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Best PS4 headsets 2021: the top PlayStation 4 gaming headsets

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Best PS4 headsets 2021
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If you're looking for the best PS4 headsets, then you've come to the right place: we’ve set our experts on the task of finding the best hardware for every category and price range for Sony's immensely popular last-gen machine.

There's never been a better time to buy, either, as Black Friday deals kick off on November 26. You can expect to see the majority of our favorite PS4 headsets on sale, and if you're looking for a new pair of cans for your PS5, they'll work on Sony's new machine too. The Astro A50 Gaming Wireless Headset is one to keep your eye on, as we saw its price slashed significantly during last year's sale event. Of course, we'll be rounding up all the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on TechRadar so you don't miss a bargain.

So, if you’re looking for the best gear to support you as you tentatively tread into the imposing world of Ghost of Tsushima, or if you’re after some top-end hardware that will allow you to make the most out of Death Stranding's remarkable soundscapes (and killer soundtrack), we’ve got you covered. The best PS4 headsets deliver on sound, comfort, style, and provide crystal-clear voice chat, too. It's a hard balance to get all of those things right, but the best headsets manage it, and they often do it in style, too. 

If you’re looking for a cool accessory 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 will work with the PS5, too.

For those of you eager to start stalking around 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 somewhere, we've listed which headsets will support both consoles in our reviews.

Whether you’re aiming for studio-quality sound, a battery life that will see you through even the most grueling 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 2021 can offer, or if you're a PC gamer, check out the best PC gaming headsets instead. 

HyperX Cloud Revolver S

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Fantastic performance at a reasonable price

Reasons to buy
+Fabulous sound+Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound+Easy to set up
Reasons to avoid
-Not as robustly made as others-A little big on small heads

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 blueprint offered by 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 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 totally immerses you in the ambiance created by in-game music.

It's pretty well made, comfortable and 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 lots of input. A truly high-end-sounding headset at a mid-range price.

Read the full review: HyperX Cloud Revolver S

PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset

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PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset

Easy to set up with an excellent sound

Reasons to buy
+Incredible audio performance+Ultra-plushy earpads+Great value
Reasons to avoid
-Obtrusive design-Surround sound lacks panache-Plastic parts feel fragile

It might not look like much, but the PlayStation Platinum Wireless is a really solid headset with an exceptional level of audio quality. 

As well as 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 decent 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

SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC

SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC

Audiophile-pleasing sound

Reasons to buy
+Excellent sound quality+Dedicated DAC
Reasons to avoid
-Not well-suited to large living room setups

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. 

Clarity and audio balance are much better than most of the other sets here. Both the Arctic Pro Wireless and GameDAC versions will work with a PlayStation 4 console, but the vanilla wired version is just for PC – so make sure you pick 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. It may be made for audio perfectionists, but it's still a gamer headset.

Read the full review: SteelSeries Arctis Pro review.

Turtle Beach EarForce PX24

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Turtle Beach EarForce PX24

A budget price for acceptable compromises

Reasons to buy
+Superb sound+Impressively configurable
Reasons to avoid
-Finish betrays the low price

Being strapped for cash doesn’t necessarily mean having to settle for an inferior gaming headset, and Turtle Beach’s EarForce PX24 does a pretty decent job of embarrassing plenty 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 renders it pretty comfortable for prolonged use.

And 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 – and 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.

Sennheiser GSP 670

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Sennheiser GSP 670

No-compromise wireless luxury

Reasons to buy
+Detailed and powerful sound+Brimming with unique touches+Sophisticated looks
Reasons to avoid
-Huge outlay-Not very breathable

This is the top-of-the-line headset from a manufacturer that knows a thing or two about great audio equipment. As such, the GSP 670 is just bursting with intelligent design touches like headband tension adjusters, a silent hinge, and above all, the most detailed soundscape you'll hear through a wireless headset. This is a model 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 you can expect about 15-16 hours of charge time, and it's  fast one to recharge too - offering two hours of play after just seven minutes plugged in.



Steelseries Arctis 9

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Steelseries Arctis 9

The future-proof wireless option

Reasons to buy
+Great control layout+That trademark Arctis sound+Long-term comfort+PS5 compatible
Reasons to avoid
-Flatter response than some are used to

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 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, but 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 come preorder arrival day. 

Astro A50

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Astro A50

For those who literally put their money where their mouth is

Reasons to buy
+Incredible comfort+As good as gaming headset audio gets+Slimmer charging stand
Reasons to avoid
-Slow to charge-Requires a second mortgage-Software isn't as premium as the product

Astro's reputation in the gaming headset sphere 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 and what you get is a design that not only looks great sitting on your desk thanks to a combination of rubberised matte and gloss aluminium finishes, but 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 but not quite as feature-rich as you might expect for the A50's accompanying app.

Still, like we said, they're never perfect. But if the price doesn't put you off, this will get you close.