Best PS5 headsets 2022: Cheap gaming headsets for PS4, Xbox, PC and Nintendo Switch – Which?

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The best gaming headsets can really be game-changers, helping to immerse you in stunning virtual worlds and giving you the advantage in competitive multiplayer matches where heightened awareness and quick reflexes are key.
In March 2022, we tested 10 of the UK's bestselling gaming headsets on the PS5, including major brands such as Turtle Beach, Razer, Steelseries, Astro and more, to find out which ones you should buy.
Our tests uncovered several fantastic Best Buys – two of them costing less than £100.
Most of the headsets we tested also work on other games consoles as well as PC and Mac, so if you play on your computer, Xbox Series X or Nintendo Switch, we've still got excellent gaming headsets to recommend.
Read on to find out which gaming headsets we like best for PS5, as well as important things to look for when shopping around for the best gaming headsets. Plus we demystify some jargon – useful if you're new to gaming headsets or buying one for someone else and want to get your head around the terminology.
Prices and availability last checked: 1 August 2022.
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Cheapest price: £79.99 available at Smyths Toys, also available at Amazon, Argos, Astro
Type: Wireless
Connects via: Wireless USB dongle (2.4GHz, 15m range)
Compatible with: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S/One, PC, Mac
Approx. battery life: 15 hours
Latency: 190ms
Other key features: EQ presets (Astro, Studio, Pro), chat/game audio mixer, volume control, mute, 316g
If an Astro gaming headset is on your shopping list you'll have seen many cost much more than £100, so if the cheaper Astro A20 has well-balanced sound and the comfortable fit you need for lengthy gaming sessions, it could be a steal.
We tested the Astro A20 alongside more expensive headsets to see how it stands up to pricier competition.
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Cheapest price: £149.99 available at Amazon, Astro, Robert Dyas, Very.
Type: Wired
Connects via: 3.5mm headphone cable
Compatible with: PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S/One, PC, Mac, any device compatible with a 3.5mm headphone cable
Cable length: 2m (mute cable), 1.5m (PC splitter)
Latency: 180ms (with MixAmp Pro)
Other key features: 7.1 surround sound, Dolby Atmos (Xbox Series X/S and PC only), volume control, chat/game audio mixer (MixAmp Pro required for all features), open-back design, 369g
The Astro A40 is the second of two Astro gaming headsets we tested and the only one in our line-up with an open-back design. This means it spills sound out of the headset on purpose to help make the audio sound more 3D. It also means if you share the room with someone else they might be able to hear you playing. 
We considered this, along with everything else that makes the best gaming headsets, when deciding whether to recommend you buy it.
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Cheapest price: £34.99 available at Game, also available at Amazon, Argos, Gioteck.
Type: Wireless
Connects via: Wireless USB dongle (2.4GHz, 10m range)
Compatible with: PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S/One, PC, Mac, any device compatible with a 3.5mm headphone cable
Approx. battery life: 15 hours
Latency: 160ms
Other key features: 3.5mm headphone cable included, bass boost button, volume control, mute, 320g
Wireless gaming headsets are usually more expensive to buy than wired ones, but the wireless Gioteck TX70 costs just as little as the cheapest wired gaming headsets we tested.
Our tests investigated if it's as much of a bargain as it appears.
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Cheapest price: £73.99 available at Amazon, also available at Currys, Game
Type: Wired
Connects via: 3.5mm headphone cable, USB cable
Compatible with: PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S/One, PC, Mac, any device compatible with a 3.5mm headphone cable
Cable length: 1m (3.5mm headphone cable), 2m (USB cable)
Latency: n/a
Other key features: 7.1 surround sound (USB only), sidetone control (USB only), volume control (USB only), mute (USB only), detachable microphone, carry bag and alternative earcups included, 320g
The HyperX Cloud II has optional 7.1 surround sound, which helps you to pinpoint precisely where sounds are coming from and could make all the difference when playing competitive online games.
We tested it out during online matches of Call of Duty: Warzone to see if the surround sound gave us an extra edge during play.
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Cheapest price: £78.96 available at Amazon, also available at Argos, Currys, Razer, Very.
Type: Wireless
Connects via: Wireless USB dongle (2.4GHz/Bluetooth, 10m range)
Compatible with: PS5, PS4, PC, Bluetooth-enabled smartphones (calls only)
Approx. battery life: 30 hours
Latency: 150ms
Other key features: EQ customisable via Razer Audio app, chat/game audio mixer, sidetone control, volume control, mute, Bluetooth connection to mobile phone possible for taking phone calls only (no music), 2x cable tidies, cable covers and Razer stickers included, 332g
Although the Razer Kaira we tested is designed for use with PS5, it can be used on PS4 and PC. There's an alternative version available that's specifically designed for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
Could this headset be good enough that you'll want to use it wherever you play your games?
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Cheapest price: £79.95 available at Amazon, also available at Argos, Currys, Game, John Lewis, PlayStation Store.
Type: Wireless
Connects via: Wireless USB dongle (2.4GHz, 10m range)
Compatible with: PS5, PS4, PC, Mac, any device compatible with a 3.5mm headphone cable
Approx. battery life: 12 hours
Latency: 190ms
Other key features: 3.5mm headphone cable included, EQ presets (Standard, Bass Boost, Shooter, Custom), chat/game audio mixer, sidetone control, volume control, mute, 3D audio-enabled, 292g
Sony's flagship gaming headset is specially designed to work with the PS5's Tempest 3D Audio feature, so we were curious to see just how immersed we could be in games that are designed to make use of it.
We tested out the Sony Pulse 3D Wireless Headset while playing Horizon: Forbidden West on the PS5 to find out.
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Cheapest price: £39.99 available at Currys (out of stock), also available at Amazon, Argos  Game, SteelSeries.
Type: Wired
Connects via: 3.5mm headphone cable
Compatible with: PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S/One, PC, Mac, any device compatible with a 3.5mm headphone cable
Cable length: 1.3m
Latency: n/a
Other key features: Volume control, mute, detachable microphone, 272g
As well as being one of the cheapest gaming headsets we tested, the SteelSeries Arctis 1 is also one of the most straightforward to set up. All you need to do is plug the cable into the headphone port of your controller.
But we did find it lacking in some things. Log in now or join Which? to unlock our test results and find out what they were. 
Cheapest price: £174.99 available at Amazon, Argos, Steelseries, also available at Currys.
Type: Wireless
Connects via: Wireless USB dongle (2.4GHz, 12m range)
Compatible with: PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, any device compatible with a 3.5mm headphone cable
Approx. battery life: 30 hours
Latency: 120ms
Other key features: 3.5mm headphone cable included, EQ customisable via SteelSeries Engine software, sidetone control, volume control, mute, answer calls, play/pause and skip music controls, retractable microphone, 3D audio-enabled, 358g
At the other end of the pricing scale from the Steelseries Arctis 1, the Arctis 7P+ Wireless is one of the most expensive headsets available from this popular brand.
If SteelSeries has taken your fancy, our tests reveal whether it's worth spending more.
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Cheapest price: £34.99 available at Currys, also available at Amazon, Argos, Game, Smyths Toys, Turtle Beach (out of stock).
Type: Wired
Connects via: 3.5mm headphone cable
Compatible with: PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S/One, PC, Mac, any device compatible with a 3.5mm headphone cable
Cable length: 1.27m
Latency: n/a
Other key features: Amplified audio EQ preset (charging required, 12 hours battery life), sidetone control, volume control, mute, Turtle Beach sticker included, 274g
Turtle Beach is one of the most sought-after gaming headset brands, and the Recon 200 is the cheapest gaming headset we bought for our tests. If it's one of the best, it could prove to be fantastic value for money.
We found lots to impress us for the price, but our tests did reveal better.
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Cheapest price: £89.99 available at Argos, Currys, Game  Smyths Toys, Turtle Beach.
Type: Wireless
Connects via: Wireless USB dongle (2.4GHz, range not stated)
Compatible with: PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch (docked mode only)
Approx. battery life: 15 hours
Latency: 160ms
Other key features: EQ presets (Signature Sound, Bass Boost, Bass + Treble Boost, Vocal Boost), EQ customisable via Turtle Beach Audio Hub software, sidetone control, volume control, mute, 3D audio-enabled, Turtle Beach sticker included, 285g
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is more expensive that its Recon 200 stablemate, but it comes with plenty of extra customisation options for the price so you can fine-tune the sound to the way you like it.
We put its capabilities to the test by playing competitive shooters and immersive single-player games to see if the Stealth 600 will meet all your gaming needs.
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Of the 10 bestselling headsets we tested, eight cost less than £100, and two of those impressed us enough to be named among our Which? Best Buy gaming headsets.
However, when you get into the super-cheap territory, you're unlikely to get a headset that'll really blow you away with how it sounds.
Based on our test results, we'd recommend spending at least £50-£70 to get yourself a gaming headset worth shouting about.
Treat your ears to the richest sounds all round: Best headphones for 2022 and buying guide.
Wireless gaming headsets are more popular than wired ones. 
You might find the cables on wired gaming headsets obstructive, but some competitive gamers still prefer to opt for a wired connection as there's usually less risk of latency issues creeping in.
Latency is the delay between something happening in your game and the sound of it playing through your headset. A higher latency means a bigger delay, so there might be a lag between a character speaking in a game and you hearing their voice.
However, unlike older wireless headsets, which usually used Bluetooth connections that are more prone to poor latency, most now use USB dongles, which reduce that delay to the tiniest fractions of a second.
The worst latency of the wireless gaming headsets we tested was 190ms, or 0.19 seconds. We didn't find this noticeable during play, so we wouldn't let this put you off buying a wireless headset.
In terms of sound quality, there isn't much to split the two types, either. In our tests we found both wired and wireless headsets that we loved.
The main notable difference is price. The same headsets can come in wired and wireless versions, and the wireless version is usually around £50 more expensive.
Having the same conundrum with your headphones? Read our guide on Wired vs wireless headphones.
We bought 10 of the most popular gaming headsets from major UK retailers and put each through several gaming sessions on the PlayStation 5.
Every gaming headset we tested was purchased anonymously and we don't take freebies, so you can be sure our reviews are neutral and independent.
Gaming headsets should be straightforward to set up and easy to control without too much need to take the headset off to look at the buttons or reach for the instruction booklet.
We rated each headset we tested for how easy it was to set up and use, as well as how easily we were able to navigate the controls and settings.
A comfortable headset is essential if you plan on playing for several hours at a time. To judge each headset we tested for comfort, we wore each one for a minimum of two hours so that we could find out not only how comfortable they are when you first put them on, but if they become less comfortable over time.
We also noted the materials that each headset was made from, looked for any obvious weak spots in the design and stress-tested any cables to see how durable they are.
Nothing is more important than sound quality when finding the best gaming headsets. For some gamers, richly detailed sound that immerses you in the world of the game is most important, and for others the ability to pinpoint exactly where sounds are coming from to get a competitive edge on their opponents is their priority.
To judge each headset on its suitability for each playstyle, we used each headset to play Horizon: Forbidden West, an immersive single-player adventure with detailed environments and vibrant sound effects, and Call of Duty: Warzone, an intense and competitive multiplayer shooter where knowing where your enemies are is one of the most important aspects of the game.
The headsets we rated best were those that catered well to both playstyles and that had rich and evenly balanced sound levels. We also took note of which headsets distracted with background noise, and which ones spilled the game audio too much so they might annoy someone else in the room.
To see how well they work as a pair of over-ear headphones we also listened to music with each headset and brought them into our test labs, where we had their latency tested and recorded.
For gamers who like to play online or with their friends, a high-quality microphone that lets you communicate with clarity and ease is essential.
To test the microphone of each headset we used each one to record ourselves saying a tongue twister, and then listened back to it using a pair of Best Buy headphones to judge how crisply and cleanly the speech came through.
Recordings that skipped, sounded muffled or that suffered from interference were penalised.
If you'd rather fill your living room with game sounds instead of your ears, compare our sound bar reviews.
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