra for Dolby, the Cloud Revolver S is a great headset for playing games or just listening to your playlist.


  • Includes USB Sound Card Audio Controller Box

  • Supports 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound

  • Self adjusting headband and wide ear cups


  • Generic detachable mic

SteelSeries Arctis 3

The entry model in SteelSeries' new Arctis lineup, the Arctis 3, is a comfortable, great-sounding headset that has the look and style of snowboarding gear. I went with the Arctis 3 over the Arctis 5 and 7 because each of the higher-end models has features (that you'll pay a premium for) that don't work with the PlayStation. But what you lose in features, you more than makeup for in design and performance.

The entire headset is soft and comfortable and fits snugly without being overbearing. The audio on the Arctis 3's isn't anything revolutionary, but if you're a casual gamer who just wants a bit more of an intimate experience, these get the job done and then some. I was also a big fan of the easy-to-use ear cup controls and retractable mic that allowed me to chat and goof off with my friends online and then easily mute myself when my roommate asked me a question. Overall, it's a great headset that you won't be embarrassed to use away from your gaming couch.


  • Soft and comfortable

  • On-ear audio controls

  • Retractable mic


  • Not wireless

Sony Playstation Gold Wireless Headset

A step up from the Silver Wired Headset and a step down from the new Platinum Wireless Headset, the Gold Wireless is the perfect middle ground. It's an inexpensive option for true wireless—the kind that doesn't tether you to a controller. The sound is decent, but not mind-blowing, and the mic is nestled internally, which in my experience limits the quality of your comms.

At the end of the day, the Gold headset is a cheap way to get true wireless on your console. But, when it comes down to it, I'd still recommend the HyperX Cloud Stinger if you're looking to save money.


  • Wireless


  • Internal mic

Meet the tester

Nick Schmiedicker

Nick Schmiedicker

Former Managing Editor


Coming from Buffalo, NY, Nick studied media production and arts journalism. When he’s not writing about tech Nick can be found playing video games and keeping up on the latest in pop culture.

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