The best PS4 headsets can be a little tricky to identify without help, which is why we’ve put together an expert guide covering the right hardware for every category and price range for Sony's still-popular last-gen machine.
If you’re after the best PS4 headsets to immerse yourself in the beautiful but war torn island of Ghost of Tsushima, or if you need some top-end cans that allow you to make the most out of Death Stranding's remarkable soundscapes (and killer soundtrack), we’ve bound to have featured a headset that's right for you.
The best PS4 headsets deliver on sound, comfort, and style. All while providing crystal-clear voice chat, too. It's rare to nail all those features, but the best PS4 headsets manage to do so with aplomb, and are well worth buying as a result.
If you’re looking for a cool headset to go with Sony's gracefully aging hardware, read on below. Better yet, thanks to some smart technical advancements and Sony's similar cross-generation architecture, many of the headsets you pick up for the PS4 (which, in case there's any doubt, also work on a PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro) will work with the PS5, too.
For those of you eager to start stalking feudal Japan in Ghost of Tsushima – listening out for all the tells that reveal where enemies may or may not be lurking – but want to upgrade to the PS5 whenever you can find one in stock, we've listed which headsets support both consoles in our reviews. Otherwise, we've compiled lists for the best PS4 games and best PS4 accessories to make the most of your experience.
Whether you’re aiming for studio-quality sound, a battery life that will see you through even the most gruelling RPG, or a headset with a microphone that can withstand you ribbing your friends in Call of Duty: Warzone, we’ve got a decent selection for you. The budget-conscious need not worry, either; we've tested the entire spectrum of headsets for your reassurance.
So, read on below to discover what the best PS4 headsets in 2022 can offer. That said, if you're a PC gamer, check out the best PC gaming headsets instead.
The best PS4 headsets
HyperX has developed a sizeable following among the pro-gaming community over the years. Its newest headset, the Cloud Revolver S, adds Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound to the hugely popular Cloud Revolver, without requiring you to take out a second mortgage.
Quite simply, the Cloud Revolver S sounds astonishingly good, especially at the price. You will likely marvel in particular at the dynamics of its sound: deep, rumbling bass and crisp, never shrieky treble that lets you hear every sound effect and immerses you in the ambiance created by in-game music.
It's pretty well made, comfortable, classily finished, and Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound is the cherry on top, allowing you to pinpoint incoming enemies in first-person shooters – particularly if you explore the preset equalization modes into which pro-gamers had plenty of input. A truly high-end-sounding headset at a mid-range price.
Read the full review: HyperX Cloud Revolver S
It might not look like much, but the PlayStation Platinum Wireless is a solid headset with an exceptional level of audio quality.
Alongside being ludicrously simple to set up, the headset sounds great and is comfortable to wear to boot. The sound quality is balanced, offering a decent mix of low and high frequencies, and people on the other end of the line reported that its microphone delivered a good level of audio quality.
Our one reservation is regarding the headset's "3D Audio", which fell down slightly compared to what's offered by the competition; but this is made up for the headset's very reasonable price tag.
Read the full review: PlayStation Platinum Wireless headset
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro is one of the best-sounding headsets you can buy. As such, it's doubly worth considering if you use your PlayStation 4 to watch films and listen to music, as well as play games. It may be made for audio perfectionists, but it's still a gamer headset.
Clarity and audio balance are significantly better than most of the other sets here. Both the Arctic Pro Wireless and GameDAC versions work with a PlayStation 4 console, but the vanilla wired version is just for PC – so double check you picked the right set before buying.
The GameDAC model has an outboard box with top quality Hi-Res audio converters. It needs to be wired-in though, so this may not be the best choice if you play a few meters away from your PS4. The wireless version may be a better choice. All versions have LEDs around the cups, too.
Read the full review: SteelSeries Arctis Pro review.
Being strapped for cash doesn’t necessarily mean settling for an inferior gaming headset, and Turtle Beach’s EarForce PX24 does a decent job embarrassing some of its more expensive rivals. Sure, it makes more extensive use of plastic than headsets which are twice the price, but it still looks and feels sufficiently robust, and its overall lightness makes it pretty comfortable for prolonged use.
In the areas that really matter – sound and configurability – the Ear Force PX24 is way better than it has any right to be at the price. While it doesn’t have the bass extension you'll find in a more premium headset, and its treble is a bit dry in comparison with other options at this price level, it still sounds remarkably good. Thanks to an amplifier which clips between the headset and the PS4 controller, you can boost the bass, engage Superhuman Hearing mode for first-person shooters, and even fiddle around with a virtual surround sound effect.
Finding such features, and very decent sound indeed, is a revelation for such a cheap headset. You could quibble about the EarForce PX24's slightly plasticky overall finish, but in our opinion, that's a small price to pay for a great headset at a decent cost.
This is the top-of-the-line headset from a manufacturer that knows a thing or two about great audio equipment.
The GSP 670 is just bursting with intelligent design touches like headband tension adjusters, a silent hinge, and above all else, the most detailed soundscape you'll hear through a wireless headset. This model is just as at home bringing newfound articulation into Spotify tracks you've heard a quintillion times as it is capturing the environmental sounds of your games.
When you are in-game though, a close but super-clear sound stage makes every bullet and revving engine really sing. The low end's pronounced, but never muddy or overpowering.
Setup on PS4 is super simple, and the USB receiver dongle is unobtrusive. Once you're up and running, expect about 15-16 hours of charge time. It's a fast one to recharge too, offering two hours of play after just seven minutes plugged in.
The Arctis family has many variants, but for the PS4 gamer with their eyes on the near future, the Arctis 9 is your best bet.
It's wireless, features Bluetooth connectivity on top of that, and lets you run speaker inputs through the hub so you don't have to change audio ins and outs manually - just turn the headset on and off and let your system figure out the rest.
Like all models in this illustrious family, the response is flatter and more like a set of studio cans than other gaming models. That means a less pronounced bass response, so drum and bass devotees may perhaps want to look elsewhere. Everyone else is treated to a rich soundscape that's perfect for gaming, but it's not so tightly tuned that it can't work for music or movies, too.
Virtual surround is on the menu - and actually quite hard to turn off, though possible - but the best sound comes from the stereo configuration. The retractable mic isn't a highlight, coming across quite thin compared with other mics. Still, it's clear, reliable, and great at noise-cancelling away those keyboard clacks.
Best of all, the Arctis 9 is compatible with PS5 right off the bat, so no need to rethink your audio setup once you've picked one up.
Astro's reputation for gaming headsets has been the envy of other manufacturers for the better part of a decade now. Like all previous versions of the A50, this refreshed model is about as expensive as the market gets, but it's also right at the high-tide line for quality.
You'd expect some pretty special build quality for the price. What you get is a design that not only looks great sitting on your desk, thanks to a combination of rubberized matte and a glossy aluminum finish, but it delivers exceptional comfort too. There's more cushioning here around the earcups and headband than on a corner sofa, but it's not heavy or stifling as a result.
The sound is definitely designed with games as a priority, so you get a pronounced bass response that makes itself known when bullets fly, engines rev, and combustible objects combust, as they are wont to do in videogames. But it's not tweaked to such an extreme at the driver level that it sounds artificially scooped when you bring up Spotify or Netflix - and that subtlety it retains outside games really sets it apart.
It's not a perfect headset - they never are - and seems marginally slower to charge on its wireless base stand than we've come to expect from USB-charging wireless cans. On the topic of faint disappointment, the Command Center software is functional, just not quite as feature-rich as you might expect for the A50's accompanying app.
Still, as we said, they're never perfect. But if the price doesn't put you off, this will get you close.
What is the best headset to use for PS4?
If you can only pick one headset from the list above, or are looking for a headset that ticks all the boxes, then our recommendation would have to be the HyperX Cloud Revolver S.
This ultra-comfy headset also boasts excellent sound, supports Dolby 7.1 surround sound and is blissfully easy to set up. HyperX's brilliant headset will provide you with great sound, comfort and mic quality. That makes it an easy recommendation from us to first-time PS4 headset buyers.
Which PS4 headsets have surround sound?
Only a handful of the best PS4 headsets offer true surround sound, with many more offering virtual surround instead. Once again, we're recommending the HyperX Cloud Revolver S if you're after Dolby 7.1 surround sound.
The PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset also offers surround sound, but is lacking depth in comparison to HyperX's effort. Furthermore, the Turtle Beach EarForce PX24 and Steelseries Arctis 9 offer solid virtual surround sound.