Beyond a computer, good video, clear audio and a high-quality microphone are the three things you absolutely need if you’re going to be a serious streamer. If you want to make it in this highly competitive industry, you need one of the best headsets for streaming.
You can get away without showing your face — especially if you’re a VTuber who prefers not to reveal your features — but your audience needs to be able to hear you clearly. If they can’t hear you because the audio keeps crackling and fading out, it’s going to be nearly impossible to keep them around.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the best headsets for streaming.
1. HyperX Cloud Flight S
Wireless headphones are great until they die on you in the middle of a long stream. You won’t have to worry about that with the HyperX Cloud Flight S headset. These wireless headsets are compatible with both the PS4 and PC and offer 30 hours of battery life before they need to be recharged.
They’re also one of the only wireless headsets on the market right now that works with wireless “Qi” charging, so there’s no risk of damaging a charging port in your rush to charge it when the low battery alert beeps in your ear. In addition to all these features, the headset also gives you 7.1 surround sound, so you’ll be able to hear every little sound design detail that might give you an edge in whatever game you’re streaming.
2. Logitech G635
Logitech is known for making some of the best PC peripherals in the industry and the G635 headset is no exception. It’s actually one of the most popular brands since it has high sound quality standards and tailors products toward gamers. The Logitech G635 is one of the best headsets for streaming because it sounds great and looks cool.
The wired headset offers high-quality DTS Headphone X2.0 surround sound to provide an immersive audio experience. Logitech’s proprietary 50mm Pro-G audio drivers work with a woven hybrid mesh within the earpieces to make it easier to hear all the game details. The Lightsync RGB lighting is customizable and can even be programmed to sync with your gameplay, creating an interactive show for your audience.
3. Razer Kraken Tournament Edition
This is one of the few headsets on this list that is best for console streamers. Most console gamers are probably used to using their TV’s speakers or living room sound system, but if you’ve got a mic and a streaming setup, this isn’t really an option.
The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition headset offers 7.1 surround sound and has massive 50mm drivers that make it easier to hear game sound and voice chats. You can use this headset for PC gaming and it does come with active noise canceling on the microphone, but the feature only seems to work on PC.
4. SteelSeries Arctis 7
One of the biggest problems with wireless headsets — especially those paired with Bluetooth — is latency. It doesn’t do you any good to hear a gunshot or a zombie groan if it happens after your character has already died.
Fortunately, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 headset uses a 2.5GHz wireless dongle that allows you to connect to your streaming setup from up to 40 feet away. However, the use of a USB dongle means these headsets will only work for PC and PS4 streamers.
5. Corsair Void RGB Elite Wireless Gaming Headset
For streamers who spend multiple hours every single day in front of their computer, a good wireless headset is the peak of comfort. The Corsair Void RGB Elite Wireless Gaming Headset offers low-latency audio within 40 feet of its source and can support up to 16 hours of use before it needs to recharge.
Also, the auto-muting microphone is an important feature for anyone who might not have the house to themselves while they’re streaming. If you’re a fan of the aesthetic side of things, you can even buy a matching stand for your Corsair Void headset so they have a safe place to hang and charge when you’re not using them.
6. Astro Gaming A50 Wireless Dolby
Let’s give Xbox at least one good headset to work with as we make our way through this list. The Astro Gaming A50 is among the best headsets for streaming on Xbox. It offers up to 15 hours of listening time on a single charge and provides Dolby 7.1 surround sound, which creates the perfect immersive gaming experience.
Unlike a lot of headsets, the controls and dials are simple and user-friendly, so you won’t find yourself unmuting the microphone when you mean to turn down the volume. These will also work on PC, but they’re primarily designed for Xbox gamers.
7. Sennheiser GSP 600
Are you having trouble finding a headset that will let you switch back and forth between PC and console streams? The Sennheiser GSP 600 is compatible with all major gaming consoles, as well as PC and Mac, so there’s something for everyone. The 3.5mm audio jack is compatible with just about everything, though you may need an adaptor for some Xbox One controllers.
It uses a closed acoustic design that provides superior sound quality while acting as passive noise cancellation as well. The microphone has a unique flip-to-mute feature — just flip it up when you’re done talking and you’ll silence it.
8. BENGOO G9000 Gaming Headset
You don’t have to break the bank to bring home a high-quality gaming headset. The BENGOO G9000 gaming headset is a budget-friendly option that provides some serious quality for what you’re getting. This wired headset comes with a heavy braided cable that resists breakage and is compatible with a variety of different platforms.
The noise-isolating microphone works well to cancel out background noise, and the padding around the ears and across the headband makes it comfortable for long hours of wear. It’s one of the best headsets for streaming if you stream for hours at a time.
9. Logitech G Pro X
And we’re back to Logitech again, but that’s because they make many of our favorite headsets. The detachable microphone is perfect for those afternoons when you just want to game instead of stream and a mic would get in your way. Logitech’s software allows you to download all sorts of EQ profiles, including some from your favorite streamers, or you can make your own presets so you’re ready to go at the push of a button without having to fidget with your settings.
The all-black look of this headset won’t win any awards for aesthetics, but what it lacks in flashy RGB LEDs it definitely makes up for in sound and microphone quality. Besides, it’s a nice look for streamers who are going for a simplistic look.
10. Corsair Virtuoso
If you’re wearing a headset for hours on end, the last thing you want is to be stuck with an uncomfortable pair that leaves your ears aching. The Corsair Virtuoso headset comes equipped with memory foam padding that conforms to the shape of your head, so you could — in theory — wear this headset until the battery dies. These wireless headphones offer 20 hours of playtime between charges and feature a detachable microphone and 7.1 digital surround sound.
Instead of relying on often clogged Bluetooth signals, Corsair uses its own patented 2.4 GHz low-latency “Slipstream” technology, so there are no worries about getting your signals crossed or losing your audio during an important boss fight.
11. SteelSeries Arctis 9X
This headset is marketed as one of the best for Xbox streamers. It is capable of simultaneously connecting with your console as well as other devices like your phone, so you can hear game audio and answer phone calls at the same time. The noise-canceling microphone utilizes bidirectional functionality to remove background noise.
On the audio side of things, the high quality allows you to even tell the difference between sounds depending on their distance from your character. In games that utilize directional audio, this can mean the difference between life and death.
12. Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2
Turtle Beach headphones have been some of the most comfortable headphones we’ve ever worn, and the Elite Pro 2 gaming headset is worth every penny that you’ll spend on it. The earpads are comfortable and made from memory foam, making them perfect for anyone who wears glasses, helping to reduce the pressure on the temples.
The open-air cushions aren’t noise-canceling but do help keep your ears cool during marathon gaming sessions. However, its microphone is what makes it one of the best headsets for streaming. The microphone uses Turtle Beach’s “TruSpeak” technology for superior noise cancellation and clarity.
Which Will You Choose?
Finding the perfect gaming headset is an incredibly subjective process. Some gamers favor comfort or aesthetics over perfect noise canceling, while others prefer to opt for high-quality audio over everything. Still, others will only buy from a specific brand, no matter how expensive the headset proves to be.
Which gaming headset is your favorite for those marathon gaming sessions? Did your favorite gaming headset make the list? Let us know in the comments below. Hopefully, our list will make it easier to shop for your next perfect gaming headset, no matter what criteria you’re looking for.
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