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Finder's team compared more than 100 PS4 headsets currently available here in Australia and determined these top picks based on the feedback customers left in their reviews. We looked into each headset's key features to figure out the best option for each category.
SteelSeries has long fought a "war" against bad gaming audio, and its Arctis Pro series of headsets is at the forefront of the brand's battle for the best sound experience for gamers. It's clearly doing something right, with the Arctis Pro Wireless sporting a 4.4 out of 5 rating from more than 2,000 reviews on Google. With high praises from consumers and a stellar, well-rounded feature set, the Arctis Pro Wireless is the best PS4 headset money can buy.
The Arctis Pro Wireless is capable of lossless, low latency audio for the quickest and most crisp sounding audio. The more minimally-designed headset features a partially aluminium and steel construction, giving it a premium feel. It's comfortable too, with a sports-inspired headband and ear cushions covered in fabric. SteelSeries is lucky its headset ticks almost all of the boxes as far as design, sound and comfort are concerned, as the headset costs more than a 1TB PS4 Pro does today.
The Arctis Pro Wireless has a retractable Discord-certified microphone built-in, which will be more than sufficient for making callouts to your teammates or casually chatting in a party. Several customers said the quality was mediocre though, so you won't want to use it as your primary microphone if you're into content creation or streaming. While it's nice that the microphone stows itself away within the headset, a detachable microphone would've been better.
If you find yourself gaming all day and into all hours of the night, the Arctis Pro Wireless' dual-battery system could be a total game-changer. The pricey headset comes with a spare battery in the box which conveniently slots into the base station to charge up while the other is in use. That way, when your Arctis Pro Wireless is running low on juice, all you've got to do is easily swap a fresh battery in and start recharging the other one.
While the separate base station might look a little intimidating to set up, SteelSeries handily publishes easy-to-follow instructions on how to pair the headset as a part of its product information guide. There, you'll find illustrations and a step-by-step run-through of how to connect the Arctis Pro Wireless to your PS4, PS4 Pro or PS4 Slim.
Sporting a 4.2 out of 5 rating on Google from more than 800 reviews, the co-branded EPOS and Sennheiser GSP 300 is the best PS4 headset on the market with an asking price of less than $150.
The closed-back headphones produce impressive audio, like what many have come to expect from the respected German audio giant that Sennheiser is. Customers say that the sound quality makes the GSP 300 more than suitable for gaming and music listening.
Since the GSP 300 connects to your console using a handy and almost-universally accepted 3.5mm headphone jack, you can use it across platforms and operating systems, including on Xbox and Nintendo consoles. Those using more modern smartphones might be out of luck though.
Similar to several headsets on this list, the built-in microphone mutes whenever it's tucked away in its upright position. While it is easily mutable, the microphone isn't detachable. You've got no choice but to lug around that bulky microphone and boom arm, even if you're not ever going to use it.
Most reviewers say the GSP 300 is an exceptional value for money investment, especially when you consider the usual price of anything with the Sennheiser name on it. Others were also happy with the headset's sound and microphone quality, and its comfort too. Some weren't a fan of the bulky gamer aesthetic and plastic design though.
HyperX has long offered high-quality and long-lasting gaming headsets for more affordable prices than some of its competitors. While it's been on the market for a while now, the original Cloud Stinger is a dependable headset, making it our pick for the best PS4-supported headset under $100.
The Cloud Stinger has 50mm audio drivers which produce good sound. If you're only playing games for fun, these will be plenty. The microphone is surprisingly good, given the affordable price of the Cloud Stinger. The microphone automatically mutes whenever it's flipped up, a nice touch for those wanting to be sure their mics are off. HyperX has made the set-up experience for these headphones seamless, with no software or customisation required. It's truly a plug-and-play solution.
The Cloud Stinger is a wired-only headset, connecting to your PS4 via a 3.5mm headphone jack. That makes it compatible across multiple platforms, allowing you to game on with Nintendo Switch and Xbox consoles too. If you have a little more cash to spend and want wireless connectivity, you can upgrade to the Cloud Stinger Core. It's almost the same headset, but with 2.4GHz wireless connectivity.
The Cloud Stinger has a 4.5 out of 5 rating from almost 6,000 reviews on Google, making it the equal-most highly acclaimed headset on this list. Many customers praised the headset as a comfortable pick, saying you can wear it for extended periods without discomfort. It's not a perfect product though; these aren't the sturdiest headphones of all time, with the almost all plastic build easily flexing if you put a bit of pressure on it.
Turtle Beach's budget line of gaming headsets has powered console gamers for longer than I can remember. While the brand might not be as prominent as it once was, its over-ear Recon 70 is the best PS4 headset you can buy for less than $50.
Many customers were impressed with the sound quality found on the Recon 70, with reviewers labelling audio as clear and defined. Like many budget-friendly gaming headsets, the Recon 70 features a microphone that automatically mutes when flipped up. It's a welcome feature for anyone who might not use the microphone often and want it out of the way. It also makes for easier storage.
While you won't be able to use it on a new iPhone without an adapter, the 3.5mm headphone jack means the Recon 70 is compatible with basically every console on the market. It'll even work just fine on next-gen consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X/Series S.
The headset isn't the best-built or premium-feeling audio device on the planet. Turtle Beach wrapped the Recon 70's headband and ear cushions in synthetic leather, which some users complained felt cheap and became uncomfortable during intense gaming sessions. It isn't just the headband or ear cushions though. Users broadly felt that the headset's plastic construction made for a less durable product, especially when compared to higher-end options. However, given the price point, that's to be expected.
Despite some misgivings on build quality, the headset still garnered a rating of 4.4 out of 5 from more than 7,000 reviews on Google. Many customers said that the Recon 70 felt like a good value for money investment, particularly for those just getting started with console gaming. Those wanting a more premium listening and gaming experience should pick up something else, but this is still an admirable pick for anyone looking to save a bit of cash.
SteelSeries wanted to give gamers a crystal-clear audio experience no matter the platform they use, which the brand has managed to do by pairing its high-end Arctis Pro headset with a sophisticated digital-to-analog converter. Even if its price is enough to make you (and your wallet) cry, the Arctis Pro + GameDAC is the best-sounding PS4 headset available right now.
The Arctis Pro + GameDAC sports the same streamlined design and build of the other headsets in SteelSeries' flagship line, but it is the only one to boast Hi-Res Audio certification. While this translates to super sounding lossless audio in-game, it also means you can enjoy music from Hi-Res sources like Tidal.
The included GameDAC is what sets this variant of the Arctis Pro headset apart from its competitors. By using a dedicated DAC, rather than the one built-in to a console controller, SteelSeries ensures the sounds heard through the Arctis Pro aren't limited by cheap hardware. The GameDAC has a small OLED screen which lets you customise your listening experience. Right from the device, you've got a plethora of mixing and equaliser options at your fingertips. And you can do all of that without any clunky software.
The Arctis Pro + GameDAC works with every model of the PS4, including the newer PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim. If you dabble in PC gaming, the headset also works on Windows and Mac computers.
Overall, the Arctis Pro + GameDAC has earned a 4.4 out of 5 rating from more than 2,000 reviews on Google. Customers praised the headset's versatility, with some using it for all of their audio listening needs. Some customers complained that it was a little heavy, which may make it uncomfortable for extended gaming sessions.
Wireless headsets are the future of gaming. With the next-generation PS5 now out, SteelSeries' Arctis 1 Wireless is a headset that won't become obsolete if you upgrade to the latest and greatest console experience. With impressive cross-platform compatibility, the Arctis 1 Wireless is the best PS5-compatible headset currently available.
SteelSeries has given a lot of attention to the wireless technology in its Arctis 1. With low-latency, lossless audio through a 2.4GHz wireless adapter, the headset can easily connect wirelessly with several devices, including the PS4 and PS5, Nintendo Switch and USB-C equipped phones and computers. It doesn't end there though. Devices that won't accept the nifty and compact USB-C dongle can still connect to the Arctis 1 Wireless through an included 3.5mm headphone jack.
Unlike a lot of SteelSeries' other Arctis headsets, the Arctis 1 Wireless features a detachable microphone. The Discord-certified mic also features noise cancellation, which is great for social gamers in louder environments.
While the headset has a "steel-reinforced" headband, the construction of the Arctis 1 is much cheaper and less minimal than other Arctis models. One upside of the less-premium build is that the headset is more lightweight than other models in the line-up.
Customers liked the Arctis 1 Wireless headset, giving it an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 from more than 1,000 reviews on Google. Many customers were a fan of its lightweight design, making it a better pick for those who game for long periods at a time. Surprisingly, given SteelSeries' reputation, some were unimpressed with the audio quality of the headset.
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