Trying to pick the best Xbox One headset was made a little awkward when Microsoft originally released the Xbox One, jamming proprietary audio connections on the first controllers.
That has meant there aren’t that many dedicated Xbox One headsets to choose from. Thankfully though, while they’re lacking in quantity, there’s no shortage of quality. A good gaming headset can make a huge difference to your gaming experience; making it a more immersive one with clearer, crisper game audio, and a more successful one with more clarity in your voice chat in-game.
And with the newer controllers sporting a traditional 3.5mm jack more and more third party headsets are now compatible. We’ve already checked out the all-round best gaming headsets but here’s our pick of the perfect audio companions for your Xbox One.
Astro makes arguably the best Xbox One headsets around and we think the classic Astro A40 is the king. The slightly chunky, closed-back, over-ear design is solidly built and reassuringly comfortable for those long gaming sessions. The Astro A40s come with a selection of presets for Xbox One and the Mixamp M80 to plug into your controller.
They’re also lighter than the competing Astro A50 set, because of that option’s wireless capability and li-ion batteries. And actually the A40 has a slightly wider frequency range too. Unless you believe Astro’s site claiming a range on the A50s of 20Hz - 20,000kHz…
Essentially the Astro A50 is a wireless version of the excellent Astro A40 headset.The A50 uses the same 40mm drivers as its progenitor, though there seems to be a slight difference in frequency response between the two top-end Xbox One headsets.
As an entry-level Xbox One headset you might be expecting something flimsy and lightweight in both build-quality and audio performance. But while it most definitely is a lightweight set of cans, the Turtle Beach XO One is a still a great sounding budget headset. It’s also got a pretty impressive feature set too given the price, including game/chat audio balancing, bass boost and a detachable mic.
There are better-sounding headsets on the market but none with hefty feature set and remarkable price-tag of the XO One.
The lightweight RIG Flex from Plantronics is another worthy contender to the budget headset crown, but we find the Turtle Beach pair are just a little more comfortable with their oval ear-cups versus the RIG Flex’s round ones. Though they both have impressive audio performance for the price.
If you can’t stretch to the cost of one of the Astro headsets - because, let’s face it, they are the price of buying a new Xbox One in the first place - but still want to spend a little more on your gaming audio then Turtle Beach’s XO Seven is a great choice. The Pro version of the is the model we’d go for - for only a little extra on the price of the standard option you get a host of audio and mic presets. Switch to Superhuman Hearing Mode and you’ll be able to hear a pin drop...or an a stealthy opponent trying to sneak up on your six.
We find it really hard not to recommend this excellent headset to everyone. The sound reproduction is excellent and the price frankly astounding for the quality you get. The only issue for the Xbox faithful is if you’re rocking an older controller, without the 3.5mm jack, then you’ll also need the stereo headset adapter too.
If you’re already the proud owner of gaming headset you’re happy with then it might be a little frustrating to have to buy a different one just to be compatible with Microsoft’s current gen console. You have two alternatives, either purchase a new Xbox One controller with the 3.5mm jack already in place, or the cheaper option is to buy the Stereo Headset Adapter separately.