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The best PS4 headsets for 2020

GamesRadar logo GamesRadar 7/10/2020 Rob Dwiar
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You absolutely must consider one of the best PS4 headsets if you want to soak up every tine detail in games nowadays. Seriously, I have recently been playing The Last of Us Part II with my Platinum headset and have benefited enormously from the extra immersion and have appreciated every extra audio detail and cue that Naughty Dog created and designed. When I've briefly switched to my pretty-decent soundbar, the difference has been incredible. That's because owning one of the best PS4 headsets really is a guaranteed way to take your setup, and your experience, to a new level - one that you just can't get with your TV's speakers - even if it is one of the best gaming TVs - or if you have one of the best gaming sound systems.

And now, there's an incredible range of headsets available, all offering serious audio quality. Gone are the days where headsets are only seen as multiplayer aides, with many being so good that they are the best ways to enjoy games. Whatever you play, they'll increase your immersion and boost your experience. While your TV speakers might seem good enough upon first inspection, putting on one of the best PS4 headsets will change your mind completely - and permanently. Your in-game experiences will be taken to a higher level across the board: the tiniest audio details will become clear, some you've never heard before; you can suddenly locate enemy gunfire with increased clarity and accuracy; and you're aware of other players and characters moving all around you, their precise location made distinct.

What's more, you really don't have to throw money at the situation to get a top-quality set. You can easily get one of the best PS4 headsets for less than $100 / £100. Though having said that, if you have the opportunity to stretch your budget beyond that, then you'll be in line for a treat as truly premium audio experiences lie that way. Expanding on this, Razer headsets can cover some of the best audio and features across this list, but also span the price spectrum, so there's always something on offer from the big audio players too.

We should say now, as the PS5 has been revealed in all its curvy glory, those looking for a headset might have an eye on the future. All looks rosy at first glance as the DualSense controller retains a normal audio jack - huzzah! Along with the reveal of the PS5 design the next-generation official headset was revealed: the Pulse 3D wireless headset. Consider our ears pricked and color us intrigued. Of course, we don't know how much the cost of the Pulse 3D - or indeed the PS5 price - yet, but my guess is that the headset was probably the premium model. If its anything like a natural evolution and progression on from the PS4 Platinum headset then it'll be one of the best PS5 headsets going.

In terms of the basics and the practicalities, most PS4 headsets will simply plug directly into your PS4 controller - wireless models that connect to your console via Bluetooth are somewhat rare beasts, so don't just assume that whatever wireless headphones you own will automatically be supported. We test our headsets with a PS4 Pro, and the minimum standard for their inclusion on this list is that they plug into the controller and provide great audio. We also assess the comfort of each headset for long gaming sessions, and we, importantly, assess their price to determine value for money.

The best PS4 headset for 2020

1. Razer Kraken Tournament Edition

The best PS4 headset in 2020

Acoustic design: Closed Back | Cable length: 1.3m | Drivers: 50mm | Weight: 322g | Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Mac, mobile

Great price
Sturdy, comfortable design build
Exceptional audio output
Light on features

The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition is currently the best PS4 headset you can buy - and the best Razer headset you can buy - when you balance out performance and price. While we'd also recommend the regular Kraken Pro V2, and the lighter and cheaper Kraken X, the TE has the better audio. It's a fantastic all-rounder, with audio capabilities that punch well above its price tag, and excellent bass that makes it perfect for gaming. Even with the standard 5.1 audio you get from a 3.5mm connection on PS4 (the 7.1 is on PC only), the Kraken TE is fine-tuned for online games like Apex Legends, helping you to pinpoint enemy movements and gunfire accurately. Take it on PC, and you can even get THX Spatial audio too, which takes things to the next level.

As a single-player headset, it performs well with most types of game, and even handles in-game dialogue admirably, which is something that catches out most gaming headsets. Sure, it lacks a little subtlety in the mid-range and loses out to headsets that will cost you $150-200, but generally speaking, the audio here is excellent. It's very comfy, thanks to the redesigned headband and cooler ear cushions, the mic is clear and loud, and the cable is a decent length. Overall, it's a fantastic package, and will significantly enhance the audio for all PS4 games for less than the four-figure mark. 

2. Sony PlayStation 4 Platinum headset

The best wireless PS4 headset, and also the official model

Acoustic design: Closed Back | Battery life: 6 hours | Drivers: 50mm | Weight: 318g | Compatibility: PS4

Designed exclusively for the PlayStation 4
Super comfortable
Stylish look
Companion app is fairly redundant

You would be hard pushed to find another wireless headset with the sound quality and feature set of Sony’s dedicated PlayStation Platinum headset. In fact we’d argue that it’s pretty much an impossible task - the Sony headset has a fantastic mix of price and performance. If the Platinum is too expensive, we'd actually really recommend the Gold version too, which is about $40/£30 less, but doesn't quite offer the same quality of sound or the extra metallic trim.

The 50mm drivers maybe lack a little power at the low-end but they have an impressive level of clarity to their overall audio. They also neatly hook up to your PS4 offering game-specific audio profiles. But the big tick for them is the 7.1 virtual surround that links into those profiles. Well, that and the fact your headset battery will likely outlast your controller’s too.

It's worth noting that as both the Platinum and Gold headsets are Sony PlayStation official, they have been designed with the PlayStation VR headset in mind too. This means they will fit neatly and comfortably on your head when wearing the headsets in conjunction with the PSVR gear. Check out the best PlayStation VR bundles here to complete such a package. 

Check out our guide on whether you should buy a Sony Platinum headset here.

3. Razer Nari Ultimate

A great wireless headset... with rumble. No, really

Acoustic design: Closed Back | Battery life: 8 hours with HyperSense, 20 hours without | Drivers: 50mm | Weight: 430g | Compatibility: PS4, PS4 Pro

Hypersense is incredible
Excellent battery life
Great sound from 50mm drivers
Haptic feedback isn't for everyone
Quite pricey

The Razer Nari Ultimate is the only gaming headset with rumble functionality. Yes, this PS4 headset will actually vibrate when you hear bigger sounds (although, you can disable this function), and it does actually make a difference to how immersed you feel in the game. It's what Razer called Hypersense technology, and while it won't necessarily revolutionize all gaming headsets, it's one of the few gimmicks we'd actually recommend you try. 

As for the rest of the headset, well, you're getting a really great wireless model here. The battery life is excellent, clocking in around 8 hours with haptic feedback enabled, and 20 hours without it, so you're not constantly recharging during long sessions. The connection is incredibly solid too, with almost zero artefacting or loss of sound, and the headset is surprisingly light and comfortable, meaning you won't really feel it on your head unless you're playing for extended sessions. The frequency response range doesn't quite match the SteelSeries Arctis Pro, so the sound isn't quite as crisp for non-gaming applications, but this is a thunderously good PS4 headset with a key feature that you won't find in any other model.

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4. Corsair HS60 PRO

A fantastic mid-level headset that's versatile and reliable

Acoustic design: Closed Back | Cable length: 1.8m | Weight: 339g | Drivers: 50mm | Compatibility: PS4, PC, Switch, phones, tablets

A new offering from Corsair, the HS60 is indeed another headset under the 100 dollar or pound mark but over the 50 dollar or pound mark. While it goes straight into the most congested part of the gaming headset market, it does distinguish itself very much and thus is worthy of inclusion on to our best list for PS4. It's compatible with anything you plug it into so its not exclusive to Sony's console in anyway but the sound and build quality is so good that its definitely worthy of high praise.

The black and yellow build is strong and comfortable, and the pair of 50mm drivers that power the HS60 Pro Surround’s sound articulation are certainly powerful. In stereo mode they provide a low-end punch that really brings out the more bombastic elements of shooters and destruction-heavy action titles like Red Dead Redemption 2 . And in shooter and battle royale games like Apex Legends, PUBG and CSGO the pre-sets withjin Corsair's iCUe software really come to the fore with the the 'FPS Competition' preset clearly and brilliantly enhancing noise such as footsteps, door opening sounds and reloading.

This revamped HS60 Pro Surround is now the first and foremost model to check out from Corsair’s line - and across the market - at the sub $100 / £100 mark. It's slightly weak in terms of its mid-scooped EQ the build quality and comfort can’t be beaten.

5. Turtle Beach Stealth 700

A brilliant wireless PS4 headset

Acoustic design: Closed Back | Drivers: 50mm | Battery life: 10 hours | Compatibility: PS4, Xbox One

Comfortable for long stints
Excellent sound
Great if you have glasses
Low battery life

Turtle beach's latest range of wireless headsets are a brilliant balance of sound quality and comfort. The lack of any cable is an immediate plus, but that practical feature doesn't result in any compromises to the sharp sounds emanating from the in-built speakers. Crafted with noise-canceling capabilities, it's in the long hours in game that you'll notice just how ridiculously comfortable the headset is. Turtle Beach is known for comfort, because it makes headsets exclusively for gaming, so all of them are designed with long sessions in mind.

The Stealth 700 also has a lot of flexible tweaking options, including the ability to amplify sounds like footsteps and gunshots, in addition to Bluetooth connectivity and an official mobile app which lets you take calls and stream music from your phone. Add in an ultra clear mic and this makes for a perfect headset with great sound and real comfort factor. Plus, at just over $100/£100 - that's a fantastic price for a quality, wireless headset. 

6. Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2

The best PS4 headset for shooters and competitive gaming

Acoustic design: Closed Back | Cable length: 1.5m | Drivers: 50mm | Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Incredible sound for tactical awareness
Lovely and comfy
Quality microphone
Non-gaming performance is less good

This headset is lazer-targeted at anyone who loves to win at shooters. It features a system called Superhuman Hearing, which ups the sound created by footsteps, nearby movement, gunfire, and all the telltale signs that someone is sneaking up behind you in Black Ops 4 or Fortnite. It gives you an incredible edge in competitive online games. The surround sound is also excellent, and it genuinely places you in the middle of any game you play.

In addition to that, the Elite Pro 2 is a rather comfy piece of kit, and the plush ear cushions are perfect for long gaming sessions. It even caters for people who wear glasses, to mimimize the pressure on your ears. No, the Elite Pro 2 can't quite compete with the sound quality of the Sennheiser and SteelSeries entries on this list, and it's a little weaker when you're watching regular TV and movies, but as a PS4 headset, this is an accomplished and specialized choice for anyone interested in nabbing Victory Royale more often.

7. Turtle Beach Recon 70P

The best budget PS4 headset

Acoustic design: Closed Back | Cable length: 1.5m | Weight: 431g | Drivers: 40mm | Compatibility: PS4, PS4 Pro, PC, Xbox One, Nintendon Switch

Great price
Comfy and sturdy
Good sound to price ratio
Sub-standard mic
Limited features
A bit plasticky

If budget really is an issue, the Turtle Beach Recon 70P is your friend. What it does is deliver very reasonable sound for a $35/£25 price, punching well above its weight when compared to many mid-priced headsets. Sure, the 40mm drivers aren't going to deliver sound as loud as the more expensive models with 50mm components, but it's often just as clear AND the stereo audio here does a decent job at emulating full surround sound.

What's more, the Recon 70P is relatively comfortable - the ear cushions are good, although we miss the padding on the headband - and the adjustable mic isn't intrusive. The overall design is typical of Turtle Beach really: good, and sturdy. So this isn't a headset that'll fall apart if you're overly rough with it. The colours available mean that all the models fit in with your PS4's overall design aesthetic. The wired connection plugs neatly into your PS4 controller's headphone socket, so it's simple to set-up too. Our only real concerns with this headset come with the mic, which isn't the best, and the fact that the headband lacks that layer of padding in the more expensive models. If you want to spend a little more (maybe $20/£15), you could go for the Turtle Beach Recon 150, which offers a better headband, but at $30 / £25 the Recon 70P is a real bargain, making it a perfect starter headset, secondary headset, or one to take on the go.

8. Razer Tetra

The best simple, lightweight option

Acoustic design: Single-ear, closed back | Cable length: 1.3m | Weight: : 70g | Battery life: N/A | Compatibility: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, mobile (via 3.5mm jack)

High-quality mic
Super light (but not flimsy)
Plug and play simplicity
In-game audio experience lacks impact

If you're looking for something super simple and is focused on the online chat side of things rather than in-game audio, then the Razer Tetra is a great piece of kit.

The smallest of all Razer headsets, the Tetra has great build quality, a two-year warranty, and clear chat audio from the earpiece. The adjustable mic is clear as day due to the cardioid tech that suppresses unwanted noise from the back and sides so you can still be heard over the audio coming from your TV or home cinema setup. In-line controls on the cable allow you to adjust the volume or mute the mic without having to head into any settings menus either.

You do have the option to put game audio through the single earpiece too, but don't expect world-beating audio! This function is certainly handy for late-night sessions where you might want to keep the TV volume low or muted. If you just want to communicate well with online friends, teammates or colleagues (I use this for online meetings at work on my laptop too) with a low-cost headset that doesn't take up much room when not in use, this is ideal.

Sennheiser GSP 300

Great value Sennheiser audio excellence

Acoustic design: Closed-acoustic, over-ear | Cable length: 2m | Drivers: N/A | Weight: 10.2oz | Compatibility: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mobile, Mac

Sennheiser-quality audio
Excellently clear mic
Affordable (for Sennheiser)
No chat/game audio balancer
Limited features
Design is OK

As I said in my review "Getting a Sennheiser-quality headset like this, at this price point, and with this device-versatility, is an excellent proposition and one that is easy to recommend." If you're desperate to get some Sennheiser-level audio quality without paying the premium price tags, then the GHSP 300 is just that headset. It's compatible with every device and provides detailed audio, excellent surround/directional accuracy, and great overall richness. Its microphone is great too though it being non-detachable does perhaps preclude it from being a good match for PS4 players who want something for mobile devices too.

In an ideal world, it'd be nice to have some features but the stripped-back approach helps to keep the costs down too. Its sheer bang for buck value cannot be denied though and this is one of the best gaming headsets going for less than the three-figure mark. I use it as my go-to secondary PS4 headset when my other one is charging so it very much gets a great big stamp of approval from me.

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