As much as virtual reality is now the standard for immersive gaming, you’d be surprised what a really great pair of headphones can do not only for putting you in the game but for keeping you connected to your teammates and opponents. There are plenty of brands and options to consider. Do you want something wireless or do you prefer the reliability of a corded connection? Just how powerful do the speakers need to be? Is that surround sound label even useful if you’re playing on a console? Take a look at our top picks for gaming headphones and all these questions will be answered.
Razer has a reputation for making quality gaming peripherals with sleek design and reliability. With 50 mm drivers, this green beast provides thundering and crisp sound quality. The padded headphones and head strap provide surprising comfort and stability. The easily adjustable microphone endures through hours of gameplay. These are wired headphones, which tend to be preferred by professional gamers who doubt the efficacy and lag of wireless models. Being wired also means they are compatible across all the major gaming platforms. Analog volume and mic controls are intuitive and simple. They even come with software-enabled 7.1 surround sound, but only if you’re playing on a Windows PC.
Turtle Beach has a well deserved reputation as being the pinnacle for gaming audio. The Stealth 600 is a good example of why. Like the Razer Kraken, they come with 50 mm drivers, but the comparison stops there, as these babies are packed to the hilt with features. They feature a wireless connection and 15 hours of gaming per charge, so you won’t be strapped down to wired connections or charging docks. However, the wireless function means that you’ll have to pick the model appropriate for your preferred gaming platform, as the PS4 and Xbox use different wireless technology. Other features include a design that accommodates glasses; mic monitoring, which means you can make sure you aren’t shouting at your friends, and a super-sensitive mic that you can simply flip up to mute. Two volume controls allow you to tinker on the fly with both in-game audio and your mic output.
The Razer Nari Wireless goes beyond the typical audio experience by combining haptic feedback and soft cloth cushions with cooling gel. Not only will you feel the gameplay, but you’ll stay nice and cool doing it. The sound here is crisp, with 50 mm drivers, and 7.1 surround sound on PC. Again, you’ll have to buy the system-appropriate version for the wireless experience, but these also come with a cord that will allow for universal wired compatibility.
Touting a 2.4g wireless connection with lossless sound and ultra-low latency these bad boys have won a ton of awards for creating a nearly flawless wireless gaming experience. On top of that they offer 24-hour battery life, 40-mm drivers, and a chassis made out of woven ski-goggle fabric.