Picking out an Xbox One headset can be tricky with the shire number that there now are on the market for Microsoft’s 8th generation console. We’ve selected some of our favourite and most highly recommended headsets that are currently available, putting them through their paces so that you don’t have to.
On this site you’ll find a selection of the best Xbox One headsets across all price ranges, from the best value to the absolute best, all reviewed and compared, giving you the information you need to make an informed decision on which one is for you. Whether you’re a pro or leisure gamer, on a budget or skies the limit, there is a headset for you that we’ve reviewed on your Xbox headset reviews page for you.
Turtle Beach Recon 50X (£29.99)
The Turtle Beach Recon 50X is very much an entry-level gaming headset, compatible with a wide selection of devices – from consoles, including Xbox and Playstation, to PCs, tablets and other mobile devices that support connectivity via a 3.5mm audio jack. It’s worth noting that for use with older Xbox One controllers, this headset will require an Xbox headset adapter – a device which sadly isn’t included in the box.
As you’d expect from a Turtle Beach Xbox headset – and despite its low price-point – the Recon 50X headset much more in terms of audio quality and comfort than other similarly priced headsets. This headset features large, 40mm Neodymium speakers, a high-sensitivity, adjustable boom mic, and convenient, in-line controls, giving you the ability to adjust both in-game audio and voice chat with ease. If you’re looking for a headset rich in features and functionality, then the Recon 50X isn’t for you – it lacks many of the features of some of the more premium members of the Turtle Beach Xbox headset family, including SUPERHUMAN HEARING™, Dynamic Chat Boost™ and support for windows sonic surround sound. However, when it comes to the basics, the Recon 50X excels beyond what is offered by similarly priced headsets.
Although the build quality of this headset does feel cheaper than that of other headsets from Turtle Beach – something you’d expect considering its price – the audio performance it offers is second to none in the sub-£30 price-range. All in all, if you’re looking for a back-to-basics, low-cost gaming headset for your Xbox One on a very modest budget, then the Recon 50X from Turtle Beach is exactly what you’re looking for.
Here are our picks for the best budget Xbox headsets under £50. These headsets have been ranked on their audio performance and quality, along with their value for money, making it easier to select the right Xbox One headset for you.
Turtle Beach XO Three (£49.99)
The Turtle Beach XO Three is the latest, officially-licensed entry-level Xbox One headset from the famed headset manufacturer – being their lowest-priced Xbox One headset for 2017. Designed specifically for use with Xbox, the XO Three offers high-quality in-game and chat audio at a low price point – featuring 50mm Neodymium, over-ear speakers, and a high-sensitivity, omni-directional noise-cancelling mic, offering the best audio quality available for a budget Xbox headset.
Like you’d expect from Turtle Beach, the XO Three features a sturdy, high quality build that is equipped with generous fabric-wrapped ear-cushions and leather-wrapped headband, offering a level of comfort and breathability above that of other headsets within its price range. This comfort makes the XO Three a great choice, both for long gaming sessions, and for when consuming other media such as movies and music, thanks to its fully-adjustable, removable mic.
This headset also benefits from conveniently placed in-line controls, putting master volume and mute at your fingertips, and interfaces via a standard 3.5mm connector – something that makes the XO Three prefect for us with other consoles, PC and mobile devices.
Here are our selections for the best Xbox One headsets under £100. We’ve chosen and ranked these headsets on their quality, performance and the value for money that they offer, helping to make picking the right Xbox headset easier.
Turtle Beach XO Seven Pro (£99.99)
The Turtle Beach XO Seven Pro is billed as an Xbox One headset designed with competitive play in mind – and features a range of features and functionality to match. In the box you’ll find everything needed to get up and running – the Ear Force headset audio controller plus, a breakway cable, mobile adapter with in-line mic, micro USD cable and removable boom mic. Setting the XO Seven Pro up is quick and easy, allowing you to start enjoying it without too much effort.
At first glance, the XO Seven Pro is a good looking, well-built Xbox headsets – being study, whilst lightweight, and offer a great deal of comfort, making the XO Seven Pro a great choice for lengthy gaming sessions. When it comes to comfort, this headset offers generously padded, memory foam cushions on its 50mm earcups – these work great, adequately cushioning your ears whilst helping to isolate background noise, adding to immersion. The headband is also well-padded and can be adjusted to head size.
The XO Seven Pro is also equipped with much of the features and functionality you’d expect from a competitive, Turtle Beach headset – including audio EQ presets, mic monitoring and SUPER HUMAN HEARING – a feature that heightens in-game audio to give you an edge when playing competitively. All-in-all, this headset is a great option for the budget conscious – offering functionality typically reserve for premium headsets, whilst retailing at a mid-range price point.
SteelSeries Siberia X800 (£144.99)
The Siberia X800 is essentially the Siberia 800 – the award-winning headset from SteelSeries – retaining all of the same features and functionality. The main difference between this headset and the original – other than the retail packaging – is the inclusion of an Xbox One headset adapter in the box.
This headset is wireless – connecting to an audio receiver, which allows you to listen to game audio from your Xbox One – however, for chat, you will still need to connect the headset to the controller via the Xbox headset adapter included in the box. This receiver is compatible with other devices – not just Xbox – including PS4, PC and other compatible devices.
Besides this functionality, the SteelSeries Siberia X800 is packed full of other features – particularly for audiophiles – as it fully supports 7.1 Digital Dolby Surround, offering some of the best, high-quality audio performance of any Xbox headset on the market. While the design of this headset may be somewhat basic – it is well-built and comfortable, benefiting from generously padded head band and ear-cups – which can be rotated 90 degrees for easy storage.
If you’re an audiophile, you’re going to appreciate that the X800’s fully support 7.1 Digital Dolby Surround (Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, and Dolby Headphone) and sound simply amazing, unlike what I’ve heard with any console headset before. Even with 40mm drivers in the cups, you’ll be surprised with not only the sound clarity but also the fact that it is completely lag free. Not many gaming headsets offer full Dolby 7.1 surround, but SteelSeries does, and it charges the premium for it, rightfully so once you hear the quality difference.
Astro Gaming A50 (Gen 2) Wireless (£176.85)
The Astro Gaming A50 (Gen 2) wireless gaming headset is billed as a high-end, pro-gamer headset – offering the very best in audio quality, including Dolby® Headphone 7.1 surround sound, and performance – and as you’d expect, carries a price that reflects its status as a premium headset. This headset ships with a dedicated base station, housing a 5GHz wireless transmitter that provides low-latency, clear in-game chat communication, as well as making the A50 easier to use – working to make charging and pairing the headset a breeze.
This headset not only delivers on audio, but also comfort – featuring a light-weight with thick layers of breathable padding around its inner headband and ear cups – making it perfect for long gaming sessions. In terms of design, this headset looks great – from the beautiful metal bars that hold the headband and earcups together, to it’s slim, soft-touch plastic frame finished in black with a lime green trim.
All of the functions and inputs of the A50 headset can be found on the back of its earcups – a micro USB and controller port can be found on the left ear, whilst the power, mode select and volume switches are located on the other. This headsets mic – a reasonably long and flexible, uni-directional noise-cancelling microphone – is hosted on the outer-left ear cup.
If you’re looking for a high-end, premium wireless headset for your Xbox but don’t want to fork-out for the newer, Gen 3 version of the Astro Gaming A50, then this headset is a great choice – offering much of the performance and functionality of its successor, at a price that’s close to £80 less.
Razer Thresher Ultimate (£249.99)
The all-new Thresher Ultimate headset from Razer is a beautiful gaming headset that offers excellent audio performance and quality, high-levels of comfort, simple-to-use surround sound and achieves what it sets out to – marrying PC-quality audio with the simplicity of home consoles. The Thresher Ultimate isn’t cheap – retailing at £249.99 – and lacks many of the features and functions of other headsets in its price range. That being said – it looks great and boasts exception audio performance – two qualities that combine to make this Razer Xbox One headset a strong contender for the best of 2017.
Headsets from Razer tend to be big and bold – the Thresher Ultimate is no exception – being a hefty, well-built headset you probably wouldn’t want to lug around with you in your backpack. This isn’t much of a drawback – as the Thresher can only be used with its USB receiver, lacking 3.5 mm audio jack – meaning that it can’t be used with most mobile devices anyway, making it very much an at-home headset.
The digital, uni-directional boom mic of the Thresher Ultimate is retractable – making it very easy to position and put away after use – and is high-performance, offering crystal-clear voice chat during online multiplayer. This headset also benefits from replaceable ear cups – letting you choose whether to go for fabric or pleather – some which, although sold separately, is a nice touch, adding to the high-level of comfort already offered by the headset.
The Thresher Ultimate – unlike other Razer products – doesn’t have any special features via the brand’s Synapse software and is a product that is very must what you see is what you get, whether using the device on homes consoles or PC, being a no-frills, solid surround sound headset. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – as the single sound profile offered by the Thresher is best-in-class, being exquisitely balance, providing a much better level of performance than other headsets on the market that come with a range of half-hearted EQ presets that most gamers never use.
The Thresher Ultimate does however have a few notable short-comings – the hub is unwieldy, it lacks a 3.5mm jack, and lacks the range of customisable options when used on PC that are typical of other Razer headsets. That being said, the Razer Thresher Ultimate delivers where it counts – delivering the very best in game and chat, surround sound audio, offering an level of immersion that right now is second to none.
The Xbox One opted to get rid of the 2.5mm audio jack that the 360 used, making your old headsets obsolete and unusable with Microsoft’s 8th generation console. Instead, the console uses a 3.5mm hack, making it necessary for you to purchase an official Xbox One stereo headset adapter if you want to use your old headset. Opting for the adapter could be a better option for you if you already own a high end headset for your 360, as at a cost of around £25 it’s certainly going to be far more cost effective than investing in a brand new one.
Read our full Xbox One stereo headset adapter review