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Take your gaming to the next level

Whether you’re chatting with your friends online or listening intently for the footsteps of your enemies, if you’re gaming you’re going to need a gaming console headset. A console headset will produce clear, balanced sound, and provide comfort for long periods of wear. If you’re looking for a new console headset, Best Buy has a wide selection from all your favourite brands.

Compatible gaming console headsets

The first thing you need to consider when finding the perfect gaming console headset is which platform(s) you play on. From there, you will need to decide if you will use the same console headset for more than one console. Many brands of console headsets will work on multiple consoles such as the Xbox Series X or S, PlayStation 5, or Nintendo Switch. It is important to check to see if additional adaptors are needed to get the specific console headset working with multiple gaming consoles.

Console headsets for wired or wireless connection

Gaming console headsets can be either wired or wireless, run on Bluetooth technology, or require a separate base plugged into your gaming console. For example, the PlayStation 5 uses Bluetooth technology to connect to your console headset, but Xbox does not. Xbox uses Xbox wireless protocols so you can only use an Xbox licensed console headset. Although Bluetooth is the most flexible option, proprietary wireless connections generally offer better audio quality and a stronger signal.

Console headset Style

If you’re planning to wear a gaming console headset for long gaming sessions, you’ll want to look for a headset that is non-intrusive and comfortable. How comfortable your console headset will be mainly depends on the style of headset you choose, a factor that will affect how the ear cups sit on your ears, and the console headset's weight.

The traditional over-the-ear design for gaming console headsets are intended to fit around your ears, and fully enclose them. This type of headset style is soft, breathable, and ensures a secure fit. Like over-the-ear headsets, on-ear headsets are often constructed of lighter materials, offer a greater portability, and give you a more natural “open” sound. These types of console headsets tend to allow more of the environment in since they do not completely close off your surroundings like over-the-ear models.

Sound quality on gaming console headsets

A console headset with superior, crisp, and clear sound is essential. Good sound quality will pick up on in game and environmental sounds to give you a tactical advantage against your foes that will take your game to the next level. With lightning-fast reactions to sound queues like footsteps and gunfire, your enemies will never know what hit them.

In addition to stereo sound, some console headsets offer surround sound. This multi-channel sound system concept creates a hyper realistic auditory experience that allows you to hear sounds from many different angles. If you mainly play first-person shooter games or action games, you should look for a gaming headset with a surround sound function.