It’s okay, you’ve finally got your hands on a PS5! But you can’t turn up the volume or else wake up the household or you can’t coordinate with your teammates? It’s time to invest in the best headset for your PlayStation console!
If you like to play the console on a big screen with a 5.1 kit that makes the walls shake, it is still more practical and more discreet to immerse yourself in your adventure without waking the whole building to use a headset. It also allows you to properly enjoy the voice experience during multiplayer games. Here is our selection of the best headsets for PS5 and PS4.
Wired or wireless?
Choosing a good headset for your PlayStation 5 is a bit more complicated than on a PC. Distance requires, a wireless connection will be much more comfortable. This leaves us with two solutions: connect a wired headset to his controller or acquire a wireless headset dedicated to consoles.
We highly recommend this second solution, both for sound quality and for convenience. And if you are interested in the technical details of this choice, head to the FAQ at the end of this guide.
So here we focused on the PlayStation specific wireless headsets. For wired headsets, take a look at our pick of the best PC headsets.
Sony Pulse 3D: good value for money
The know-how of the Japanese brand in audio is not to be demonstrated and it is logical that the brand offers a new headphone to accompany the release of its console. The design will surprise a bit and the plastics could have been better, but the device is generally solid.
More surprisingly, Sony has chosen a non-adjustable headband and relies only on the headband to adapt it to its skull. In practice, the system works quite well and the helmet does not weigh too much on the head. Overall comfortable, the ear cups are quite small, however, a point to remember if you have big ears. Last detail: the foams are not replaceable, which will logically impact the durability of the machine.
Charging is carried out via USB-C and there are some essential buttons on the edge (volume, mute, etc.) as well as a jack connector which allows the headset to be used wired. The wireless link passes logically via a dongle and turns out to be flawless.
The sound rendering leaves us more divided, without being bad it lacks a bit of precision and we have seen traditional headphones better at this price level. The microphones integrated into the headphones are however very satisfactory, the voice is clear and the background noise is well erased. The 12-hour battery life leaves us a little bit hungry, however, especially given the relatively slow charge.
In the end, the Pulse 3D is a satisfactory entry-level headset and we are curious to see if Sony will offer a more ambitious version. You can find more details in our full test.
Sennheiser EPOS GSP 370: the ultimate wireless
Are you one of those lazy to recharge their devices after use? This GSP 370, with its hundred hours of autonomy, is there for you. This particularly discreetly designed helmet has more going for it than its endurance. It turns out to be very comfortable, even if given the price level we would have liked the hoop to be a little more adjustable.
From a sound point of view, these headphones stand out from the crowd by their detailed and very balanced rendering. Whether gaming, watching a movie or even listening to music, the GSP 370 is always at ease. The headphones are closed in design and therefore very insulating, a point to be aware of if you need to be able to hear what is going on around you.
The unidirectional microphone is of very good quality and I have not been able to fault me.
The GSP 370 therefore stands out as one of our favorite wireless headphones. The only real weakness from our point of view: it does not have a jack input, which costs it versatility.
Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless : l’option luxe
If the budget is not really a criterion for you, this helmet may hold your attention. The Arctis Pro Wireless has the particularity of having been designed as a headset ” universal»As comfortable in game as listening to music on his phone.
To achieve this result it is Bluetooth compatible, but also has a real external DAC that you can connect by USB to your console or to a PC. Bulkier than the classics dongle , this box is however more versatile with its jack and optical input. Unlike the vast majority of helmets, this model has a removable battery. Two batteries each holding a dozen hours are delivered and the DAC acts as a charging dock. If you remember to put the empty battery back in, you will never run out of fuel.
The headset itself adopts a circumaural design and a fabric headband. Very comfortable in the living room, the latter however lacks a little activity. So you won’t run with it. The pads are very comfortable and let air pass well, an important point for a closed helmet. The microphone is almost entirely hidden in the helmet, so you won’t look ridiculous when using it in the street.
In terms of audio, the record is generally good. It stands out without too much hassle as one of the best gaming headsets around that doesn’t blush when used to listen to music. Despite our fears given its small size, the microphone does a good job of capturing.
Although expensive, the Arctis Pro Wireless is one of the few headsets that can claim to be almost universal. If you are juggling between different devices, then it may be a good choice.
What to know before buying a PS4 or PS5 headset
Which wireless to choose?
If you want to avoid having a cable crossing the living room, there are two solutions: connect a wired headset to your controller or acquire a wireless headset dedicated to consoles.
The first choice is the easiest to set up and works with any pair of headphones that have a 3.5mm jack. Unfortunately, this solution suffers from a major flaw: the codecs used are of low quality and compress the sound. The latter even goes into mono when using the microphone. ! It is therefore a good backup solution, but far from ideal for enjoying the best possible audio quality.
For this, it will therefore be necessary to move towards a wireless headset compatible with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5. The latter use the 2.4 GHz radio band, to guarantee both minimum latency and good quality in all circumstances.
As this band is not natively supported by the PlayStation, it will therefore be necessary to connect an adapter to the console, most often in the form of adongleUSB, to ensure the connection.
Why are we not using Bluetooth?
One might wonder why this ubiquitous wireless protocol on our phones and other mobile devices is not supported on the PlayStation. The answer is simple: the technology is not well suited to the game. In question: a lag between sound and image far too important and a generally unreliable signal. And as a bonus, the sound quality deteriorates sharply when using the microphone.
Does 3D sound work on my headphones?
Highly emphasized by Sony, 3D sound is a 100% software function. It can therefore be used with any headset as long as the latter is able to transcribe stereo. This therefore excludes micro headsets with a single earpiece. Note that this remains an exclusive to the PS5 and that a headset compatible with 3D sound will not offer this option when connected to your PS4.
Will a PS4 headset be PS5 compatible?
Compatibility between accessories from different generations of consoles is always a risky thing. Fortunately, the transition between the PS4 and the PS5 will be easy since the PS4 compatible headsets are compatible with the PS5. No need to go back to the cash register if you are already equipped.
One notable exception, however: wireless headsets using a base connected via an optical cable (S / PDIF). The PS5 has abandoned this connection and the existing systems are therefore no longer compatible.
If you were hoping to use the same wireless headset with an Xbox and a PlayStation: that is currently not possible. No model is yet certified for the two platforms. You can therefore at best connect the headphones in wired mode to the controller, with the loss of quality that this implies.