The Best Xbox Series X/S Gaming Headsets – PCMag

No matter your budget, our favorite headsets offer high-quality voice chat and surround sound for the Xbox Series X/S.
I’ve been PCMag’s home entertainment expert for over 10 years, covering both TVs and everything you might want to connect to them. I’ve reviewed more than a thousand different consumer electronics products including headphones, speakers, TVs, and every major game system and VR headset of the last decade. I’m an ISF-certified TV calibrator and a THX-certified home theater professional, and I’m here to help you understand 4K, HDR, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and even 8K (and to reassure you that you don’t need to worry about 8K at all for at least a few more years).
You’ll get much better audio from your Xbox Series X/S by using a gaming headset instead of your TV’s built-in speakers. With the right headset, you can enjoy simulated surround sound, either with the free Windows Sonic for Headphones option, or your choice of the superior Dolby Atmos for Headphones or DTS Headphone:X apps.
Thankfully, there are many great gaming headsets for the Xbox Series X/S, especially if you don’t mind wires. Your options are more limited if you want to go the wireless route, but you’ll still find many excellent models available.
Ready to up your audio game? Check out the best Xbox Series X/S gaming headsets we’ve tested.
The Best Affordable Headset: Astro Gaming A10 (Gen 2)
Astro Gaming’s recently redesigned A10 is simply one of the best affordable wired gaming headsets available. Its well-padded earcups and clear microphone quality tops the original Astro Gaming A10, while maintaining the same $60 price.
Excellent Wired Sound: Razer BlackShark V2
The Razer BlackShark V2 has been one of our favorite wired gaming headsets for a while, thanks to its reasonable price and fantastic audio performance. It also features a USB sound card that adds useful features on PC, but the card doesn’t work on the Xbox Series X/S. There’s a cheaper BlackShark V2 X(Opens in a new window) model with a nearly identical headset, but the standard V2 has nicer earpads, a better cable, and a removable mic for easy replacement (or using the wired headphones on the go).
The Best Noise-Cancelling Headset: Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset
As a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II is a bit long in the tooth compared with the QuietComfort 45‘s superior technology. As a wired gaming headset, though, it’s fantastic (and very expensive). The QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset supports Bluetooth connectivity, and easily blocks out audio distractions. It includes a 3.5mm cable and an excellent, attached boom mic for voice chat.
The Best Wireless Headset: Steelseries Arctis 9X
The Steelseries Arctis 9X was released before the Xbox Series X/S, and was initially designed for the Xbox One. It works flawlessly on the Series X/S, though, with the same easy setup as the Xbox Wireless Gaming Headset. It feels a bit more premium than the Microsoft headset, with superior sound performance and a fantastic mic. However, it lacks Bluetooth.
The Official Xbox Headset: Xbox Wireless Headset
The Xbox Wireless Headset is Microsoft’s first-party offering for the Xbox Series X/S, and it’s a good one. It wirelessly connects to either system with Microsoft’s Xbox-specific standard, but it also supports Bluetooth, so you can use it with your phone, too. The Xbox Wireless Headset is comfortable, and sounds good for the price, especially if you prefer powerful bass.
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I’ve been PCMag’s home entertainment expert for over 10 years, covering both TVs and everything you might want to connect to them. I’ve reviewed more than a thousand different consumer electronics products including headphones, speakers, TVs, and every major game system and VR headset of the last decade. I’m an ISF-certified TV calibrator and a THX-certified home theater professional, and I’m here to help you understand 4K, HDR, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and even 8K (and to reassure you that you don’t need to worry about 8K at all for at least a few more years).
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