The RECON 50X also includes Turtle Beach’s renowned high-sensitivity mic, which can be removed when watching movies and listening to music, and the headset’s versatile 3.5 mm connection makes it perfect for using with Xbox and PlayStation® controllers, Nintendo Switch and compatible mobile/tablet devices. The RECON 50X features Turtle Beach’s latest lightweight and comfortable design, with high-quality 40 mm over-ear speakers that let you hear every crisp high and thundering low, plus convenient in-line controls that allow you to quickly and easily adjust Master Volume and Mic Mute.
The RECON 50X also includes Turtle Beach’s renowned high-sensitivity mic, which can be removed when watching movies and listening to music, and the headset’s versatile 3.5 mm connection makes it perfect for using with Xbox and PlayStation® controllers, Nintendo Switch and compatible mobile/tablet devices. The Xbox Series X|S continues Microsoft's dedication to backwards compatibility, not only with its games and controllers, but also its third-party accessories.
One perk of owning an Xbox is that some of its finest gaming headset options are able to connect without a USB dongle, just like a controller. One of our favorite Xbox headsets, the Steelers Arctic 9X, is capable of doing exactly this and is well worth its hefty price tag.
These include the Steelers Arctic 1 wireless, which works with every platform including the PS5 and Nintendo Switch; the Corsair HS70 Bluetooth, which connects to your controller via 3.5 mm cable and your smartphone via Bluetooth; and the Scum H, which features a number of customization options to personalize your experience. Its metal frame, excellent audio, and comfortable ear cushions make it a pair that's always enjoyable to wear, and its all-wireless connectivity is its winning feature.
You can then connect it to your phone via Bluetooth and listen to your music or podcasts or even chat with your friends on Discord. The Stealth 700 Gen 2's metal headband, Bluetooth connectivity, and 20-hour battery life make it a great option for any Xbox gamer.
It's also very comfortable, with soft ear cushions that make this headset easy to wear for long sessions. If you're looking for a simple experience, then the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 gaming headset is an excellent pick.
However, it provides excellent sound and a comfortable experience for those looking to game for long sessions. Like the company's controllers, you can customize the look and feel of the Scum H, including the color of the interchangeable tags and the material of the ear cushions.
From there, all you need to do is plug it into your controller of choice via 3.5 mm cable and enjoy the excellent sound the speakers provide. Further, investing in a wireless gaming headset can prevent you from getting tangled in a cord and losing a match.
On top of that, having a decent mic allows others to hear you clearly when you're in the middle of a long gaming session -- even if there's a lot of background noise. Stay tuned Subscribe to the CNET TVs, Streaming and Audio newsletter for the best of our home entertainment coverage.
It's also worth noting that many, if not most, wired Xbox headsets also work just fine with the PlayStation 4, Windows PCs, Macs and the Nintendo Switch. We also took mic quality into consideration, because that's especially important if your gaming session requires group coordination.
These are the results of our own home-based testing, updated periodically, and include some options suggested by GameS pot's list of best gaming headsets. David Carney/CNETTurtle Beach has upgraded its popular Stealth 700 headset, improving both its performance and comfort.
The build quality is solid, and I liked the “cooling gel-infused” memory foam ear cushions, which really fit my head nicely and play well with glasses. Hyper you're looking for a really solid wired headset with an affordable price tag, the Hyper Cloud X is an excellent choice.
It's sturdily built, has good sound with strong microphone performance and most importantly, it's comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions. David Carney/Nettle Racer Nazi Ultimate for Xbox is a beast of wireless headset, at least in terms of size.
That said, it's not heavy and its auto-adjusting headband makes this one of the most comfortable gaming headsets you can buy ; just note that its ear cups really stick out from your head. Aside from excellent sound quality and comfort, the other signature feature is the built-in Hyperspace haptic feedback technology that lets you feel the game while you're playing.
It's worth pointing out that this is an open-back headset, which does help open up the sound stage and give the audio a more airy quality, but the sound will leak out of the headphones, which could annoy others around you. While it doesn't have the more premium build quality of the Stealth 700, it's a very comfortable headset with good sound and performance.
The audio quality has been improved slightly, and like the Stealth 700, it's equipped with a larger high-sensitivity flip-to-mute mic that seamlessly integrates into the headset when retracted (muted). SteelSeriesIf you want a much more affordable alternative to the 9X, check out the Arctic 1, a well-designed (but less swanky) wireless model that sells for about $100.
It's a good value, with a detachable Discord-certified microphone, and battery life is rated at up to 20 hours, which is pretty decent. This is a very comfortable headset with excellent sound and good microphone performance (the mic is detachable).
Amazonas far as basic wired gaming headsets go, you can't go wrong with the Hyper's Cloud Stinger Core. There's nothing fancy about this model, but it's pretty lightweight and comfortable with nicely padded ear cups, plus it has a detachable boom microphone.
On the left ear cup there's a volume control dial along with a microphone mute button. While some of JBL's higher-end models feature wireless connectivity and even noise-canceling, the Quantum 100 is just a basic gaming headphone that will appeal to more casual gamers on a tight budget.