Best Xbox Gaming Headset 2021: Top Options For Xbox Series X And Xbox One

Gaming headsets can enhance your experience with your Xbox Series X or Xbox One, especially when playing competitive games. And one of the main perks of Microsoft’s commitment to backwards compatibility is that every Xbox headset released for Xbox One works on Xbox Series X. That said, the Xbox Series X also ushered in new and advanced gaming headsets along with it. Yes, all of them also work on Xbox one. You have tons of options to choose from, but we’ve whittled down the options to find the best Xbox gaming headsets.

Gaming headsets differ from traditional headphones in that they almost always come with microphone–sometimes it’s detachable, but you’ll need it when chatting with others online. They often include a mixing dial, as well, letting you fine-tune the level of the game audio versus the chat.

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 wired options available that plug into the Xbox Series X controller, which can save you cash if you’re not bothered by the cord.

There are also a number of great budget Xbox gaming headset options that are much more affordable at the cost of some lost bells and whistles. 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 and look.

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 and best Xbox accessories.