Gaming headsets are essentially just headphones with built-in boom microphones to let you speak as well as listen, and they’re vital for online gaming. There are countless gaming headsets available, most of which require a wire connected to your computer or to the controller of your game console. Wireless gaming headsets let you cut the cord and enjoy two-way audio unfettered by wires. They tend to cost more than their wired equivalents, but the convenience is worth it. We’ve gathered the top models we’ve tested here, and have advice on what to look for when shopping. Let us discuss Best Wireless Headsets.
Wireless Headset Compatibility Best Wireless Headsets
Best Wireless Headsets Compatibility is the most important aspect of buying a gaming headset, especially if you’re a console gamer. Headsets with 3.5mm connectors can work with pretty much anything, but wireless headsets generally use USB transmitters that require compatibility with your system of choice.
Most wireless headsets will work with PCs out of the box, but PlayStation/Xbox compatibility tends to be an either/or matter. Due to how the two consoles use USB, support for the PS4 and Xbox One are generally mutually exclusive. Check the product page and packaging for whether your wireless headset is compatible with the PS4 or Xbox One.
In addition, check to see exactly how the headset connects to your PC or game system. This is especially important for PS4 slim users, because some PS4-compatible headsets use both USB and optical audio to work, and the PS4 Slim doesn’t have an optical audio port. If this is the case, you might need to get an HDMI adapter that adds an optical output.
Wireless Headset Microphones: Best Wireless Headsets
Best Wireless Headsets All gaming headsets have microphones, but not all microphones perform the same. A good headset mic should provide clear voice communication at a minimum, but it probably won’t be broadcast-quality. Some headsets have excellent mics that you can use for streaming, commentary, and even podcasts. Others simply let you be heard in voice chat, but might have some wireless artifacts, sibilance, or simply lack clarity.
If you’re really serious about streaming or recording, you should consider a dedicated USB microphone in addition to your headset. Good mics can be found for $50 to $150, and offer far superior audio quality than nearly any boom mic. You need to be more careful with the positioning and configuration of a separate microphone, but if you want to work professionally, it’s worthwhile. See our story on how to make your podcasts better for some general tips that apply to all recording and broadcasting scenarios.
And for the best wireless gaming headset, you can’t go wrong with any of the options we’ve tested here. So choose the one that meets your budgets and needs, and start playing.
HyperX Cloud Flight S
This headset is built on a primarily plastic frame, but it doesn’t feel cheap. It doesn’t creak at all, and the headphone hinges rotate and tilt enough to accommodate most head sizes. The headphone pads are leatherette covering thick memory foam, which is very comfortable but doesn’t do a lot for gamers with glasses.
Best Wireless Headsets The HyperX Cloud Flight S uses a wireless RF connection with a 2.4GHz USB dongle for transmitting audio between it and your platform of choice. This is good because it means audio lag won’t be an issue, and generally, this connection takes less power to maintain. That saved juice doesn’t go to waste here, as the Cloud Flight S lasted around 35 hours during our testing—better than just about any other gaming headset on the market. Additionally, this headset brings surround sound to both the Playstation 4 and the PC, something that basically no other headset does.
It’s too bad this doesn’t work with the Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, but if you’re looking for something that checks all the boxes on either the Playstation 4 or PC, this is your best bet. It’s also compatible with the HyperX NGenuity app, but you don’t really need it if setting custom EQ presets isn’t your thing.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 works on most platforms and brings the features
Best Wireless Headsets If your only accessible port for a gaming headset is at the back of a tower under a desk, a wireless gaming headset is probably what you should get. Built on SteelSeries’ extremely comfortable Arctis frame, the Arctis 7 sports a flexible suspension band and headphone pads made of Airweave fabric, which keeps things nice and cool.
SteelSeries Arctis 7
Arctis 7 uses a 2.4GHz USB wireless RF dongle to transmit audio between the headset and whatever it’s connected to, so lag isn’t an issue. SteelSeries claims its battery can last up to 24 hours on a single charge, though in our review we found it landed somewhere closer to 16—still nothing to sneeze at.
The Arctis 7 features a retractable, Discord-certified microphone, so it’s guaranteed to play well with the program—a necessity for PC gaming. The headset also supports hi-res audio, though most video games don’t. And top of all that hardware, the SteelSeries Engine app brings surround sound and custom EQ balancing, to boot. If you don’t mind losing app support, you can use this on the Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch, too.
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless
The Arctis 1 Wireless brings 2.4GHz RF wireless audio using a USB-C receiver. Just plug it into the USB port on the bottom of the Switch and you’re all set for wireless, undocked listening. When you want to dock, the headset also comes with a USB-A to USB-C adapter, so you can plug the receiver in and stay wireless.
Outside of that, the Arctis 1 Wireless is built from largely the same materials as the rest of the Arctis line. It drops the comfortable suspension band of more expensive headsets in the line for a simpler plastic band, but it’s still plenty comfortable. The headphone pads are made of SteelSeries’ signature airweave fabric, so heat buildup really isn’t an issue.
This headset comfortable enough for multi-hour gaming sessions, and it can last for much longer than that. In our testing, we found the Arctis 1 had no trouble lasting over 25 hours on a single battery charge. In short, if you’re looking wireless audio on the Switch (or just about anywhere else), there’s really no option more versatile than this.
Best Wireless Headsets Playstation Gold Wireless Headset
Best Wireless Headsets This sleek PS4 headset supports virtual 7.1 surround sound and can connect to the Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Playstation Vita (!), and PC without issue (though Vita and PC only support stereo sound). It comes with both a wired 3.5mm cable and a USB dongle for connecting to devices, so you shouldn’t have any compatibility options. It might not look like it, but the headset also has a mic embedded into left earphone, so you can chat to your heart’s content, though you won’t sound all that good.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless gaming headphones to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn’t worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for wireless gaming headphones. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones and your personal taste, gaming preference, and playing style will matter more in your selection.