The PlayStation 5 not only improves your gaming experience with stunning graphical advancements, but it also enhances it with magnificent 3D sound. The Tempest 3D Audio feature on the new PS5 console is a spatial audio system designed to wrap you in a tempest of surround sound. That’s true; rather than utilizing an existing 3D audio system such as Dolby Atmos or DTS:X, Sony developed their own. It is also expected to grow in popularity over time.
Tempest 3D Audio’s full sonic prowess, however, is currently only available on a few gaming headphones. The good news is that the technology should work with any headset that is compatible with the console, which brings us to the best PS5 headsets. Aside from being compatible with (or better still, optimized for) the system, the best PS5 headset should also have superb sound quality, a clear mic, a comfortable fit, and decent gaming features.
It also doesn’t hurt if it looks good on your head. You should also enjoy what you’re hearing and be able to do so comfortably. Here are our top selections for the best PS5 headsets:
1. Sony Pulse 3D
The Sony Pulse 3D is the only PS5 headset that can truly paint pictures with sound and the help of Sony’s Tempest Engine. After all, Sony created the headset particularly to provide players with the complete 3D audio experience that the PS5 is capable of, fine-tuning it for its 3D audio technology. In fact, this headset was released alongside the console, so they’re an audio match made in heaven. It also has a few additional tricks up its sleeve. It’s stylish, light, and quite comfy. It has a high-quality microphone. It’s also relatively inexpensive.
It has several flaws, including as a 12-hour battery life, which will irritate individuals who despise having to continually charge their devices. It could also be built more robustly and include a few more features such as a high-quality microphone, improved noise isolation, and even a better fit for players who wear glasses. Bluetooth connectivity would have been good as well. However, given that it is the first of its kind, it is already a fantastic headset that has everything a PS5 player needs to get started.
2. Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2
If full Tempest 3D Audio compatibility isn’t a must-have — the capability is available on most PS5-compatible headsets Then the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 is your best pick. It’s the same price as the Sony Pulse 3D, but instead of paying for Tempest fine-tuning, you’re paying for other things. Among these are Turtle Beach’s Superhuman Hearing technology, which improves all of the sound details important to your game, and the ProSpecs feature, which allows you to wear the headset comfortably while wearing glasses. There’s also a handy flip-to-mute microphone and a 15-hour battery life.
These have a bit greater clamping force than other PS5 headphones, have fewer connecting choices, and are largely made of plastic. However, it more than makes up for those shortcomings with its appealing features, low price, and excellent performance. Furthermore, if you’re bored of the usual all-black gaming accessories, its white variant complements the PS5.
3. Arctis Prime
The Arctis Prime is SteelSeries’ more economical option in the Arctis range, with fewer features and a focus on the necessities. However, it retains the unique Arctis sound that we adore and that audiophiles can appreciate.
What the Prime lacks in frills, it more than makes up for with robust construction, breathable comfort, adequate noise isolation, and, of course, superb sound.
As a result, it’s the best affordable alternative for PS5 gamers who aren’t fully sold on wireless peripherals. Plug the 3.5mm connector into your PS5 gamepad, and you’re ready to go – not to mention it makes use of that 3D audio deliciousness. Some people might want additional functionality on their headsets, but for those who prefer a more simple approach, it’s a winner.
4. SteelSeries Arctis 7P+
Spending a little more money may be worthwhile for those gamers who take their audio seriously and enjoy dabbling in almost any console or gaming system. The SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ is compatible with almost any system and has both USB and USB-C transmitters, allowing you to have one headset to rule them all. It also offers a battery life of up to 30 hours, which outperforms Sony’s own product. Naturally, as an Arctis headset, it has good sound quality, a sturdy design, and excellent comfort – as well as the line’s ClearCast bidirectional retractable mic.
Did we mention it has complete Tempest 3D AudioTech compatibility? That’s correct. This wireless PS5 headset will provide you with the full experience of the PS5’s sought 3D audio immersion. So, while this is a bit more expensive, you definitely get your money’s worth. Surprisingly, this may not be as suitable for music listening. But, after all, we’re here to play games, aren’t we?
5. Razer Barracuda X
Razer’s entry into the PS5 ring is all about immersion. The Razer Barracuda X is one of the only devices that fully supports Sony’s Tempest 3D AudioTech, and it also supports THX Spatial Audio for a 7.1 surround sound experience. Basically, whether you’re playing on your PS5 or PC, this headset will immerse you in the action. Just keep in mind that activating the THX Spatial Audio function requires a purchased app, but it’s a one-time fee for a lifetime of immersive gaming.
Aside from the wacky 80s-style moniker, there are a few other things we like about the Barracuda X. It has a relatively long battery life, is lightweight, and has a sleek and minimalist style that allows it to pass for a standard pair of headphones. When you pull out the detachable microphone, no one will look at you strangely when you’re on a plane or a bus.
6. Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2
The first thing you’ll notice about the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 is how luxurious it feels to wear, almost as if you’ve wrapped a cloud around your head. It’s because of the cooling gel-infused soft memory foam ear pads.
However, that is not the only factor that contributes to the comfort of this headset. Its ProSpecs design allows gamers who use glasses to enjoy their game in comfort as well. It has superb sound, battery life of up to 20 hours, and Turtle Beach’s Superhuman Hearing abilities. Through Windows Sonic, it also offers virtual 7.1 surround sound.
We might as well just make a bulleted list of its abilities at this point… Its small USB wireless dongle adds to its versatility. It also has Bluetooth, so you can quickly and easily pair it with your PC if you wish to move between platforms.
7. Audeze Penrose
The Audeze Penrose isn’t without flaws. In fact, its first fit caused us problems. In a literal sense. Its sound, on the other hand, is absolutely outstanding, reaching audiophile-level quality that we rarely witness on gaming headsets. Some of Arctis’ high-end options may come close, but the Penrose outperforms them all. So, if you’re pickier about your audio, this could be the PS5 gaming headset for you. As long as you’re willing to pay a premium because it’s not cheap.
However, you may find solace in the fact that it has a plethora of functions. Its value is enhanced by multi-platform compatibility and different connectivity possibilities. When you add in that fantastic microphone and the fact that it can also be used for media consumption, you’re getting a good return on investment. Just be careful to break it in properly.
8. Astro A50
To utilise the Astro A50 with your PS5, you’ll need a few items and a bunch of wires plugged into a variety of ports on three different devices: the PS5, the A50 base station, and the Astro HDMI adapter for PS5. Don’t worry; the setup is rather simple. It’s merely a series of steps. So, what’s the point? Only three of the many reasons are great sound, Dolby surrounds sound processing, and Game: Voice balance. The Astro A50 is one of the best gaming headsets available, and this holds true for PS5 gaming as well.
It’s also one of the most comfortable – honestly, we could wear it for hours and not notice it’s there – and adaptable. In fact, if you already own the most recent model, all you need is an HDMI adaptor and you’re good to go. Have a PS5 and an Xbox Series X console? Simply purchase an additional Astro A50 charging station for Xbox Series X/S and you may share a single headset between the two systems.