Headsets are usually really good at providing great quality sound directly to your ears. Unfortunately, a lot of them will put your ears in a vice, make the sound tinny or feel like you’re wearing half a melon on your head.
The perfect headset should be as comfortable, good-looking, and as feature-friendly as you can afford. With that in mind, I’ve gone ahead and created a list for ten of the best headsets for the PS4.
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The HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset has been designed to give you a competitive-quality headset at an affordable price, so even if you’re a street beggar, you can be yelling at a computer screen with the best of them.
It includes a noise canceling microphone, which isn’t to be confused with the usual noise cancellation technology. It doesn’t block outside sound from getting through to your ears, it just means that your voice will always be clear and crisp so you can whisper sweet nothings to your teammates as they cower behind walls or take a digital sword to the gut.
The memory foam earpads are very comfortable, and it means you can play for extended sessions without feeling like you just did ten rounds with Mike Tyson.
If you own a PC as well as a PS4, the HyperX Cloud II has also been optimized for teamspeak, one of the more popular ways to communicate on PC, so your voice has a much better chance at arriving at other people's’ ears, rather than being lost on the internet somewhere.
Speaking of multiple devices, the HyperX Cloud II works with the PS4, PC, and Mac via USB and it also works via stereo on the Xbox One/PS4 too.
There are some great goodies included, like the airplane adapter, so you can hear all the bad movies in all their blissful joy. Having a detachable microphone will also be useful in this situation, so you don’t look a bit weird to the other passengers.
The mesh bag is great for storing it and keeping it from getting dirt and moisture on it, but most of the time the Cloud II will be on your head because it’s just that awesome.
- Noise/Echo Cancelling Microphone
- Memory Foam Earpads
- Optimized for Teamspeak
- Works with PS4/PC & Mac(USB) PS4/Xbox One(Stereo)
- Airplane Adapter/Leatherette/Mesh Bag Included
- Detachable Microphone
The HyperX Cloud II has some great specs and functionality for the PS4 as well as other systems. It’s comfortable to wear, and you should notice a big decrease in the number of “say agains” and “there’s something wrong with your mics.”
Because the noise cancellation is focused in the mic, it means any loud sounds will still be able to be heard by you, but not your listeners. That can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your situation.
PlayStation has released their own headset but didn’t really put too much effort into the name. At least you know exactly what you’re getting though, right? First of all, it’s a wireless headset for the PS4/PS3/PC, so there’s all the usual pros and cons of that.
No wire means fewer parts that can get damaged (and the wire is usually the part that goes first). You can freely walk around while still speaking to teammates/chat rooms, and overall, there’s more freedom of movement.
The battery life is around 7 hours long which is good enough for long sessions, but if you forget to charge it, you’re stuck with a useless piece of trash (until it juices up again).
The microphone has similar noise cancelling properties to the HyperX Cloud II so your voice will be nice and clear and it works really well with the Headset Companion App, which lets you play custom game modes that were created exclusively for the PS4 by developers and it really enhances the sound in your game, more often than not. The headset is pretty customizable too, with the face plates being swappable.
You can also use the PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset with the PS Vita and Mobiles via the stereo connection which is really handy if you like to listen to music or play games when you’re on the move like me.
- Virtual Surround Sound
- Noise Cancellation Microphone
- Works Great With the Headset Companion App
- Customizable Face Plates (Swap Them In/Out)
- Wireless (PS4/PS3/PC) Wired (PS Vita/Mobiles)
- Around 7 Hours Battery Life
The PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset is one of the best headphones for gaming if you like to play on the PS4. It may also be the best headset for PS4 in general, coming from PlayStation themselves and all the knowledge of the gaming system that comes with it.
You can use it with many devices, your voice will always be heard, and if you have your own particular gaming “look” you can customize it to your heart's content too!
This is the second model from HyperX, and it’s every bit as good as the Cloud II. HyperX has their own signature memory foam on the earpads so you can expect to have it on the Cloud Stinger too.
The earpads themselves are very comfortable, and you can even rotate the ear cup to fit your ears (it still probably won’t fit any Vulcans among you).
The noise-canceling microphone also makes a return which, again, gives you a significant boost in voice clarity so people actually understand what you say and it’s not just a series of grunts and misunderstandings (the bane of co-op).
The HyperX Cloud Stinger also has great sound, just like the Cloud II and I’m sure by now you’re probably wondering what the differences are. The Cloud Stinger has been designed to be as lightweight as possible. The Stinger also looks better in my opinion although the mic isn’t as malleable, which can be a con.
The Cloud Stinger does have a “swivel to mute” function with its mic, though, which is a lot faster to use on the fly, and the ear cups swivel, which I mentioned earlier.
As to which one is the best headset for PS4, that’s really down to you. If you find standard weighted headsets a bit too heavy, then try the Stinger for its lightweight feature. If you’re not going to be doing much talking and a detachable microphone sounds useful, then the Cloud II might be better for you.
- Signature Memory Foam
- Noise-Cancelling Microphone
- Very Comfortable
- Great Sound
- Rotatable Ear Cups to Fit Your Ears
HyperX has produced a great quality headset here, and with the weight being the main design concern, sore heads worldwide can rejoice. It’s a very stylish headset with a noise canceling microphone and the same functionality with other devices as the Cloud II (PS3/PC/PS Vita).
It’s a very comfortable fit, just like the Cloud II and the light weight of them only add to that. If there’s a downside, it’s that outside noise can still interrupt your play if it’s too loud.
If you like high-end tech and you like the option to customize it a lot, then the ASTRO Gaming A40 TR Headset might just be perfect for you. Before I talk about anything else, I want to make it clear just how customizable this headset is.
You can remove the microphone at will. You can get ASTRO Mod Kits to change out your speaker tags, microphone, and ear cushions so you can fine tune your headset for whatever situation you find yourself in. These Mod Kits are not included, so you will have to pay extra for them, but it is still a lot cheaper than buying several headsets to suit different purposes.
If you purchase the base headset and really like it, then I’d highly recommend checking out the Mod Kits too for the reasons explained previously. The microphone itself is top-notch. You could compete with Patrick Stewart in a “Best Voice” competition and win!
ASTRO has also included Dolby for their surround sound, which delivers a spectacular audio sound for the headset. A headset’s surround sound is never going to be as good as an at equivalent, with speakers in all the corners of the room, but it does a pretty damn good job of simulating the effects here.
- First Rate Microphone
- Professional Audio (Dolby Surround)
- Compatible with PS4/PC/Mac
- Moddable Noise Cancellation
- Customizable Speaker Tags
The ASTRO Gaming A40TR Headset is like the Ferrari of Headsets. A Ferrari where you can paint it however you like, change the doors, remove the hood and maybe tinker with the engine a bit. If you need noise cancellation, you can get it.
If you want to change the ear pads, you can do it. If you want to command a regiment of players into battle, you’ll love it.
The Razer Kraken 7.1 is another excellent headset. The microphone is retractable, so if you find it gets in the way of you frothing at the mouth, then you can move it out of the way at whim. Because surround sound is so popular and adds a lot to a game's experience, Razer has also included their own virtual surround sound system to the Kraken 7.1.
Whether you’re exploring the wild lands of an RPG, stealthily sneaking up on your next assassination target, or listening for the impending footfalls of someone trying to sneak up on you, you’ll definitely appreciate the benefits of surround sound over vanilla.
The Kraken 7.1 also features mic noise cancellation, so you can be doing the hoovering while talking to your teammates, and all they will hear is the relaxing sound of your methodical voice, including the cursing when you hoover up something you probably shouldn’t have.
Knowing that many gamers like to play for many hours on end, as the sun sets, rises, and sets again, Razer have made their headset as comfortable as possible to make sure that when you do, eventually, take it off you won’t feel like you’ve had a rock crushing your ears against your head for the past day or so.
It helps that the Kraken 7.1 is also very lightweight and it raises the level of comfort by a lot.
- Retractable Microphone
- Razer Kraken Surround Sound
- Mic Noise Cancellation
- Very Lightweight
- Extremely Comfortable
The Razer Kraken is one of the best headsets for the PS4. If you’re an enthusiastic gamer and you spend much your free time doing it, then I’d highly recommend the Kraken 7.1 based solely on the comfort level and reduced weight.
The microphone is excellent, and the simulated surround sound is a nice touch too.
The Sades Universal Headset doesn’t let you communicate with extraterrestrials on other planets, sadly, but what it does do is allow you to use the headset with many devices, including PS4, Xbox One, PC, tablets, and cell phones.
It’s a great all-around headset and doesn’t break the bank either. Being able to switch from your PS4 to your mobile if you want to take it out with you is great, just be sure to look after it as the weather might have a negative effect on it.
The Sades 810S has a soft and comfortable frame which makes it easy on the head and ears, which is really important these days as we tend to need headsets for more and more things and gaming sessions get longer and longer.
There’s no surround sound, but the sound is very rich, although the maximum volume might not cut it for some people.
The mic itself is omnidirectional, which compliments the quiet playing environment that this headset works best in. If there’s a lot of noise going on, you’re not going to hear the game too well, and if you’re trying to communicate with others, they might get to hear everything else too!
- Compatible with PS4/Xbox One/PC/Tablets/Mobiles
- Soft and Comfortable Frame
- Rich Stereo Sound
- Omnidirectional Microphone
- Rotatable Mic
The Sades 810S isn’t the loudest headset on the market (and that’s possibly a good thing because a loud headset can be a good way to damage your hearing), but it still gives great sound when you want it and if you usually get to game peacefully, this headset compliments that perfectly.
The TRITTON Kunai Stereo Headset is next in my top ten best headsets for PS4. With the ability to connect directly into DualShock 4 wireless controllers, it makes gaming on the PS4 a whole lot better, at least in the audio department.
There’s separate game and voice controls so you can increase or reduce either one at need. There’s nothing worse than the game audio blaring over your voice or your voice canceling out the game sounds.
The mic is also detachable and very flexible as well. If you like single player games or you’re in a place where a mic would just be plain weird, you can just remove it and store it away. If you have an overly long mouth, then don’t worry as you can bend the mic to your will and shape it to your own unique needs!
TRITTON has also put an emphasis on comfort here, although it’s not as comfortable as some of the other ones on the list. Although it’s not lightweight, it’s still quite comfortable.
The TRITTON Kunai is compatible with PS3, PS Vita, and smartphones as well as the PS4, obviously.
- Separate Game/Voice Controls
- Connect Directly into DualShock 4 Wireless Controllers
- Flexible/Detachable Mic
- Deluxe Comfort Levels
- Compatible with PS4/PS3/PS Vita/Mobiles
This headset is at the lower price range of the market, but it’s still decent. It’s comfortable, and the audio is good too. The separate controls for in-game and voice mean you can avoid (or create) some annoying situations.
The mic gives you some flexibility in what you need to do with it, and that gives it some more longevity and usefulness to you as it’s more of a jack-of-all-trades.
Skullcandy has managed to fit a lot into their headset here. The PLYR1 includes Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound as well as sound equalization modes and settings to complement it. This gives you the ability to play around with your headset a lot which can really help if you like certain settings for different games or music, but you don’t want to do all the fiddling around yourself every time. You can just change the EQ setting and voila, instant difference.
Dolby is famous for their surround sound as they have been industry leaders for some time and it makes a big difference to the sound quality of your headset.
The Skullcandy PLYR1 is also wireless, so there are no wires to get in your way or worry about looping them round properly when you’re done. The battery life on them is excellent too at around 12 hours total. It can take some time for the headset to recharge though – about 3 hours - so it’s best to charge them overnight rather than before.
It’s also compatible with a wide range of devices, including the PS4, PS3, Xbox One and 360, PC, and many smartphones so you can use it for virtually any device or system that you have.
I’m not sure I’d want to take these out with me though, as I wouldn’t want to get them damaged, and replacing them would set you back a fair bit.
The microphone uses the “swivel to mute” function, and it’s also a useful way of getting the mic out of the way of your face if you want to play single player games for a while.
- Dolby Surround Sound
- Wireless Headset
- Around 12 Hour Battery Life
- Compatible with PS4/PS3/Xbox One/Xbox 360/PC/Mobiles Etc
- Sound Equalization Modes & Settings
- Swivel Mic to Mute
Skullcandy’s PLYR1 is a very solid headset. It’s far from the cheapest on this list, but it has the features to justify that. It’s not customizable in terms of the exterior look, but the sound options that come with it and the amount of devices you can use it with make it very versatile.
If you take care of it, it should also last you a long time as there are no wires to get tangled up.
I’ve used Turtle Beach more often than any other headset, probably because I find their quality vs. cost to be the best. The Ear Force Recon is no different in that respect, and it’s an amazing headset for the price.
Like all good headsets, it’s lightweight and comfortable. You can wear it for hours and not feel any pain (except the pain of losing to a better/lucky player, of course). The high-quality stereo sound is also very good, although not as good as some of the other, higher priced ones I’ve reviewed. The lack of surround sound is noticeable but acceptable.
You can also use the Ear Force Recon with a whole host of devices, including the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PCs, and Macs as well as mobiles.
The mic is very serviceable for gaming. Your voice should be crystal clear, as long as your internet is running well. The mic is also adjustable so you can make cute curly objects like I do, or just position it in the perfect spot for your mouth…
- Lightweight and Comfortable
- High-Quality Stereo Sound
- Compatible with PS4/PS3/Xbox One/PC/Mac/Mobiles
- Mic Delivers Great Clarity
- Adjustable Mic
The Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon is a great headset, especially if you’re on a tight budget. It usually costs a lot less than a new AAA game, and you’ll certainly get a lot more play time out of it than most of those games too (with one or two rare exceptions maybe).
SteelSeries Siberia gaming headphones are very unique in their appearance and design. At first glance, you might wonder if it’s going to be comfortable as it kind of looks like braces for your ears.
There is a method behind the madness though! Its SteelSeries iconic lightweight suspension design actually make it stronger and more resilient too, like an exoskeleton of some sort.
As long as you don’t throw it around like some enraged lunatic, it will last you a long time. The earcups themselves are very comfortable and are designed to cover your ears to block outside noise while not squishing them against your head.
They display the Prism RGB illumination lights, which effectively give you 16.8 million colors to customize it with, just by increasing or decreasing the amount of red, green, or blue it displays. The exoskeleton blocks a few of them which is a little annoying but overall it’s a small price to pay to know that your headset is protected.
The microphone is retractable, which is handy for storage as well as in-game or mobile listening. The sound is awesome too, with Dolby providing their expertise in surround sound and it makes the whole experience a lot more fun.
- Retractable Mic
- Iconic Lightweight Suspension Design
- Sturdy, Reinforced Design
- Comfortable and Noise-Blocking Earcups
- Prism RGB Illumination
- Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound
The Siberia 350 Gaming Headset from SteelSeries is a strong contender for which is the best headset for PS4. It can initially put people off from the look of it, although many like its unique look.
Once you see past that you’re left with a strong and sturdy headset which is comfortable to wear and delivers great sounds.
That’s my list of the current ten best headsets for the PS4. There’s quite a difference in many of them, from their look, design, features, and customizability.
If you already know what you want then great but just in case you need a few more pointers, I’ve written a short buyer's guide below with some of the main features that dot the headsets.
Wired vs. Wireless
If you’ve never tried a wireless headset before, they have a lot going for them. There’s less weight because there’s no cable attached. There’s no wire to get tangled up in other wires, or get nibbled on by your dog.
You can walk around your house like a boss while still talking to your friends in the game. You could even take them to the bathroom if you really wanted. It might be best to mute the volume in that case though.
Surrounded by Sound?
A few of the headsets I’ve reviewed feature surround sound and it’s usually provided by Dolby when they do. That’s no accident as Dolby have been leading the industry in surround sound for a long time now.
It’s not necessary to have surround sound, but if the game supports it (and most do), it can greatly enhance your gaming experience and means you get a lot more out of your games than you ordinarily would. Dolby 7.1 uses “true” surround sound which utilizes speakers from different areas rather than the usual two (one in each ear).
This is where the main difference lies between Dolby Surround, normal stereo headsets, and virtual surround sound.
As I stated in the introduction, one of the main pros or cons of a headset can be its weight and comfort. Everybody has their own preference, and I’ve done my best to weasel out any headsets that are notorious for their lack of comfort.
Manufacturers will usually do their best to give you the best level of comfort without too much weight, though, so it’s usually okay to pick any one of these ten.
If you’ve found that you have had issues with headsets in the past regarding being too heavy or hurting your ears and head then take a special interest in the headsets I’ve marked as lightweight and comfortable as they will probably be the best choice for you.
Microphone (Adjustability/Removability/Omni vs. Unidirectional)
Being able to communicate with people is very important. I’ve found myself in situations where I’ve not been able to speak, and it’s frustrating. The quality and features of your microphone are going to be some of the main contributors to this and being able to bend it around or remove it entirely can be very useful.
Headsets are a one size fits all so being able to move it around can compensate for any weirdly shaped head that you might have! Being able to mute it just by swiveling the microphone is also very useful and can save you tons of time and missed opportunities.
Having an omnidirectional mic can also be very useful in certain situations, but it can also be a bit of a nightmare if you play where there’s significant outside noise as that can filter through too.
The unidirectional mic works a lot better, as long as you have it pointed at your mouth, which some people can get wrong and then think their headset isn’t working.
There’s nothing cooler than having everything match. From your TV to your couch, to your gaming system, the controller, the headset and even the lights shining from all your electronics.
If that kind of thing appeals to you then check out the headsets that I’ve highlighted as customizable. Some of them have earcups/pads that you can change out with others you buy, and the ones that I prefer allow you to change the lights, like the SteelSeries Siberia 350.
Customizability is a luxury rather than a must have so feel free to ignore this feature if it does not matter to you.
If you’ve gotten this far, then you’re probably sick of reading about headsets, or you’re a headset sycophant who lives and breathes them. Either way, I hope your new headset makes the kind of difference that it does for me, in your games and when you’re listening to music.
Prepare to become a ninja, a leader of men, or lost in your virtual worlds and leave real life behind forever!