FROM being able to hear a gun as it’s reloaded, to explaining to squad members your line of attack, the best gaming headset is one that truly immerses you in your favourite games.
They also need to fit well, and in the case of wireless models, offer battery life that lets you game for hours in comfort.
We’ve read through customer reviews and online ratings to establish which are the best gaming headsets to suit different gaming styles and budgets.
These include the best gaming headsets for battery life, for audio quality, for surround sound and if you’re after a bit of luxury.
Best for battery life
- HyperX Cloud Flight, £120 from Currys – buy here
Not only does the HyperX Cloud Flight headset offer wireless audio, via a USB dongle plugged into your console, it comes with a fantastic 30-hour battery life and comfortable, padded ear cushions so you can game for days on a single charge.
It can also be used as a wired headset, if the battery does run low.
Rather than fiddling with additional controller buttons or cables, you can adjust the volume and mute the mic using on-ear controls.
Plus, its noise-cancelling microphone helps you chat with friends without background noise getting in the way, or you can remove the microphone completely if you’re gaming alone.
It doesn’t offer some of the immersive audio features as others in this list, and it’s designed for PC and PS4, but for ease of use and battery life, the HyperX Cloud Flight is one of the best gaming headsets around.
Best for sound quality
- SteelSeries Arctis 7, £129 from Currys – buy here
If audio is your prime concern when choosing the best gaming headset, SteelSeries is a deserving recipient of your hard-earned cash.
Its Arctis 7 headset comes with a self-adjusting band and soft padded ear cushions for added comfort, a retractable bi-directional microphone and will last for 24 hours on a single charge.
The sacrifice you make with this slight drop in battery life and marginally higher price, when compared to the HyperX Cloud Flight, is that the SteelSeries’ Arctis 7 sound quality is fantastic.
When gaming on a console, its S1 speaker drivers reduce audio distortion while its support for DTS Headphone:X v2.0 on a PC immerses you completely in the action by delivering accurate positional cues.
What’s more, you’ll experience very little lag with the SteelSeries Arctis 7 thanks to its lossless 2.4G wireless connection up to 40ft.
Best on a budget
- Sennheiser GSP 350, £109.49 from Amazon – buy here
The Sennheiser GPS 350 headset offers great sound, decent battery life and comfort, with the style you’d expect from the audio giants.
It’s one of the mid-range options in Sennheiser’s GSP range and comes with memory foam, noise-cancelling XL ear cups and a closed back design, to block outside disturbances.
Its microphone is also noise-cancelling and has a nifty feature that lets you automatically mute it simply by lifting the boom arm.
Audio-wise, the Sennheiser GSP 350 plays music and sound effects in Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound via a USB dongle to help you fully immerse yourself in games and its surround software lets you tweak and enhance this audio to suit your exact needs with ease.
It doesn’t offer the range of jacks and ports as other models in the GPS range, nor does it offer the frequency range as those in the higher price bracket, but for the money you’re getting a lot of tech in a stylish form.
Best for surround sound
- Turtle Beach Elite Pro, £229.99 from Amazon – buy here
Turtle Beach is synonymous among gamers as making outstanding headsets and its Elite Pro range offers high-end features without the eye-watering price.
For starters, its Superhuman Hearing setting coupled with DTS: HeadphoneX 7.1 surround sound gives you an edge over the competition by enhancing even the most subtle of sounds, such as footsteps or weapons being reloaded.
This combination, along with similar customisation controls as those on the Sennheiser GPS 350, promises 360-degree, 3D sound that makes it feel like you’re in the game.
Its TruSpeak microphone makes your chat loud, clear and of studio quality, and the AeroFit cushioned ear pads, fitted with cooling gel memory foam, make this headset comfortable to wear without making your ears too hot and sweaty.
The Turtle Beach Elite Pro additionally caters for glasses wearers and uses pressure-relieving tech that means you can wear your specs while gaming for long periods.
If you buy this headset direct from Turtle Beach, you’ll get an Elite Pro Tactical Audio Controller included in the price to further enhance your gaming audio.
Best gaming headset for luxury
- Audeze Mobius, £349 from Scan – buy here
At the higher end of the spectrum, and for gamers who want the best gaming headset money can buy, is the Audeze Mobius.
Audeze specialises in high-end headphones (its LCD-X range will set you back more than £1,000, for example) and it’s an expert in precision audio and design.
This expertise has been ploughed into the company’s first gaming headset, the Audeze Mobius, and for a third of the price of its headphone cousin, you get superb, 3D cinematic audio, head-tracking and Audeze’s planar magnetic technology designed specifically with gamers in mind.
Planar magnetic drivers have won awards for giving a more detailed sound than dynamic headphones and headsets, and they are perfect for gaming as they enhance short sounds such as gunshot.
You only get 10 hours of battery life on the Audeze Mobius but with all this tech, even that’s an impressive number.
Are audiophile headphones good for gaming?
Audiophile headphones will produce better sound quality than a standard gaming headset (although the models on our round-up below are of very high quality) and are usually a good option for gaming.
Gaming headsets come with a built in mic, whereas you’ll have to buy a mic for your audiophile headphones separately, which can bump up the price a bit.
But otherwise, there’s no reason you can use whatever headphones you fancy while you’re gaming.
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