A Guide to Finding the Best Gaming Headsets
Why Do I Need a Gaming Headset?
The audio in a game is key to enhancing your gaming experience. High quality sound provided by the best gaming headsets will make you feel as though you’re in the game, immersing you in the action and the surroundings.
Not only does a gaming headset provide you with a more immersing experience on all games, it also improves your awareness on FPS games! Some of the best headsets for gaming will provide you with a 360 degree audio experience, as well as a virtual idea of distance. Perfect for pinpointing the opposing team approaching and catching them off guard!
A good gaming headset not only makes gaming a more enjoyable experience, it also improves your gaming ability!
I have compared the top gaming headsets for all platforms below, with the main review points being obviously audio performance, then I also look at the design, features, and the help and support offered from the manufacturer of each headset.
Gaming Headset Comparison
|Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound||Wireless (5.8 GHz)||PC, XB1, 360, PS4, PS3||299.99||9.7|
|Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound||Wired (USB/3.5mm)||PC, XB1, 360, PS4, PS3||249.99||9.6|
|Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound||Wired (USB)||360, PS4, PS3||179.99||9.4|
Tritton AX Pro
|True 5.1 Surround Sound||Wired (USB)||360, PS4, PS3||199.99||9.3|
Sennheiser PC 360
|Stereo||Wired (3.5mm)||PC, PS4, XB1||249.95||9.2|
|Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound||Wireless (2.4 GHz)||PC||159.99||8.9|
Turtle Beach X42
|True 5.1 Surround Sound||Wireless (Dual Band WiFi)||XB1, 360||159.99||8.6|
Turtle Beach PX4
|Virtual 5.1 Surround Sound||Wireless (Dual Band WiFi)||PS4, PS3, 360||149.99||8.5|
Corsair Vengeance 1500
|Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound||Wired (USB)||PC||99.99||8.5|
What to Look for When Buying a Gaming Headset
The top rated gaming headsets can really immerse the player in the world of the game that’s on their screens. But as I’m sure you know, all headsets are not created equally, and one that looks stunning can really falter spectacularly when it comes to providing comfort or sound quality!
Before you buy your gaming headset, there are some points that you need to consider – seven actually! Using these 7 points will help you determine which gaming headset to buy for your gaming needs.
1. Positional Audio
One of the most important features of a top gaming headset is the ability to pinpoint where exactly in the game a sound originated from in relation to your character. As mentioned before, the ability to hear the enemy before they hear you is an advantage that will keep you one step ahead of the competition, and is often the deciding factor in gun fights in FPS’s. It also provides you with a more immersive experience in games as a whole, allowing you to get the most from the game!
2. Surround Sound or Stereo?
Surround sound is required for correct positional audio. True surround sound gaming headsets have multiple speakers in each earpiece, providing the effect of multiple locations in the ear, tricking the ears into thinking sound is originating in front, behind, or to the left or right.
If positional audio is not that important to your gaming needs, then many gamers prefer the richer clearer sounds of the stereo headsets. The multiple speakers in the surround sound headsets can mess with the clarity of the sound if you ask enthusiasts, but the difference in sound quality overall is hardly noticeable between the top surround sound headsets and the best stereo headsets.
3. Microphone Quality
Whether in in-game chat or communicating with friends on skype, the quality and features of the microphone on your gaming headset is important. The most important feature of a microphone is the noise cancelling option. This cuts out static and background noise, improving other player’s gaming experiences and improving your communication in the game.
Some gaming headsets also come with a detachable microphone, which is useful for when you’re not using it, as it doesn’t get in the way.
4. Force Feedback
Force feedback is a feature that creates a more realistic gaming experience through vibration in the earcups. This is a personal preference and isn’t necessary to increase your gaming performance, but it’s a nice feature to have if you like to take the in-game experience to the next level with vibrations from each gunshot.
5. Wired or Wireless?
Headsets are either wired (plugged into a computer/device) or wireless. Each has their own benefits. Wired headsets are convenient because you don’t have to keep changing the batteries or re-charge the headset every time it dies. Wireless headsets remove the hassle of wires, and allow you to move freely around the room, but they do need to be re-charged or their batteries replaced. Most wireless gaming headsets come with a charging station that can recharge your headset whenever you’re not using it.
Depending on the quality of the wireless signal you may receive some interference, which can affect the consistency of the sound. If the signal to the headset is too weak, you may experience slight delays in sound compared to the game. If you invest in a quality wireless headset then you should cut out most of these problems.
If you’re gaming for several hours, the ears can start to hurt and your head can start to ache. If a headset is too tight, too heavy, or it’s the wrong size, then it’s going to affect how long you can game for. Invest in a gaming headset that is not too heavy and has good quality cushioned earcups and one that can be adjusted to fit your head.
If you’re a casual gamer who simply wants to enjoy a more immersive experience when gaming, then spending $250+ on a headset that pro gamers use doesn’t make sense. However, if you’re looking for the highest quality sound feedback and features from your headset in order to get the ultimate advantage over your competition, providing you can afford it, the $250+ it costs for a pro gamer grade headset is probably well worth it.
Look at your budget and your needs in order to choose which bracket of gaming headset is right for you.