Roger That: The 8 Best PS4 Headsets

Aug 15, 2015

Category: Tech

Sony has always had a soft spot for third-party developers and that has made it easy for independent companies to make kit that can work seamlessly with each embodiment of the Playstation series. The Playstation 4 is no different. There’s an embarrassment of riches to choose from when it comes to PS4 headsets, controllers, and even accessories to get your K/D ratio up to respectable levels.

Since the ground is so fertile in the PS4 headset market, it can be difficult to find the right ones. We’ve only found those that are true gaming headsets, equipped with a mic and everything you need to go competitive. With the PS4 you have the option of just grabbing any pair of headphones that manage to ring your bell, but you’ll be sacrificing voice chat and interface options. For everything you need to get in the game – and get knee deep in the dead – here’s the 8 best PS4 headsets.

TRITTON Kaiken Mono

TRITTON Kaiken Mono

Pro: Open back allows stereo sound to penetrate
Con: Stubby mic stem

Quick and Dirty: You’re not in need of full surround sound. That’s the job of your stereo system. What you do need is the ability to get on the blower to your team and tell your Hunter team in Evolve to stop reviving Daisy when there are downed medics on the damn field. The single 40mm speaker has an airy, open-backed design that allows outside sounds to come through. In-line audio controls let you adjust your volume on the fly with just a flick of your finger. It works on either ear and while the mic could be a little further out and offer more flexibility, it handles most voice chat well without throwing in outside noise. Comfortable and light, it will never strain or pinch, even after hours of use. [Purchase: $20]

Skullcandy SLYR

Skullcandy SLYR

Pro: Includes stereo mixer
Con: Small sound stage

Old School: Most of the newer headsets built for your PS4 aren’t going to be backwards compatible, but the fact that these SLYR’s are a little longer in the tooth makes them handy for going back to your 360 or PS3 when you feel like getting classic with your clan with a little Resistance: Fall of Man. An EQ lets you change your bass and treble for a better mix depending on your gaming environment. Astro stepped in to help Skullcandy with the SLYR so you’ll see notable sound that is balanced for gaming rather than music. A quick flip stashes away the mic in case you want to use these with your mobile device. The size is closer to an on-ear headphone than true over-ear, so you won’t get quite as much sound isolation as some. [Purchase: $63+]

Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 400 500P

Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 400 / 500P

Pro: Wireless
Con: Fit tends to be tight

Most for the Money: Turtle Beach has again proven why they are the aftermarket gaming headset manufacturer of note. All of their PS4 headsets are passable, but for a budgeted balance and impressive quality, the Stealth 400 is at the top of the leaderboards. The 400 model only uses stereo sound, so if true 7.1 surround is necessary – or you just need leather earcups – drop the extra money and go with a Stealth 500P. Otherwise the two headsets are identical. The build is truly in the vein of over-ear headphones so you’ll never have your jug handles crying out for mercy as you head into hour 24 of a true marathon. Directional sound is much better on the 500P, so tracking opponents in Destiny and other FPS games is easier. Control is handled via the earcups and is tactically tactile so you’ll never fumble in the heat of battle. Sound on both the 400 and 500P is crisp, clean, and pushes the bass. [Purchase: $80]

PDP Afterglow Kral

PDP Afterglow Kral

Pro: Works on Windows 8.1
Con: Heavy

Pretty with Personality: The same way you never want to find out a pretty girl is vapid and will tell you about her cats for hours on end, you don’t want a gaming headset maker to sacrifice quality for gimmicky flash. Though these have lots of literal flash, they also deliver where it counts. Plush polyurethane earpads make wearing the Kral comfortable while the adjustable size fits even the largest cranium. A removable and highly sensitive mic makes barking orders to your lazy squadmates easy. The wireless transmitter gives you a lot of range and managed to hold on up to 100 feet, though we can’t recommend playing at that distance. Near and far audio came through cleanly with impressive staging which – combined with the noise-cancelling headphone design – amped up the immersion and tension in The Evil Within. [Purchase: $84]

PlayStation Gold Wireless

PlayStation Gold Wireless

Pro: Easy connection to PS4
Con: Sound adjustment app is awful

Syncopation: The nice thing about using a product that comes from the actual company is how easy it is to set up. With this Playstation 4 headset, it’s true plug-and-play. The 7.1 surround is good, though it is virtual so don’t expect really deep immersion. For chatting, the mic is hidden in the actual cans themselves, along with the controls for a more streamlined look that still does everything you need. You won’t find yourself lost in the sounds the way you will with higher-end offerings, but the audio is very good for the price. We found these generally comfortable, but the weight and size might leave some shaking these off in favor of something a little less bulky. For EQ tweaking, these use an app…and it’s terrible. [Purchase: $94]

HyperX Cloud II Pro

HyperX Cloud II Pro

Pro: Rich sound staging
Con: Wired

Perfect Fit: The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset was a decent piece of gear, but when it comes to something made strictly for the PC and the PS4, there is little that can top the new Cloud II Pro. These fit like a glove from the word go thanks to the 100% memory foam cups and generous padding on the headband. The virtual 7.1 surround sound captures nuances that you didn’t know you were missing due to the wide 15-25,000Hz frequency response that digs deeper into the lows and aims higher for the highs. We found it possible to track zombies in Dying Light by sound alone for an easier stealth approach. Chat is clear as a bell on both ends. [Purchase: $100]

Astro A40 and MixAmp Pro

Astro A40 and MixAmp Pro

Pro: Includes amp
Con: Plastic materials could be stronger

For Control Junkies: When we looked at our favorite Xbox One headsets, there was one that really stood out for the elite gamer who needs to shift their settings depending on whether they’re crawling through dungeons or fragging foes. For anyone looking to get more than just a headset for their Playstation 4, and instead wants a full listening system, the A40 with MixAmp is there. The in-line amplifier gives you EQ control for more bass or treble depending on your needs, as well as a fuller sound mix that never drops input nor drowns out game sounds with teammate chatter. Smashing Dolby 7.1 surround sound rounds out one of the most glorious PS4 headset experiences on the planet, so long as you don’t mind the cost. [Purchase: $250]

Astro A50 Wireless

Astro A50 Wireless

Pro: Zero wireless lag
Con: Chat can cause buzzing in right ear

King of the Wireless: These are spectacular from an audio perspective, especially for a wireless headset. The sound range is crisp and clean with nary a footstep, explosion, or distant gunshot missed. Even at several feet, there’s no noticeable lag, even during rapid fire chatting as a firefight turns into a full-blown slaughter. Comfortable padding around the earcups is light, allows some ventilation, and feels good. You’ll find the mic responsive and perfectly positioned. The Dolby 7.1 comes through without a hitch. The one problem is that some models seem to come with a buzzing in the right ear during chat that is a bloody nightmare. When it isn’t there, you’re golden, but make sure to check this during the return window, because it can’t be fixed. If you’ve got the bug, send these back posthaste. [Purchase: $300]

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