The 8 Best Xbox One Gaming Headsets For Immersive Sound

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The Razer Nari Ultimate offer an excellent wireless audio experience for Xbox One Gamers.

There are two main contributing factors to gaming immersion: sight and sound. If you have a great screen but terrible speakers or headphones, you’re not getting the premium gaming experience you deserve. Upgrading your setup with one of the best Xbox One headsets can make the world of difference, giving you better quality in-game audio, clearer chat with friends and a more comfortable fit, making longer gaming sessions that bit better.

You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to get one of the best Xbox One headsets either. This roundup has a mix of great budget options, solid wired and wireless picks, and the most premium of Xbox One gaming headsets. There’s something for everyone and every budget.

STEELSERIES

Steelseries’ Arctis line of headphones includes some of the best gaming headsets for every platform, from other consoles like the PS4 and Switch, to the PC. But its Arctis 9x stands apart when it comes to the Xbox One thanks to its excellent sound quality, fantastic microphone and ease of connectivity. With full support for Xbox Wireless right out of the box, you don’t even need a dongle or adapter to connect this headset to your console—just turn it on, and you’ll be connected in seconds.

Wireless gameplay in itself is a real treat for any gamer, as it means one less wire trailing across your room of connecting to your controller, and you lose almost nothing in sound quality for the added benefit. The Arctis 9X also enjoys Bluetooth connectivity, so you can connect to your phone and your Xbox One at the same time—great for swapping quickly between devices or for chatting to friends and family over a different app while you game.

But despite being a wireless headset, the 9X loses little in the way of sound quality. Sporting 40mm neodymium drivers and a great frequency response range, the audio you get from these headphones is fantastic, whether you’re listening to gunshots and explosions, or your favorite tunes.

Battery life lasts as long as 20 hours on a single charge, so it will never let you down mid-game, and the noise-cancelling, bi-directional microphone makes sure that your teammates will focus on your voice, and little else, during play.

They’re also exceedingly comfortable thanks to a great mesh-weave design on the earcups (making them more breathable than the usual faux leather designs) and Steelseries’ popular ski-mask style headband for reduced strain on your head. Better yet, this headset is rated to work with Microsoft’s Xbox Series X.

BESTBUY

A great gaming headset doesn’t need to have a great price tag. Indeed, the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core is a good gaming headset for your Xbox One, and doubly so at such an affordable price.

At just $35, this headset offers a comfortable fit for the ears, an adjustable steel frame to reduce creaking when moving or turning your head, and 40mm drivers for impressive audio quality in a compact headset. At just 275 grams, this lightweight set of headphones won’t put undue pressure on your head either, so you can rest at ease that even if you enter into a lengthy gaming session, you won’t come away with sore ears or head.

The noise cancelling microphone is nothing to write home about, but it’s still decent quality and comes with a handy physical mute function — just rotate it up to sit flush with the headband and you can cough, sneeze or talk privately, without your teammates being able to hear a thing.

RAZER

For the ultimate in wireless Xbox One gaming headsets, the Razer Nari Ultimate is aptly named. Featuring 50mm neodymium drivers and a fantastic frequency response range, these headphones sound stunning, whether you’re fragging enemies or listening to a pumping soundtrack.

One feature that really helps it stand apart though, is haptic feedback. Like most modern gaming controllers, the Razer Nari Ultimate headset includes little vibration motors in its earcups, so as a plane roars overhead or an explosion goes off to your side, you’ll not only hear them in crystal clear stereo audio, but you’ll feel them too.

Razer also employs THX Spatial Audio with these headphones, offering an excellent facsimile of true surround sound audio in a 360-degree sphere all around the player. That improves immersion immensely.

These wireless headphones utilize the 2.4GHz spectrum to transfer high-fidelity audio right to your earphones with a wireless range of up to 10 meters so you can wander to the toilet or the kitchen and still chat away to your team as if you were sat on the couch. There’s no Bluetooth support, but this headset fully supports Microsoft’s own Xbox Wireless technology, so there’s no need for additional dongles or wires.

Ear cups are comfortable with cooling-gel to prevent heat buildup, and the solid metal frame is complemented by a heavily padded headband, for maximum comfort. Battery life is as long as 20 hours without haptic feedback enabled, and six hours with it enabled. The microphone on this headset isn’t the best, but it’s more than adequate for the job.

ASTRO GAMING

Designed specifically with competitive Esports athletes in mind, the Astro A40 TR has a rich selection of features, alongside excellent audio quality, a crystal clear microphone, and excellent back end software. It’s combined with a powerful MixAmp Pro audio hub that gives you deep and customizable control, and there’s an option to convert this headset’s open-back design into close back for added noise dampening in noisy tournament environments. Lightweight at just 369g and supremely comfortable with its heavily cushioned earcups (with different materials sold separately), the Astro A40 TR features customizable speaker tags too, so you can tweak the look of your headset just to your liking.

The standard sound of these headphones is quite warm, but with the MixAmp Pro audio tuner, you can customize how it sounds to your heart’s content. Alongside Dolby Audio support, it offers the option of tweaking audio EQ, and game and voice streaming quality and noise levels separately, all on the fly so you never need to leave your game to set things up just how you like it.

The uni-directional boom microphone on this headset is excellent, but if you don’t like it, it’s also swappable. Astro has made a premium headset that’s excellent out of the box—it’s even better when you customize it to make it your own.

BESTBUY

For the ultimate premium Xbox One headset experience, there’s little that compares to the Astro Gaming A50. It combines fantastic audio quality with an ease of use that is near unparalleled. It enjoys up to 15 hours of battery life per charge, and when you need more, you just sit it in the low-profile charging stand to recharge. A handy LED battery indicator will let you know how much battery you have left, too.

The charge base isn’t just a handy tool for charging, though—it also doubles as a MixAmp to help you better manage you in game audio and chat volumes, so that you always feel immersed without missing critical communication from your teammates.

The headset itself has full support for 3D Spatial Audio on Xbox and PC, and you can fully customize the sound output using the intuitive and in-depth Astro Command Center software. Want to modify the Astro A50 too? You can. This headset is compatible with a number of Astro mod kits letting you add a synthetic leather headband and ear cushions for added comfort.

With a wireless range of up to 30 feet, long lasting battery life and fantastic sound quality, the Astro A50 is a top-tier gaming headset. Its build quality has left some reviewers wishing for more from such a premium design, but it ticks every other box so emphatically that it’s easily one of the best Xbox One headsets you can buy.

AMAZON

Wireless gaming headsets, especially the best Xbox One wireless headsets, can be expensive. But they don’t have to be. The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is a great example of a (relatively) affordable wireless gaming headset that gives you great sound quality, solid battery life, a portable design and a comfortable fit.

The plastic build isn’t as sturdy as some of the metal alternatives out there, but that keeps the frame light and easily transportable. The ear cushions are soft and comfortable over long gaming sessions, and the mesh covering does a great job of preventing excess heat build up.

Battery life is of paramount importance, even in affordable wireless gaming headsets. Fortunately, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 manages to keep running for longer than most. It’s rated for 15 hours but some reviewers have managed to keep it going for over 20 hours at lower volumes. If you aren’t pushing it to its maximum with heavy music constantly, you can get close to a full day out off this headset before charging is required, suitable for all but the grindiest 24-hour sessions. For those chatting with friends while you play, the microphone is a real treat, offering clear audio to your teammates with plenty of volume so they’ll never miss what they’re saying.

AMAZON

If you like to make use of your expansive home A/V setup for in-game audio, but still like to chat with friends while you play, then a single earcup headphone with a great microphone is a great way to do it. There are a few solutions out there which are overly expensive and offer lackluster audio, but the Turtle Beach Recon Chat goes above and beyond at a super affordable price.

It offers the same high-quality microphone sound that Turtle Beach is known for, with a high-sensitivity microphone that has no problem making sure you’re heard by any and everyone on the other end. It’s not noise cancelling, so you won’t want to have your TV blasting, but with the Recon Chat’s clever open-ear design, you’ll have no trouble hearing your game audio in stereo at all times.

The headset features convenient in-line controls for mic muting and chat volume, so you can easily access them as and when you need to make adjustments. The 40mm driver in the earcup ensures that you hear everyone else reproduced in a clear fashion too, so everyone remains in immediate contact throughout your gaming sessions.

AMAZON

Most of the official Xbox One accessories are great picks, whether it’s the controllers or the charge and play kits, and the Microsoft Xbox One Stereo Headset is no exception. It’s a super lightweight headset with solid stereo sound and a sensitive unidirectional microphone that makes sure you’re heard without excessive background noise. You can also flip it up out of the way to conveniently mute it in one motion.

Considering the affordable price tag, it’s a nice bonus to get the Xbox One audio adapter with this headset included in the cost. Typically at least $30 itself, the adapter lets you plug the 3.5mm cable right into your Xbox One controller and gives you quick and easy access to chat volume and mic-mute controls. It also means that should you ever upgrade your headset, it doesn’t matter what you buy. Any 3.5mm gaming headset or headphones will work with your Xbox One from then on out.

With a matte black paint job, these headphones easily fit into the classic Xbox One aesthetic and most TVs, and their low weight makes them super easy to transport. They aren’t the most durable of headphones, so you may need to take a little more care with them than most, but the overall package is a solid one considering the accessible price.

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