We’ve all been there. Everybody else has a mic, and you don’t. Suddenly you’re relegated to a 2nd class citizen. Maybe one side of your headset doesn’t work, or the wire has been used as a dog's toy for the past year.
It’s time to get a new headset. Gaming has been on the rise steadily for the past decade, and companies know how important it is to produce quality headphones, but which one to buy!?
I’ve spent many hours of research to compile a list of the ten best Xbox One headsets on the market right now, outlining their main features as well as some bad jokes dotted here and there. Enjoy!
Top-Rated Xbox One Headsets - Comparison Table
Best Xbox One Gaming Headset Reviews
The ASTRO Gaming A40 Headset is one of the most awesome headsets you can get for the Xbox One. Its microphone and the audio is crisp and clear. The microphone itself has an adjustable angle, so you can maneuver it into the sweet spot for co-op team play or whispering sweet nothings into the ear of the other half of your bromance.
The Headset is control mounted, and it comes with a massive 3-foot long cable so you can even use it while playing on your house's main TV while you sit on the couch.
If you own a PC, you can use the ASTRO Gaming A40 Headset for that too. It saves you money if you don’t currently have a headset for your PC. And if you already own one and it stops working or just isn’t as good as the A40 then, again, you can just start using the A40 for your PC right away.
The A40 is very comfortable and is obviously made for long term wear and tear which is a big plus as you’ll know if you’ve ever owned a less sturdy pair in the past.
If you’re a fashion-proud gamer, then you might also be interested to know that you can customize the headset with tags bought from Amazon or ASTRO’s own site. (It’s usually cheaper to buy them from Amazon though.)
- Excellent microphone & crisp audio
- Adjustable microphone angle
- Controller mounted
- 3-foot cable
- Use for Xbox One/PC
- Extremely comfortable & sturdy
- Personalize headset with tags
This particular version is specifically for the Xbox One and doesn’t work for the Xbox 360, but you can get an equally excellent A40 for the Xbox 360 if needed. Overall, it’s a very good headset and comes highly recommended by many customers and reviewers.
The SteelSeries lineup of gaming headsets has always been pretty good, and the Arctis 5 is no different. Ditching the wireless feature of the Arctis 3, the Arctis 5 uses a long wire to deliver excellent sound all of the time and without any of the distortion or annoying fuzz that you can get with lesser headsets.
You might prefer a wireless headset, but the functionality between the Xbox One and the SteelSeries Headsets isn’t there yet. Overall, it’s a small price to pay, in my opinion.
A great feature of the SteelSeries Arctis 5 is the inclusion of a removable USB sound card that includes Chatmix. Chatmix is a very effective and easy to use tool that allows you to choose the balance between the game and chat audio with a simple slider bar. The closer you move it towards one or the other, and the louder one gets while the sound of the other decreases. It removes the need for messing around with multiple volumes, which can be important in a competitive gaming situation (as well as being a lot less annoying)!
If you prefer to tune your chat and game audio manually, you can do that too, as the Chatmix is removable.
It’s a very comfortable headset. You won’t feel like someone has your head in a vice when you take them off, even after a lengthy gaming session.
The Arctis 5 does include RGB illumination lights for that cool gaming effect, but they don’t tend to work well on the Xbox One. That particular feature is better suited for your PC. If you own a PC, then you can take advantage of it too.
- Studio quality sound/voice and noise cancellation
- Removable USB sound card with Chatmix
- Very comfortable ear cushions for long sessions
- Separate chat/game audio volume
- RGB illumination lights
The Arctis 5 is a great headset with a lot to offer. It’s got some useful features, impressive sound, and some customization for sale if you like to mess around with it. It’s even better if you own a PC because you won’t need a separate headset for both devices.
I’m pretty sure that at some point you’ve wished for a superpower. Whether it’s super strength, flight, teleportation, invisibility, or x-ray vision (naughty, naughty). As a gamer, you might well have wished for these as well as superhuman hearing and with Turtle Beach’s Ear Force XO Seven Pro Gaming Headset you can now use it at will (albeit only in a game environment).
The high-quality speakers help to filter through all the important noises that you want and need to hear as well as making it sound like an orchestra is hiding inside your headset.
The XO Seven Pro also includes EQ audio presets, including several bass boost options, voice enhancing (if you’re quiet like me, it’s very handy), and three settings for the loudness of the room you are in, which will affect the microphone and how much background noise it will pick up.
They’re also a very sturdy pair of headphones and are built out of faux leather which helps to prevent your head from getting sweaty. The gaming mic is incredibly flexible, and you won’t have any problems communicating with people.
Turtle Beach has gone out of their way to make this a tournament grade headset, and they've packed it full of features and customizations that are very welcome.
- Includes free superpower – Superhuman hearing!
- EQ audio presets
- High-quality speakers
- Easily gauge your own talking volume
- Tournament-grade headset
The Ear Force XO Seven Pro is a very nifty headset. If you want to take your gaming to the “next level” then these bad boys can certainly help there. They’re especially useful for online PvP matches as you’ll never miss an important sound and they made communicating with your team really easy. An excellent headset, all around.
Razer has upped the ante with their new Kraken 7.1 Chroma Gaming Headset. Upgrading from a plastic frame to a metallic one, the headset manages to be lighter and more durable than the previous versions due to the materials used.
When your gamer rage kicks in, and you throw your headset at the wall in frustration, it’s more likely the wall will break than your headset now!
The advanced virtual surround sound does a pretty good job of fooling you, making you think that you’ve gone to the hefty expense of buying a true surround sound setup.
The unique Razer Synapse System allows you to customize your audio channels on the fly, to make sure you are getting the most out of the headset for the games you play, and perhaps get the edge on your opponents by maximizing the sounds that count and minimizing those that don’t.
The microphone is fully retractable so you can play with or without it at your whim. If you’re mainly a single-player gamer, then you might want to retract it completely just to maximize your enjoyment of the game.
Speaking of enjoyment, it’s really frustrating when outside noise impacts on your game, whether you’re playing a casual arcade game or a combat-intensive, button-wrenching, online competitive game like Call of Duty.
Luckily, Razer’s Kraken 7.1 Gaming Headset has some great noise cancellation to minimize and eradicate the sounds that might be going on in the background, like girlfriends yelling at you to do the washing up, or dogs barking because you’ve forgotten to feed them.
- Advanced virtual surround sound
- Unique Razer Synapse System (Customize audio channels)
- Fully retractable microphone
- Lightweight & extremely flexible
- Active noise cancelling
The Razer Kraken is a firm favorite in the gaming headphones scene. It’s one of the best Xbox One headsets you can get for this kind of money, and they’re made from sturdy bauxite aluminum, so they’ll last you a long time and perhaps become a part of your head forever!
Turtle Beach had some initial problems with their Ear Force Elite 800X because the microphone sucked harder than a Dyson. I’m glad to report that they’ve now sorted out this particular issue with a firmware update so if you do see any reviews complaining about the mic, that issue should now be rectified.
It’s a good thing that they did sort out the mic because the rest of the features are pretty impressive. There’s a dynamic chat boost that heightens your voice if needed, which is handy if you like to stay up till the wee hours and don’t want to wake anybody else up.
The active noise canceling will make sure that the sounds you hear are relevant to your game, but it might leave you a little unable to socialize with your family and anybody else who’s with you in real life (which might be a blessing under some circumstances)!
The Ear Force Elite is also a wireless headset which is perfect if you dislike the copious amounts of wires maze-like connections that can sometimes occur with consoles.
You’re not restricted by a cable, and you can continue a conversation while you’re in the bathroom, without having to go AFK. Probably best not to mention to the other people in the chat what you’re up to, though.
This also means you will need to charge your headset and it comes with its own sexy magnetic stand so you can charge it in style. The 10-hour battery life is more than enough for most sessions. If it’s not sufficient for you, then I highly recommend taking more breaks and more sleeping!
- Dynamic chat boost
- Active noise cancelling
- Smart mic for quiet or loud speakers
- Magnetic charging stand
- Wireless w/ 10-hour battery life
- Superhuman hearing enabled
Being a Turtle Beach gaming headset, the Ear Force Elite also comes with the Superhuman hearing enabled which is really handy in certain games that require stealth or knowing where other players are relative to you.
It’s not the lightest of headsets, but it’s not heavy enough to break your neck, and they are very swanky looking!
You might be seeking a life of luxury and comfort, and you won’t find all of that by reading an article on gaming headsets, BUT you can enjoy playing games and listening to music with this super comfy Sades SA-807 Gaming Headset.
The headband and ear cushions will make your head and ears feel like the delicate touch of a masseuse!
Okay, maybe that’s going a bit overboard but the SA-807 does feel nice and comfy to wear, and that’s a big plus when you compare that to the aches and pains you can often get from headsets in general.
The sound that the Sades SA-807 is also pretty good and it really brings to life the games you’re playing. It doesn’t try to emulate surround sound and instead focuses on delivering the best stereo sound that it can.
The microphone is omnidirectional which has its plus and minus points. The plus is that no matter which way it’s turned, it will pick up your voice without any problems. The downside is that it will also pick up any other noise in the vicinity more easily too.
With that in mind, unless you have someone else talking into the microphone, or have two heads, the interference should be minimal as it should only pick up and transmit the nearby sounds. If you’re in a noisy room, then it might become a problem, but at least the ear cushions will block most of it out from your own ears.
- Extra comfy headband and ear cushions
- Fantastic stereo sound
- Omnidirectional microphone
- Designed to minimize outside noise
- Compatible With PC/Xbox One/smartphone/tablet
The Sades SA-807 is designed to work with PCs, the Xbox One, smartphones, and tablets, so it’s an excellent all-rounder if you have multiple devices you want to use it with. It’s very comfortable to wear, and it’s designed to minimize outside distractions and for ease of use.
VersionTech know that “comfort” is something that’s in big demand by gamers for their headsets, and to show you just how important it is to VersionTech, they’ve included “Comfortable” in the name of their headphones! Now, this could just be a ploy to get customers, but the people that have come before you and already tried them have great things to say about VersionTech.
So, is it a money-grabbing technique? In all honesty, no. They’re so comfortable that you can forget you’re wearing them sometimes. Hopefully, you won’t forget you’re wearing them when you take a shower, though, as that could be a bit costly…
These headphones also have some cool LED lights that look awesome when the room lights are dimmed or turned off, and they’re on the ear cups and the microphone part of the headset.
On a wired headset, the wire itself is usually the first thing to go, and you’ll notice a reduction in sound or maybe one side not working at all.
To counteract this, VersionTech has made their wire extra tough by using braiding and durable materials, which means it can last years if you look after it properly (no playing “fetch” with your dog and the headset).
The mic mute button is easy to reach and use so you can mute/unmute at will and the rotary volume control is standard if a little generic.
The headset is also quite lightweight compared to many others, and that makes a big difference when you’ve been wearing it for hours.
- Leather earmuffs reduce outside noise
- Cool LED lights (ear cups + microphone)
- Extra tough wire
- Mic mute button + rotary volume control
The VersionTech EACH G2000 headphones are of an excellent quality, and it’s a sturdy, wired headset that will last you a long time if you take care of it. There are a couple of cool “bells and whistles” like the LED lights and the leather earmuffs to reduce outside noise, but the main selling point of these is their excellent comfort level and long durability.
Eager to deliver a better gaming experience to their customer base, Microsoft has created this baby out of thin air, just like how real babies are made! [EDIT]… I just had a birds and bees talk with my parents, and I discovered I was partially wrong.
This is still an outstanding headset though! If you’re looking for a well-rounded and affordable headset that works with any Xbox wireless controller, then this is the one for you. It includes the adapter that’s normally sold separately (around the $25 mark) and that makes this headset a great bargain.
The audio control adapter is completely detachable, and you control everything from your mic volume to your game and chat volume from it. The microphone itself is unidirectional, so you’ll need to make sure it’s pointed directly towards your mouth. Otherwise, you’ll have to talk quite loudly for anybody else in the chat to hear you.
If you’re a naturally loud talker where people try to stay at least ten feet away from you in order to not be deafened, then don’t worry about it.
The Xbox Stereo Headset looks very nice as well in its stylish white design. I wonder how long you can keep it in that pristine condition though, before it turns into that worn-out gray that happens gradually over time.
- Works with any Xbox wireless controller
- Detachable audio controls adapter
- Next level audio experience
- Unidirectional microphone
- Swanky design style
- Headset adapter included
Being made by Microsoft means there shouldn’t be any hardware or software issues as there can sometimes be with headsets in general. I’m thinking of other headsets where certain features work on a PC but not an Xbox One, for example.
Microsoft is relatively new in the market of headsets, and so they’ve wisely teamed up with Polk, who has been around for 40 years, to bring you a headset specifically designed for the Xbox One.
With the knowledge of the sound designers who built the Xbox One console, the Polk Engineers have crafted a true gaming headset that includes optimized electro-acoustic tuning.
The result is some of the best sounding gameplay you can get on the Xbox One currently.
If you hadn’t read this article and you just looked at the picture, you can tell the amount of effort that’s gone into the design, which makes a big difference.
It’s like a seasoned game developer who loves what he does and pours dedication and passion into his creation, and what springs out is sometimes wondrous and awesome. It’s just a headset, but I think you get my analogy!
The Audio 4Shot Headphones have been specifically designed for use with the Xbox One, and if you’re looking for the best Xbox One headset under $150, then you could do a lot, lot worse than picking up this one. It’s a great wireless gaming headset, and anybody would be jealous to know you owned one.
- Retractable gaming microphone
- Headset adapter included
- Optimized electro-acoustic tuning
- From Polk engineers and Microsoft sound designers
- Designed specifically for the Xbox One
I really like the comfortable square design of the ear muffs. They look minimalistic, and that’s definitely my style. If you’re not going to be talking to other people while you’re gaming, you can completely remove the microphone. Just don’t let anybody use it as a drink stirrer, as it might not work too well after that!
PDP has gone to RPG land and killed some rats, slimes, and goblins until they’ve finally grinded enough XP to bring you the LVL 5+ Wired Headset. It’s a lot cheaper than many headsets on the market as well as the ones on this list too.
The reason it’s included is it that even though it’s very affordable, it still has some decent features that make it stand out from the crowd, and it’s jostling for your attention along with these other 9.
The headset itself is high quality, and it’s pretty comfy too. Granted, PDP didn’t include the word “comfortable” in their branding, but they definitely didn’t leave it out of the actual headset.
They’ve also included noise canceling technology which is a must if you ever get bombarded with annoying sounds from outside, like shrieking women, entitled adolescents or family members knocking at your door, wondering why they haven’t seen you for a week (new game just came out, duh).
The microphone isn’t detachable but it is rotatable, and it’s sensitive enough to pick up your voice no matter how quietly you speak, as long as it’s near your mouth. Once you’re done talking, or if you don’t need it at all, just slide it 90°, and nobody will hear your cussing and cursing.
Another notable feature is the excellent bass it provides. The part of the headset that delivers this does require batteries though, so it’s recommended to get some rechargeable AA batteries if you don’t have some already!
- Wired headset
- Noise-cancelling technology
- Rotatable microphone
- Great quality + very affordable price
- Excellent bass heavy feature (batteries required)
If you’re looking to get a good headset but want to go with the less expensive headsets, then the PDP Afterglow may be the one for you. It’s one of the best Xbox One headsets, and yet it only costs as much as a new AAA does (and that’s not including all the DLC they will shovel you on Day 2).
There are some great features, including excellent sound and microphone, which are usually the two main reasons to buy a headset to begin with.
Wired vs. Wireless
Ahh, the age old conundrum. Trip over wires and perhaps die or have your headset itself unexpectedly die on you because you decided not to sleep that night. It’s a tough choice to be sure.
With wireless, you can walk around, go into different rooms and even go up and down stairs and you’ll still be connected to your chat so you can hear the lamentations of the women. They’re kind of dependent on batteries though, so you’ll have to make sure you have a good supply of those.
With wired headphones, your leash is about as long as the cable that's connecting the headset to your controller. Wires can be tripped over, chewed on, or get tangled up, so there are a good few downsides.
For me personally, I don’t mind either, as I generally tend to stay in one place when I’m gaming, and I try to take care of my stuff.
Noise Canceling Technology
Noise canceling technology can be really beneficial. It uses certain sound waves to cancel out the incoming ones, which means they end up not reaching your ears, and that can be really useful in some situations.
If you often get distracted by annoying outside sounds, or you play with other people nearby, like a LAN party or just a group of friends then it can also be useful. Leather earmuffs are okay, but they act more like a buffer to sound than actually canceling it out.
A good feature to have but consider whether it’s actually going to benefit you and whether not being able to hear anything at all is a good thing for you.
Omnidirectional vs. Unidirectional Microphone
Outside noise and your ability to maneuver the microphone into the correct position will determine the usefulness of either of these. With omnidirectional, it will pick up sound from every single direction, so it doesn’t matter if you bent it completely out of whack, your voice will still get through.
Unidirectional is better if you play in a noisy house/room and suffer from outside interference cutting your voice off or annoying other gamers.
Lightweight + Level of Comfort
If you’re a heavy gamer like I am then having a lightweight headset can be a great boon (from grandma Gontarski). You’ll play for hours and perhaps forget you’re even wearing it if it’s lightweight and comfortable.
It’s well worth spending an extra penny or two to get a lightweight and comfortable headset if you’re more than a casual gamer.
That said, all the headsets I’ve reviewed here have decent levels of comfort – headsets that act as a crown of thorns don’t sell too well.
Manufacturer + Compatible Devices
This article is focused on headsets for the Xbox One. Quite a few of these headsets work perfectly well with other devices, like PCs, tablets, and even PS4s. The main issue is that some of the features (like LED lights and bass boost) don’t always work on the Xbox One if the headset is also PC-compatible.
The Xbox One-only headsets don’t tend to have LED lights anyway, but they do have their own sound-enhancing features which can make your enjoyment of games better. If you only want to buy a headset that’s specifically for the Xbox One, check out the Polk Audio 4Shot Headphones and the Xbox Stereo Headset as they’re both perfect for use with just the Xbox One.
A headset can have a significant impact on a game, whether it’s good or bad. A great headset can help you distinguish sounds you barely perceived before, whereas a bad headset can distort the game music and ruin your enjoyment of it.
This list of headsets that I’ve picked out will ensure that you have an amazing experience, and they are well worth the money!