These are the best Xbox Series X headsets available


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The best Xbox Series X headsets are a gateway to enhancing your gaming experience to ensure it’s as immersive and uninterrupted as possible. There is no better time to start shopping than now for a buyer searching for the perfect headset. There are enough options to suit every preference and every budget, including wired or wireless, from a variety of brands. 

However, the best Xbox Series X headsets can be challenging to shop for due to the variety of options available, but once you’ve noted your preferences, you’ll know what to look for. To make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best products available right now. In addition, with collaborations with companies like Turtle Beach and SteelSeries, you are guaranteed a high-quality headset, so you’ll be able to immerse yourself into the best games on Xbox Series X before you know it. 

If you’re looking for something with a little more flair to add to your setup, it’s worth checking out the best Xbox Series X and Series S accessories too, but if you’re looking over the fence, checking out the best monitors for PS5 and the best headsets for PS5 could help too.

Best Xbox Series X headsets in 2022

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1. Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless

The best Xbox Series X headset


Connectivity: 2.4 GHz Wireless; Bluetooth

Battery life: 20 hours

Features : 50mm Nanoclear Drivers

Reasons to buy


Competitive price point 


Great build quality 


Competitive feature set

Reasons to avoid

Not the most visually appealing 

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless is our number-one pick for the best Xbox Series headset on the market right now. That’s because this particular model is not only aggressively priced, exceedingly comfortable to wear, and feature-rich, but it also looks the part, too. You can expect a battery life of around 20 hours (potentially longer) meaning you won’t have to charge it up after every play session. 

With a sticker price of $150 / £120 / AU$249, the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 doesn’t break the bank too badly either. It’s a sure-fire step up from your average wireless headset aimed at the Xbox platforms but doesn’t quite take the leap into audiophile/enthusiast territory, making it far more accessible to the wider gaming market (though we do have those options further down the page). 

We cannot recommend the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset enough to anyone looking for a premium, long-lasting, comfortable headset

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 review

The gaming performance of the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 is truly remarkable. We found that the custom-tuned 50mm audio drivers produced a complex soundscape with everything from the low-end to higher ranges coming across faithfully. 

As with some other Turtle Beach models, mostly from the Recon line, you’ve got the various different onboard settings to tailor your experience with the most notable of which being the ‘Superhuman Hearing’ mode which amplifies some things such as gunshots and footsteps – ideal for competition. In terms of an encompassing headset experience that hits all the right notes, this model does everything you would expect at its price point and much more, too, making it our top choice this year. 


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    2. Xbox Wireless Headset

    The best official Xbox Series X headset


    Connectivity: 2.4 GHz Wireless; Bluetooth

    Battery life: 15 hours

    Features : 40mm custom drivers; Dolby Atmos

    Reasons to buy


    Phenomenal sound


    Incredible value


    Packed with features

    Reasons to avoid

    Weak mic monitoring

    Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless Headset is easily up there as one of the best Xbox Series X headsets. That’s because this officially licensed model features incredible sound quality, narrative pairing with the system itself through wireless and Bluetooth, as well as some great quality-of-life inclusions all at an aggressive price point. 

    That’s because the Xbox Wireless Headset is priced at $99 / £89 / AU$149 making it one of the better value-for-money propositions available on the platform. Of course, competitive pricing wouldn’t mean much if it didn’t sound the part, and fortunately, these headphones certainly do. We’ve been continuously impressed by the prominent bass and the balanced sound profile, delivering strong performance in the low-end and mids, too.  

    If you’re after a pair of wireless headphones to go with your new Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, the Xbox Wireless Headset should be top of your list

    Xbox Wireless Headset review

    You would be forgiven for thinking that this headset could be too bass-heavy for certain titles such as story-driven experiences and competitive shooters. Well, Microsoft thought of that as well. That’s because there are six customized EQ settings ready to go straight out of the box tailored to a wide variety of games. It can all be tweaked in the Xbox Accessories app so if you’ve found the audio profiles a little one-sided, you can dial in what’s right for you right from the console itself. 

    Arguably the biggest strength of the Xbox Wireless Headset is how it handles Dolby Atmos. The immersive simulated surround sound technology has been widely adopted by over 50 titles at the time of writing. It’s a growing list, too, as more developers continue to find innovative ways to implement spatial audio. All told, we can’t find much fault from the build quality to the 15-hour battery life either. 


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      3. SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless

      The best Xbox Series X headset for battery life


      Connectivity: 2.4 GHz Wireless; USB-C; 3.5mm

      Battery life: 25 hours

      Features : 40mm custom drivers; Dolby Atmos

      Reasons to buy


      Long battery life 


      Comfortable design 


      Excellent compatibility 

      Reasons to avoid

      No support for Bluetooth

      The SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless certainly lives up to the promise of delivering extensive battery life through 2.4 GHz wireless adapter, with a quoted lifespan of around 25 hours playback. In our testing, we found that the SteelSeries Arctis 7X largely met this figure when gaming and enjoying media, though this set is definitely more suited to the former activity than the latter. 

      Versatile support for multiple devices, solid sound and reliable connectivity add up to a comfortable and easy-to-recommend gaming headset

      SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless headset r

      With a price tag of $149 / £174.99, the SteelSeries Arctis 7X isn’t exactly the cheapest Xbox Series X headset on the market, but we believe its versatile nature, outstanding build quality, and stellar audio profile more than justify this rate. That’s because you’re getting full support with USB-C devices (as well as an adapter for USB-A) and a propriety cable along with the standard 3.5mm jack. This means that while it’s excellent for Xbox, you can also make use of this set on your other devices as well. 

      It’s the faithful directional audio and crisp profiles that impressed us the most in our testing, though. We found that gunfire and explosions punched through the haze in competitive gaming sessions, but dialogue was picked up effortlessly, too. The same can be said of the built-in microphone which is one of the better ones we’ve put through the paces recently.  


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        4. Fnatic React Plus

        The best wired Xbox Series X headset


        Connectivity: 3.5mm

        Cable length: 1.6 m (5.2 feet)

        Features : 53mm custom drivers; 7.1 surround sound

        Reasons to buy


        Pinpoint sound accuracy


        Superb microphone


        Versatile connectivity 

        Reasons to avoid

        No mic monitoring

        In terms of well-priced and fully-featured options for competitive gaming, the Fnatic React Plus is an easy contender for those wanting the edge in-game. That’s because this wired gaming headset features Dolby Atmos support for 7.1 simulated surround sound. You’ll need to be plugged in via the Xbox Series X’s USB port to take full advantage here, but it’s an edge that will give you immersive feedback on your enemy’s positioning and cut through the chaos of the background noise. 

        The Fnatic React Plus is an impressive gaming headset that delivers where it matters

        Fnatic React Plus review

        With a price point of $74.99 / £84.99 / AU$140, the Fnatic React Plus is one of the more affordable gaming headsets available from a big-name brand. Most in the scene will know Fnatic as the long-running eSports organization, so we think they know a thing or two about how to develop audio solutions for competition. This is reflected in the audio performance, with tight bass and a smooth sound profile throughout our testing. 

        What we also like about the Fnatic React Plus is the microphone. It can be challenging at the best of times to be heard amongst intense firefights when calling out to your teammates. That’s not the case with the detachable mic found here, with the cardioid pickup and pop filter doing an excellent job of ensuring we were heard at all times without issue. Given all these offer, we think they are ideal for those more full-on multiplayer titles such as Halo Infinite and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. 


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          5. Astro A50 Gaming Headset

          The best premium Xbox Series X headset


          Connectivity: 2.4 GHz Wireless

          Battery life : 15 hours

          Features : 40nm custom drivers; charging station; built-in mixing amp

          Reasons to buy


          Stellar aesthetics 


          Slimmer stand for this gen


          Unrivaled audio and comfort

          Reasons to avoid

          Expensive price point

          Charging could be quicker

          If you’re in the market for a truly premium Xbox Series X headset then the Astro A50 continues to set a high bar. While we’ve seen multiple different revisions of this coveted model over the years, the most recent iteration excels in every way you would hope for out of a headset that carries an MSRP of $299 / £349 / AU$489. 

          While the aesthetics aren’t going to be for everyone, slick and subtle this is not, the Astro A50 hits a home run overall. That’s because you’re getting some of the most effective noise canceling we’ve ever seen in a gaming headset, not to mention the bright and full audio profile which absolutely sings in the loudest moments of blockbuster titles and the quiet ones alike.  

          Essentially, the Astro A50 performs with the best of them

          Astro A50 review

          Design-wise, the Astro A50 headset is one of the most comfortable, too. While its angular finish isn’t going to be for everyone’s tastes, it’s how it feels on your hand that matters most in our opinion. In terms of battery life, you’re looking at around 15 hours depending on your usage. What separates this model from similarly priced competitors, though, is the charging station which can be used wirelessly as well to keep the unit close at hand where it is needed. You also get real-time updates on things like your EQ and Dolby activation, too. It’s a pricey package for sure, but a complete one, too. 

            Best Xbox Series X headsets – Frequently asked questions

            We’ve utilized our knowledge and personal experience to answer some of the internets burning questions on exactly what makes the best Xbox Series X headsets worthwhile for the platform. 

            Will Xbox One headsets connect to the Xbox Series X?

             Many different Xbox One headsets are compatible with the Xbox Series X, which is worth noting if you’ve found something that suits you already, but it’s worth reading into compatibility before you purchase an Xbox One headset for the Series X to avoid disappointment.  

            Do I need a headset for the Xbox Series X?

             Headsets aren’t essential to gaming with an Xbox Series X, but they can positively alter the experience. A headset will provide a better sense of immersion and help experience sound that may have been missed without one. So while you don’t need one to enjoy the best Xbox Series X games, it’s worth considering getting one if you spend a lot of time gaming.  

            Is it best to have a wired or wireless headset for the Xbox Series X?

             Whether you should have a wired or wireless headset depends on your setup and personal preference. While wired headsets mean you don’t have to worry about battery life during long sessions, having a wireless headset will prevent clutter and long wires depending on how far your console is from your seat. Of course, the Xbox series X supports a 3.5mm jack alongside 2.4GHz wireless Bluetooth, so there’s nothing to stop you from trying both and seeing what suits you best.

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