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Best PS4 headsets 2020: the top PlayStation 4 gaming headsets

Best PS4 headsets 2020
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Looking for the best PS4 headset on the market? We've come a long way from the tinny little earphone and mic that came bundled with the first PS4s. Headset options for Sony's side of the platform divide are abundant, but among the morass of models vying for your attention, the best PS4 headsets offer a different class of sound, comfort and functionality. 

So if you're in the market for a new one, we've got you covered. Our guide covers both wired and wireless variants, and runs the gamut of pricing from bargains right up to the upper echelons.  

Sound reproduction and comfort are the hot-button issues in the headset world, but they're not entirely separate from one another. A snug fit around the earcup helps the drivers produce powerful sounds that resonate around in a chamber. Mic quality and ease of control are other major factors to keep in mind, along with battery life and charge tie with wireless models. 

We've tested a wide spectrum of PS4 headsets with these criteria in mind to bring you the picks of the bunch.  

Best PS4 headsets on Prime Day and Black Friday

Amazon Prime Day 2020 deals are set to begin in October, and Black Friday will follow shortly after at the end of November, meaning we're likely to see some fantastic deals on PS4 headsets.

We see small discounts on PS4 headsets throughout the year, but Prime Day and Black Friday sales periods are when we'll likely see the biggest price cuts on the best PS4 headsets. There's truly no better time to get a fantastic deal on a gaming headset

If you have plans to upgrade to a PS5 and are concerned about picking up a new PS4 headset, then the good news is that many PS4 headsets will be backwards compatible with the PS5. However, there are restrictions and not all the ones listed below will work with your PS5. 

Sony has specified that its Platinum and Gold Wireless Headsets are compatible with PS5, as are third-party headsets that connect via USB port or audio jack. But the headset companion app is not compatible with PS5. It's also worth noting these headsets may not make the most of Sony's new 3D Audio.

So if you've been playing around with the idea of picking up a PS4 headset in the near future, or a compatible headset for the PS5, we would advise holding off until these sales periods - you'll be grateful you did.

We’ll be showcasing the best PS4 headset Amazon Prime Day deals and Black Friday deals on TechRadarBut be sure to check back here too where our price finding system will bring you the best prices on all the products we’ve selected below.

HyperX Cloud Revolver S

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HyperX Cloud Revolver S

Fantastic performance at a reasonable price

Fabulous sound
Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound
Easy to set up
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 ambience 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 equalisation 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

Incredible audio performance
Ultra-plushy earpads
Great value
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

Excellent sound quality
Dedicated DAC
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

Superb sound
Impressively configurable
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

Detailed and powerful sound
Brimming with unique touches
Sophisticated looks
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.