Looking to get a PlayStation headset and want the best bang for your buck? Get the HyperX Cloud(available at Amazon). Primarily billed as a headset for PC gaming, the HyperX Cloud will net you the best performance without spending as much as you did for the console itself. It's comfortable as a cloud, sounds awesome, and has a mic with crystal clear clarity.
(If you're gaming on a PC, or are platform-agnostic, check out our article about the Best Gaming Headphones to see which headsets are the best overall.)
You have to do your research if you're buying a headset for your console of choice—this is something I found out the hard way when I tested 20 different headsets to find the best of the best. Despite headsets advertising cross-platform compatibility, the truth isn't so simple. The audio and microphone will work, but oftentimes the features you paid extra for won't. And that's without even considering the drop in audio quality a console has compared to a PC.
It's a scary thought, but that doesn't mean there aren't some great headsets out there. Sure, you can spend hundreds of dollars on a premium headset, but who has that kind of spare cash? Instead, opt for something that gets high marks without breaking the bank.
These are the best PS4 gaming headphones we tested ranked, in order:
HyperX Cloud Stinger
Razer Kraken Pro V2
HyperX Cloud Revolver S
SteelSeries Arctis 3
Sony Playstation Gold Wireless Headset
Turtle Beach Recon 500
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.
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.
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.
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 lightweight 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 PS4 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.
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.
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.
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.
It doesn’t get as loud as the HyperX Cloud Stinger but Turtle Beach’s Recon 500 is a solid, affordable headphone that provides impressive audio quality without a triple-digit price tag. The build quality is sturdy and its cushions make the headset comfortable to wear even during long gaming sessions. Whether playing through solo missions after a long day of work or catching up with friends over a few rounds of online play, the Recon 500’s in-game audio and voice chat maintained clarity and vibrance. You won’t get the full surround sound experience of something like HyperX Cloud Revolver S, and you’ll have to be fine with using a cable as this headset has no wireless option, but the Recon 500 makes for a great entry-level gaming headphone without many compromises.
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