Good sound is often underestimated, but the headset can be decisive when gaming. Above all, a suitable gaming headset provides the necessary feeling of being right in the middle. GIGA presents the best headsets in various price ranges and categories and also explains what you need to pay attention to before buying.

Purchase advice

When it comes to gaming headsets, clear sound and good intelligibility are essential. But which headset is the right one? In addition to headphones with cables or headphones that are completely wireless, there are a variety of other functions that you may value. Which consoles should the headset be compatible with? Is stereo sound enough or should it be surround sound? So that you can keep an overview, we present our selection of gaming headsets for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X and PC.

The best gaming headsets of 2020: content

Gaming headset test 2020: all GIGA recommendations at a glance

GIGA price tip Entry-level headset Middle class with 7.1 sound High-end sound at a high-end price Battery monster for the PC Wireless headset for PS5 and Xbox Series X Headset alternative
model HyperX Cloud Alpha Roccat Elo X Stereo Devil cage Beyerdynamic MMX 300 EPOS Sennheiser GSP 370 Turtle Beach Stealth 600 (PlayStation) Turtle Beach Stealth 600 (Xbox) Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO AntLion ModMic Wireless
Price (approx.) 90 euros 50 Euros 150 euros 230 euros 180 euros 100 euros 100 euros 115 euros 140 euros
advantage Price-performance ratio Top price High quality Outstanding sound Extremely long battery life High wearing comfort High wearing comfort Excellent sound and voice quality
disadvantage Limited color choices Creaking in the headset 7.1 sound mostly sounds unnatural High price Limited connectivity Expandable battery life Expandable battery life Low battery life
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GIGA price tip: HyperX Cloud Alpha

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HyperX Cloud Alpha

benefits

  • Top price-performance ratio
  • Powerful sound
  • Detachable microphone
  • Interchangeable ear pads

disadvantage

The HyperX Cloud Alpha gaming headset is our GIGA price tip and not without reason: A detachable microphone and cable, exchangeable ear pads, integrated audio control and a balanced sound with powerful bass make the model a real all-rounder. Thanks to the jack connection, you can also use it with almost any platform. The detachable microphone also allows you to use the headphones on the go without attracting too much attention.

The aluminum frame provides the necessary stability so that the headset does not lose its weight even after several gaming sessions. I myself used the HyperX Cloud 2 for a long time and was really surprised at the time how much headset you get for the price. In this respect, an absolute buy recommendation, unless you necessarily prefer a wireless headset.

Entry-level headset: Roccat Elo X Stereo

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Roccat Elo X Stereo

benefits

  • Top price
  • High wearing comfort (also for people who wear glasses)
  • Detachable microphone

disadvantage

  • Creaking in the headset
  • Volume control / mute button badly placed

The Roccat Elo X Stereo is one of three new gaming headsets, all of which were created through a cooperation between Roccat and Turtle Beach. At around 50 euros, this is the entry-level model in the series. I was allowed to try the headset for a long time in advance: I was particularly impressed by the comfortable ear pads and the self-adjusting metal headband. Even when wearing glasses, the headset was always comfortable to wear, which I cannot say of every headset. The detachable microphone is just as practical as the gaming headset is also suitable for use on the go.

On the other hand, I found the headset's occasional creaking less good, although this is still bearable in this price range. The volume control and mute button were placed a bit too far back for my taste, but that's really complaining at a high level. Overall, for the price, you get a solid gaming headset that is primarily aimed at those who don't want to spend a fortune on a good audio experience.

Middle class with 7.1 sound: Teufel Cage

benefits

  • High quality
  • Powerful sound
  • Comprehensive software
  • Detachable microphone

disadvantage

  • 7.1 sound mostly sounds unnatural
  • Ear pads not suitable for people who wear glasses

The Teufel Cage is a real quick-change artist. The microphone is detachable and you can also operate the headset either via a 3.5 mm jack or via USB. The latter is especially important if you want to benefit from virtual surround sound. Furthermore, the headphones are of absolutely high quality, which is not surprising at a high price of around 150 euros. The only point of criticism here is the noticeably harder ear pads, which are only partially suitable for people who wear glasses. The software looks a bit old-fashioned in places, but can score all the more with its range of functions.

Since I was already able to test the headset extensively, one thing became clear in terms of sound: the Teufel Cage sounds absolutely solid without activated 7.1 surround sound. But when I tested Doom Eternal in conjunction with virtual surround sound, I was literally put a damper in this regard. So if you are considering the headset precisely because of this function, you should probably lower your expectations a bit. It is quite possible that a lot can be extracted here with the software. All in all, with the Teufel Cage you still get a really successful all-rounder that knows how to impress with its high quality of workmanship.

High-end sound at a high-end price: Beyerdynamic MMX 300

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Beyerdynamic MMX 300 (2nd generation)

benefits

  • Outstanding sound quality
  • High wearing comfort
  • Interchangeable ear pads
  • Numerous accessories included in delivery

disadvantage

  • Not collapsible
  • Microphone could be improved
  • High price

For a long time, Beyerdynamic was better known for their headphones in professional music. In the meantime they are also out and about in the gaming realms and do not need to hide at all. The Beyerdynamic MMX 300 proves this. In terms of price, it is definitely at a high-end level, but that is exactly what it offers from a technical point of view. In our extensive GIGA test, it received an excellent rating of 91 percent. However, the headset cannot be folded up to save space and is therefore only partially suitable for use on the go.

Battery monster for the PC: EPOS Sennheiser GSP 370

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EPOS Sennheiser GSP 370

benefits

  • Extremely long battery life of up to 100 hours
  • Compatibility with PS4
  • High wearing comfort (also for people who wear glasses)
  • Powerful sound

disadvantage

  • High price
  • Works wirelessly (via USB dongle), but does not support Bluetooth
  • Not compatible with Xbox One / Series X

The EPOS Sennheiser GSP 370 is not only wireless, but also a true champion when it comes to battery life. A single charge should last up to 100 hours – depending on usage, you can sometimes get by for several weeks without charging. But that also has its price, because the gaming headset is definitely in the high-end range for around 200 euros. You can use it for this on both PC and PS4.

In our test, the headset convinced us overall and therefore received a rating of 85 percent. We especially liked the enormous battery life paired with the sound quality. Unfortunately, owners of an Xbox One / Series X miss this point because the model is not compatible with the platform.

Wireless headset for PS5, Xbox Series X and more: Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2

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Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 (PlayStation)

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Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Gaming Headset

benefits

  • Compatible with current and next-gen consoles (PS4 / PS5 and Xbox One / Series X)
  • High wearing comfort (also for people who wear glasses)
  • Built-in controller for microphone level
  • Compatible with Nintendo Switch (In TV mode)

disadvantage

  • No bluetooth
  • Expandable battery life of around 15 hours

The Turtle Beach Stealth Gen 2 has the advantage that it is compatible with both the current and the next generation of consoles. As usual for Turtle Beach, extra comfortable ear pads are used here, which always ensure optimal comfort even for people who wear glasses. Also practical: you can use a controller on the earpiece to adjust your microphone level at any time – without any additional software. Nintendo Switch owners also have reason to be happy, as they can also use the headset in TV mode.

The headset's battery lasts long enough at around 15 hours, but a slightly longer runtime would certainly not have hurt. This also applies to the absence of Bluetooth. So if these two points are important to you, you should probably use the more expensive Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 (PlayStation) or the corresponding Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 (Xbox) for around 150 euros. In addition to a longer operating time and Bluetooth connectivity, the gaming headset has other useful features. In any case, both models are a good choice if you are looking for a suitable headset for your PS4 / PS5 or Xbox One / Series X.

The headset alternative: Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO and AntLion ModMic Wireless

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Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO

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AntLion ModMic Wireless

benefits

  • Top price-performance ratio
  • High wearing comfort (also for people who wear glasses)
  • Interchangeable ear pads
  • Headphones can be selected individually
  • Excellent sound and voice quality

disadvantage

  • More cumbersome operation
  • The battery life of the microphone is only 12 hours

If you want to turn your favorite headphones into a headset, you can use our headset alternative: We pair the Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO with the AntLion ModMic Wireless. This variant combines the best of both worlds. Open headphones with detailed sound and a wireless microphone that can easily keep up with dedicated microphones in terms of voice quality. For this reason, I even exchanged my previous Auna MIC-900B for the ModMic and don't want to switch back.

The highlight of the microphone: It is attached to the headphones with an adhesive magnet and can be removed or attached elsewhere at any time. If the wireless version is a bit too expensive or the battery life is too short, you can also use the AntLion ModMic Uni with cable.

As far as the headphones are concerned, their high impedance of 250 ohms and the open design mean that they are only suitable for mobile use to a limited extent. Here you can also use the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO. With an impedance of 80 ohms, it should also be sufficiently loud during mobile use and it also shields outside noise much better. The bass is just as powerful.

The best gaming headsets: this is how we chose

The selection of gaming headsets is gigantic and therefore it is anything but easy to always keep an overview. It starts with the type of connection: cable or wireless? Which consoles should the headset be compatible with besides the PC? Not to mention the numerous additional functions such as RGB lighting, special software or virtual surround sound.

We have therefore made a conscious decision to choose models for models that on the one hand cover the broadest possible price range and are just as versatile in their respective purposes. In order to give you the best possible overview, in addition to our own experience, we also included external user opinions in our decision.

Buying a gaming headset: you should know that beforehand

Wired or wireless?

Both variants have clear advantages and disadvantages: a wired headset is always ready to use and works with almost any device that has a corresponding 3.5 mm jack plug or USB port. For this, your freedom of movement is severely restricted. With wireless models, on the other hand, you can move completely freely and can then, depending on the application, play comfortably from the bed or sofa.

The biggest disadvantage here is the limited battery life, which can vary greatly depending on the headset. While some models promise a runtime of up to 100 hours, others have to be charged in less than 20 hours. The price is also a factor, as high quality wireless headsets are usually a lot more expensive than comparable wired models. In addition, wireless gaming headsets are not always suitable for every platform – so make sure that the headset is compatible with the PS4 / PS5, Xbox One / Series X, Nintendo Switch or PC when buying.

The right construction: closed or open?

As a rule, you will almost exclusively find gaming headsets headsets that completely surround your ears and isolate a large part of the outside noise thanks to their closed design. This makes sense when gaming because you can concentrate fully on what's going on in the game. In addition, such gaming headsets are usually a lot more bass-heavy, which makes for more powerful explosions and the like, especially in action games. However, this design also has disadvantages: The headsets are overall a bit heavier and due to the low air permeability you tend to sweat under the headset even more. Especially in summer temperatures it can quickly get warmer than you would like.

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Now the question may arise why you should opt for a headset with an open design at all. Basically, it depends on your personal preferences, but headphones of this type often offer a much better spatial representation and a more open sound. The increased air permeability is another advantage. In addition, you may find it more pleasant to talk to your colleagues if you are not completely shielded from the outside world. Before making a purchase, all these factors should be considered accordingly.

Surround sound: do I really need it?

Anyone who has ever enjoyed a 5.1 or 7.1 sound system will probably be reluctant to return to stereo sound. This is precisely why numerous manufacturers advertise rich 7.1 surround sound in headset format. There is a sound card in the gaming headset for this purpose, in order to then simulate the effect using software – but the simulation can only keep up with "real" surround sound in very few cases. In addition, for the virtual surround sound a USB port is required. So if you already have a separate sound card or amplifier, you will not be able to use both in combination.

In most cases, virtual surround sound is only worthwhile with higher-priced headsets, as the hardware required for a realistic simulation is only installed there. Alternatively, you can opt for one external amplifier with a built-in sound card – for example the EPOS Sennheiser GSX 300. An audio amplifier can be worthwhile for completely different reasons.

Combination devices with built-in "Digital-to-Analog Converter" (DAC) can significantly increase the sound quality. However, it only really pays off if you have the appropriate quality headphones. The FiiO EK10 Olympus 2 is an inexpensive entry-level device that I have been using privately for several years together with the Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO.

Which additional functions do I need?

Gaming headsets have long since become more than just headphones with a built-in microphone: Special software, virtual surround sound, additional controls or adjustable RGB lighting allow you to tailor your audio experience to your individual needs. Admittedly, not all functions are equally important, but there are some practical features that you should consider when buying a gaming headset.

Some models have interchangeable ear pads and detachable microphones. So your headset always fits perfectly and you can use it as regular headphones when you are out and about. You also want to be able to mute yourself or adjust the volume as quickly as possible? For this purpose, control elements are located on the cable or the auricle, which allow you to control the microphone or the volume by simply pressing a button. Everything else such as RGB lighting or additional software then again depends on your preferences.

Which gaming headset is right for me?

That primarily depends on which devices you primarily want to use your headset on. While wired gaming headsets are compatible with almost all common platforms, the situation is different with wireless models. In order to make your choice a little easier, we present different scenarios below:

  • you occasionally plays with friends and would like to be able to communicate on the side? In such a case, an inexpensive wired headset would be the best choice. Wired models are usually much cheaper than wireless ones and they also work on almost any device that has a corresponding 3.5 mm jack or USB plug.
  • You mainly play shooters or the like and want to experience every explosion up close and hear every step of your opponent? Here it is worth investing in a higher quality pair of headphones in order to ensure the most immersive gaming experience possible. It could also be worth considering investing in a headset or a corresponding amplifier with 7.1 surround sound. If you don't mind regular charging, a wireless headset would also be a possible alternative.
  • Yours is not only good sound important, but just as important clear intelligibility? Since gaming headsets in the lower price ranges usually only have mediocre microphones, you have to dig a little deeper into your pocket here. The better alternative in this case would be to buy a separate microphone and then the right headphones. The operation is then a bit more complicated, but you get significantly more (voice) quality for your money.

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Daniel Nawrat
Daniel Nawrat, GIGA expert for computers, gaming hardware and games.

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