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The Best PS4 Wireless Headset – Read This Before Buying

Last updated: 3 weeks ago, Jun. 18. 2020
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    Stop getting limited by cables and upgrade your gaming with the best wireless headset for PS4.

      RatingPrice (approx.)BatterySurround
    Sound
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    Virtual surround sound support.
    ChatMix
    support
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    Built-in controls for ChatMix.
     

    SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless -PS4
    best overall
    SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless
    3.9$35020h per charge
    (swappable)
    + wired
    More info
    Astro A50 Wireless Gen.4
    runner up
    Astro A50 Wireless Gen.44.2Under $30015h per chargeMore info
    LucidSound LS41
    under $200
    LucidSound LS413.9Under $20020h per charge
    + wired
    More info
    Playstation Platinum
    best dedicated for PS4
    Playstation Platinum Wireless Headset4.3Under $15012h
    + wired
    More info
    SteelSteries Arctis 1
    most versatile
    SteelSeries Arctis 14.1Under $10024h per charge
    + wired
    More info
    HyperX Cloud Flight
    best battery
     HyperX Cloud Flight4.2Under $15030h per charge
    (LED off)
    + wired
    More info
    Turtle Beach Stealth 600Turtle Beach Stealth 600
    4.4Under $10015h per chargeMore info

    PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset (new 2018 model)
    best budget
    PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset (new 2018 model)
    4.3Under $1007h per charge
    + wired
    More info

    Imagine quickly getting a drink during a game without having to take off your headset.

    And you can chat with your friends while taking a toilet break (if that’s your thing). It’s like you never have to leave the game world.

    Unfortunately, wired gaming headsets limit you to the location of your console. If you want to grab a quick snack, you have to take it off and miss the fun.

    Plus, you probably often pull on the cable which is annoying. It doesn’t have to be this way.

    Get the best PS4 wireless headset that lets you roam around freely without disconnecting from the game. Check the top models below whether you’re looking for the best overall or a solid budget option.

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      The Best PS4 Wireless Headset List

      1. SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless – best overall

      SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

      The best wireless headset for PS4 if you don’t mind paying a bit more.

      Is it for you?

      If you’re looking for the best premium headset for PS4 with all the blows and whistles and you are willing to pay the price, this is it.

      What’s the price?

      At the moment of writing this, it is $329.99. It’s a hefty price even for a premium model.

      What’s the battery life?

      With 2 detachable and rechargeable batteries, it’s up to 20 hours.

      Does it have surround sound?

      Yes. DTS Headphone:X v2.0.

      Does it support ChatMix?

      Yes. (including PC)

      Can you use it as wired only?

      Yes, there’s an AUX (3.5mm) input if you need it.

      Do you want all the blows and whistles a modern gaming headset can offer right now? Look no further, the new SteelSeries Arctis Pro does everything you’d want.

      It has a proven design from wired Arctis models that offer comfort, durability, and a great microphone. Plus, you get the latest wireless technology with surround sound and ChatMix support for PlayStation 4 (including Pro). The addition of Bluetooth makes it easy to connect to your smartphone or tablet which makes it even more useful.

      Power is not a problem either. The 2 batteries offer great playtime especially since you can just keep swapping and recharging them indefinitely. You’ll basically never run out of power and if you do, you can always use it in wired mode only.

      The headset comes with a transmitter base station that supports all the technology. You can connect it with 3.5mm, USB, or optical cable. This gives you lots of options and great compatibility across platforms.

      The audio quality doesn’t disappoint either. It has good clarity but it’s a bit lighter on the bass. If that’s not the sound quality you like, don’t despair. It comes with SteelSeries Engine 3 support. You can get them very loud and bassy with simple settings change.

      All in all, you get everything you’d ever want from a wireless gaming PS4 headset. As long as you are willing to pay its hefty price. Check the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless on the link below.


      2. Astro A50 Wireless Gen.4 – runner-up

      Astro A50 Wireless Gen.4 for PS4

      Source: Astrogaming

      Runner-up choice for the best wireless PS4 headset.

      Is it for you?

      These will offer a whole package: good sound, excellent comfort, and plenty of features.

      What’s the price?

      At $299 MSRP, we are looking at a premium pricing.

      What’s the battery life?

      15 hours per charge, and they also recharge really quickly.

      Does it have surround sound?

      Yes. It does offer Dolby Surround, but they do not support Dolby Atmos like other cheaper models.

      Does it support ChatMix?

      Yes.

      Can you use it as wired only?

      No. Astro A50’s will work only via the base station’s WiFi connection (cheaper A40 is wired).

      When it comes to design, nothing has changed from the previous versions. You still get a robust, durable set, that offers great comfort even after hours of gameplay.

      A50 Wireless comes with a smaller base station, with a more precise locking mechanism for charging compared to the previous version.

      Astro’s are tuned with Astro Audio V2, which makes a difference in overall audio quality. There is also a gyro inside, which gives a special feature.

      When you put Astro A50’s away, they turn off to save power. And when you pick them up, they turn back on automatically.

      Astro also made the right decision going back to the 2,4GHz WiFi band since it offers better connection coverage compared to the previously used 5GHz band.

      The only real problem is the lack of other connectivity choices like Bluetooth or 3,5mm audio jack, which makes Astro A50’s base station dependant. Price is also a little bit high for what you get.

      Make sure to get the right PlayStation and not Xbox One version (they’re different).

      Overall, the Astro A50 Wireless is an excellent wireless gaming headset, even for the price of $299.


      3. LucidSound LS41 – under $200

      LucidSound LS41

      Under $200 alternative.

      Is it for you?

      These sound good and are seriously comfortable, but they also work on a wide variety of platforms (PC, Xbox One, Mac).

      What’s the price?

      LucidSound wants $200 for these, which sounds reasonable.

      What’s the battery life?

      The battery lasts around 20 hours per charge.

      Does it have surround sound?

      Yes. It supports DTS Surround X, which will mimic the 7.1 surround sound systems.

      Does it support ChatMix?

      Yes.

      Can you use it as wired only?

      Yes, it supports 3.5mm AUX input.

      These don’t look like a typical gaming headphone. LS41 have metal cups and leather stitching on the pads and headband that make for an understated look.

      Plush pads are made from memory foam and cooling gel, which will prevent skin from getting too hot and sweaty.

      50mm driver has no problem outputting some serious punch when needed. Stereo, as well as DTS Surround X, sounds really good, with the stereo mode being overall a bit crispier in comparison.

      LucidSound LS41 has two microphones: integrated and detachable. The latter comes in the box. Voice quality from the detachable mic sounds fairly clean and will satisfy most users.

      If you’re often switching between different platforms and you like to have only one headset, this will do the trick. They work on everything from PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, and on mobile.


      4. Playstation Platinum Wireless Headset – best dedicated for PS4

      Playstation Platinum Wireless Headset

      Best dedictaed headset for full PS4 experience.

      Is this for you?

      If you’re looking for gaming headphones with one of the best PS4 experiences, then Playstation Platinum is what you want.

      What is the price?

      Currently, they’re sold for around $150.

      What’s the battery life?

      They should last for around 12 hours.

      Does it have surround sound?

      Yes. They support 7.1 surround sound, but the 3D Audio feature works much better.

      Does it support ChatMix?

      Yes.

      Can you use it as wired only?

      Yes, it has a 3.5mm audio jack, so they’ll work on any platform (in stereo mode).

      Elegant and minimalistic housing of the Playstation Platinum is filled with buttons and other controls, that makes switching through audio features and changing the volume a breeze.

      Over-ear pads are nice and cushy, offering amazing comfort.

      Sound is transmitted via USB dongle, but you can also use a 3.5mm audio jack. In general, the audio is nicely balanced and clear, with punchy bass. In the companion app, you can also choose audio profiles created by game developers.

      They do offer a 7.1 surround sound option, but it isn’t all that good. The 3D Audio surround sound, however, sounds much better, but it is limited to only a few games that support it.

      Playstation Platinum is made explicitly for PlayStation console, with fantastic sound, comfort, and support for 3D Audio.


      5. SteelSeries Arctis 1 – most versatile

      SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless

      Most versatile wireless gaming headset, works on PC and consoles.

      Is it for you?

      These are great in terms of connection versatility (USB-C transmitter and 3.5mm audio jack) and overall sound quality. They work on other platforms like PC, Xbox One, Mac.

      What is the price?

      Around $100, which is quite a bargain.

      What’s the battery life?

      SteelSeries Arctis 1 boasts an impressive 24-hour battery life.

      Does it have surround sound?

      No.

      Does it support ChatMix?

      No.

      Can you use it as wired only?

      Yes, 3.5mm input.

      Compared to more expensive siblings, Arctis 1’s housing is primarily made from plastic. There is some stainless steel in the headband to provide extra durability.

      Users with big ears might not find SteelSeries Arctis 1 very comfortable because of relatively shallow pads. But overall, comfort is reasonably decent.

      Sound is being transmitted via a USB-C dongle. It will also work with smartphones that use USB-C ports, which is excellent. There is an included USB-A adapter in the box. If the battery suddenly starts dying, there is also an option for a 3.5mm connection.

      Speaking of the battery, is it truly impressive. The 24-hour battery is something that you don’t see every day, especially in this price range.

      It’s not often you see a good headset in this price bracket. SteelSeries Arctis 1 offers a lot a versatility, good sound, and great battery life.


      6. HyperX Cloud Flight – best battery

      HyperX Cloud Flight wireless gaming headset

      The best wireless PS4 headset for longest battery life.

      Check the full HyperX Cloud Flight review.

      Is it for you?

      If you want a comfortable wireless headset from a reputable company that just works and feels right, get HyperX Cloud Flight. It supports PS4 (+Pro, PS5), PC, Mac, and Xbox One.

      What’s the price?

      As of writing this, it’s $159.99. It’s a mid-price model, neither cheap nor expensive.

      What’s the battery life?

      It has a great battery that gives up to 30 hours of playtime with LED lights turned off. About half the time with LED turned on. The wired mode doesn’t require any power at all.

      P.S. To turn the LEDs off, when the set is turned on, press the power button to change the setting. 2 times to turn off completely.

      Does it have surround sound?

      No. Stereo mode only which is fine since a lot of games don’t support surround sound.

      Does it support ChatMix?

      No. There are only 2 buttons built-in. Volume (wheel up and down) and power button.

      If you hate charging your battery all the time then HyperX Cloud Flight is for you. With a best-in-class battery of up to 30 hours per charge, you get more juice than with competitive headsets. Keep in mind to turn off the LED lights to almost double the battery. Unfortunately, there’s no way to permanently turn it off.

      It works out of the box, “plug and play” and you won’t have to fiddle with settings. The audio quality is good as long as you don’t compare it to high-end wired models. This is a wireless stereo headset after all. If you’re picky about sound, get a more expensive alternative.

      For clear chatting with friends, you get a detachable boom microphone. It’s also a noise-cancelling microphone. Your voice will get through nice and clear.

      It does feel a bit “plasticky” but actually holds together well. It’s quality, flexible plastic that doesn’t break easily. Another great thing about it is its comfort. The earpads fit snugly but once warmed they become very comfortable.

      Read the full Cloud Flight review.

      If you want a reliable PS4 wire-free headset with fantastic battery life and comfort, check the HyperX Cloud Flight.


      7. Turtle Beach Stealth 600

      Turtle Beach Stealth 600

      The best wireless PS4 headset on a budget

      Is it for you?

      A dedicated PlayStation headset that’s cordless, has good audio quality and a cheap price (great value for money). Almost $90 might not be cheap but you won’t find many cheaper alternatives out there.

      What’s the price?

      As of writing this, it’s $86.99. Almost a $100 but that’s actually cheap for a wire-free headset that’s dedicated for PS4.

      What’s the battery life?

      You get up to 15 hours on a full charge. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a 3.5mm plug.

      Does it have surround sound?

      Yes. Virtual surround sound out of the box since it’s a dedicated model.

      Does it support ChatMix?

      No. There’s a separate volume button, one for headphones and one for microphone control but for adjusting chat volume you’ll have to use the settings.

      This is the cheapest PS4 wireless headset from Turtle Beach. But it’s actually the best one in our opinion. While it might not have all the features of more expensive models it does a couple of things better.

      The first one is durability. While Turtle Beach isn’t exactly known for great build-quality this one actually fares quite well. There seems to be a lot more quality issues with their Stealth 700 and Elite 800 models. It still feels a bit “plasticky” but generally there are fewer reports of breaking.

      Another one is comfort, especially for people with glasses. This headset was made with this in mind and most people wearing glasses will find it comfortable. The earpads are big and plush and offer just the right amount of pressure.

      The virtual surround sound is a bonus, especially with a price like this. It’s cheaper than most wireless PlayStation alternatives. You can adjust the audio with the added software. Yes, you can boost the bass if you want. Overall, it sounds similar to an average gaming headset which is good considering this one is cordless.

      For great value-for-money PlayStation4 wireless headset with the surround sound and great comfort, check the Turtle Beach Stealth 600.


      8. PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset (new 2018 model) – best budget

      PlayStation Gold Wireless headset

      Great value-for-money dedicated PS4 wireless gaming headset.

      Is it for you?

      If you want a dedicated PlayStation4 wireless headset with all the features for an affordable price, this is the best choice. Great for people new to PlayStation gaming.

      What’s the price?

      Right now, when writing this, it’s $98.99. We expect the price to always be under $100 which makes it one of the cheaper wireless headsets for PS4.

      What’s the battery life?

      On one charge you’ll get up to 7 hours. Additionally, you can use it with wires when the battery dies.

      Does it have surround sound?

      Yes. 7.1 virtual surround sound for all PlayStation4 games. It doesn’t improve the sound quality much but it’s there.

      Does it support ChatMix?

      Yes. You can control the volume of game sound and chat sound via the built-in button on the ear cups.

      PlayStation Gold has been a popular headset for quite some thanks to the affordability and generally reliable performance on PlayStation. This updated and better-looking design (in our opinion) hasn’t changed a lot. You can check the Platinum model if you want a more premium option but it’s more expensive.

      Supposedly, it was designed for use with PlayStation VR but it might still be a bit uncomfortable for bigger heads. The earpads are faux leather and fit nicely on the ears. The PS4 headset seems to be well built and doesn’t feel too “plasticky”.

      For chatting you get the same built-in microphone which does a good job but isn’t as clear as boom mics from competitors. The audio quality hasn’t changed much. It’s enjoyable with a good amount of bass but nothing spectacular. This is an affordable option after all.

      Connecting it is super easy and everything works out of the box because it’s made for PlayStation4.

      If you want a hassle-free wire-free headset with full features that work out of the box, all for a good price, check the PlayStation Gold. It’s the best choice for under $100.


      What is ChatMix?

      ChatMix is the option of controlling the balance between game and chat volume.

      When your friends in chat are too loud you want to make them more silent you adjust the chat volume down. Most dedicated PS4 headsets have a built-in control for adjusting the volume.

      What does it mean if a PS4 headset has ChatMix support?

      It means you can control the volume of the game and chat audio with built-in controls. Only dedicated PlayStation headphones have that. Non-dedicated headsets, as in, PC models don’t have this option.

      Why Get a Wireless PS4 Headset?

      There are many good and bad reasons for getting a wireless PS4 headset.

      Free from wires

      You probably already wished you had a wireless gaming headset. When you have to go to the toilet but are just having a lot of fun with your friends, you have to explain to them that you have to take a leak and won’t be “available” for a couple of moments.

      Or maybe you want to grab a quick drink or a snack just a short distance away, but you have to take it off and miss the chat.

      This might not seem like a major problem but it’s annoying. Especially once you get your first wireless headset and get used to it. You fall in love with freedom.

      Suddenly all wired headphones seem to lack something. That’s the ability to freely walk around the home and still hear everything that’s going on in the virtual world. It’s convenient and nobody can deny this.

      Better comfort

      While wired gaming headsets are equally comfortable as wireless ones, one thing is true. The wires are always in the way. Even just sitting on your chair in front of the screen and having to tug and pull and constantly readjust the wires is annoying.

      The cord is the annoying part of headphones and removing it makes for better user experience.

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      Less opportunity to damage cables

      You might be careful but lots of people often damage the wires accidentally. It’s the part of the headphones that you always have to handle, plug in, and out.

      With a wire-free headset, this problem doesn’t exist as there are no wires and the whole product is one sturdy item. If you’re clumsy this might be important for you.

      Possible Weakness

      You have to charge the battery

      Because the headset has to get power from somewhere it uses a battery. You need to charge it and you only get a couple of hours out of it. Thankfully, the technology has advanced enough to make the battery last over 10 hours for most cordless gaming headsets but the limitation is there.

      If you like having super long gaming marathons, then a wireless PlayStation headset might not be for you. Also, if you are into competitive gaming having your battery die in the middle of a game might be a deal-breaker.

      Keep in mind, most cordless PS4 headphones also work as a wired headset with a regular 3.5mm AUX cable.

      Sound quality might be worse

      Because wireless technology demands audio compression it loses some quality. This is a known fact. And if you are an audiophile you might notice the difference.

      Does virtual surround sound make a big difference?

      In most cases the difference is minimal and a lot of games don’t even support it. We recommend you focus on other features.

      Thankfully, the newest wireless headsets offer a wide range of customizations and sound presets to satisfy all tastes. For most gamers, the difference won’t be a problem. But it’s more likely to find great sounding gaming headphones with wires.

      Higher price…

      Wireless headsets for PlayStation are more expensive than wired alternatives. Most wireless gaming headphones cost more money. The price difference might be a couple of tens of dollars or $100-$200.

      You can get a cheap wired headset for around $30 but you won’t find a cordless one for the same price. Nonetheless, you get what you pay for. More features and technology costs more money.

      Guy playing PS4

      Is It Hard to Sync a Wireless PS4 Headset?

      It’s actually very simple. Most PS4 wireless headphones come with a USB adapter or base station which you plug into the PlayStation. You just synced most wireless headsets to your PS4.

      Some others might need additional settings change. That won’t take you more than a couple of minutes and only for the first time. You can keep the adapter connected and then just turn it on when you want to use it.

      Can you connect it to multiple devices?

      Because most gaming headsets don’t use Bluetooth but a radio wireless technology you can’t connect them to multiple devices. You are limited to one connection since you only have one adapter.

      The Difference between Headsets for Gaming vs. Streaming

      Since you probably want to use a dedicated and higher-end microphone for streaming it doesn’t really matter which gaming headset you pick. As long as you are comfortable wearing it, it should be fine.

      Maybe the looks become more important if you want a cool looking headset but nowadays any look can be good if you can sell it. You can find some ridiculous looking streamers out there that have quite a following. You can go with flashy RGB colors or something more subdued in darker scents. Pick what best suits your style.

      Some streamers also walk around with the camera in between games. For this, you do need a wireless setup or a super long 3.5mm extension. Though, that’s really inconvenient.

      If you game very little but stream a lot, is it worth getting a gamer-oriented headset?

      Yes, they’re still the better option if you want comfort, quality sound, and a good microphone. Most non-gaming headsets are usually really cheaply made or specialized for some other function.

      A gaming headset is a perfect fit for a combination of streaming and occasional gaming.

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