Kotaku Gift Guides: Gaming Headsets

With the PS4's fancy new 'plug headphones into the controller' solution, headsets may be about to become more of a 'thing' for console gamers accustomed to laying back in a big couch listening to sound booming from speakers. With that in mind, we thought it might be worthwhile to take a look at some headsets in the lead up to Christmas. What's worth getting?

Please bear in mind this isn't intended to be some sort of definitive final word on the matter. In fact, I'm keen to hear your feedback — what headsets are you using? What do you recommend? Let us know in the comments below.

I have so much money and I just don't care how I spend it...

Astro A50 Price: $349.95 Whenever headsets are discussed you can guarantee that the Astro A50s come into the discussion. We have a full review of the headset here that you can check out. These are expensive, but you are paying for guaranteed quality here.

I have money, but let's not get too crazy here...

Logitech G930 Price: $249.95 At $249.95 these are still pricey, but great 7.1 surround sound and sheer comfort may help you get over the dent in your bank balance. There have been some complaints regarding the durability of these things but if you're careful with the things you own you should be a-okay.

I have some money but I don't want to spend it all on a headset!

Corsair Vengeance 1500 Price: $119.95 You'd be hard pushed to find a better headset for this price, but if you have some alternate suggestions I'd love to hear them. Great sound for a great price.

Any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments below.


    Sony pulse elites - $188

      Pity they don’t currently work with PS4.

        They do through an audio cable including the mic. It just doesn't worth with the wireless usb dongle at the moment.

        i thought they worked for audio only? but not chat?

        i wouldnt know no ps4 for me, going to stay last gen for a while i think :(

        Last edited 04/12/13 4:30 pm

    I don't know if they're console compatible but the Steelseries Siberia V2s are basically ear cushions. Sound quality on all gaming headsets is about the same. Either they're good enough or they're overpriced pieces of shit that you have to return to the store the next day. The Siberia's fall into the first category and for long gaming sessions, I can think of nothing else I'd want resting on my head.

    And this is coming from someone who spends a good portion of their waking hours in front of their PC wearing them.

      I'll echo this. The Siberia V2s are the best set I've ever bought. They also look great.

      Have they got the cloth ear pads? I'm thinking of getting a steelseries 7h in a week or 3 hoping that the cloth pads might make the ears a little less hot

        No, they're faux leather. They're pretty awesome though, I own a pink and a white set despite only having one head!

      I've had mine about 6 months, best headset I've ever had. Can wear them all day. Sound is pretty good and mic is clear as well (and retractable, which is awesome).

    Not sure those Astros are any good for the headset in the controller thing. Be a bit awkward plugging the base station in.

    Logitech G930 are a lot less than $250 - I'm shopping for them at the moment around $150

    Just not sure if I have to change windows playback device settings in control panel between them and speakers whenever they are turned on as is the case with my wired headphones currently.

      I might have to look into these then. I've always tried to stick by Logitech as they've never let me down in the past

        Thats what I thought when I got the G930s to replace my G35s after the cable snapped at the base (was 4 years old at the time, so a good run)

        The G930s hardly lasted a year before the internal battery stopped charging, and they were constantly being dropped out by the wifi in the nearby apartments killing the receiver. Reached the point that even with the power cable plugged in, they wouldn't get enough power to function.

        Ended up replacing them with the ATH-M50s and driven by an Asus Xonar U7, with a tiny clip mic, and I don't think I will go back to Logitech unless they release proper 7.1 wired surround sound headphones.

        The quality on the ATH-M50s is also phenomenally better than anything I've used before

    I just use the $50 Logitech Clearchat headsets... Perfectly fine, not super amazing features quality etc. but they get the job done and they are cheap. I've had 2 break on me in the course of 5 or 6 years.

    How much of an improvement (and how long other headsets generally last before breaking) the more expensive ones are?

    Really missed the point of getting expensive headsets. I'm happy with my $30 Sennheiser set - literally cannot tell the difference between them and some of these others, except the mic, and let's be honest I'm the guy who doesn't like talking to random strangers over the internet while playing games.

      The difference isn't hugely noticeable unless you play a competitive game such as halo or counter strike, where hearing footsteps is a HUGE advantage.

      I don't mind playing through my 2 speaker tv but if I really want to get into a game like forza or battlefield the 7.1 surround Astros come out and it sounds amazing.

    Astro items were 25% off during the Thanksgivings celebrations that just went by.

    Sennheiser 363D. Fantastic mic, Fantastic dynamic range. Analog and USB connection. Well know for extreme comfort.

    I got a Turtle Beach x12 recently and it is really good, I picked it up from JB for about $60 and am very happy with it for both gaming and listening to music.

    Picked up a set of Logitech G230's for $40 at DSE. Awesome kit, although I'll never forget my GameCom 267's

    *Just a heads up for anyone buying Astros for the PC you will need a sound card that supports "Dolby Digital Live"

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