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Take your gaming to the level with this gaming headset guide

Published 31st January 2023
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The right headset can make all the difference to your gameplay, whether it's making sure your squad is all on the same page or you're trying to immerse yourself in the action. That's why we've put together this guide as a cheat code to help find the perfect headset.

We'll break down everything you need to know, from the different types of gaming headsets to the features to keep in mind. So let's get started!

Why do I need a gaming headset?

  • Immerse yourself in the game with high-quality audio
  • Stay connected with teammates without interruptions
  • Enjoy hours of gaming in comfort with a well-fitted headset
  • Gain an advantage with features like noise cancellation, surround sound, and 3D audio

Wired vs wireless headsets

When it comes to gaming headsets, there are two main types to choose from: wired and wireless.

Wired gaming headsets are the most common. While some still connect via a 3.5mm audio jack, most newer models take advantage of USB. The advantage of a wired headset is that it's usually less expensive than a wireless model and it won't suffer from audio lag or interference.

But you're not tied down to your PC or console with wireless gaming headsets. They're generally Bluetooth headsets that either connect directly to your console or to a USB dongle that you plug in. They usually offer better sound quality than wired models thanks to features like noise cancellation, surround sound, and 3D audio.

Key features to look for in a headset

Once you've decided on the type, there are several features to consider before picking your new gaming headset. For starters, surround sound is crucial; it produces a level of detail and clarity that simply can't be achieved with standard stereo headphones.

Additionally, 3D audio creates an immersive illusion that sound is coming from every angle in the room - a must for gamers looking for total immersion. Noise cancellation and mic sensitivity are also keys to look out for: if your headset has great noise cancellation, outside sounds won't interfere with your game; if it has great mic sensitivity, your teammates will hear you loud and clear!

But don't forget about comfort and audio - the two most important elements. Look for a headset with soft ear pads, adjustable headbands, and lightweight construction for maximum comfort over long gaming sessions. You also need high-quality drivers that deliver clear, crisp audio for an immersive experience.

How to find the right gaming headset

There's a huge range to choose from, so here's how you can narrow down the range to make your decision easier.

  • Are you next to the console or gaming from your sofa? Wireless gaming headsets give you the option to sit further away, something that console gamers would benefit from, more than PC gamers.
  • Do you game on a specific console? Some headsets, like those in our Xbox headset or PS4 and PS5 gaming headset ranges, have been designed with drivers to enhance audio from that device.
  • Are you satisfied with good audio? Surround sound headsets are a must, but if you really want to feel like you're at the centre of the action, immerse yourself with 3D audio headsets - you'll hear the action as if it's taking place all around you!
  • As audio and comfort are so important, take some time to read reviews from other gamers who have purchased the same headset. This will give you an idea of what other people think, rather than having to trust the seller.
  • Buying from known brands, like PlayStation headsets, Turtle Beach headsets, Razer headsets and Astro headsets, is another good way to be sure of the audio quality and comfort.

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