Playing multiplayer and co-op video games with friends can be fun. However, if they live far away, it's best to talk and strategize with them in real-time. And that's where quality gaming headsets come into the picture. These headsets not only help to deliver a clear and nuanced sound to your ears, but they also help in relaying your voice over to your teammates when you play co-op games.
So if you have bought the new Xbox Series X gaming console or plan to buy it, let your favorite games like Assassins Creed Valhalla or Cyberpunk 2077 come alive in all their glory by investing in a quality gaming headset.
The good thing about this gaming console is that it's compatible with a wide array of wireless gaming accessories, as long as they bundle the Xbox Wireless chip or a licensed USB dongle. If this feature is taken care of, there is seldom any connection issues.
That said, here are our recommendations for the best gaming headsets for the Xbox Series X gaming console. But before that,
If you're looking for a bit of a value-for-money option, the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless is a good place to start. In fact, this is considered one of the best performing wireless headsets for a reason. For one, it has a super comfortable fit, and secondly, it brings impressive audio output to the table. More importantly, there's no latency or lags in the audio, thanks to the USB-C connection.
Yes, you read that right. Unlike most gaming headsets connected via Bluetooth or a connecting cable, the Arctis 1 uses a USB-C dongle. Apart from giving you seamless connectivity, this small dongle also makes it easier to switch between different devices. For instance, if you want to switch to your PC from your Xbox Series X, this dongle makes the pain of pairing and re-paring go away.
At the same time, this headset are comfortable and lets you have long gaming sessions without any issues. They are portable and earcups swivel inside easily, thereby letting you carry them without much effort.
The battery life is fairly decent. On a full charge, the Arctis 1 can go up to 20 hours. Interestingly, the folks at the Sound Guys got a playback time of almost 25 hours during one of their tests.
When it comes to sound, you can expect it to deliver decent output for a gaming headset which costs just around $100. The audio is detailed and the directional audio is great. Last but not least, the detachable mic delivers clear and crisp sound. However, it's not as powerful as you may have expected and tends to pick up the background noise.
The standout feature of the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 is its comfortable and lightweight nature. This gaming headset sits comfortably (and lightly) on your head and allows you to game for long sessions without any discomfort. The successor to the popular Turtle Beach Stealth 600, this new headset has plenty of other exciting features as well. For one, X Box Series X connects wirelessly to the headset directly, just like it does with its controller. The setup is simple and straightforward. The only issue is that, unlike the one above, you won't be able to switch between Xbox and PC as effortlessly as you'd want.
However, should you want to buy this product, you can buy the Xbox wireless adapter to connect your PC's headset.
Other than that, the audio output is decent for the price. You won't find nuanced audio like its premium counterparts, but it's is clear and accurate. Interestingly, the Stealth 600 Gen 2 comes with EQ.
These headsets don't pack any dedicated directional sound tech. Thankfully, you will be able to make out the direction of sound if you have a proper and snug fit. The only issue is that the noise isolation is not on point and noise tends to leak through the earpads.
The battery life is fairly decent. On a single charge, you get around 15 hours. However, do note that there isn't any way to determine the device's amount of battery life.
HyperX is no stranger to clean sound, and the HyperX CloudX Flight is no different. This one has a clean and balanced sound, and it's this feature that helps to put it apart from the rest. Unlike the one above, the CloudX Flight uses a dongle instead of the Xbox Wireless chip, making it easier to switch between devices. Nevertheless, the use of the dongle doesn't result in lags and latency, and you will be able to enjoy your gameplay minus any interruptions.
This gaming headset costs a little more than its counterparts above. The good news is that you do get a few extras. For one, this headset is super comfortable. The earcups are lined with memory foam, which makes it easy to game on for hours. Secondly, the cups are flexible and let you rotate and swivel them to some extent.
However, that's not the end of the story. The crux of this pair of headsets is its microphone. It's a solid performer and cancels out most of the background noise. It does a good job of picking the voice of the player. As you may already know, this is vital when you play battle royale games like PUBG.
Battery-wise, it packs a punch. A single charge can get you around 30 hours. However, if you switch on the lights or crank up the volume, the battery will take a dip. For instance, if you switch to the Breathing lighting mode, you will get a battery life of around 18 hours instead of the claimed 30 hours.
Last but not least, we have the Razer Nari Ultimate. This costs almost double than some of the products on this list, but the good thing is that it delivers quite a unique experience. This headset packs HyperSense Haptic tech responsible for giving a slight vibration every time you shoot down your enemies in Doom or when you bump into a car in Forza. Yeah, just like your Xbox controller. Sounds cool, right?
That aside, the Nari Ultimate packs a lot. It's sleek yet comfortable and bundles a decent noise cancellation. Plus, it packs plenty of quirks. For instance, the headband packs an auto-adjustment feature while the ear cushions pack cooling gel to keep the ears from getting hot (or sweaty) when playing for long durations.
The mic also offers decent noise cancellation and blocks out background noise like a pro. This helps to relay clear and precise information from one end to the other.
The connection is consistent. Here too, the Nari Ultimate uses a small USB dongle to establish and maintain the connection. Apart from a consistent connection, you also get a slightly bigger range. So should you want to connect your headsets to a larger monitor and play from a distance, you will be able to do so.
However, this gaming headset is not perfect. At just 8 hours, the battery life is poor. Thankfully, you will be able to extract a little more than that if you keep the HyperSense Haptic tech and the lighting off. But then, it would steal the fun, right?
Long story short, if you are looking for a headset that goes all in, this one is definitely worth considering.
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It goes without saying that your entire gameplay may change if you miss hearing out on a single sound, be it the sound of approaching sound of boots in battle royale games or the sound of war cry in medieval games. Apart from being comfortable and a solid performer, any headset worth the salt should have a solid mic performance as well. After all, you wouldn't want to scream only to realize that your teammates hear all but noise.
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