Xbox’s latest consoles, both Series X and Series S, not only deliver stunning high-resolution visuals (4K in the case of Series X), they also round out your gaming experience with support for the best spatial audio and surround sound technologies such as Dolby Atmos, DTS Headphone:X and Windows Sonic. To get the most immersive gaming experience with any of these consoles, you don’t just need the right monitor or gaming TV; it also asks for the right gaming headset.
If your headset has a 3.5mm audio jack, a USB connector or a USB wireless transmitter, you should have no problem enjoying Series X/S gaming with it. However, taking full advantage of the next-level audio experience of these consoles requires the right hardware, which brings us to the best Xbox Series X/S headsets. Here are our top picks.
TL;DR – Here are our picks for the best Xbox Series X/S headsets:
1. Xbox Wireless Headset
Best Xbox headset
The Xbox Wireless Headset is an accessible gaming headset specifically designed to enhance any gamer’s immersion in Xbox Series X/S gaming. It connects wirelessly to your console (no wireless USB adapter required), delivers incredible sound performance and comes with the works – Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos and DTS Headphone:X.
Its intuitive controls, namely the rotating earcups for volume and game/chat balance, also make it easy to use during gaming sessions. The price isn’t too shabby at $100, making it affordable for most people, including budget gamers. Battery life could be better, but overall this is the best headset for Xbox X/S.
2. Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2
Best Wireless Xbox Headset
Versatile and comfortable, the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 connects wirelessly to your Series X/S, without the need for a wireless USB transmitter, and to your other devices via Bluetooth. It also features Windows Sonic support for Xbox and Turtle Beach’s Superhuman Hearing for PC for immersive gaming audio no matter what platform you’re on.
For extreme comfort, it offers a great fit even with glasses on, and comes with a pair of Aerofit ear cushions with cooling gel, allowing you to wear it for hours. Plus, the battery life of up to 20 hours is a boon for those who hate charging their devices. It doesn’t come standard with Dolby Atmos for headphones, but you’re welcome to activate it via an Xbox or Microsoft Store app (for a fee, of course).
3. Nacon RIG 700 Pro HX
Best Ultra Cheap Xbox Headset
Not everyone wants to spend a huge chunk of change on a new Xbox headset, and the Nacon RIG 700 Pro HX is the perfect budget pair that doesn’t compromise on features. Costing less than $90, this headset still offers Dolby Atmos, giving you an immersive 3D audio experience to clearly hear all the audio signals in your games, especially your favorite shooters.
On top of the Dolby Atmos support, the Nacon RIG 700 Pro HX offers a super lightweight, comfortable build and a battery life of 12 hours, so you should be able to enjoy hours of gaming with this one. There’s virtually no lag, and the noise-isolating ear cups should keep you focused on gameplay. Plus, there’s a clear-sounding, noise-cancelling removable microphone on the headset to communicate with your teammates. The only real shortcomings of this headset are that the plastic construction is less durable than steel, the microphone mute button can be a bit confusing and there is no Bluetooth connectivity. If those aren’t deal breakers, this is the set for you.
4. SteelSeries Arctic 7X
Most comfortable Xbox headset
As one of the best Xbox headsets, the SteelSeries Arctis 7X stands out for comfort and longevity. This has the longest battery life we’ve seen on an Xbox headset that delivers great audio performance, up to 24 hours, making it ideal for those who tend to game for long periods of time.
Thanks to the adjustable headband with ski goggle suspension and the soft ear cups swaddled in breathable fabric, it makes those long gaming sessions comfortable and sweat-free. Of course, we can’t forget the multi-device connectivity either – if you’ve got both the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles, as well as a Nintendo Switch and a Google Stadia controller, this is the headset you’re looking for.
5. Razer Kaira Pro
Best Bluetooth Xbox Headset
If there’s one Xbox Series X/S headset that’s also great for travel gaming headsets, it’s the Razer Kaira Pro. It has a slim, compact and lightweight design. Not to mention, if you unplug the microphone, you can use regular headphones if you want to game on the train, in a cafe, or at an airport. On the other hand, RGB fans will appreciate the Chroma RGB lighting on the ear cups.
It’s not just for Xbox gaming either, as in addition to Xbox wireless connectivity, it also comes with Bluetooth 5.0 so you can connect it to your mobile phone or console. You can actually extend battery life up to 20 hours if you turn off those RGB lighting, which you’d probably want to do when you’re out and about.
6. Audeze Penrose X
Best audiophile Xbox headset
The Audeze Penrose X may not win when it comes to comfort out of the box – these headsets require a good break-in – but it wins in versatility and audio performance. It comes with USB wireless connectivity, as well as Bluetooth and 3.5mm analog, so you can connect it to your console or to your controller.
And since these are Audeze headphones, you also get audiophile-level sound performance that’s incredibly balanced. The sound image is so excellent that you hardly need Dolby Atmos or DTS Headphones:X. Battery life and range could be better here, and again the fit isn’t ideal, but if you have demanding sound sensitivities you’ll want this one.
7. Bang-Olufsen Beoplay Portal
Best Premium Xbox Headset
Not everyone is willing to spend $500 on a gaming headset, but if you are, B&O’s Beoplay Portal is a great Xbox headset to try. You get a lot for that high price tag, with multiple connectivity options (and thus compatibility with multiple devices), Dolby Atmos support, a slim and incredibly lightweight design, extreme comfort and fantastic sound quality.
It’s also uniquely one of the few gaming headsets with active noise cancellation, if you don’t want to be disturbed or distracted while gaming. We only wish it had longer battery life and a more robust wireless connection, but with everything else you get, these are minor compromises.
Michelle Rae Uy is a freelance tech and travel writer, part-time production editor, and full-time traveler from Los Angeles, California. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles, London and the rest of the world. Follow her on Instagram @straywithRae.