You don’t need to worry about audio quality or performance here either. The best wireless gaming headsets rely primarily on high-bandwidth, 2.4GHz connections that can deliver full-quality audio with next to no latency. In other words, your game audio will come through just as the makers intended and it’ll be perfectly in sync with the action.
Wireless gaming headsets have been proliferating in recent years, so you can actually find some fairly affordable options that get the job done. There are plenty of premium models as well that may offer more sturdy designs or extra connection options and features like surround sound. We’ve picked out an assortment so you can find a pair of wireless gaming headphones that fit your budgetary constraints and the features on your wish-list – and click here to find our picks in the UK.
TL;DR – These are the Best Wireless Gaming Headsets
- SteelSeries Arctis 7X
- Razer Barracuda X
- Audeze Penrose X
- Sony Pulse 3D
- Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX
- SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless
- HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1
- Sennheiser GSP 370
- Victrix Gambit
- Razer Nari Ultimate
1. SteelSeries Arctis 7X
Best Wireless Gaming Headset
What could make the best wireless headset even better? Well, support for even more systems, of course. That’s just what SteelSeries did when it upgraded the already excellent SteelSeries Arctis 7 to make the new SteelSeries Arctis 7X. The new headset takes everything that was beloved about its predecessor and stretches it to support the Xbox Series X, Series X, Playstation 5 while still supporting computers and mobile devices.
For the most support, make sure you’re not confused by the Arctis 7P. While they’re nearly the same headset, they have some small variances in support and features. The Arctis 7P misses out on support for Xbox consoles, but the Arctis 7X actually supports both Sony’s and Microsoft’s consoles. The headset offers latency-free connections with a USB-C dongle as well as support for wired connections over USB-C and 3.5mm audio cables. Simply put, these headphones are packed with features, and they can still muster 24-hour battery life.
2. Razer Barracuda X
Best Budget Wireless Gaming Headset
$70 can take you far when you go for the Razer Barracuda X. This wireless gaming headset is showing just how much wireless gaming audio has improved in recent years since it can deliver a quality experience at such an affordable price and top it off with surprising flexibility.
The Razer Barracuda X doesn’t lock you into wireless on only one platform. It supports a wireless connection with its 2.4GHz USB-C dongle on the PS4, PS5, PC, Nintendo Switch, and even Android devices. So, whether you’re gaming at home or on the go, you can make use of this headset. If you want to support other platforms, it even includes a 3.5mm connection. Packing in all that potential, the Razer Barracuda X still maintains a lightweight design and uses a breathable material called BlowKnit. You might think battery life had to take a hit for that low weight, but the headset can run for 20 hours on a charge.
3. Audeze Penrose X
Best Wireless Gaming Headset for PC
Gaming just got a premium-audio boost with the Audeze Penrose X. These headphones provide a latency-free wireless audio experience to enjoy your games free from the leash that so often ties us to our desks. But Audeze tops that off with the major perk of 100mm planar magnetic speaker drivers. This technology is known for its incredible sound with high precision across a wide frequency response range, and the Audeze Penrose X delivers.
This headset also goes the distance with platform support. You can connect it to your PC or Xbox with its USB dongle, but it also supports Bluetooth and 3.5mm audio connections, giving you a ton more flexibility with which platforms you can use it with. There’s one drawback of the headset’s impressive speaker drivers, though: they take some power to drive, and that sees them limited to a 15-hour run time, which applies whether you’re using a wireless or wired connection. Regrettably, though it charges via USB-C, the headset doesn’t let you use that same USB connection for audio.
4. Sony Pulse 3D Wireless Headset
Best PS5 Wireless Gaming Headset
To make the most of your experience gaming on the PlayStation 5, you’ll want to be sure you can take advantage of the new Tempest 3D audio system. To that end, Sony has designed the very headset you’ll want in the Pulse 3D. This headset has a smooth, curvy aesthetic with black and white tones that match the PS5 hardware itself. Inside the headset, you’ll find a pair of 40mm drivers that pump out clear and precise sound. Paired with the Tempest 3D audio, they can create an immersive sound environment that gives the perception of sounds coming from all around you.
The headset uses a USB dongle to connect wirelessly to the PS5, but it also supports PS4, PC, and Mac over this connection. A 3.5mm jack will let you use the Sony Pulse 3D headset with virtually any device, and it can save you in a pinch if you run out of battery. Another thing this headset can save is the eardrums of your teammates in intense online games, as there is a mic monitoring feature that will let you hear yourself more clearly – a feature we find makes it easier to avoid shouting into our mics.
5. Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX
Best Xbox Series X/S Gaming Headset
For a headset that’s well designed and full of features ready to game on the Xbox Series X or S, turn to the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX. This headset makes loads of upgrades to the Stealth 700 Gen 2, while costing only $50 more. Connection to your Xbox is pain-free using the 2.4GHz dongle, and with the flip of a switch, it connects to other gaming consoles like the PS5 or Nintendo Switch. You’ll welcome this uninterrupted, lag-free gameplay. With Bluetooth support also available, this headset should easily connect to most of your devices. Plus, it’s possible to use both the wireless dongle and Bluetooth at the same time, meaning you can rock out to music on your phone while still hearing the action in a game.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX is packing a whole lot more than just incredible connectivity. For one, its battery life is impressive with 40 hours of listening time on one charge, and a quick charge feature gets you 8 hours of juice with just 15 minutes of charging. Clearly, this headset is reading to take on your marathon gaming sessions. It also helps that it’s super comfortable, lightweight, and durable, thanks to design improvements. The 50mm Nanoclear speakers relay even the most subtle nuances in your games, including picking up on the quiet footsteps of your enemies. There is Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos, DTS Headphone: X, and Superhuman Hearing support baked in, so you’re in for an insanely immersive sound performance.
6. SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless
Wireless and Bluetooth at the Same Time
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is a headset built for incredible flexibility. It supports both wired and latency-free wireless connections, and then it takes that a step further with Bluetooth support. That’d be plenty on offer from any headset, but SteelSeries has also built the headphones to support more than one connection at the same time. So, you can connect the headphones to your platform of choice via the 3.5mm cable or USB dongle while simultaneously connecting to your phone to listen to music, podcasts, or even chat on discord. And, a hot-swappable rechargeable battery feature means when the juice runs low during a heated moment in a game, you just quickly change it out, barely missing a second of the action.
With SteelSeries latest comes the biggest design shift since the start of the Arctis lineup, now toting telescoping arms to accommodate all head sizes along with snaps to adjust the plastic band tighter or looser on your head. The earcups are also slimmer and sleeker, giving off less of a gaming headset vibe and more of wireless headphones look. You still get a hybrid noise cancelation to drown out distractions. There’s also some fantastic spatial audio onboard, so it’s easy to hear enemies lurking in the bushes or helicopters flying overhead. You can even make some next-level customizations to the EQ setting and game chat mix thanks to the Sonar and the SteelSeries GG app.
7. HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1
Best Lightweight Wireless Gaming Headset
The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 takes much of what we liked from the HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless and boils it down into an extra-light, extra-affordable headset. At 244 grams, its weight is almost imperceptible while you’re wearing it, and it manages a mild enough clamping force to stay fairly comfortable over long play sessions.
The low price of the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 makes it one of the most affordable wireless gaming headsets you can find while it maintains a decent level of quality and performance. And, with 17 hours of battery life, you can easily make it through long gaming sessions. When it’s time to charge it back up, the USB-C port means you won’t have to keep an outdated micro USB cable on hand.
8. Sennheiser GSP 370
Battery Life that Keeps Going and Going and…
Sennheiser’s GSP 370 wireless gaming headset is a special one, as it truly nails a couple of things. One of those is comfort, as the deep earcups, soft material, and plush cushion make this one of the most comfortable headsets around. The other thing it nails is battery life. The Sennheiser GSP 370 boasts a 100-hour battery life that puts the competition to shame.
That battery is all the more impressive when considering that there’s no sacrifice to latency or audio performance. These headphones are perfect for gaming, with incredibly clean audio, including over the microphone. Your teammates or streaming audience will hear you loud and clear, and you’ll get top-notch sound from games, movies, and music.
9. Victrix Gambit
Best Surround Sound Wireless Gaming Headset
The Victrix Gambit wireless gaming headset will have you fully immersed in your favorite games thanks to its impressive surround sound audio. With Dolby Atmos support, you will be able to easily hear your opponent’s approach as you tour different countries in your favorite racing games with directional audio or be taken aback by an explosion while on the battlefield with its impressive bass. Just be aware that this headset does seem to favor those deeper bass sounds, and it may sometimes make you miss other, more subtle audio cues. There are 55mm drivers and an over-ear cup design on these cans making the sound more isolated and removing some outside noise distractions–it’s perfect for anyone looking to escape the outside world for a few hours.
The Victrix Gambit headset features a built-in microphone that will isolate audio to focus on your voice and a voice monitoring switch is located just below the microphone. Plus, when things get a little heated during gameplay, and you’re afraid you may say something you’ll regret later, just flip it up, and the mic will mute. This headset has plug and play support for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC, so it’s pretty simple to get using. The battery life should be plenty to last even your longest sessions at 16 hours. Priced at only $129, there really is a lot to love about this headset.
10. Razer Nari Ultimate
Haptic Sound Effects
The Razer Nari Ultimate surprised us not only with its smart industrial design but also for just how well it implemented its headlining feature. The onboard haptics are the closest to simulating a subwoofer on our skull that we’ve ever encountered in our experience testing headphones. They’re great for games and movies, and if you need a killer way to wirelessly listen to Spotify around the house, they can handle that too.
Where to Get the Best Wireless Gaming Headset in the UK
Lucky for you every single one of the headsets mentioned within this article is also available to buy in the UK at a decent price. Most headsets available can be found at Amazon as well, so you can take advantage of a quick no-faff delivery time.
What to Look for in a Wireless Gaming Headset
There are a few key things you should look out for when buying a wireless gaming headset with the battery life being one of the most important. Your wireless gaming headset’s battery life is of course intrinsically tied to how long your play sessions will be. Most options available today offer a decently long battery life between 10-20 hours. The only real exception to this is the Razer Nari, which only lasts around eight hours due to its integrated lighting and haptic feedback systems.
Secondly, since we’re talking about wireless gaming headsets here and not Bluetooth headphones, most of the options here connect with a dedicated wireless dongle. With that in mind, most gaming headsets connect over a 2.4GHz band and rarely a 5.0GHz band. That said, some wireless gaming headsets also come with Bluetooth connectivity which allows you to pair it to a second device like your phone. The added Bluetooth connection is a nifty feature if you like to listen to music or podcasts and take calls while you game.
Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam
Danielle Abraham is a freelance writer and unpaid music historian.