What you can see is only a part of the gaming experience, the visual comes together with the auditory to bring you out of your seat and into the world of the game. Whether you rely on audio cues to tell you when you’re about to get jump-scared by your next opponent or which one of your opponents just ran out of bullets, a good headset will give you the most immersive action possible. If you need some help choosing, here are several great choices covering all different budgets.
With Dolby 7.1 surround sound and a built-in MixAmp DAC, the A50 produces some of the finest sound you can find in a gaming headset. Featuring 15 hours of battery life, this headset charges back up in its magnetic charging cradle. As far as wireless is concerned, it connects to the PS4 through a base station using a 5GHz wireless transmitter.
Thanks to its innovative “ski-band” design which suspends the headset using a taught fabric band, the Arctis 7 is one of the comfiest headsets around. Excellent weight distribution lets you wear the Arctis 7 for long periods without getting fatigued, and it easily hooks up to your PS4 or PC via the included USB dongle.
Substantially cheaper than the Platinum wireless model while offering much of the same experience, Gold is the Sony-made headset to get. Designed with PlayStation VR in mind, the ear cushions are huge, soft and completely cover the ears, while the whole thing is nice and light, so you can comfortably play for extended periods.
Astro’s entry-level wired headset is one of its most compelling. Made from “damage resistant polycarbonate,” the A10 should be able to take a beating in your gaming bag. You’re not getting much in the way of fancy features, but you do get a solid, well-made, great-sounding headset with an inline volume remote so you never need to take your eye off the game.
The feature-packed Thresher Ultimate for PS4 from Razer delivers crisp, clear Dolby 7.1 audio for an incredible, immersive experience that will let you pick up the most subtle details. It provides lag-free audio and voice — via fully retractable mic — at distances up to 12 meters (40 feet) and is designed to be worn by pro-gamers for long periods.
The Elite Pro Tournament headset delivers stunning, crystalline audio combined with next-level comfort. The headset’s generous cushioning across the headband and ear cups allow you to forget you’re even wearing a headset, reducing the physical delta between you and complete immersion. Every aspect of this experience simply screams premium.
The EasySMX VIP002S is the cheapest headset on this list, but you’re still getting a headset that provides quality audio, cross-platform compatibility, and is comfortable to wear after long periods of time. Each ear cup features an RGB lighting strip to make it even more stylish, and the noise-canceling microphone easily fold up and out of the way.
What you get with the Plantronics RIG 400HS is a really comfortable, superb sounding wired headset with inline volume and microphone mute controls. The thick, noise-isolating ear cups are delightfully soft and light enough that you’ll not be worried about fatigue at the crucial moment of a campaign. There’s an awful lot of headset here for not a lot of money.
SteelSeries’ latest headset is the company’s approach to the ‘Pro’ market, taking on the likes of Turtle Beach, Razer and Astro Gaming at the very high end. The skiband design remains so it’s super comfortable, and with the included GameDAC powered by an ESS Saber with an included amplifier, you get gaming’s first Hi-Res Audio certified headset.
If you don’t want to break the bank and still want exceptional audio quality, the EasySMX VIP002S headset is the way to go. If money is of no issue to you and you’re looking to get the best of the best, pick up the Razer Thresher Ultimate and bask in the complete surround sound that will help you pinpoint the footfalls of your next victim before they’re close enough to see you.
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