The Ultimate Guide to Buying a PS4 Headset
The PS4 headset… it’s a topic that’s been talked about a lot since the console was first released, and any gamer who spends a lot of time on voice chat or who has to keep the TV volume down (due to roommates or family) knows that the headset that came with the system is not really the best. Luckily, there are a variety of “aftermarket” headsets out there which can greatly enhance your auditory experience.
If you’re looking to purchase a PS4 headset, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a buyer’s guide listed in order from the cheapest budget option to the best of the best. We’ll give you all the information that you need to know about each headset in order to make the best purchase for your needs.
We decided to offer you a number of options divided up into three particular classes. This way you can essentially shop by price and function, starting with budget models, winding your way through more conventional mid-range offerings and finishing up by taking a look at the absolute best premium headsets out there for your PS4. Within each category you’ll find solid design, features, good sound quality and overall usefulness too, which should further shed light on exactly what you might require.
You should also note that we continue to keep this guide updated. So, let’s explore the best PS4 headset options to enhance your PS4 gaming experience. Ready to dive in? Great! We’ll start off small.
The Budget Options
You don’t need to break the bank to get an entry-level PS4 headset. The following options will get you started for under $50.
The Tritton Kama is an excellent headset choice for those who don’t have a lot of money to spend but still want to upgrade from the less-than-stellar headset that comes with the PS4. It’s wired, features convenient in-line controls, and has a flexible microphone that you can maneuver either in front of your mouth or out of the way if you’re eating, drinking, or simply don’t feel like chatting. They’re fairly comfortable for short term use, and the volume is decent- don’t expect 7.1 surround sound, though.
Buy if You: Are looking for a budget product that doesn’t have a lot of features but gets the job done right. This is the best product in this price range when it comes to PS4 Headsets.
DreamGEAR Prime Wired Gaming Headset
Yet another great budget model Headset combo to check out is the Prime Wired Gaming Headset from DreamGEAR. What’s great about this unit is the fact that it can support separate hookups for chat and game audio. In other words, you would connect one part directly to your television and the other to your DualShock 4 controller. The benefit here is that both sources can be controlled independently in terms of volume, thus allowing you to access better sound from another source, etc. Moreover, it’s a very sleek-looking product, with an attractive rounded design, comfortable cushioned earpads and glowing blue light around each side as well. While it’s slightly on the higher side in terms of its budget pricing category designation, the extra dough is definitely worth it if you want more control and perhaps better sound.
Gioteck HS-1 Super Lite Headset
Say what you will about its quality, components or features, but Gioteck’s HS-1 Super Lite Headset for PlayStation 4 is definitely one of the better deals out there if you just need something that sounds decent, works and is relatively cheap. With a price tag of generally less than $15, the HS-1 is expected to be a rather flimsy device, but nevertheless it does provide basic sound, a noise-canceling microphone, and of course, inline controls. Moreover, it’s fully adjustable and able to compensate for basically any sized head out there. For the PS4 gamer that just needs a quick, dirty and effective headset solution, this is definitely a model worth giving a shot.
DreamGEAR Broadcaster Headset
As its name implies, the DreamGEAR Broadcaster Headset was basically created with game channel broadcasters (i.e. – those that use apps / services like Twitch a lot) in mind. At the same time, your regular, run-of-the-mill average user can also use it to do everything you’d expect a basic chat-level headset to do. In short, it’s a perfect compliment for the gamer that needs something cheap that will mostly be used to facilitate certain activities on the PlayStation Network and beyond. It features one ear piece with an adjustable boom mic and inline controls, connecting directly to your DualShock 4 controller.
TRITTON Kaiken Mono Chat Headset
Last but not least (in the budget category), we have the TRITTON Kaiken Mono Chat Headset. Like the example above, this is a mono (one ear piece) unit, meaning that it’s probably not ideal for trying to funnel game audio through it. However, it remains quite useful as a durable chat and broadcasting-centric headset for use with the PS4 and the PSN. Of course, aside from its uses with the PlayStation 4, it’s also great with the PlayStation Vita, and Mobile Devices as well (just a versatile tool for general private communications).
The Mid-range Options
Finding the balance between budget and premium, here we take a look at some great headsets that won’t break the bank.
TRITTON Kunai Universal Stereo Headset
Stepping up in price a bit from there, you can also investigate the Kunai Universal model, which adds support for Microsoft devices like the Xbox 360 and various other mobile / MP3 products. Like its cousin, this model also provides support for separate game and chat volumes, however, what makes it different is its somewhat enhanced sound quality. Thanks to 2 fairly large 40mm speakers with Neodymium magnets this headset package is quite primed and ready to deliver the sort of quality you need for increased immersion and awareness (particularly for multiplayer activities).
All in all, it’s also very comfortable and features an appealing alpine white or black casing. For the person who has a lot of consoles, plays lots of games, takes gaming seriously and likes to switch off between Sony and Microsoft products, the TRITTON Kunai Universal Stereo Headset is definitely the way to go.
Skullcandy SLYR Gaming Headset
Of all the companies providing headsets for this list, Skullcandy has to be one of the more inventive, at least from an aesthetic design standpoint. For starters, the SLYR Gaming Headset looks slightly askew and asymmetrical, with an overall look interesting look juxtaposing black and neon green hues amidst vaguely angular ear pieces (also available in blue and white in lieu of black/yellow).
But that’s not all – thanks to its Proprietary Supreme Sound technology, this headset can also deliver bigger bass and crisper highs too, along with a handy inline mixer which allows for separate control of game and chat audio. Moreover, it also features specialized equalization settings which have been preprogrammed for games, movies or music. This wired headset also retains its compatibility for a range of consoles and devices while also being quite durable, meaning that it can serve as your immediate “go to” multi-purpose headset if need be.
The PlaySonic 3 Amplified Stereo Headset
Compatible with the PS4 and PS Vita along with PC and mobile, this headset is a great all-rounder. Generally available to European residents only, PRIF is a company which strides in providing great quality headsets at affordable prices. Sound quality comes through crisp and clear, proving you with a punchy bass – perfect ingredients for the typical gamer. The attached (but removable) microphone also provides great quality for those strategy engaging moments. Finally, it’s durable, stylish, comfortable, and a must have for those looking for a mid-range headset. As mentioned, you’ll find it difficult to find this product if you’re outside of Europe – you can always consider importing it, after all.
PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset
For just over double the cost of the Tritton Kama, you can get a wireless headset made by Sony specifically for the PS4. The PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset is a great product that features 7.1 surround sound, a hidden noise-cancelling microphone, and customization options for you to make the headset truly yours. This headset is aesthetically appealing and since it’s made for the PS4, it will match your console and controller perfectly. This is probably the best headset for the price and a great starter option for anyone looking to take their game to the next level.
Buy if You: Have a little extra pocket change to spend and want a convenient, comfortable headset without shelling out a ton of money. This headset makes for a great gift.
Turtle Beach Ear Force PX4 Premium Wireless Gaming Headset
For the perfect balance between cost and quality, you’re going to want to take a look at the Turtle Beach Ear Force PX4 Premium Wireless Gaming Headset. Turtle Beach is a name easily recognized in the world of gaming headsets, and that’s because they consistently put out good products. This particular headset features Dolby Digital Surround Sound, dual-band wi-fi technology that makes your audio clearer, Bluetooth features that allow you to answer phone calls with the headset, and multiple EQ presets to pick the sound that’s perfect for your gaming experience. To top it all off, these things look pretty slick and feel comfortable.
Buy if You: Want a great gaming headset without having to spend over $100. If you take care of them, these will last you quite a while and elevate your gaming experience the entire time.
Turtle Beach – Ear Force Stealth 500P Premium Fully Wireless
If you’re after a well-built headset that isn’t restricted by wires, then this wireless option from Turtle Beach is for you. It’s priced below $100, too. Offering 7.1 surround sound, the audio quality is top notch. Not just fantastic for gaming, but you can also enjoy music and movies thanks to the custom modes. It’s both sturdy and durable and you get over 15 hours of wireless gaming after every charge. Turtle Beach is one of the best known brands within the headset industry, which means this is a fantastic solution for your gaming needs.
The Premium Options
For those who have a large budget, these options won’t let you down.
Astro Gaming A40 Headset
The Astro Gaming A40 Headset is comfortable, functional, and a fairly good price for what you’re getting. The microphone is removable, there’s a mobile cable included in the box, and you’ll get excellent sound through the padded headphones that will be perfect for long gaming sessions. While the A40 was originally designed for the PC, it works great on the PS4 as well, and there’s no reason you won’t love it. If you have $150 to spend on a headset, this is the way to go.
Buy if You: Have some money to spend and want a headset that’s going to sound great, fit well, and last you for a very long time to come.
Skullcandy PLYR1 7.1 Surround Sound Wireless Gaming Headset
Next we come to the Skullcandy PLYR1 7.1 Surround Sound Wireless Gaming Headset, which is by all accounts, one of their finer offerings designed for use with consoles like the PS4. Featuring a very sturdy design, conventional good looks, comfortable ear pieces and of course, incredible sound, the PLYR1 is jam-packed with lots of awesome goodies. For instance, Proprietary Supreme Sound technology is on board which further enhances clarity across the entire frequency spectrum, and the wireless transmitters are built into the headset along with offers lots of equalizer modes for various applications as well (games, movies, music, etc.)
All in all, it delivers exactly the sort of high fidelity audio that’s perfect for your PS4, regardless of what you might be doing with it. Whether you’re trying to get the upper hand while playing online or just attempting to fully immerse yourself in some crazy open world adventure, Skullcandy’s PLYR1 7.1 Surround Sound Wireless Gaming Headset is there waiting to realistically recreate all the audio for you.
Turtle Beach – Ear Force Elite 800 – Fully Wireless Gaming Headset
This headset from turtle beach will take your gaming experience to a whole new level. It delivers a powerful and crisp sound that helps to bring about a new level of atmosphere to the games you play. Gone are those dull and tiny sounds, welcome this headset to your arsenal of accessories if you want to take things to the next level. What’s more, you’re able to enhance not just your games, but music and movies, too. Each charge will provide you with 10 hours of use and the Bluetooth mode allows you to link up with your smartphone device so that you never miss a crucial call. This is one of the best headsets that you can currently buy, of course, it doesn’t come in cheap, either. But, if you budget can cover it, you won’t be disappointed.
Astro Gaming A50 PS4
This is the cream of the crop when it comes to gaming headsets for the PS4. Improving on the A40 in almost every way, this thing is powerful, and it will totally change the way you experience chat and game audio from here on out. Coming in a variety of different colors (including a “Halo” themed one, interestingly), you’ll be able to express your individuality while listening to booming bass, quiet whispers, and everything in between. This headset will immerse you in your game like never before.
Buy if You: Must have the best. $300 is almost as much as the console itself, but the good news is that these will likely last you throughout the rest of your gaming career, especially since they’re compatible with other systems.