PS4 Headsets: A Buyer’s Guide

ps4 headset buyers guide

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If you’ve never had the pleasure of using a great gaming headset, you’re really missing out! Aside from listening to music with, headsets are a great piece of kit for those looking to take their gaming to the next level. 

As well as sounding and looking great, a good quality headset can help you out massively in online games. Being able to hear your opponents before you see them is invaluable in the heat of action. While headsets can be used on any number of platforms, if you’re looking to pick up a quality headset for your PS4, look no further. 

In this article, we’re going to look at what exactly makes a headset so great, where you can buy them, some of our top picks and what to look for when buying.

Why Buy A PS4 Headset?

Gaming headsets have been around for years now, with different models aimed towards gamers of different consoles. Thankfully, a lot of these headphones are cross-platform and can be used on whatever system you may own - this is great news if you regularly switch between PS4 and Xbox or even play some titles on the PC. 

The main benefit of having a dedicated PS4 headset is that your games will all sound excellent. Not everybody has a soundbar or a stereo system setup for their PS4, this is where gaming headsets come in as a great alternative that costs a fraction of the price. 

Gaming headsets aren’t just dedicated to sound though, with a gaming headset you’ll receive a high-quality microphone that you can use to communicate with teammates during gameplay.

A lot of headphones will also have features that gamers will find useful. Noise isolation, surround sound, wireless options, and RGB lighting are all features that help to set these headsets apart from ordinary headphones. 

Where Can You Buy A PS4 Headset?

There is no shortage of sites that stock gaming headsets, especially ones compatible with the PlayStation 4. General online retailers such as Amazon are great places to start, not only do they have a huge variety on offer, you’ll be able to easily compare features and read verified reviews. 

If you want to check out the headphones in person, most technology stores will have a selection to browse, although this might be quite limited. The plus side is that you’ll often be able to see what they sound like as well as gauging the comfort by putting them on. 

Be sure to look out for sales on technology websites such as Scan, Overclockers, and Ebuyer as they often run promotional events where you can pick up items for a discounted price. 

Which PS4 Headset Is Best For You?

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless Gaming Headset

Tech Specs

  • Frequency Response - 10 Hz - 40 kHz
  • Wireless? - Yes
  • Battery Life -  20 hours (10 per battery)
  • Weight - 357g
  • Enclosure Type - Closed-back

While this headset will set your wallet back a fair bit when compared to some of the others on this list, you’ll be getting an incredibly impressive piece of equipment for your money.

We’ve featured this headset before here at WePC but it’s always worth mentioning again due to how good it is. The Arctis Pro is a premium wireless headset that has a great host of features as well as being comfortable and well-made. 

The sound quality of these headphones is great too, with a frequency response range from 10 Hz to 40 kHz, you’ll be able to hear all your games in great quality - especially those that use uncompressed hi-res audio files. 

Although these are marketed as a gaming headset, you can use them to listen to music through the use of Bluetooth connectivity. As these headphones are wireless, it’s always important to make sure they have a suitable battery level for your needs. Thankfully, these headphones come with two batteries so you can keep one on charge while you game with the other. 

The microphone is also a great addition to these headphones and can even be detached if needed. It does a great job of tuning out any background noise and delivers a high level of sound quality. 

Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset

Tech Specs

  • Frequency Response - 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Wireless? - No
  • Cable Length - 2 m / 6.5 ft
  • Weight - 320 G
  • Enclosure Type - Closed Back

If you’re looking for a headset that is slightly cheaper but doesn’t sacrifice much in the way of sound quality or comfort, the Logitech G Pro X headset is a great choice. While this isn’t a wireless model, this does shave a lot from the asking price - the 2m cable should hopefully be more than enough to reach from your PlayStation to your couch too!

If you’re new to the gaming world, Logitech is one of the go-to brands out there. Making everything ranging from mice to steering wheels, their products are well made as well as varied and last for many years. 

This headset is no exception, it’s very comfortable to wear and feels durable. We could easily see this headset being with us for years to come. The sound quality this headset offers is perfect for gaming, it’s easy to pinpoint individual noises while gaming which is great for those looking for a competitive edge. 

The G Pro also has a great microphone and the Blue VO!CE technology makes this headset a dream to use and you’ll be receiving compliments for the crisp audio you’re sending to your teammates in no time. 

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition

Tech Specs

  • Frequency Response - 12 Hz – 28 kHz
  • Wireless? - No
  • Cable Length - 1.3 m / 4.27 ft 
  • Weight - 322g
  • Enclosure Type - Closed Back

Razer branding sits front and center with this headset which is perfect for those looking to inject a bit of color into their gaming setup. This headset comes in a range of designs from classic black or white, to neon green or bright pink - there’s definitely something for everyone here. 

Designed for esports enthusiasts, the Kraken Tournament Edition headset can be used on a wide variety of different platforms and consoles including PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and mobile devices.

The Kraken headset has an interesting cooling solution built-in in the form of gel-infused ear cushions that work to help reduce heat build-up. This is a great touch and ensures all your gaming sessions are comfortable, even in the heat of a high-stakes tournament. 

In terms of sound quality, the Razer Kraken is a great all-rounder with great bass and clarity to help you locate enemy fire and movements with pinpoint accuracy. This headset offers built-in volume control, balance controls, a mic mute function and the option to adjust in-game audio to balance with chat audio.

Sony PlayStation Wireless Platinum

Tech Specs

  • Wireless? - Yes
  • Battery Life - 6 hours
  • Weight - 318g
  • Enclosure Type - Closed Back

If you have your heart set on a wireless headset, going with Sony’s Platinum Wireless headset is a solid choice. Featuring a sleek, classic design, this Sony headset boasts 3D Audio technology and enhanced 7.1 surround sound for an ultimate immersive gaming experience.

The audio quality on offer here is hard to find fault with. The clarity of sound allows you to play with precision and helps you to pinpoint exactly where sound is coming from, whether it’s speech or gunfire. This makes it an excellent headset for competitive gaming and first-person shooters where accuracy and reaction times can make or break your gameplay experience. 

Every game is different and Sony allows you to create and save pre-set audio levels for each game you play. That way, you can ensure you have a bespoke listening experience whether you’re playing a racing game, adventure title or horror game. 

If VR is your thing, the Sony wireless Platinum headset is compatible with multiple external devices including the PS VR headset which will complete a truly immersive experience in your gaming life. This headset is also great to use when listening to music or movies with the supplied wireless audio adapter.  

Gaming Headset Vs. Standard Headset

If you know you’ll be using your headset mainly for gaming and you’re not really much of an audiophile, you can save a bit of money if you choose a gaming headset rather than a standard headset. 

The audio quality on gaming headsets is also a lot better than it was in prior years, making these headsets perfect companions for an album or a bit of a Netflix binge. Yes, they may not be as high-quality as a set of reference headphones and are often a bit bassy at times, but there’s no disputing they can still sound excellent and are exactly what you need if, you’re say, playing a war game. 

With a gaming headset, you’ll also have to consider that you’ll also be getting a microphone with the headset and even some noise cancellation. This can work out to be a great bit of value for what you’ll spend.

Things to Consider

Sound Quality

Now, you would be a bit crazy to buy a headset without considering how it will sound! It’s important to note that not all headsets are created equal, some will sound better than others and some will also have different characteristics. 

When it comes down to it, the type of sound you want from your headphones can be a very personal thing. Some people love a bit of bass whereas others will want a more neutral listening experience. 

Comfort

With this being a gaming headset, you’re likely to be wearing it for hours on end - that’s if our own gaming sessions are anything to go by! Choosing a headset that is both comfortable and well built is the perfect way to make sure you remain comfortable while gaming. 

A comfortable headset can make all the difference when gaming, get a good one and you won’t even notice it’s there. However, a bad headset can leave your ears aching and sweaty after only a short amount of time. 

Sound Isolation

Although this isn’t really an essential feature by any means, sound isolation or even noise cancellation can be a great feature to have. Blocking out any external sound is a great way to focus on whatever you are playing, especially if there happens to be a lull in the action. 

Active noise cancellation tends to add a fair chunk onto the price of headphones though. This is something to be wary of if you’re shopping on a budget. 

Microphone

If you know that you will be playing a fair few team-based games with your headset, having a decent microphone is a must. We’ve all been on the receiving end of a crackly microphone and know it can practically make working as a team impossible. 

Some headsets even have buttons to mute the microphone in situations where you may quickly need to speak to somebody outside the game. 

Design

One of the things you may want to look for when picking up a PS4 headset is how it looks. If you’re planning on using this headset for more than just gaming, some of these designs can be quite outlandish and stereotypical gamer. While a bit of RGB lighting is nice, it’s not what you want shining around if you’re planning on using these on the train to work!

You might want to go for a more neutral design if you want to use this headset out and about. There are plenty of great headphones out there that are neutral in styling but still look great. 

Connection Types

Most headphones will come in both wired and wireless versions. If you are playing your console on the couch, it can be a nightmare having wires trailing all over the living room. Wireless headphones solve this issue and become a very practical gaming companion. Just make sure to read some reviews to make sure there aren’t any reports of cut-outs. 

You may also want to use your headset on other platforms such as PC or Xbox. It’s always worth having a quick check to see if the headset you are looking to buy is cross-compatible and is supported on the device if this is important to you. 

Our Verdict

If you’ve been looking to add a little something extra to your gaming setup, a good quality PS4 headset is a perfect place to start. We hope we’ve helped spark some ideas on what to look for in a PS4 headset as well as giving you some examples of our top picks. 

This list is by no means an exhaustive list of all the PS4 headsets out there either. Be sure to have a look around to really get an idea of what might be best for you. 

If you think there’s something we should add to this guide, or simply want to chat about headsets, why not give us a comment down below. Better yet, head on over to our community pages where you can chat with like-minded users.