Microsoft has kept up its dedication to backwards compatibility with the new Xbox Series X and Series S, and that extends beyond games to accessories as well. As a result, every Xbox gaming headset that was compatible with Xbox One can be used with the Series X and Series S, so don’t feel like you have to throw out your old Xbox headset and upgrade. But if you are looking to snag a new pair for your shiny new console, there are a ton of Xbox Series X|S gaming headsets to choose from, and it can be difficult to know which headsets are worth your money. We’ve tested a slew of Xbox headset options and rounded the ones that stand out above the rest.
One perk of owning an Xbox is that some of its finest gaming headset options are able to connect without a USB dongle, just like a controller. These headsets are also capable of turning your console on when powered up. With how sleek the new consoles look, it’s always nice when you don’t have to add a USB stick to the front of them. One of our favorite Xbox headsets, the SteelSeries Arctis 9X, is capable of doing exactly this and is well worth its hefty price tag.
There are also a number of great budget Xbox gaming headset options that are much more affordable. These include the SteelSeries Arctis 1 wireless, which works with every platform including the PS5 and Nintendo Switch; the Corsair HS70 Bluetooth, which connects to your controller via 3.5mm cable and your smartphone via Bluetooth; and the Scuf H1, which features a number of customization options to personalize your experience.
Note that some of the following Xbox Series X headsets are currently hard to find in stock, so you may need to keep checking for availability. If you’re looking for more Xbox accessories that are compatible with the newest consoles, check out our guide to the best Xbox Series X|S controllers for 2021. For other consoles, see our picks for the best PS5 gaming headsets and best Nintendo Switch Bluetooth headsets and adapters.
The SteelSeries Arctis 9X is an incredible gaming headset. Its metal frame, excellent audio, and comfortable ear cushions make it a pair that’s always enjoyable to wear, and its all-wireless connectivity is its winning feature. You sync the Arctis 9X to your Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One like you would a controller, so turning on the headset also turns on the console. You can then connect it to your phone via Bluetooth and listen to your music or podcasts or even chat with your friends on Discord.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7X trades the metal frame for a plastic one, but it’s still one of the best Xbox headsets out there. It connects via a USB-C dongle, which means you can use it on a number of platforms, including PC and Switch.
The Stealth 700 Gen 2’s metal headband, Bluetooth connectivity, and 20-hour battery life make it a great option for any Xbox gamer. It’s also very comfortable, with soft ear cushions that make this headset easy to wear for long sessions.
Corsair’s HS70 Bluetooth headset connects to the Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One’s controller via 3.5mm cable, but it can also connect to your phone via Bluetooth for music, podcasts, or Discord voice chat. It’s one of the sleekest-looking and best-sounding headsets you can buy for $100.
If you’re looking for a headset that works with every platform on the market, then the SteelSeries Arctis 1 wireless for Xbox is the one to go with. It works with the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch–the latter in handheld mode as well. And while the Arctis 1 is a cheaper-feeling headset than the Arctis 9X and 7X, it still feels comfortable and sounds great.
If you’re looking for a simple experience, then the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 gaming headset is an excellent pick. It connects to your controller via a 3.5mm cable, and that’s it–no other bells and whistles. However, it provides excellent sound and a comfortable experience for those looking to game for long sessions.
Scuf’s first gaming headset is a great one. Like the company’s controllers, you can customize the look and feel of the Scuf H1, including the color of the interchangeable tags and the material of the ear cushions. From there, all you need to do is plug it into your controller of choice via 3.5mm cable and enjoy the excellent sound the speakers provide.