When it comes to PC gaming, the audio is just as important as the visual when creating an immersive experience. To upgrade your audio, you’ll want to check out the best gaming headphones and headsets of 2018 to see what the pick of the year is.
Adding a quality gaming headset or headphones to your setup can do wonders for the overall experience. Yet, it’s something that many gamers leave until last to invest in. With the addition of one of these devices, you’ll increase your stealth, make a more immersive experience, and heighten the quality of your gaming experience, so what’s not to love?
If you’re in the market for some new sound, check out our list of the best gaming headphones and headsets of 2018. Within this list, we’ve found wired and wireless, budget-friendly, premium, those with plenty of features and some that are simple, so there’s sure to be one that fits your requirements.
SteelSeries is pretty good at making gaming audio and this range especially is known for the high-quality audio. You’ll get surround sound, which could do with a little improvement, but it will definitely add some more quality to your game because of the sheer quality of the sound. It also includes a digital to audio converter which means these are great for movies, music, and more. These are mid-range in price but premium in sound quality, so a great choice for audiophiles.
Who would have thought something so cheap could be so good? The Razer ManO’War might be a bit bulky compared to others on our list but you won’t be uncomfortable thanks to its plush ear cups. These headphones come with Chroma RGB lighting that you can customize so it’ll really accentuate your gaming setup. This is an easy to use product that suits tech beginners and it only requires a USB receiver to set up.
Comfort is key when it comes to the Creative Sound Blaster X H7 Tournament edition, so it’s perfect for those gamers who play for seriously long stretches. This is definitely one of the more stylish additions to our list but that doesn’t mean it sacrificed on sound quality. This is a serious upgrade to their previous models in looks and sound quality, and it delivers some of the crispest audio around to make any gamer happy. The cost is pretty standard at around $150 so you don’t have to break the b bank just to get this level of audio quality.
If you’re a gamer who likes the freedom of wireless headphones, check out the Astro A50 Wireless. Sure, you can expect to pay around double what most of these others cost, but it’s well worth it. The A50 wireless has a charging dock, unidirectional noise-canceling mic, and Dolby Digital 7.1 Surround Sound, just to name a few features. This is for serious gamers who want nothing less than the best and are happy to pay for it.
Coming in at the lower end of the price scale is the HyperX Could Revolver S. These amazing headphones might be budget friendly but feel like a premium product. With 7.1 channel surround sound courtesy of Dolby and absolute comfort, you’ll be forgiven for thinking these are a lot more expensive than they are. One notable downside is the detachable mic which is more awkward than helpful, so maybe something for them to remember next time.
Super cheap and super simple seems to be the motto that Logitech is going for with the G Pro Gaming Headset. These headphones are pretty great in terms of sound quality which is amazing for its price. The comfort is also exceptional, and they’ve managed to get these two things right by basically stripping away any other features. This is simple and gets the job done, perfect for those who don’t want to make a fuss.
Do you find yourself constantly running out of battery and cursing the fact that you didn’t upgrade to something with a longer life? The HyperX Cloud Flight headset and headphones might be your answer. These headphones come with a huge 30-hour battery life which translates to about two full days of gaming. Sadly, there’s no surround sound, but some might be okay with that as they can easily adjust settings using the Dolby Access app.
Another great addition to the list from Astro is their more reasonably priced A20 headphones. These cost a lot less but still offer exceptional stereo sound and in a neat little wireless package. You’ll get about 15 hours of battery which is pretty standard and it’s comfortable while being durable. This ticks all of the basic boxes for the best gaming headphones and headset but without all of the pizazz.
Seriously expensive and for serious gamers, the Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament headphones are the way to go if you take your passion a little further than most. These are super comfortable and luxurious padded, but if you want something that doesn’t look like gaming headphones then keep shopping. Using 50mm sound drivers it delivers some of the best audio around, as long as you can look past the orange design.
SteelSeries can make exceptional headphones both wired and wireless, and this is the wireless version that proves that. These give you lossless audio that you’d usually find in a wired set, but with all the benefits of no cords. They might cost a little extra but they’re worth it, if only for the dual battery charging system that means you’ll never have to stop gaming because of a flat battery ever again.
You’ll be hard pressed finding another gaming headset for this price that comes with as much quality as the Corsair HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset. For around $50 you’ll get serious amazing sound and comfort that means you can play all day and night without an issue. Even the mic is amazing which means they’ve delivered on every front. This is affordable but without many of the bells and whistles that the others have, so if you prefer low cost over high features, this is a great choice.
If their computers are anything to go by, then you’re going to love the Asus ROG Centurion 7.1 headset. These headphones deliver fantastic spatial sound that adds reality to your gaming that you probably never experienced before. They’re expensive and a bit more work because of an onboard amp, but these small problems aside they are one of the better picks. As an added bonus, you can transfer the sound to an external speaker to really get your gaming juices flowing.
This headset is great for those who like the separate mic from their headphones. Corsair has improved on the last model of the headphones by making them wireless, improving the look, and also adding surround sound audio. One downfall is the mic can be hard to store as there’s nowhere on the set to do so, which is kind of annoying when you’ve got a gaming setup to keep organized. For a budget-friendly option that still delivers high-quality sound, the Corsair HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset is a great choice.
These headphones are designed for gamers who spend long hours enjoying their favorite hobby, which is probably all of us. Beyerdynamic Custom Game is a headset that knows the important areas and aims to please in them. The comfort levels are phenomenal and the sound is even better, so that’s more than enough to impress gamers. Expect to pay a little more for the pleasure of using these, but your gameplay will thank you for it.
Some might be fooled into thinking that these headphones are all RGB, but we should disclose that it’s only the logo that does the honors. This problem aside, the Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless headsets are exceptionally built and will likely last your gaming setup for years. You’re able to sync the small lighting to the rest of your rig and it’ll look pretty darn cool while you do it. These headphones offer excellent sound quality and many of the features that make gamers happy but be prepared to pay a little extra for it.