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The 8 Best Xbox Headsets in 2022

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Staff, courtesy of Microsoft

From its inception, Xbox set itself apart from its competitors by offering robust, seamless online gaming. During the mid-2000s, online console gaming was synonymous with Xbox Live and Microsoft’s included Xbox 360 gaming headset. But looking back, the Xbox 360 headset, and most other gaming headsets, were small devices with poor sound quality.

Fortunately, times have changed since then, with new headsets offering impressive, immersive sound and microphone quality. We’re here to share some of the best of the best, and help highlight great headsets to pair with Xbox Series X and S.

Best Xbox Headsets

    What to consider

    Keep a few things in mind when it comes to picking out a great headset for Xbox.

    Connectivity

    Xbox doesn’t support Bluetooth headphone connectivity, so don’t expect just any pair of headphones to work with the system. Most available gaming headsets for Xbox fall under three categories: wired, 2.4Ghz and Xbox Wireless Connect.

    Wired headsets are simple and usually more affordable, plugging directly into the 3.5mm jack on most Xbox controllers. Wireless headsets are more expensive but more flexible, and come with 2.4Ghz or Xbox Wireless Connect (sometimes both). Headsets that use 2.4Ghz wireless must connect via a (usually) included USB dongle plugged into your Xbox. Wireless headsets with “Xbox Wireless Connectivity” can connect directly to an Xbox system without any additional equipment.

    Other considerations are typical for any pair of headphones: namely comfort, sound quality, microphone quality, latency and battery life. When buying any headphones, decide which of these elements are most important to you, and go from there.

    How we chose

    Many of these recommendations come from considerable personal use. For the products we could not test ourselves, we conducted intensive research and reviewed content from expert sources such as Soundguys, Wirecutter, The Verge, CNET, Tom’s Guide, DigitalTrends, and others, as well as thousands of consumer reviews from online storefronts like Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart. As for the products themselves, we evaluated them on sound quality, microphone quality, design and price.

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