The PlayStation 4 is a fantastic console with some phenomenal games, whether you buy the regular/Slim or Pro version. That doesn’t mean that it can’t be improved though, and there’s a massive market for PlayStation 4 accessories designed to improve your gaming. From new controllers to headsets, VR to SSDs, there’s no shortage of ways to take your PS4 to the next level.
One of the biggest areas for improvement is in audio, as the in-ear headset that comes in the box is unlikely to keep players satisfied for long, with thin audio and a crackly mic. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the best headsets we can find for the PS4 that should keep your online trash talk crisp and clear.
PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0
The PS4 comes with a headset for the sake of voice chat while you’re playing online, but it’s a pretty lightweight piece of kit, with a single in-ear headphone and in-wire microphone. Sure, it’s good enough to get the job done, but if you’re looking to do any serious online gaming or record some audio for streaming, you’ll probably want an upgrade.
The best place to start looking is the official PlayStation Wireless Stereo Headset (known in the US as the PlayStation Gold headset). It boasts 7.1 virtual surround sound, an internal mic, and various pre-set sound modes for games, movies, and music. Sony promises the rechargeable battery will last for eight hours at a time, and there are changeable faceplates in case the stock colour scheme doesn’t do it for you.
SteelSeries Arctis 7
Gaming headsets have a tendency to lie a little on the garish end of the spectrum, so it’s a relief to find the SteelSeries Arctis line, which actually looks like something we’d be happy to wear in public.
Beyond the slick design, the Arctis headsets offer crisp, clear audio and a retractable microphone. They’re also among the most comfortable headphones we’ve ever worn, sitting lightly on the head and feeling comfortable and airy even at the end of a marathon Destiny session.
All three models feature the same 40mm audio drivers, so picking your version is a matter of balancing price and features. The Arctis 3 is the base model, the Arctis 5 throws in a USB connection and configurable lighting, and the Arctis 7 switches to 2.4GHz wireless input (and ditches the lights).
The 5 and 7 also both include a ChatMix dial to control game/chat volume, but it’s worth noting that this only works on PC, not on PS4 – as does the 7.1 surround sound. Still, even without those features, the Arctis headsets offer tremendous quality and comfort for their price.
Turtle Beach Elite Pro
If you’re looking to get seriously competitive, and don’t mind splashing some cash to do so, you might want to look at the Turtle Beach Elite Pro. Designed for tournament play, it’s seriously comfortable (and adjustable), and boasts deep, impressive audio with a crisp, clear microphone. The only real downside is that it’s exclusively wired, not wireless.
It really comes into its own when you pair it with the matching Tactical Audio Controller though. This mini mixer lets you control game/chat audio balance, mic monitoring, volume and more with the touch of a slider, including a few in-built presets. It uses a combo of USB and optical out to get the best possible quality audio – though will happily use the optical out from your TV if you have a PS4 Slim, so it should be compatible with every PS4 model.