The Best PlayStation 5 Gaming Headsets – PCMag

If you’ve been lucky enough to buy a PlayStation 5, you know that the console produces impressive audio. Sony’s Tempest 3D Audio tech pipes out simulated surround sound to your headphones—if you have a compatible pair, that is. If you don’t, now’s a good time to shop for a gaming headset. A headset offers a better audio experience than your TV speakers (unless you have a really good soundbar), and its microphone enables much clearer voice chat than the tiny one in the DualSense controller.

Not every gaming headset works with the PS5, though. The system supports 3.5mm wired connections, but once you start dealing with wireless audio, compatibility issues arrive. For example, PlayStation and Xbox deal with USB transmitters in different ways that require different headset versions, and connecting to an audio source with Bluetooth is even more complicated.

Still, a gaming headset is worth the investment, and these are the best PlayStation 5-compatible headsets we’ve tested.

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The Official Headset: Sony Pulse 3D

The Pulse 3D is Sony’s official wireless gaming headset for the PlayStation 5. It’s easy to set up, looks good, and has strong audio performance. Its pinhole mic doesn’t offer the best voice quality, though.

Sony Pulse 3D Wireless Headset for PlayStation 5 Review

The Best Wired Buy: Astro Gaming A10 (Gen 2)

Astro Gaming’s newest wired headset takes the already excellent A10 and makes it feel and sound even better, while keeping the same $60 price. Just plug the lightweight, comfortable headset into a DualSense controller, and enjoy robust sound.

Astro Gaming A10 (Gen 2) Review

Inexpensive Wireless: Razer Barracuda X

The Razer Barracuda X is one of the best wireless headsets we’ve seen for under $100, and its USB-C transmitter works with the PlayStation 5 (plus PCs, Android phones, and the Nintendo Switch). Its boom mic delivers better voice chat capabilities than the Pulse 3D headset.

Razer Barracuda X Review

Head-Shaking Haptic Feedback: Razer Kraken V3 Pro

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro is unique in that it rattles your head. This doesn’t mean its bass is overwhelming; the headset features Razer’s HyperSense haptic motors that physically vibrate against your ears to simulate subwoofer-like rumble. The feature is pretty hit or miss, but even without HyperSense, the Kraken V3 Pro is a great-sounding, great-feeling headset with RGB lighting.

Razer Kraken V3 Pro Review

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