You’re ready to get a dedicated gaming headset, but the problem is you don’t know which to choose. There are a ton of different options, admittedly, from well-respected companies like SteelSeries, Turtle Beach, Logitech and Razor — so your decision might seem daunting. With this buying guide, we’ve tried to make it easier for you by breaking your decision down into two factors: gaming system and price.

Whether you’re a console or PC gamer, you’re going to want different headsets. And console headsets aren’t one-size-fits-all, either, as not all headsets that work with Xbox One consoles will work Playstation. But some will. And Nintendo Switch can basically work with any analog headphones with a 3.5mm jack. PC headphones are a whole other beast.

We’ve also capped the price of our picks at $200. There are numerous more expensive, high-end gaming headsets you can buy — the Beyerdynamic MMX 300 ($349) and Sennheiser PC 373D ($249) are examples — but we figure most people won’t be shopping for reference-quality gaming headsets. The other thing to note is that many great over-ear headphones sell mic and gaming accessories, so you might be able to game with the high-end headset you already own; I’ve been wearing my V-MODA Crossfade headphones with its BoomPro Microphone to play FIFA 18 and Fortnite on Xbox for the past six months.

Below you’ll find our picks for the best budget and high-end (under $200) options for Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and PC. It’s worth reminding that all PlayStation-compatible headsets will work across all PlayStation consoles (PS4, PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro). And the same is true with Xbox One (Xbox One Slim and Xbox One X), although if you have an older Xbox One controller you might need to purchase a 3.5mm adapter. If you’re big into PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or the new Call of Duty, and just want to boost your online experience, or play late into the night with TV’s volume down so you disrupt the whole house — you’ve come to the right place.

Xbox One: Logitech G Pro (Budget)

What we like: Logitech’s recently released G Pro headset is lightweight and comes in all black, so it actually doesn’t look too dissimilar from popular over-ear headphones like the Bose QC35 II and Sony WH1000XM2. Logitech designed the headset with some of the best-known esports teams (such as G2 Esports and London Spitfire) on the G Pro headset, so it has some premium gaming features, like a tournament-grade mic and the company’s Pro-G drivers. It comes with detachable mic and cables, too. It’s a capabale and comfortable headset for playing games like Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds or Fortnite, but it can also function as very good wired headphones for music listening.

What others are saying:

• “The sound quality is great for most things. It’s easy to look past the overwhelming bass when listening to music because it makes games that much more impactful. And, the soundstage created by the headphones offers audio that’s easy to pick and comfortable on the ears. The comfort extends to the build as well, as we could play for hours in these and never get irritated.” — Mark Knapp, TechRadar

• “It would have been better for Logitech to skip the dual-chamber technology and instead use more sensitive drivers with sufficient damping. The smearing of bass at low levels is the result of its acoustic experiment, and that could have been avoided. The sound isn’t bad, though. And for gaming, Logitech’s G Pro is quite suitable.” — Igor Wallossek, Tom’s Hardware

Xbox One: Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament (High-End)

What we like: The Elite Pro Tournament has most everything you’d want in a quality gaming headset. It has 50mm Nanoclear drivers that deliver accurate and immersive audio that’s specifically designed for esports gaming. It has a professional quality, omnidirectional microphone and a patented adjustment system that lets wearers fine tune the tension of the headband as well as the position of the earcups for optimal comfort. The earcups have unique cushions — a combination of spandex fabric and gel-infused foam — are designed to keep wearers comfortable and cool so they can game for hours on end. There’s the option to buy the Elite Pro Tournament’s Audio Controller ($150), too, for gamers who really want to tweak the EQ levels and adjust the DTS surround sound modes.

What others are saying:

• “On its own, Turtle Beach’s Elite Pro Tournament Headset is a solid piece of hardware, offering a solid build with quality materials and well-balanced audio. They are rather pricey, especially considering that they are wired stereo headphones meant to be used at the competitive level. When connected to the Tactical Audio Controller, the Elite Pro headset reaches its full potential with additional device compatibility, 7.1 surround sound, and a number of manual controls and preset audio options.” — Justin Rubio, IGN

• “In truth, my biggest headache with them has been how and where to store them, which would also be helped by Turtle Beach providing a nice storage case. But those are minor quibbles. I’m just here to tell you that if gaming headphones are the thing you’re after, my top pick is the Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament Gaming Headset, and I don’t care how daft that sounds.” — Vlad Savov, The Verge

PlayStation 4: HyperX Cloud Stinger (Budget)

What we like: You’re not going to find much better gaming headsets for less. HyperX’s Cloud Stinger only costs $50 and is a combination of comfort and great sound. It’s lightweight with memory foam earcups, so you’re probably not going to experiance ear fatigue when worn for long sessions. Its 50mm dynamic drivers deliver even, immersive audio, that are sure to enhance you experiance, whether it’s playing Rocket League or Overwatch.

What others are saying:

• “You’ve probably noticed the same refrain throughout this review: “The Cloud Stinger is good, for a $50 headset.” And that’s true. These cans won’t stand up next to competitors two or three times the price, either in sound or in comfort.” — Hayden Dingman, PC World

• “If you’re after a budget gaming headset for your console or gaming PC, the HyperX Cloud Stinger should be at the top of your list.” — Marcus Cole, Trusted Reviews

PlayStation 4: Plantronics RIG 800HS (High-End)

What we like: The Plantronics RIG 800HS headset is unique to this list because it’s a wireless headset. It comes with a wireless reciever that plugs into the PS4 (or computer) via USB and then syncs to the headset; the battery lasts 24 years and has a range of roughly 30 feet. On the audio side, the headset boasts 40mm drivers to create an expansive soundstage so games like Horizon Zero Dawn and Monster Hunter: World feel even more epic. Its earcups are adjustable and really comfortable, plug that have analog dials on them so you can quickly adjust the sound between group chat and game audio.

What others are saying:

• “Made specifically for the PlayStation 4 (there’s also the RIG 800HX variant for Xbox One), this is one of the most comfortable gaming headsets I’ve tried by far. The magic comes down to the memory-foam ear cushions, cased in soft leather, and the lightweight construction (290 grams) of it all. I was pretty skeptical upon seeing the thin headband and plastic frame, and certain design decisions were a bit off-putting too. Then I put the headset on and felt my doubts melting away.” — Ade Putra, GameAxis

• “Where the Rig truly excels is in its audio quality. The soundstage it creates is absolutely massive. It made the games I was playing feel bigger and more epic in scale. The microphone is likewise second to none. If you’re looking to reduce clutter below the television, you’ll be glad to know that the Rig 800HS’s wireless transmitter is smaller than a deck of cards. Add in the fact that it has a 24-hour battery life, and you’re getting a lot of headset for $149.” – Charlie Hall and Ben Kuchera, Polygon

Nintendo Switch: Logitech G433 (Budget)

What we like: Released in 2017, the Logitech G433 headset feels like a no-brainer for Switch users. It comes in a bunch of colorways, including all black and they actually don’t look too much like gaming headphones, which is probably what you want if you’re going to gaming in public places. The audio quality is very good, although you’ll need to use them on a PC (with its USB connector) to get the full DTS Headphone:X surround sound treatment. Microphone and cables are detachable.

What others are saying:

• “Logitech has a real winner in the G433. It’s a very good value, and provides a lot of flexibility for gamers who want to be able to take their headset over to the console, or out of the house with their phone or laptop. They’re light, comfortable, and sound better than most other headphones in this price range. You even get an extra pair of earpads if you prefer microfiber to Logitech’s mesh fabric.” — Jason Cross, IGN

• “This might be one of the more compelling mid-priced gaming headsets I’ve had the chance to check out. I really loved the Logitech G433 simple design and comfort along with its solid audio quality. My only real complaint was the poor performance at the higher volume levels and the poor simulated surround sound when playing PC games. But if you’re looking for a mid-priced headset to use for games at home and on the go I found the Logitech G433 to be a really solid option.” — Joel Szerlip, DarkStation

Nintendo Switch: SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth (High-End)

What we like: The Nintendo Switch doesn’t doesn’t yet have an online portal like Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus (Nintendo’s serivce is expected to launch in September 2018). The console doesn’t yet support Bluetooth headphones, either, but there’s still reason get this high-end headset. It’s ridiculously lightweight and comfortable, for starters. And the sound quality is as good as you’re going to get in a $130 headset.

What others are saying:

• “Design and comfort are important enough, but in the end what really matters is how the headphones sound. Thankfully, they sound pretty darn great, both in Bluetooth mode, and in wired mode.” — Headphone Review

• “If gaming is your only concern, you’re better off saving your money by getting the standard Arctis 3, or splurging for the Arctis 7. But if you want a uniquely versatile set of cans that can be your gaming headset at home and your Bluetooth headphones everywhere else, the Arctis 3 Bluetooth fills that niche very well.” — Mike Andronico, Tom’s Guide

PlayStation 4: Corsair Void Pro RGB (Budget)

What we like: You can pick up Corsair’s Void Pro for as little as $60 on Amazon and it’s a really solid headset. Its 50mm neodymium drivers help create immersive and accurate audio (it supports Dolby 7.1 surround sound technology), and with its omnidirectional mic you won’t have to worry if your friends are hearing you. Through its CUE software you can adjust the audio’s EQ as well as the RGB lighting on the headphones. Also, if you want wireless versions of these exact headphones, you can make the jump for $20 bucks (here).

What others are saying:

• “Overall, we were very impressed with the Corsair Void Pro RGB. It offered very good sound quality for games and movies, and the virtual surround sound was well implemented. Recording quality via the mic was also good, making this a great headset for communicating with teammates, and even for doing a spot of live stream broadcasting.” — Matt Hanson, TechRadar

• “As a gaming-orientated product, you won’t be surprised to discover that the Void Pro RGB handles games rather well. Battlefield 1 was my primary game of choice, with the Void Pro providing a great level of immersion over land, sea and air. Sniper bolts flew with a chunky weight, while the battle cries of fellow soldiers could be heard clearly through the harsh battle-torn landscape.” — Marcus Cole, Trusted Reviews

PC: SteelSeries Arctis Pro (High-End)

What we like: The Arctis Pro is one of the best gaming headsets under $200 you can buy. It boasts the comfort and excellent audio quality that SteelSeries’s Arctis series is known for. It has 40mm drivers, RGB lighting and a retractable micro, plus it supports DTS Headphone:X surround sound. If you choose to spend a little more, you can get the DAC for the headphones that bump the audio experiance, whether you’re gaming or just listening to music, to a hi-fi level (supports up to 96 kHz/24-bit audio).

What others are saying:

• “Admittedly, switching the Arctis Pro over to its high-res audio input didn’t seem to make a huge amount of difference when playing games, even though this is meant to focus the headset’s entire bandwidth (thereby disabling its DTS HeadphoneX V2 surround sound and chatmix support) into delivering a superior audio experience. Instead, you’re more likely to benefit from its high-res support if you have something like a Tidal music subscription or own proper high-res audio tracks.” — Katharine Byrne, Rock, Paper, Shotgun

• “As gaming headsets go, the Arctis Pro + GameDAC is a shoo-in for audiophiles and gamers with a taste for nuanced sound. SteelSeries obviously took notice of Arctis 7’s missing features and slapped those on to what it does best – headsets that produce exquisite sound, basically sealing Arctis Pro’s fate as a top contender in the gaming sound devices market.” — Michelle Rae Uy, TechRadar

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