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A good gaming headset pretty much only has advantages. Whether you want to hear the audio quality of your games more clearly because your TV speakers leave something to be desired, or you just want to try not to disturb the other roommates, it’s not difficult to find a situation where a nice headset improves your gaming experience.
But what are the best gaming headsets? As with most pieces of gaming hardware, the amount of choices consumers are offered when making a purchase cannot be overstated. With many brands making a wide range of headsets ending up across the price spectrum, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and even put off from buying one in the first place.
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This is where we come in. We don’t want you to feel stressed about shopping – we want you to feel confident in your choice and excited that you will soon own a product that will bring at least some joy to your life. In short, we are always here for you. So let us help you choose your dream gaming headset, shall we?
Do I need to use a PlayStation branded headset with my console?
Good news: no, you don’t. While Sony does offer proprietary headsets for its consoles, those aren’t the only compatible devices you can use.
Wired headsets are easy to connect to your PS4 – just plug the headphone jack into the bottom of your DualShock 4 controller and you’re good to go. This will work with any headset that has a 3.5mm audio jack, even an old pair of Apple headphones.
What should I look for in a gaming headset?
There’s a lot to consider when shopping for the best gaming headset for your needs, but there are a few key aspects you should really focus on:
Sound Quality: When you’re spending money on a headset, you want it to actually sound good. Make sure you check out these specs – does it allow for surround sound? Does it have noise insulation? Important things to know before you click buy.
Comfort: If you play for hours at a time, you want a headset that doesn’t hurt your ears after prolonged use. Favor headsets with padded earcups and headbands for long-lasting comfort that doesn’t distract you from your game.
Microphone: First, make sure you know whether or not the headset has a microphone at all. We recommend getting one if you play online a lot. Then you should see if the microphone’s input quality is good, what material it’s made of, and if it’s retractable or not (which is a big plus).
Wired or wireless? Both have their pros and cons, so find your preference and stick with it — some headsets even offer both.
Durability: You don’t want to buy another headset in a few months – make sure it’s durable the first time and not just a piece of plastic that won’t last long.
Sort all of that and you’re pretty much fully equipped to get a gaming headset you’ll fall in love with.
Should I go wireless?
Wireless headphones have their obvious advantages, like convenience and tangle management, but the biggest downside to purchasing any type of wireless device is the risk of latency issues, or “lag” as others might call it. Simply put, if you don’t connect your headset to your console with a cable, there’s a greater chance that the audio feedback coming from that console will be out of sync with the signal your headset is receiving.
Depending on what game you’re playing, this can be a lot more than just an annoyance – if you’re into titles that require you to think fast, based on audio queues like horror, rhythm and battle royale games, it can can be seriously detrimental to how effectively you play. It’s not something you want to deal with.
If wireless functionality is a priority for you, we’d recommend getting a headset that also has a wired option, although you might not experience any latency issues at all with a higher quality Bluetooth headset. When you go wireless, don’t go cheap.
What is the best gaming headset for PS4?
You have many options when it comes to gaming headsets for PS4 and it can be really difficult to choose the best option for you. To make your life easier, we’ve curated a selection of the best headsets from top brands like Razer (opens in new tab), Logitech (opens in new tab), and SteelSeries (opens in new tab).
We recommend considering everything on this list and comparing each device to your personal preferences. There is something for everyone and every budget in this list. You just have to choose a favorite.
These are the best gaming headsets for PS4 in 2022.