The best Xbox One headsets are designed to immerse you into the previous generation of titles like never before. Despite the console's age, there is still a huge number of great games coming out for the system, and you can hear them in perfect clarity with these top headsets for the console.
Thanks to the fact that the Xbox One has been on the market for the better part of a decade, we now have a wide variety of choices, many of which are cheaper than ever to choose from. That's what's so exciting about being a legacy console owner at this point in time, as the best Xbox One headsets aren't going to get cheaper than this. What's more, many of these will work on current-gen, too, once you've swapped over.
So even though the initial shopping process is a little intimidating, finding the best Xbox One headset can change the way you play. Since you can also use an Xbox One console on a next-gen console like an Xbox Series X and Series S, they're multiplatform too. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite products currently on the market, so you know where to look and what you’re looking for.
Best Xbox One headsets in 2023
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One of Xbox One's 'interesting' little quirks is its own wireless audio system, which requires headsets to go the extra mile to interface with. That meant historically it was difficult to get the higher-end Arctis models from Steelseries to play ball here. However, with the SteelSeries Arctis 9X, the pain all goes away.
The first clue here is that green colorway - this is structurally similar to the Arctis 7 and Arctis Pro models available for PC and PS4, but with hardcoded Xbox One compatibility. Being essentially the same shell means the ski goggle headband is just as comfortable as it is on other models, and the layout of the controls is still just about perfect. Chat mix and volume scroll wheels, mic mute, are all located on the rear of the earcups. Simplicity itself.
What you'll always hear about Arctis cans is that they sound 'flatter' than others. This is a reference to its flat EQ response (imagine a straight line along an equalizer) rather than any notion the sound will leave you feeling flat. It's lively and detailed, like affordable audiophile gear - it just doesn't smother on the bass like many PC gaming manufacturers feel compelled to.
The only fleck of spittle in your ointment is that it's quite tricky to get these to play nicely with Windows. You're relying on Bluetooth connectivity only in Mr. Gates' ecosystem, which means dropouts and connection issues are a bit more common. This is one for the Xbox One devotees searching for the best Xbox One headset, then.
- Read more: SteelSeries Arctis 9X review
Turtle Beach is the longest-established specialist gaming headset manufacturer, with a fanatical following among pro gamers – and when you unbox its top-of-the-range Elite Pro, you can see why. It simply oozes no-expense-spared design, and sports all manner of neat touches born from decades of pro-gaming experience.
But more importantly than that, the Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Headset sounds spectacular. That's thanks to huge bass and crystal-clear treble adding up to a sound that will allow you to get deeply immersed into whatever game you're playing. Comfort-wise, it's exemplary, with big, thick earpads that eliminate all ambient noise and can be easily adjusted to fit all head sizes. A neat feature lets you add spacing to the earpads to accommodate a pair of glasses.
On an Xbox One, we'd recommend teaming it up with a piece of kit called the Tactical Audio Adapter, which clips into the Xbox One controller and operates as an amplifier. This adds some of the extra sound-control features which come in a separate graphic equalizer-style box called the Tactical Audio Controller (which is pricey but adds Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound).
Those features include Turtle Beach’s Superhuman Hearing, which enhances the sound of incoming players' footsteps and is great for hardcore first-person shooter fans, and Dynamic Chat Boost, which keeps chat levels audible even when background noise rises. Plus, it lets you independently adjust game and chat volumes.
The Razer Nari Ultimate is an interesting concept and something that needs to be tried to be believed. Razer has designed a strong pair of headphones, with a very out-there feature, making the Nari Ultimate one of the best Xbox One headsets, when it comes to wireless models, on the market.
There’s an old saying that states “a ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for”, and Razer really has pushed the boat out with its Razer Nari Ultimate headset. It's a premium investment, keep that in mind. You're going to be shelling out $200 / £200 /AU$250 for the privilege of haptic feedback and some of the most impressive sound quality we've heard at this price range.
We found that the Razer Nari Ultimate were incredibly comfortable over time and enjoyed using them on console and computer alike. There's a real balanced presence here which cannot be understated. Should haptics be something you want to try out, you won't get that anywhere else.
- Read more: Razer Nari Ultimate review
A high-quality, low-cost headset from Corsair, the Corsair HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset may be the best wired Xbox One headset for anyone on a budget on the market.
For the humble asking price of $50 / £55 / AU$89, the Corsair HS50 may not be the flashiest or the most exciting from a build quality point of view, but they make up for that in value for money. We found in our testing that this model could hold its own when gaming and listening to music, which is impressive at this price range.
It may only feature stereo sound (instead of surround sound), but it's hardly a noticeable deficit. It produces dynamic sound, and the actual headphones are plush and comfortable. This hardly seems like the budget headset that it is.
- Read more: Corsair HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset review
The Astro A50 headset remains one of the best premium offerings you can get for your Xbox One even all these years later. They certainly don't come cheap, though, as you're paying around $300 / £250 for them.
The wireless base stand has been whittled down to a slimmer profile that takes up less space on your desk or TV stand, retaining the LED functionality to let you know volume and charge levels, whether surround is enabled, and when Xbox or PC mode is selected. A PS4-compatible version's available too if the space under your telly is platform-agnostic.
While wireless charging seems to take a while longer than traditional USB charging, we think the sound and comfort here make that tiny grumble all but a moot point. It's a perfectly balanced, weighted, and cushioned design that hugs your head and simply never gets heavy.
As for the sound - clear, crisp, throaty in the low-end - heaven in games, and just as suited to music and movies. The Command Center app accompanying these cans isn't quite as fancy as the hardware, but in truth, you won't need to fiddle with it much in the first place to enjoy the best from it.
- Read more: Astro A50 review
Best Xbox One headsets - frequently asked questions
What Xbox headset has the best sound quality?
Most of the best Xbox One headsets featured in this list have seriously good sound quality. But if we had to isolate a couple in this regard, it would have to be the Astro A50 and the Turtle Beach Elite Pro.
If excellent sound quality is at the top of your list in terms of features, you can't go wrong with either of these excellent headsets. Just be prepared to pay a bit more for them, as they're among the most expensive headsets in our list.
What is the most durable headset for Xbox One?
Durability and comfort is a key factor when considering which of the best Xbox One headsets you should buy. Especially if you're after a headset that can go the distance.
Out of all the best Xbox One headsets in this list, the award for the most durable has to go to the SteelSeries Arctis 9X. This excellent headset is exceptionally comfortable and durable to boot, making it a perfect choice if you want a long-lasting headset.