15 Best Xbox Series X, Series S Headsets of 2021

With the release of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, many console gamers are looking for a good headset to pair with these next-gen consoles. As a result, we have created this comprehensive review of the best Xbox Series X headsets. It is also important to note that these headsets are great for the Xbox Series S as well.

Below, we have made sure to include a wide, yet excellent variety of the top Xbox Series X and Series S compatible headsets. Including wireless, wired, budget-friendly, and premium options, we’ve got it all. And we included various brands because we all know that sometimes you’d just like to get the best headset from that brand you love, so there’s really something for everyone’s tastes.

So, if you’re in the market for a new headset, one that will allow you to enjoy your new Xbox console, read on as we take a look at what your options are.

1SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless

Acoustic Design: Closed Back | Wireless: Yes | Weight: 371g | Drivers: 40mm | Compatibility: Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox One, PC, Mobile, Switch, VR

Key features:

  • Microsoft certified for Xbox Series X
  • Lossless 2.4GHz + Bluetooth
  • Discord-certified microphone
  • ChatMix control
  • 20 hours of battery life

The Arctis 9X Wireless is essentially the new king of Xbox headsets. If you’re an Xbox Series X or Series S user, you’ll want to seriously consider this fantastic headset. It’s a Microsoft certified headset that guarantees compatibility and has integrated Xbox wireless, so you can connect to your Xbox like you would a wireless controller, in a matter of seconds.

The sound is great, you get SteelSeries’ tried and true Arctis soundscape, which is pretty great for just about any kind of gaming. You also have the ClearCast microphone that’s Discord-certified and is one of the best microphones you’ll find on a gaming headset. There’s also the supreme noise cancellation, and the quick mute functionality, for an overall great package.

The plush ear cups and suspension design headband make the Arctis 9X one of the most comfortable headsets out there, even if you wear them for hours at a time. You have 20 hours of battery life, which is pretty impressive. Oh, did we mention that besides connecting to your Xbox, you can have it connected to a Bluetooth device at the same time? Yeah, it’s neat like that, and we love the versatility.  

One potential downside to the Arctis 9X Wireless might be the price, because this headset is far from being budget-friendly. However, when you consider all the benefits, such as the excellent compatibility with Xbox, dual connectivity options, great sound quality and microphone, this actually isn’t too much of a problem, and the headset is definitely worth it. 

2Astro A50 Wireless

Acoustic Design: Closed Back | Wireless: Yes | Weight: 380g | Drivers: 40mm | Compatibility: Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox One, PC, Mac

Key features:

  • ASTRO Audio V2 tuning
  • Built-in mixamp
  • USB soundcard functionality
  • 3D Audio ready
  • Charging dock

Even though expensive, Astro’s A50 headset is one of the best options you’ll find on Astro’s compatibility list for the new Xbox consoles. And it brings to the table a few interesting things that you won’t find on many other headsets, which makes it a good choice if you can afford it.

The first thing we love is the sound quality. The A50 Wireless comes with ASTRO Audio V2 tuning, which gets you excellent sound in-game, with nothing lacking and nothing being overpowering. Listening to music works well here, too, even though that’s not what these are made for. You also get Dolby Atmos, which is a nice addition.

The microphone is pretty large, and it works very well. You can flip it up when not in use, and you have a Game:Voice balance which lets you set just how much of the game you hear, and how much of your teammates arguing about whose fault that last game was.

The charging dock is pretty neat, too, especially because it looks nice and works as a USB sound card, too. At the end of the day, as far as premium options go, this is one of the best Xbox Series X headsets.  

3Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Black Gen 2

Acoustic Design: Closed Back | Wireless: Yes | Weight: 380g | Drivers: 50mm | Compatibility: Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox One, PC

Key features:

  • Flip-to-mute microphone with excellent quality
  • Commands on the right headset
  • Turtle Beach exclusive Superhuman Hearing sound setting
  • Extremely comfortable, plush ear cups and thick, comfortable headband
  • 15-hour battery life is pretty neat

Turtle Beach already announced which headsets are compatible with the new Xbox consoles, and guess what? The Stealth 600 Gen 2 is one of them. That means that if you get this excellent wireless headset, you’ll be able to enjoy your games on day one, as soon as you get your console.

So, what exactly is the Stealth 600 Gen 2? Well, it’s a heavy headset at 380 grams, but even despite that, the construction and design make it a comfortable choice. The headband and the earcups have more comfort than you’d ever need, and the earcups come with a glasses relief system that might come in handy to some of you.

The sound quality, thanks to the Superhuman Hearing sound setting and the support for Windows Sonic surround sound, is great. Pinpointing enemy locations is rather easy, and the audio presets give you a bit of versatility, too.

Last but not least, you’re looking at a redesigned Gen 2 flip-to-mute microphone that disappears into the headset when not in use. The larger diameter also means your teammates will be able to hear you a bit clearer. All of the above, plus a reasonable price, make this a pretty good choice. 

4SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless

Acoustic Design: Closed Back | Wireless: Yes | Weight: Unknown | Drivers: 40mm | Compatibility: Xbox Series X, Series S, PC, Mobile, Switch

Key features:

  • Exclusive design made for the Xbox Series X
  • Lag-free wireless performance
  • 24-hour battery life
  • Extremely comfortable design
  • Discord-certified ClearCast microphone

The Arctis 7 has always been SteelSeries’ midrange headset, but with the 7X Wireless, it starts to get some of those high-end features that were previously reserved for the Arctis Pro. This is a wireless headset that works with the latest Xbox and comes with a few nice features you’ll love.

To begin with, comfort is top-notch, which is what we’ve come to expect from SteelSeries headsets. The headband and plush earcups result in a headset you can easily wear for hours at a time, with zero issues in regards to comfort.

The sound quality is great as well, thanks to the inclusion of 40mm drivers that sound pretty good. While they might not be the first pick for music, when it comes to gaming, these give you excellent positional accuracy and orientation.

Battery life is 24 hours according to SteelSeries, which is great, and the 2.4GHz wireless receiver means that you get a latency-free experience. Yes, they’re expensive, but with all you’re getting, we wouldn’t hesitate to say that they’re very much worth it, even at a rather high asking price.

5Razer BlackShark V2 X

Acoustic Design: Closed Back | Wireless: No | Weight: 240g| Drivers: 50mm | Compatibility: Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC, Mac, Mobile, Switch

Key features:

  • Affordable price
  • Excellent comfort with plush earcups and headband
  • Immersive, 7.1 surround sound
  • Noise isolating cardioid microphone
  • Lightweight design

Not everyone wants to spend hundreds of dollars on a headset for the new Xbox Series X and Series S, and if you don’t, Razer’s BlackShark V2 X is a headset you definitely want to take a look at. It’s a wired headset with a subtle, yet very comfortable design, and it checks all the boxes at a rather reasonable price.

To begin with, you get a lightweight design and Razer’s thick headband and earcups. They ensure comfort is there to stay even during extended gaming sessions, which is something we loved about the BlackShark.

The sound quality is excellent, too, thanks to Triforce Titanium drivers and virtual 7.1 surround sound. They’re not just great for gaming, but they perform pretty well when you’re listening to music, too. While the microphone is not removable, it is one that sounds really good, and the noise-canceling works great as well. Your teammates will be able to hear you loud and clear when you’re gaming, which is key for multiplayer games. Overall, this is an excellent budget headset.

6Astro A20 Wireless

Acoustic Design: Closed Back | Wireless: Yes | Weight: 318g | Drivers: 40mm | Compatibility: Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox One, PC, Mac

Key features:

  • 2.4GHz wireless for zero latency
  • Flip-to-mute microphone
  • ASTRO Audio V2 tuning
  • Plush, comfortable earcups
  • Over 15 hours of battery life

Somewhere in the middle of Astro’s lineup of Xbox Series X headsets is the A20 Wireless. As the name would suggest, it’s a wireless headset and one that comes with a few nice things that might make it the perfect candidate for your next purchase.

To begin with, the design is the complete opposite of subtle, but we like it. It comes in a black and white combination with green accents, and futuristic design. One thing we aren’t really fans of is the headband’s comfort, or lack thereof. Even though there are a well thought out gap and a soft material on the lower side of the headband, it fails to provide the comfort we’d expect. The earcups are pretty comfortable, though, which is a plus.

The sound quality is great, in no small part thanks to the ASTRO Audio V2 tuning, which optimizes the sound for gaming. Everything is clear and crisp, and nothing is lacking in this department. The same applies to the microphone as well, which even though without noise-canceling, picks up little to no background noise and your voice is heard loud and clear.

Add to this 15 hours of battery life and zero-latency wireless, and this could be your next headset!

7Audeze Penrose X Wireless

Acoustic Design: Closed Back, Planar Magnetic | Wireless: Yes | Weight: 320g | Drivers: 100mm | Compatibility: Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox One, PC

Key features:

  • Audeze 100mm planar magnetic drivers
  • Low latency 2.4GHz connection + Bluetooth 5.0
  • Detachable microphone
  • Memory foam earcups and headband
  • Audeze HQ app compatibility

Audeze is a brand that at one point, had only great audiophile products that cost thousands of dollars. But their recent foray into the gaming market resulted in the Penrose X, which is a gaming headset made for the Xbox, and compatibility with the new consoles.

The main difference between this, and any other headset, are the drivers. You’re looking at Audeze’s signature 100mm planar magnetic drivers, and oh boy do they sound good. It’s an experience that’s different, to say the least, but one you’ll enjoy quite a bit while gaming.

You can choose between lossless 2.4GHz, which maintains the sound quality and eliminates any latency, or Bluetooth 5.0 via SBC or AAC. Versatility is always nice, and which one you go for is up to you, although for gaming we’d stick to 2.4GHz. It’s worth mentioning that the detachable microphone has excellent clarity and pretty good noise cancellation, too.

It’s more than clear that Audeze wants to make an impact with the Penrose X, and considering there aren’t many other planar magnetic headphones that are made for gamers, that’s not too much of a problem.

All that’s left is comfort, and we’re glad Audeze nailed that one, too. You get memory foam on the earcups and the headband, which is a pretty comfortable choice, although it does get hot in some situations. If you want premium and good sound quality, this is the headset you’re after.

8SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless

Acoustic Design: Closed Back | Wireless: Yes | Weight: 252g | Drivers: 40mm | Compatibility: Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox One, PC, Mobile, Switch

Key features:

  • Extremely affordable price
  • Plush, comfortable earcups
  • Detachable, Discord-certified microphone
  • Provided USB-C dongle for Switch, Android, and PC
  • Steel-reinforced headband

If you don’t want to spend too much, but would like wireless functionality, the Arctis 1 Wireless should be your choice – and it’s exactly what SteelSeries suggest themselves, too. It’s far from cheap, but when you compare it to premium wireless headsets from other manufacturers, it’s pocket change.

The first thing we love is that you get the same drivers, and microphone, as the more premium options in the range. The sound is truly great, and while it lacks virtual surround, we didn’t really feel that – the headset sounds great and we enjoyed gaming with it. The ClearCast microphone is detachable and has Discord certification, so your teammates will be able to hear you loud and clear.

Comfort is excellent with the Arctis 1 Wireless. Even though you don’t get the suspension headband design of the more premium models, you still have plenty of padding there. And you get the soft, plush earcups that everyone who tries, falls in love with. They keep comfort levels really high.

Pair everything we said with a USB-C dongle for the Nintendo Switch and smartphones and 2.4GHz connectivity, and you’ll see why this is the favorite for a lot of people. It’s the combination of latency-free wireless, excellent comfort, and reasonable sound quality, and the versatility you get knowing that you can connect the Arctis 1 Wireless to just about any device you can think of, that makes it an excellent choice.

9Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless

Acoustic Design: Closed Back | Wireless: Yes | Weight: 205g| Drivers: 50mm | Compatibility: Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC, Mac, Mobile, Switch

Key features:

  • THX 7.1 surround sound
  • 50mm Triforce Titanium drivers
  • Extremely comfortable design
  • Removable cardioid mic
  • Latency-free wireless performance

Even though they have quite the lineup, Razer’s BlackShark is their best selling headset at the moment, and for a variety of reasons. Which is why Razer went and made it even better in the shape of the BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless. This is a wireless headset made to fit just about any gaming system, including the new Xbox Series X and Series S.

To begin with, the comfort you’ll get is excellent. The headband and earcups are pretty thick and plush, which results in a headset you can easily wear for hours at a time without getting fatigued. This is helped a bit with the 205-gram weight, which is rather low.

The sound quality is great, and the combination of 50mm Triforce Titanium drivers and THX 7.1 surround sound is honestly excellent. You can easily pinpoint footsteps and enjoy an overall great sound in-game.

Last but not least, Razer’s HyperSpeed wireless technology makes sure you get zero latency while gaming, and you also have rather long battery life. The BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless is rounded out by a removable cardioid microphone, and if you can afford it, is a great headset for the Xbox Series X.

10LucidSound LS35X Wireless

Acoustic Design: Closed Back | Wireless: Yes | Weight: 396g | Drivers: 50mm | Compatibility: Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox One, PC, Mobile, Switch

Key features:

  • Xbox Wireless one-button connection
  • Multi-platform compatibility
  • Dual microphone system with mic monitoring
  • Gel-cooled memory foam earpads for ultimate comfort
  • Included travel case

LucidSound is probably not the first brand that springs to mind when you’re searching for your next headset, but it should be. The LS35X is their more affordable model, but it still comes with all the nice things you’d want in a premium headset.

The first thing you should know is that LucidSound dedicated a lot of attention to comfort. Not only do you have a very thick and comfortable headband, but the memory foam earpads are gel-cooled, which helps you stay cool even during long gaming sessions in the summer heat. The earcups are oval and pretty spacious, so they won’t press on your ear, and you can twist them and put them on your shoulders.

The dual mic system is interesting too – even if you remove the detachable boom mic, you have an integrated mic you can use on the go. And the quality is pretty great, your voice will be heard loud and clear.

Last but certainly not least, the sound quality is really good. Positional accuracy is excellent, and you’ll be able to pinpoint where your enemy is coming from pretty much instantly. If you can work with the price tag, by all means, give them a chance.

11Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2

Acoustic Design: Closed Back | Wireless: Yes | Weight: Unknown | Drivers: 50mm | Compatibility: Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox One, PC, Mobile, Switch

Key features:

  • Beefy, durable design
  • 50mm Nanoclear drivers
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Flip-to-mute microphone
  • 20-hour battery life

Turtle Beach doesn’t have a lot of models, but if you’re after a premium option from the brand, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 is the model you want. The Xbox one comes in an all-black colorway, and oh boy does it look nice. Yes, it’s bulky and heavy, but thanks to the comfort, you won’t feel that too much, and it does add durability.

The first thing you should know is that this is a very versatile headset, and you get a lot of choices. One is dual connectivity, both with Xbox Wireless, and Bluetooth at the same time. Another one is with the mic monitoring and game & chat volume control, so you can set those up as you wish.

Sound quality is pretty great, which is to be expected from a headset at this price range. The microphone sounds pretty good, too, and we have no complaints there.

Last but not least, comfort is really great, and the headset is built like a tank, which inspires confidence. The one downside is the price because it’s rather expensive and there are a lot of alternatives, but that doesn’t make it a bad pick.

12Astro A10

Acoustic Design: Closed Back | Wireless: No | Weight: 346g | Drivers: 40mm | Compatibility: Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC, Mac, Mobile

Key features:

  • Durable construction
  • Comfortable headband and plush earcups
  • Detachable cable
  • Clear unidirectional microphone
  • Wallet-friendly price

Astro’s headset lineup is rather extensive, covering many price points and giving you a lot of choices. But if you’re after a simple headset that won’t set you back too much, and works with the Xbox (and PS4), the A10 wired headset could be the one you’re looking for.

Wired means that you don’t have to struggle with connectivity issues, or charge the headset, or anything similar – just plug and play. The sound quality is pretty good, although nothing to write home about. We loved the microphone, though, as the sound is clear and crisp, and the flip-to-mute functionality is seriously underrated.

Comfort is on point with the A10, thanks to the combination of thick, soft earcups, and a thick material on the headband that distributes weight well. We wouldn’t mind wearing this headset for extended periods of time while gaming, even if it’s hot outside.

Unfortunately, that’s about it with the A10 – there’s not much more to it, it’s a simple headset that works well, with no fuss. If that’s what you need and you don’t want to spend a lot of money, it’s certainly one of the best Xbox Series X and Series X headsets.

13Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2

Acoustic Design: Closed Back | Wireless: No | Weight: 390g | Drivers: 50mm | Compatibility: Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox One

Key features:

  • Pro microphone with Truspeak technology
  • 50mm Nanoclear drivers
  • Aero fit ear cushions are extremely comfortable
  • Glasses relief system
  • Metal headband with a suspension design

When it comes to Xbox headsets, Turtle Beach’s Elite Pro 2 is one of the best options out there. Sure, it comes with a premium price tag, but it also comes with excellent performance, great build quality, and stunning looks.

The all-white design looks stunning, but functionally, it’s all about comfort. Even though at 390 grams, this is a pretty heavy headset, the suspension headband distributes weight pretty well, and you don’t feel much. The earcups are massive and come wrapped in a leatherette material. And while usually, this means warm ears in the summer, these don’t have such a problem and will keep your ears cool without any problem. They also come with a glasses relief system, so if you wear glasses while gaming, you won’t feel any discomfort.

Sound quality is pretty great, thanks to the 50mm Nanoclear drivers which deliver precise, crisp, and clear sound. And when you want your teammates to hear you, you have the Truspeak microphone, which is as good as a headset microphone can get.

All things considered, even though this headset definitely doesn’t come cheap, it is one of the best Xbox Series X and Series S headsets out there.

14HyperX CloudX Flight

Acoustic Design: Closed Back | Wireless: Yes | Weight: 315g | Drivers: 50mm | Compatibility: Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox One, PC

Key features:

  • Signature HyperX Comfort
  • Zero-latency 2.4GHz wireless
  • Official Xbox licensed headset
  • Detachable microphone with LED mute and mic monitoring
  • Up to 30 hours of battery life

If there is one thing that HyperX is famous for, it’s the level of comfort that’s pretty much universal for all of their headsets – and that includes the CloudX Flight. This official Xbox licensed headset comes with some of the most comfortable earcups out there, and a headband to match. You can literally wear it for hours, and you won’t feel any kind of fatigue.

But it’s not just about comfort. Sound quality is great, too, and the 50mm drivers deliver a rather immersive experience. While there is no virtual surround feature, the stereo sound is still good enough for you to be able to pinpoint enemies with great accuracy. The microphone and chat mixer work brilliantly, and your teammates will be able to hear you loud and clear, with no background noise.

Wireless performance is great thanks to the 2.4GHz transmitter, and we noticed no issues with wireless performance whatsoever. No latency, no dropouts, nothing.

The battery is pretty great, too, and it can go up to 30 hours if you don’t push the volume to the maximum. Charging is pretty quick as well, which rounds out an excellent headset for the new Xbox models. 

15Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X

Acoustic Design: Closed Back | Wireless: No | Weight: 181g | Drivers: 40mm | Compatibility: Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac

Key features:

  • Crystal clear, high sensitivity microphone
  • Lightweight design with comfortable earcups
  • Convenient, in-line controls so you don’t waste time looking for the controls
  • While made for Xbox One, it’s compatible with PS4, PC, and Mac
  • Very affordable price

The fact that you really don’t want to spend a lot of money on a headset doesn’t need to force you towards buying a bad headset – just look at the Ear Force Recon 50X by Turtle Beach. It’s very affordable, but it checks all the boxes for a decent wired headset.

To begin with, the earcups are massive and go around your ears with relative ease. They’re wrapped in a leatherette material, which does feel comfortable. However, the headband has zero padding, which is something that might be a problem for many. At 181 grams, though, how much of a problem will this be?

The sound itself is average. Positional accuracy isn’t bad but isn’t great either, and the games can sometimes sound mushy and undefined. At this price, though, we aren’t really complaining, but make sure you set your expectations reasonably.

The microphone is pretty good, though. It’s crystal clear, and it has great sensitivity so it picks up your voice instantly. And even though it doesn’t have any noise-canceling, the amount of background noise it picks up is absolutely minimal. A great budget choice for everyone.

Final thoughts

As you can see, there’s definitely no shortage of good Xbox Series X headsets on the market at the moment. Given that we have made sure to include a wide variety of options for all budgets, all you need to do is choose the headset that best fits your budget based on sound and mic quality, design, comfort, and aesthetics.

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