We all need a good pair of headsets for hearing the excuses of losers for losing in a game. Although it’s not fundamental to gaming, and only the worst of the worst will blame a faulty headset for their lack of skill, having one is essential to the experience of losing ourselves in a fantasy world of monsters and 12-year-olds screaming their lungs out when we kill them in-game.
However, looking at the price tags on some of the most popular brands and best-performing headsets, you might consider just sticking to your stock cell phone headsets for extended playing sessions. Well, there’s no need to worry any longer. There are cheap(ish) headset options to choose from if you can’t shell out hundreds of dollars just to hear your in-game character die in high-definition audio quality.
There are several things to pay attention to when purchasing headsets.
More important than anything else, you want to make sure that your gaming headset first comfortably onto your head for hours at a time. An uncomfortable pair can cut your gaming time by causing pain and fatigue in your ears. The best pairs are made of leather, but it’s up to you to determine which design and materials work best for you.
This is probably the most obvious thing to look out for. You don’t want a pair of headsets that have a tinny sound to them when you’re firing imaginary bullets at imaginary targets. You also don’t want one with a preconfigured decibel cap so low that you can hardly hear your opponents cursing you and your mother. The best pair should produce the clearest sounds, and they should also let you know from which direction in the game the sound is coming from.
This is completely up to you. If you prefer having a microphone built into your headset, then feel free to find one. There are also options that come microphone-less if you feel that the mic either gets in your way or you have an external mic.
Wired or Wireless
Most of us prefer going the wireless route since it allows us to play games while eating at the dinner table with our families. They also help drown own the annoying noises our parents make when telling us to go easy on the games. However, realistically speaking, if you’re looking for something under $50, you won’t find any good-quality wireless headsets. Stick to wired ones; they work great, and they’re relatively inexpensive.
If you’re planning on using a pair of headsets for gaming on a PS4, it’s obvious that you’ll want a pair that’s compatible with the gaming platform. Some headsets can also be used on your laptops and a number of other consoles. Both USB plugs and 3.5 mm audio jacks work on the PS4.
If you need a new pair of headsets for under $50, take a look at our selection of the top seven pairs to complete your gaming experience.
7 Best PS4 Headsets
The HyperX Cloud Stinger has a sturdy design, soft cushioning, and large ear phones that keep the headset cupped around your ears rather than pressed into or onto them. This is arguably one of the most comfortable budget PS4 headsets available today. You can control the audio volume by sliding the volume wheel on the ear piece. Unfortunately, there are noticeable audio blowouts at high volume ranges.
If you’re familiar with the G2000 model by KOTION EACH, then you’ll appreciate the changes they’ve made to this model. First of all, it looks cool. The padding is soft and it provides adequate grip on our big heads. The sound quality is just about the same as in the G2000 model, but this time there are no issues with the bass. The audio controls are located on the left ear’s cup, right next to the mic’s wire, so you’ll be fumbling around less to control volumes.
Out of all of the headsets on this list, the Sades A60 is perhaps the best-looking one. One thing we noticed with the “Spellond” writing on either sides of the set. It kind of resembles the Harry Potter font, which isn’t bad at all, but it is random as hell. Audio-wise, it produces loud and clear sounds, with hardly any noticeable muffling or blowouts. This uses a USB plug, meaning you’ll have to dedicate one of your console’s USB ports to power this thing. The controls for the audio are located on the headset’s wire.
The Logitech G430 features a long wire, firm padding, and a pretty underwhelming design quality compared to the cheaper G230 model by Logitech. A big plus on this pair of headsets is the 7.1 surround support, thanks to the USB pass-through dongle. This results in a richer sound which completes your gaming experience without blowing out at high volume ranges. The wire makes sense since you need to connect it to a USB port on your console and not your controller.
The Ear Force Recon 50P by Turtle Beach is built with maximum comfort in mind. It has extremely soft leather padding, and it only weighs 1.1 pounds. It features a detachable microphone on a bendy boom which gives surprising clarity when speaking or shouting into the mic. However, the whole thing feels a little cheap since it’s made of (questionable) plastic. In addition, it connects directly to your controller, making it a far-from-useable headset for PCs.
The padding on the GM-3 surrounds the ear and sits tight, making it a comfortable headset for extended periods of gaming. The construction of the headband and cups is rock solid and has an amazing grip. However, despite being a sturdy headset and mic combination, the sound isn’t all too great, and it sometimes fails to deliver low-range sounds. The mic is pretty decent, making it a great option for voice chatting. The mic and headphone jacks are split, so you’ll need to use the unusual adapter that combines them into a singular jack to plug into your controller.
This is a simplistic headset which fits cozily on the head and has great audio, considering the price tag. The foam ear cups will hardly shift during gameplay, and they can swivel forward and backward for better adjustability to your massive head. The microphone can be detached – an uncommon feature on a budget-friendly headset. Perhaps the only complaint is that it looks sooo boring. All black, wired, logo on both ear cups… Snoozeville. However, if you can get past the generic look of this headset, it’s a rock-solid option for gaming.