The Best Wireless Gaming Headsets 2022 (Budget, PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S)

The best wireless gaming headset picks for all platforms

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It can be quite a challenge to find the best wireless gaming headset, especially in today’s market, where consumers have an endless list of quality products to choose from. How are you meant to find the time to trawl through user reviews, product research, and everything else that comes with the tedious process of selecting a new hardware peripheral? Sometimes, there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

Sound quality and reliability are key to any gaming headsets success and with wireless technology being as solid as it is, there has never been a better time to cut the cord.

We understand how important it is for competitive gamers to have crystal clear, accurate sound in-game. For that reason, we’ve decided to give you guys our comprehensive rundown of what we believe are the best wireless gaming headsets money can buy.

Let’s take a brief look at some of the headsets that will feature in this best of guide:

Our Top Picks

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WePC Awards Best In Class
The Best Wireless Gaming Headset
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The best Xbox Series X/S wireless gaming headset
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The best PS4/PS5

How we choose the best wireless gaming headset

Buying a new wireless gaming headset can be a little daunting, they cost more than their wired counterparts and have been deemed unreliable in the past. All this before having to sift through the minefield of options!

Making sure you get the right wireless headset for your needs is crucial, the last thing you want to do is waste your cash on a product that doesn’t fit the bill. This process can often require a lot of research and time but this is where WePC comes in. We will sift through online comparisons, competitor and user reviews to narrow down our search.

Once we have our selections we bring them all into one place to make your life easier.

How we test

Testing the products we recommend is one of the most important aspects of our best-of-guides, and something the team and I take extremely seriously. We don’t just want to recommend the most popular products; we want to recommend the BEST products, regardless of reputation or brand.

How we do this is by physically going out and purchasing the products we recommend. Once we’ve acquired a shortlist of recommendations, we start by doing our independent in-house tests to make sure they live up to our standards. We use the headsets in real-life scenarios, whether its gaming or music. We then whittle down our shortlist into a final five, which becomes our best in class.

Numerous team members will test each headset to provide a consensus instead of just one person’s opinion. This will hopefully give a more rounded and accurate representation of what each headset offers.

The headsets get tested in gaming scenarios, music audio playback, microphone clarity, comfort, and price.

What to consider when buying a wireless gaming headset

It isn’t a simple process creating a quality wireless headset; many have tried and failed attempting to do so. For me, a quality wireless headset comes down to some fundamental, wireless-specific, factors.

Battery life

This is pretty self-explanatory, you don’t want a wireless headset that runs out of charge after 2 hours. The average battery life for a modern headset is anywhere between 15 and 30 hours. Anything more, you’re laughing. The lowest amount of charge on this list comes from the Arctis Pro Wireless headset, which features 10 hours of battery life. Don’t worry though, the top pick also features a hot-swappable battery, giving you a total of 20 hours!

The last thing any gamer wants during crucial moments is their headset dying. If you are used to wireless you won’t need reminding but those looking to cut the cord, just try your best to remember and stick your peripherals on charge.

Audio quality

Sound quality is the number one aspect of any headset or audio device. What we look for when it comes to audio quality is a nice, balanced sound profile. This means powerful bass, and great mids and highs. Gaming headsets tend to overblow the bass to make the soundstage sound richer, so this is something to look out for. However, it can be mitigated to an extent via software. For a bit of context, we’ve visualized the Frequency response for the Astro A50s for you below.

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Additionally, the best gaming headsets tend to feature some form of spatial audio. This can be accomplished via a range of means, sometimes proprietary, sometimes natively supported. Let’s have a look at the usual suspects.

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos is a novel technology that automatically and dynamically adapts the content and works with the headset in question to create a virtual 3D soundscape, this helps increase immersion, and sometimes, gaming performance.

Dolby DTS

This is the cousin to Dolby Atmos. Dolby DTS is an audio compression format that allows for very realistic surround sound. For the last few years, it’s been turning up in headphones and headsets all over the price spectrum. Given that Spielberg chose it for the audio of Jurassic Park, if you see a headset with the ‘Dolby DTS Headphone’ sticker, you can be sure the audio will be great.

Virtual Surround sound

This is the most common spatial audio tech you’ll run into, and it’s not provided by any company specifically but is created per product by the manufacturer in question. In short, software modulates the dynamic drivers in each earcup in real-time and virtually recreates a 5.1 or 7.1 speaker setup. This means a simulated 7 speaker plus subwoofer. Of course, it’s not going to be anywhere near the real thing, but it’s good enough to accurately discern the location of incoming fire or enemy footsteps. This makes virtual surround sound, and spatial audio in general, invaluable to game audio. making for better competitive performance in some cases.

THX spatial audio

This is most common in gaming headsets from Razer. It works much the same as the other technologies. Honestly, there isn’t much in it when comparing spatial audio technologies, all of the above will provide you with a cromulent experience.

Build quality

As with other categories of gaming products, there is a lot of cheap garbage out there that you should do well to avoid. Build quality issues are all over the place. To that end, we’ve only included rock-solid gaming headsets in this list. We pay attention to the headband, the boom mic, and the materials used. If these aren’t up to snuff, then the headset won’t last and it will be a poor investment.

Connectivity

Most of the headsets on this least connect via a USB dongle, typically occupying the 2.4GHz frequency range. This results in very low latency and reasonable levels of power consumption. The more modern headsets connect via a USB-C dongle, which further lower latency. Additionally, some feature dual-mode connectivity, with Bluetooth as another option. This is ideal if you need to switch between PC and a portable device, like an android tablet. Given the rising popularity of mobile gaming, this is becoming a more and more widespread feature.

It is worth noting here that Microsoft continues to keep their audio connection for Xbox proprietary, so if you’re looking for an Xbox wireless headset, chances are it won’t be compatible with anything else, so bear that in mind as you might end up needing to purchase multiple headsets. Luckily Sony is a bit more open source so PlayStation headsets are usually compatible with PC, Mobile, and Nintendo Switch. However, Nintendo Switch still doesn’t allow a mic via Bluetooth. So you’ll have to use the headset in question via a 3.5mm jack if you want voice chat on the Switch.

Microphone quality

This is something more catering towards the online, competitive gamers out there. If you just like to play single-player campaigns, then you don’t really need a mic. However, for the competitive esports players out there, a quality microphone could be the difference between winning and losing as it will provide clear voice chat between yourself and your team.

Charge time

Charging time basically means how long it takes your headset to charge from dead. This varies with all headsets, but the faster, the better. Most wireless headsets will take at least a couple of hours to reach a full charge, and you’ll have to do this more often if the headset you go for has RGB lighting as this really does eat away at the battery life. So prepare for this and make sure you stick your headset on charge when you are away from the PC. This way you won’t have to miss out.

It is worth noting that some of our recommendations will work just fine in wired mode and while this is a bit counter-intuitive, it’s better than no gaming audio at all!

Latency

Latency is a huge factor in headsets, especially wireless ones. Because you are connecting via a signal, the sound can be delayed if your connection isn’t fast enough. A lot of modern headsets have at least 2.4GHz connection speeds; anything below this should require further research as it might now deliver the low latency audio you need.

If you’re looking for a wireless gaming headset, keep these key criteria in mind, and you’ll not go too far wrong.

Are drivers required for a wireless gaming headset?

Most modern wireless headsets come with a base station that plugs into a USB or audio jack port. Your wireless headset then connects via the base station instead of going directly through your computer’s WiFi or Bluetooth.

Having this feature dramatically reduces latency and increases range, two things that are crucial in wireless headsets.

Compatibility

Wireless headphones, for the most part, are compatible with pretty much every electronic device you can think of. TV’s, Laptops, PCs, Consoles, Tablets, Phones, you name it, it will probably be compatible with that product.

That being said, some devices may require your headset to have Bluetooth or a base station. If this is the case, you might want to be a little cautious when planning on which headset to go for. For example, the old Xbox One controller does not have Bluetooth. This means, if your wireless headset doesn’t come with a base station, you’re going to struggle to use them.

Wired vs wireless gaming headsets

The best wireless gaming headsets are generally always going to be more expensive than their wired counterparts. This is usually down to the extra technology involved to keep the headset as lag free as possible, much like a wired connection but you are mostly paying for convenience.

Some of the wireless headsets featured have multiple ways of connecting to devices, with some being out there being able to switch between the dongle and Bluetooth connectivity seamlessly.

A wired headset offers a consistent level of quality, with zero chance of interference, dips, or background hissing. Wireless headsets can fall victim to these things but modern wireless models are the highest quality we have ever seen and are easily viable for sports (as long as they are charged).

Despite some of the drawbacks you could face with a wireless headset, the convenience of losing that cable is fantastic and a massive selling point in my book. This is largely down to what you are happy with, if that cable keeps getting in the way or damaged, leading to audio leak, then upgrade to wireless!

Best Wireless Gaming Headset

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In-depth Review

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The Best Wireless Gaming Headset
WePC Awards Best In Class

SteelSeries Arctis Pro

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Type

Over-ear

Frequency range

10 - 40,000 Hz

Wireless?

Yes

Battery life

10 Hours

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Editor's Rating
4.5/5
Pros

Incredibly good sound quality

Spatial awareness sound to help pin-point enemy

Crystal clear microphone

Certified Hi-Res Audio

Excellent comfort for hours of seamless gaming

Cons

Very expensive

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Just like our best gaming headsets page, it was a real struggle to choose between the Arctis pro headset and the Astro A50 for the high-end selection. We had to stay true to our word, though, and make the Arctis Pro the best high-end wireless headset available. They seem to offer that little bit more when it comes to reliability and brand confidence.

Anyway, that aside, the Arctis Pros come to the table equipped with excellent sound quality, superb microphone clarity, and cool aesthetics. Everything you desire from a top wireless headset.

Steelseries have designed the Pros with gamers in mind and have equipped the headset with batteries that last well in advance of 20+ hours. The frequency of the headphones ranges from 10Hz – 40,000Hz, branding the headphones as hi-res.

A cool feature of these headphones is the GameDAC that comes with them. This is the go-between from the headphones to the PC. You can physically change all the audio and mic settings via the GameDAC, making on the fly changes much more accessible.

The Arctis Pros might be the most all-around headset we have on the list, but be aware, they do come at a price. If you’re willing to break the budget a little, though, you will not be disappointed.

We reviewed the wired version of this headset, you can read that in full here.

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The best Xbox Series X/S wireless gaming headset

ASTRO Gaming A50 Wireless Gaming Headset

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Type

Over-ear

Frequency range

20-20,000 Hz

Wireless?

Yes

Battery Life

15 hours

Noise-cancelling

No

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Editor's Rating
4.5/5
Pros

Great audio balance

Durable design

Incredibly comfortable

Excellent hardware controls

Cons

Not true 7.1

Design screams "gamer"

 

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The Astro A50 wireless gaming headset is one of the best on the market. It may come with a hefty price tag but this is packed with features and is one of the best performing gaming headsets currently available.

This only missed out to the popular Arctis Pro Wireless due to its lack of versatility, the audio and microphone are amazing. The designs a bit bulky and screams  “gamer” but the comfort is unrivaled in the market, with these featuring a near-perfect clamping force, and some of the softest are cushions out there.

While being a top choice for gaming, they perform with generic use too. In-game sound is crystal clear and fully immersive, with gun crackle and explosions sounding very realistic. The bass was impressive and didn’t overshadow the detail as some cheaper headphones do.

These are constructed with care and feature premium materials, making these a very robust gaming headset.

The design may be an acquired taste but I think these look superb and once you’ve tried these for gaming, you won’t want to go back.

You can check out our full review of the Astro A50 Wireless Gaming Headset review right here.

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The best PS4/PS5

Razer Kaira Pro Haptic headset

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Frequency response

20 Hz – 20 kHz

Driver diameter

50mm

Connectivity

USB Type-C, Bluetooth

Weight

0.80 lbs / 365 g

Battery life

Up to 20 hours (with lighting/haptics, Up to 50 hours (without lighting/haptics)

Compatibility

PS5/PS4, PC, Devices with Bluetooth audio capacity

Editor's Rating
4.5/5
Pros

Haptic drivers

Dual-mode connectivity

Slick color-scheme

Cons

Expensive

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The Razer Kaira Pros are by far the best headset for PlayStation gamers. They feature great audio quality, novel haptic feedback, and a PS-inspired color scheme that we love.

They also excel when it comes to build quality, with a sold headband that exhibits very little flex and dual-material earcups that provide both comfort and breathability. It’s also got a steel-reinforced adjustment mechanism. This all results in one of the most sturdy headsets we’ve come across here at WePC and we highly recommend them, despite the sky-high price of $200.

The connection options are also broad, with your choice of USB Type-C (with an included adapter if you don’t have a USB C port on your PC), Bluetooth, and wired. This makes it very cross-compatible. just a quick double-tap of a button on the side and it seamlessly switches between Bluetooth and Razer HypeSpeed wireless. IF the Razer Kaira Pro is outside of your budget, you should consider the SteelSeries Arctis 7P. It’s got very similar features, aside from the haptic feedback, and it costs 25% less than the Kaira Pro.

We actually covered the Kaira Pro in full recently, if you want additional information.

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The Best Wireless Gaming Headset For Mixed Usage

HyperX Cloud Flight

HyperX Cloud Flight

Type

Over-ear

Frequency range

15 - 23,000Hz

Wireless?

Yes

Battery Life

30 Hours

Enclosure

Closed-back

Editor's Rating
4/5
Pros

Great headset that retails for around $100

Impressive 30hour battery life

Excellent comfort levels

2.4Ghz wireless connection for no loss in latency

Cons

Build materials could be better

Longevity an issue

 

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What would a best headsets guide be without HyperX?

Our best wireless gaming headset under $100 goes to the Cloud Flight, a decent all-around, affordable gaming headset.

The design is classic of HyperX and comes in a cool black and red theme, as you’d expect. I used these headphones for a couple of weeks and really enjoyed the comfort, certainly one of the more comfortable budget headsets I’ve tested. You get memory-foam earcups with this headset and a very robust adjustable steel slider to get the absolute perfect fit.

Sound quality is pretty decent, and I could pinpoint enemies while playing FPS with considerable ease. I would say the bass is a little much, but for under $100, we’ll let them off. The microphone sounded great, but I wouldn’t count on it lasting the test of time; it doesn’t feel incredibly robust if truth be told.

The wireless connection was good, and I didn’t experience too many latency issues either – nothing that was noticeable anyway.

As far as sub $100 headset’s go, you’ll struggle to find anything out there that is going to produce similar levels of performance as the HyperX Cloud Flight does. A great, all-round headset.

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The Best Budget Wireless Gaming Headset
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Corsair HS70 Pro Wireless gaming headset

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Headphone frequency response

20 - 20,000 Hz

Mic frequency response

100Hz - 10kHz

Wireless

Yes

Battery life

Up to 16 hours

Pick-up pattern

Uni-directional

Weight

590g

Editor's Rating
4/5
Pros

Excellent Value for money

Great audio output with good spatial awareness

Comfortable fit

Cons

Build materials probably won't stand the test of time

Microphone pretty average

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This might be one of Corsair’s finest achievements to date, a high-quality wireless gaming headset at a low-end price tag.

When we think of Corsair, we usually think of RAM or cases. However, for over five years now, Corsair has been toying with side projects such as mice and headsets. The HS70 is one of those projects and a fine one at that.

The HS70’s get the budget wireless headset nod and for good reason. They are by far the cheapest in this list and offer the best value for money respectively. Sound quality is superb, as is the spatial awareness of this headset.  Furthermore, the build quality on this headset is excellent, with it feeling like it’s built to last.

The microphone isn’t amazing, but for under $70 we will let Corsair off on that one.

If you’re looking for a great budget headset that does the job then look no further, the HS70 is the best budget wireless headset on the market.

Check out our full review of the Corsair HS70 wireless gaming headset here.

Final Word

It was a tough ask compiling this list of best wireless gaming headsets because there are so many different headsets to choose from. However, I feel the team did a great job of finding the best headsets in their specific categories.

For the best wireless gaming headset out there, with great comfort, audio and mic performance, plus all the versatility you’ll need, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless gaming headset is the way to go.

The Author Who Worked On This Article

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Ben’s interest in video games started as a result of his intense need to be better than his sister at something. It didn’t work but it started a lifelong passion in gaming, which then evolved when he built his first PC. He completely botched it but it was fun and he hasn’t stopped since. He’s currently fighting an embittered battle to get even slightly competitive at Apex Legends. He has a particular interest in peripherals and loves messing around with his setup.

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