There are many components that play a part in immersive gameplay, and audio is one that should not be forgotten. Investing in a good headset for your Xbox One will make all the difference, improving the overall surround sound and making chatting with other players a lot clearer. The best Xbox One headsets will provide crystal clear sound, be noise-cancelling and provide multiple layers of sound throughout your game play.
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Of course, the thing you’re going to be looking for when purchasing the best Xbox One headset is the quality of the audio. Look out for headsets with multiple drivers in each ear cup. Dolby or Virtual 7.1 is the best of the best right now, and will provide authentic surround sound.
Secondly, wireless headphones undoubtedly provide better ease of movement, but do require charging, and could interfere with gameplay if they run low. If you’re set on finding the best wireless Xbox One headset, then our top pick, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 provides up to 15 hours of battery life but bear in mind wireless headsets are also a little heavier than a standard gaming headset. If it’s lightweight comfort you’re after, check out the Razer Electra V2.
1. SteelSeries Arctis 7
Comfortable wireless gameplay for hours
Best for: Comfort | Surround Sound: Virtual 7.1 | Wireless: Yes | Weight: 907g
Serious gamers will undoubtedly want ultimate comfort when delving into a serious gaming session, and the SteelSeries Arctis 7 headset is rated highly for its performance and comfort. These wireless headphones have a generous 15 hour battery life and their audio quality is used for both gaming and music playback by those who own them. Designed with comfort in mind, the AirWeave ear cushions are super-soft and don’t make your head sweaty like some do, and they’re firmly supported by a ski goggle-style suspension headband so they don’t move out of place or become uncomfortable after long wear.
2. ASTRO Gaming A50 Wireless Dolby Gaming Headset
Crisp and clear audio with Dolby Surround Sound
Best for: Sound quality | Surround Sound: Dolby 7.1 | Wireless: Yes | Weight: 380g
This Xbox One headset is the most expensive on our list but you absolutely get what you pay for. Not only do they look pretty funky, but they feature Dolby 7.1 surround sound, 5GHZ wireless technology and multi compatibility so it is easy to switch using these with your Xbox to your PC. They have up to 15 hours battery life and charge super-fast on their Astro base station. This headset is also incredibly light considering it’s a wireless model, so all in all, this is a winner for comfort and performance.
3. SteelSeries Siberia X800
A versatile and reliable headset for all platforms
Best for: Versatility | Surround Sound: Dolby 7.1 | Wireless: Yes | Weight: 503g
If Xbox One is your primary game space but you occasionally like to dip into other consoles too, then you can expect this versatile headset to be a reliable choice. It is compatible with PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, home entertainment systems and smart devices such as phones and tablets. The Dolby 7.1 surround sound means it not only provides crystal clear audio during gameplay but they are also impressive when listening to music. Battery life is around 10 hours but you’ll get two, so they are easily swappable for unlimited power.
4. HyperX Cloud II
Ensure crystal clear communication with this mic headset
Best for: Chatting with friends | Surround Sound: Virtual 7.1 | Wireless: No | Weight: 454g
For those who enjoy online multiplayer games, a good microphone is essential to good gameplay. The HyperX Cloud II features a noise cancelling microphones and echo cancelling so that you can expect a clear line at all times. They are also very lightweight and made from memory foam for hours of comfortable gameplay.
5. Razer Electra V2
The lightest pair of headphones for a barely-there feel
Best for: Lightweight | Surround Sound: Virtual 7.1 | Wireless: No | Weight: 326g
If you don’t really like the feel of wearing a headset, then this lightweight model should provide you with a barely-there feel that enhances gameplay. They look sleek and feature plush leatherette ear cushions for maximum comfort. The removable boom mic also allows you greater versatility, so whether you are gaming online or you simply want to listen to music, these headphones provide excellent sound quality.
6. Polk Audio 4Shot Headset
Multi-purpose headset for gaming and music
Best for: Multi-purpose | Surround Sound: Yes | Wireless: Yes | Weight: 800g
These headphones don’t just act as an Xbox One headset, they are compatible with all smart devices such as your phone or tablet, so you can benefit from quality surround sound, no matter what you’re listening to. You can also take calls at the touch of a button and the retractable microphone makes it easy to switch between gaming, calls and listening to music. They’re a little heavier than most on the list, but they’re wireless and comfy, making them a popular choice for everyday headphones.
7. Turtle Beach XO Seven Pro Gaming Headset
A reliable headset for occasional gaming
Best for: Entry-level headset | Surround Sound: No | Wireless: No | Weight: 499g
If you’re on a budget or looking to invest in your first Xbox One headset, then this model is a great place to start. This headset is said to have surprisingly good sound quality despite not featuring the latest sound technology, and the headphones have swappable plates in a range of different designs so you can customise this headset. The microphone rated highly for clarity, with you being able to adjust the sound of your own voice so you don’t have to shout. For an Xbox One headset which simply does its one job, these are for you. If you want to be able to listen to music, too, try one of the more versatile options on our list.
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