Finding the right gaming headset isn’t easy. Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all option — literally. Everyone interested in playing video games with a gaming headset on has different requirements, preferences, and physical demands. We’re here to help you make the best choice for your head, ears, and even your eyes.
Over the past few years, multiple members of the Polygon team have put on and tested a variety of gaming headsets. Each of us is unique and looks for different things in the units we place on our heads. Our individuality allows us to offer an array of options and alternatives no matter what you’re looking for in a gaming headset.
Below is our ever-evolving list of the best gaming headsets, updated for 2021.
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Best wireless gaming headset
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2
Whether you playing on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, or Windows PC one of the best gaming headsets is the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2. Its price, system compatibility, comfort, and features make it a well-rounded pair of headphones, regardless of your needs.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 comes into variants: One that wirelessly connects directly to the Xbox Series X and another that requires a dongle that works with both the PS5 and Switch. Regardless of which you pick, getting them to work with your system is pain-free.
However, the standout connectivity feature is the added Bluetooth audio. After configuring the headset on an Android or iOS device, you can use Bluetooth audio independent of the audio coming from your gaming console. That means you can stream your own music from your phone while still hearing the game audio. More importantly, that means you can hop on a Discord chat or even a phone call and hear your game perfectly at the same time.
My preferred way to play games like Pokémon Unite or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is to pop on these headphones while I’m on the couch, fire up my game, and connect to a Discord call on my phone. The two volume dials on the side of the headphones allow me to independently mix both the game and Bluetooth audio so I can perfectly tune what I hear. It’s been a great way to easily add voice chat to my Nintendo Switch gameplay sessions since the console has no easy to accommodate it. —Jeff Ramos
Best gaming headset for glasses wearers
Syn Pro Air Wireless
Syn Pro Air Wireless
Prices taken at time of publishing.
This lightweight headset is perfect for people who wear glasses. It’s great for gaming, listening to music, …….