It’s no secret that the best PS4 headsets will let you play your favourite games the way that Sony and the other PlayStation developers initially intended you to play them. Sound is just as important in modern video games as graphics, and as experiences get more immersive and more realistic, a game's audio is becoming more and more integral to the overall experience. Whether you're tossing Kratos' amazing axe in God of War or sneaking through enemy territory in The Last of Us, having decent sound is essential for serious gamers.
The best PS4 headsets need to fulfil a selection of criteria to live up to the lofty standards set by the best of the best. A good headset, in 2021, must deliver on sound, comfort, style, and provide decent voice chat, too. Whether you're after something that fits all those criteria – or you'd prefer something that excels in one area – we have you covered in our list below.
The PS4 remains one of the best-selling consoles in the world (only recently beaten out by the stellar PS5 performance in its first half-year, where it's shipped over 10 million units!) The good news is, though, even if you haven't upgraded to the PS5 yet, you'll find most PS4 headsets work with the new-gen machine. So anything you pick up now, really, is an investment on your future.
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So if you're eager to get started in The Last of Us on your PS4 now before carrying on where you left off in The Last of Us II on PS5, it'd serve you well to get something you want to carry between generations. The same goes if you've completed God of War but want to experience God of War: Ragnarok properly on new-gen hardware.
So, whether you’re on the hunt for something with amazing sound quality, something really comfortable, or something with long-lasting and durable battery life, our experts have you covered. Better yet, we’ve got you covered no matter what end of the spectrum you’re looking – premium or budget, or somewhere in between.
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.
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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'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.