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The best Xbox Series X headsets

There’s nothing that can enhance your gaming experience quite like a good headset. In addition to bringing the game right to your ears, a good headset will offer spatial audio — allowing you to pinpoint sounds around you — a solid microphone, and excellent comfort, especially for long gaming sessions. Whether you’re rocking the newest single-player experience or fighting for your life in multiplayer, our six best Xbox Series X headsets satisfy all these conditions and more.

Controls on the SteelSeries Acris Nova Pro headset.

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SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro

Pros

  • Amazing audio quality
  • Simultaneous connections
  • Positional audio

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro headset currently tops our picks for the best gaming headsets. Unlike a lot of gaming headsets, you don’t need an adapter with the Arctis Nova Pro. It can connect directly to your Xbox Series X. Even better, you can simultaneously connect another device to the headset via Bluetooth.

Internally, the Arctis Nova Pro uses 40mm neodymium drivers with a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz. Although the frequency range doesn’t reach as high as some audiophile-class headsets, it can still hold its own in the sound department. The wide soundscape of the Arctis Nova Pro gives players much more positional awareness in games and, combined with a digital surround sound solution, even more so. The headset itself is stereo, but you can use Windows Sonic Spatial Audio or Dolby Atmos for Headphones on your Xbox Series X to achieve virtual surround sound.

Externally, the Arctis Nova Pro features SteelSeries’ signature suspended headband — which is very comfortable, even after hours of playing — and large, plushy ear cups. Additionally, the headset comes with a Discord-certified ClearCast gen 2 microphone that you can retract back into the headset.

Arctis Nova Pro

SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro

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Turtle Beach Stealth Pro

Pros

  • Full noise cancelation
  • Works natively with Xbox
  • Memory foam and cooling gel

Cons

  • Not the best battery life

When it comes to features, the Turtle Beach Stealth Pro headset matches the Arctis Nova and does so at a lower price point. The headset supports native wireless with Xbox One, Series X, and Series S — no dongle is required. It works with Windows PCs, too, as long as you have an Xbox Wireless Adapter. Like the Arctis offering, the Turtle Beach Stealth Pro support simultaneous Bluetooth, so you can take calls or listen to music while playing on your Xbox.

Audio-wise, the Turtle Beach Stealth Pros are excellent. The large 50mm nanoclear drivers handle bass better than most other gaming headsets, and they help position sound around the soundscape. Like all gaming headsets, the Turtle Beach Stealth Pros are stereo. However, they support Windows Sonic and Dolby Atmos for Headphones on Xbox Series X.

Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Multiplatform Wireless Noise-Cancelling Gaming Headset for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC, Mac, Switch, & Mobile – 50mm Speakers, Bluetooth, Dual Batteries – Black
Astro A10 headset.

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Astro A10

Pros

  • Great sound quality
  • Replacable cable
  • Incredibly build quality

There are certainly cheaper headsets than the Astro A10, but none of them match the build quality, features, and performance of Astro’s entry-level headset. Starting with sound, the Astro A10s can go against the best of them. The dual 40mm drivers are tuned by Astro for gaming, which is a process each headset undertakes, from the $50 Astro A10s to the $300 Astro A50s.

Additionally, the headset comes with a uni-directional microphone with flip-to-mute functionality and a detachable 3.5mm cable, ensuring you can continue using the headset even if the cable breaks.

What really stands out is this headset’s build quality. Like all budget headsets, the A10s use almost exclusively plastic. Instead of trying to cram multiple adjustment points around a plastic body, Astro went with a single point of adjustment: Up and down on the ear cups. Comfort is a little worse as a result, but durability is vastly improved (there are simply fewer points of failure).

Not that you should worry about comfort too much. With large cushions on each of the earcups and a sliver of cushioning on top, the A10s are still very comfortable, even for long gaming sessions.

Astro A10
Razer Blackshark V2 headset.

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Razer BlackShark V2

Pros

  • Light and comfortable
  • Great mic quality
  • Great audio range

The Razer BlackShark V2 is a competitive gaming headset with a design that’s much more reminiscent of earmuffs than a gaming headset. As such, the BlackShark V2 is all about performance. The dual 50mm Razer Triforce titanium drivers are excellent at positioning audio around the soundscape. Additionally, Razer uses separate tuning ports for high, low, and mid frequencies. The result is clearer audio around crossover points, such as the low-mids, where other headsets see a significant drop in frequency response.

Equally as important as sound quality is microphone quality, and the BlackShark will not disappoint there. The microphone doesn’t suffer from compression in the same way as other headset microphones, offering more vocal clarity at higher frequencies. Additionally, the mic is supported by an included USB sound card, allowing you to access features like a mic EQ, ambient noise reduction, and a voice gate.

Comfort is excellent, too. The gripping force is a little tighter than other gaming headsets, but with a weight of just 262 grams, that’s easy to forgive. Other premium features include a dedicated volume control knob on the headset, a detachable microphone, and a windscreen for the microphone. The Razer BlackShark V2 is easily the best wired headset on Xbox Series X, but it’s also one of the best in general if you play competitive titles.

Razer BlackShark V2
Razer Nari Ultimate headset

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Razer Nari Ultimate

Pros

  • HyperSense haptic feedback is awesome
  • THX spatial audio
  • Designed for Xbox

Cons

  • Not the most comfortable for long durations

The Razer Nari Ultimate is one of the most unique headsets on the market. It has haptic feedback (or rumble, just like your controller). Razer HyperSense, as the feature is called, is about as gimmicky as it gets. The crazy thing is, it works.

Sound is just vibration, so adding additional vibration on top of that doesn’t translate to shaking on your head. Instead, HyperSense goes a long way when it comes to emphasizing low-end frequencies. Explosions and gunfire, in particular, shine on the Nari Ultimates. That’s because HyperSense doesn’t use standard haptic feedback motors. Instead of operating at a fixed frequency like rumble in a controller, the Nari Ultimates use a frequency range, allowing the vibration to match the resonance of whatever sound it’s trying to replicate.

HyperSense is the star of the show when it comes to the Nari Ultimates, but the headset is still impressive otherwise. The massive earcups and suspended headband are comfortable enough for long gaming sessions — though still slightly behind the Arctis 9X — and the headset comes with THX spatial audio. The “for Xbox One” version supports wireless on Xbox One, Series X, and Series S, too. Be careful, though: Razer sells another version of the Nari Ultimates that work exclusively with Sony consoles.

Razer Nari Ultimate for Xbox One
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Xbox Wireless Headset

Pros

  • Built for Xbox
  • Affordable
  • Good quality sound

Cons

  • Not very comfortable or adjustable

Xbox didn’t leave this market only to third-party headsets and has created its own official wireless headset. Rather than go for a high-end, expensive option like many others, the Xbox Wireless headset is very affordable given how much quality you get. It supports Dolby Atmos, noise canceling, and voice isolation technology.

Despite its name, this headset is good for more than just games. You can use its Bluethooth functionality to listen to music or make calls. Pairing it with the app further helps you tune the headset’s output to fit your current needs. While the over-ear coverings are comfortable enough, the basic band is a bit stiff and may not fit everyone well for long periods of time.

Xbox Wireless Headset – Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows Devices

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