While the PS4 proudly announced it featured a 3.5mm headphone jack in all of its controllers, not all headsets came PS4 prepared upon launch. Yet, never fear, as we are here to help! Here are five of the top-performing headphones to use with your new PS4.
We asked two of our authors to independently list their picks for the top 5 PS4 headsets. Below is a review by both authors of their top picks:
Dusty's Headset Picks
5. Ear Force PX4 by Turtle Beach ($150)
Turtle Beach has cornered the PS4 market by making all of their models... yes, even earlier models... compatible with the PS4. There are certain models, however, that were released to be compatible at launch (rather than requiring some time, software, or hardware to configure). The best bang-for-your-buck model is the Ear Force PX4 – its wireless with a solid, rechargeable battery, steady Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, full compatibility with several gaming consoles.
- Wireless – 5-hour battery is rechargeable, and can charge while playing
- Uses Dual-Band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Adjustable microphone feed into your headset
- Dolby Digital Surround Sound
- Certified compatibility with PS3, PS4, and Xbox 360
4. Skullcandy PLYR1 7.1 Surround Sound Wireless Gaming Headset, White (SMPYFY-072) ($177.54)
Skullcandy has released an awesome surround sound gaming headset that offers amazing sound. Providing stellar Supreme Sound technology to provide the best bass and precision highs when playing your PS4, it also sports Doly Digital PLIIX 7.1+ GMX Dolby. Complete with a built-in headset stand, it also provides equalization settings, a pivoting boom mic,and of course, instant muting for when those annoying kids won't stop calling you 'bro.'
- Supreme Sound technology
- EQ3 Equalizer Modes - Precision Mode, Supreme Mode, Bass Mode
- Pivoting Boom Mic
- Wired headset
- Certified compatibility with PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Mac, and Windows
3. PDP Afterglow Wireless ($100)
Not everyone is into a headset that lights up, but if you don't mind a bit of extra light during your gaming session, the Afterglow may be for you. The wireless sound is clear and reliable, though the physical fit is designed with a smaller person in mind. This headset boasts compatibly with nearly any device you can throw at it, giving it a leg up on the competition. This headset is the least expensive on thelist.
- Wireless with a 10-hour battery
- Includes a charging tower stand
- Unique physical look – intense glowing that can be personalized in nearly 2,200 different shades
- Three modes - Dolby 5.1 Sound, Pure Audio, and Immersive
- Compatible with most devices, including the PS4
2. Skullcandy SLYR ($79.99)
Skullcandy does it again with the Skullcandy SLYR - one of the newest, best headsets on this list. Featuring awesome Supreme Sound technology that delivers powerful bass, precision highs, an easy stash boom mic, and a set of equalizer modes that make the headset operate to your likeness, it's one of the most versatile yet inexpensive headsets on the market today!
- Proprietary Supreme Sound Technology
- Boom mic that can be easily hidden.
- GMX In-Line Mixer that makes it simple to balance settings for voice chat and game audio.
- Equalization settings for: games, movies, music, Bass Mode, Supreme Mode, and Precision Mode.
- Certified compatible with PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, PCs, mobile phones, tablets, and MP3 players. Note: this headset is wired (but awesome!).
1. Astro A50 Wireless ($300)
The A50 goes a step beyond its competitors by offering 5.8 wireless frequency, as well as Dolby Digital 7.1. The fit is fantastic, no matter your cranial size, and the durability is notably high. The price is steep, but audiophiles agree the product is worth the price tag. If the price is a bit too steep for you, consider checking out the A40 or A30 series.
- High-functioning wireless at 5.8 frequency
- Three different modes – Media, Core, and Boost
- 40mm drivers
- Incredible Dolby 5.1 and 7.1 audio
- One of the few headset to feature both PS4 and Xbox One compatibility (also compatible with PC, PS3, and Xbox 360)
I’ll turn the topic over to you guys. Are there any additional headsets you prefer to use on your PS4? Let us know in the comments below!
Bradley's Headset Picks
I know I’ve said this before in a previous article, but I feel the need to bring it up again. I don’t like talking on the phone. As I said before, not sure why, just not a fan of it. The same applies to talking with random strangers online. With the dawn of Xbox Live all those years ago, people got on a Halo and figured out that they could say whatever they wanted and the worst that could happen is that someone reports them. All that pent up rage, all that trash talk that never got taken to the curb, all of it was about to be unleashed. And just like that, in one fell swoop, the online gaming sphere found a whole new breed of jerks (for lack of a more pertinent word).
It all started with these little chat headsets. Some used them for strategizing with teammates, and others simply used them to come up with as many debilitating insults as they could during the course of any given match. Now, it may seem here that I am condemning the concept of a headset, but I am certainly not, only seeking to get your attention and bring up some repressed memories about what those twelve year olds said about your mother when you last played Halo. Now, I won’t go off and say that PlayStation people are any better, but they’re way better. Sure you’ll find jerks anywhere you go, but at least in our circle of online gaming, there’s less of them from my experience.
Again though, I digress. Now we have a new generation of headsets that have fused on an atomic level with headphones. Today’s gaming headsets can do it all; chat with your friends, or pump surround sound directly into your unsuspecting ears. Who needs a fancy home theatre when a comfy pair of headphones will do the trick? All of that, and you can still chat with your friends, or at least mount a defensive stance against the people insulting you online. So, whether its for pure audio or pure pwnage, here’s my top five list of the best headsets money can buy.
#5. Tritton Kama Stereo Headset($29.99)
This headset performs admirably well despite the low price. You won't find anything this cheap that looks half as good out there. Despite the low price, it has a nice sound range and a flexible boom microphone. The 3.5 mm cord that it comes with plugs nicely into the DualShock 4 for easy connectivity. It also works well on other devices. It has a nice black and blue design, and foam padding to keep it from getting uncomfortable.
#4. Universal Kunai Headset by Tritton ($59.99)
Think of this headset as number five’s bigger brother. The Kunai headset sports compatibility with multiple systems, PS4 included of course, and has a nice stereo design for full audio immersion into your games. Another nice feature here is that you can independently adjust both in game audio and chat audio. That means if your friends are talking over the gunfire, you can adjust each one accordingly. It may be wired, but top this package off with the fact that the microphone is removable and you have a decently priced pair of headphones that can become a headset on the fly!
#3. Universal Afterglow Prismatic Headset ($99.99)
Let me start by saying that this headset is higher on the list because of the price. The number three headset is amazing, but this Afterglow headset takes the edge with a lower price tag and almost all the same features. Fully universal with all of your devices, wireless, and durable, this headset is a fantastic option for the budget shopper looking for something to give them great audio and great chat options. Tack on some awesome LED lights that can be changed to several colors, and you have a headphone/headset combination that really brings a lot of bang for your buck.
#2. Astro A50 ($299.99)
I know, it’s expensive. Okay, it’s decadent in its pricing, but this thing is the king of all headsets, headphones, head-anything! This headset has it all, full Dolby Digital Surround Sound, strong wireless signal, great battery life, adjustable volume levels for every aspect of the audio, and pristine quality. Digital trends gave this headset a nine out of ten and had this to say:
“The Astro A50 made every game title we played more engrossing and entertaining with terrific virtual surround and extremely visceral, powerful sound.”
It features a 5.8GHZ wireless technology and a true virtual 7.1 surround sound. The device is built with a strong design and has a unidirectional microphone to eliminate background noise while you're talking. You can also mute the mic by flipping the receiver upward as well. It has three EQ modes and cross platform support too. It's the nicest in terms of features and performance, but it's really, really expensive.
#1. PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset ($99.99)
This headset combines the perfect set of features with a modest and affordable price tag. While the Afterglow headset is the same price, this headset comes with the addition of 7.1 virtual surround sound. In addition, this particular headset combines comfort with quality and brings a new level of immersion to gaming on the PS4. In addition, it also supports the PS4 headset companion app and can interact with the various audio presents that are available for the hottest games on the PS4.
The headset also includes a charge cable, and an audio cable to allow for using it on the go with your mobile devices and your PS Vita. Using it as home is a snap, with an included USB adapter that delivers audio and chat without those messy cables. For this price, a wireless virtual surround sound headset is a steal, and the additional comfort, portability and features make it one of the best headsets you can get.
I personally own one of these and it is an incredible piece of hardware, especially for $99. It can be used on your other consoles and your PC, along with your Vita. It's very versatile, and when it doesn't have a charge, you can use the audio cable to keep on listening. It's a great price for a great product that works flawlessly.
What headsets or headphones do you use on the PS4? Do you own any of the devices on this list? Tell us in the comments!