At first, gaming headsets may not seem necessary, as the sound comes straight out from the TV. However, with new headphone technology, you can hear sounds as if you’re in the game.
As you begin to shop for headsets, we recommend finding headsets that fit both your budget and style. Below is a break down of gaming headsets we recommend checking out before making your next purchase.
In this article, we’re going to show you the best cheap gaming headsets for PS4 that bring you sound quality and pricing affordability.
Sound Quality In Gaming Headsets
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, games are starting to incorporate footsteps and even the smallest bit of detail into the audio of games.
For example, one of Fortnite’s biggest updates was that they added different sounds based on where a player was. If the player was walking on the ground, a player heard a “walking on concrete-like” sound.
If the player was walking on a roof, a hollow-like sound echoed into the player’s ears. This made it easy to differentiate whether to look up or down when an enemy was close.
The headset also helped the player differentiate between left or right, as the sound would play softly in one ear and loud in the other.
Now picture that same scenario, without a headset. The noise would be coming out of your TV, and you wouldn’t be able to differentiate between left/right, which in Fortnite, is critical to be able to build and defend against enemies.
Gaming headphones also have over the air type sound cancellation which helps the gamers focus solely on the game.
Gaming headphones are hardly sold as earbuds. Gaming headphones are over the head, noise-canceling, thick, pieces of equipment that help you lock into the game. This is also another reason why they can be a bit pricier, based on the brand you buy.
Comfort Of Gaming Headsets
Over the head earphones, which have a thick padded layer as the earmuff is often the most comfortable.
Remember, if you’re buying a headset, try to envision yourself wearing the headset for hours at a time. Cheap headsets that become uncomfortable after 20 minutes of game-play should be returned.
Most gamers lock-in for hours when playing a video game, there should be no discomfort, especially on your head when you’re playing.
Communicating Using Gaming Headsets
Communicating with your team is vital. Whether you’re playing Fortnite, Call of Duty, or any other shooting/open-world game which requires you to be strategic with your teammates, communication is at the forefront.
We like to categorize bad gaming headsets that are:
- Too Soft
- Too Loud
- Way Too Much Static
- Stops Working
- Needs To Be Constantly Charged
- Breaks Easily
The ideal gaming headset should allow you to be able to plug and play with the microphone and have effective communication from the start.
Cheap Pricing Of Gaming Headsets
Finding the best headset for your buck is our goal, whether it be for Christmas or for a casual pickup.
Our list below is going to extremely price sensitive for the best headsets we add to the list. If the price is not an issue for you, there will be options for you as well.
Our list of headsets (in no particular order) are below.
Best Cheap Gaming Headsets For PS4
HyperX Cloud II
Amazon’s choice for gaming headsets, for a reason. HyperX Cloud II sits at $99, but totally worth it. Its clear crisp sound can hear footsteps and all in-game minute details all coming through the headphones.
The Hyper X Cloud II also features a detachable microphone, which is nice when you’re looking to play Solo or campaign.
|USB audio sound card with 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound||Memory foam ear pads||Noise cancelling microphone|
SteelSeries Arctis 7
Marked as the official gaming headset of FaZe Clan, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 is arguably one of the best headsets in gaming. Its wireless components, comfort, and overall sound quality has this headset jumping out on our list. The SteelSeries headset has some bragging rights as well, winning PC Gamer headset of the year. It’s compatible with both PS4 and PC.
|S1 speaker drivers, engineered to produce ultra-low distortion audio, DTS Headphone:X v2.0 surround sound||Soft foam ear pads – also a 24-hour battery life||ClearCast microphone with studio-quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation|
PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset
Another ‘Amazon Choice’ headset. The PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset is made personally by Sony. The headset boasts high-quality audio, extreme comfort, and sturdy material to enhance your gaming experience
The PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset has 3D audio technology which creates a life-like listening environment when gaming.
|7.1 Virtual Surround Sound with 3D audio technology||Extra thick soft foam ear pads||Built-in microphones for speaking to teammates|
Turtle Beach Stealth 600
Most of the headsets on this list are wireless, strictly because we think that wires are annoying and can sometimes get in the way of aggressive and emotional players. Our pick for the Turtle Beach headset is the Stealth 600. Another “Amazon Choice” headset, Turtle Beach (which is often known for their cheap headsets) delivers on high quality, durable headset – which is glasses friendly!
|Virtual Surround Sound, powerful 50mm speakers||Breathable mesh fabric, glasses friendly design||Small mouthpiece which sits on the left earphone|
Kotion Each G1000
To start our budget series, we have the Kotion Each G1000 headphones. These headphones are typically priced under $30 and can be purchased in many futuristic colors! These headphones, although rather cheap, come with a 12-month limited guarantee just in case anything does go wrong with them!
|Omnidirectional noise reduction microphone||Over-ear earmuffs soft foam||Wired headset which features mute and volume control|
The Astro A10 headset is a great standard budget headset that is wireless and offers low latency and precise voice communication. Made exclusively for gaming, Astro is a cheap headset for PS4 which is a reliable and sturdy headset that can amplify your gaming experience.
|Low latency and immersive audio||Memory foam ear cushions||Omnidirectional mic, mute and volume control|
Besides the shape, the one thing that sticks out is it has padding all over which is great for comfort. The wired, USB headset provides a low-frequency sound vibration for a great listening experience.
|USB 7.1 virtual channel surround sound||Extreme soft and ventilate over-ear cushion||All-direction microphone (omnidirectional)|
Logitech, a staple in the headphone industry, has a low budget headphone that is great for casual PS4 gaming. Rotating headphones, which provide both comforts with a soft sport cloth and a folding noise cancelling mic.
|Dolby 7.1 surround sound with 360 degree sound field||Lightweight design and soft sport cloth||Cardioid frequency response on both ears|
Gaming headsets play a major role in modern-day gaming. The ability to hear and recognize footsteps and enemy proximity is a major factor in winning and losing games.
What is your favorite gaming headphones? Let us know in the comments below!