Headphones Guide For PS4 & Xbox One

PS4 & Xbox One headphones are a key part of playing video games. Hearing footsteps and enemy weapon fire allow you to understand their proximity. The technology of 3D sound, allows players to have a complete understanding as if they were actually in the game.

Explosions tip-off where an enemy could be located without even having to see where the enemy is.

We’re going to break down a list of headphones that’s compatible with PS4 & Xbox One.

Are PS4 & Xbox One Headphones The Same?

They’re are the same, however, for the computer, they’re slightly different. Although they ultimately do the same thing, some headphones are not fit for console gaming, as they would be for PC gaming.  

The difference between computer headphones and console headphones are mainly just the connection port. If the connection uses a 3 1/2mm connection, it will not fit any of the console ports, including an Xbox or PS4 controller.

Some of the higher-priced PC headphones require this kind of port. It’s important to read the box when purchasing headphones to make sure it’s capable. One size does not always fit all in this situation!  

Also, the Xbox One controllers require a special headphone jack, to plug headphones into. Xbox has created a proprietary plugin on the bottom of their controllers which does not support a normal headphone jack.

In order to plug headphones into the Xbox One controller, you’ll need an adapter like this to plug in both normal headsets and gaming headsets.  

Xbox One Volume Adapter

This adapter will help you plug the headphones into the appropriate slot, this Xbox One adapter will help.

Why Use Gaming Headphones?

This question has always surfaced, as players always wonder if they can just use an old pair of iPhone headphones to get the same effect. Gaming headphones are effective for mainly two reasons:

  • Noise Canceling
  • Directional Sound

Noise-canceling is key because it allows players to completely submerse themselves into the environment they’re playing in. This is why gaming headphones are extremely thick around the ears, for noise cancel and comfort.  

Noticing directional sound from opponents is key in shooting games. It’s the difference between hitting a shot and being shot. Especially in games like Fortnite and Apex Legends, footsteps can be heard passing through the right ear into the left ear as a player runs or slides around you.

The noise cancel and directional components of the headphones are why you should consider purchasing gaming headphones.  

Are Wired Or Wireless Headphones Better For Gaming?

The debate on wired and wireless headphones is based on personal preference. As air pods have taken over the headphone world seamlessly making wireless the mainstay, wired headphones are slowly starting to be weeded out.  

As mentioned, wired headphones serve no better functionality then wireless headphones, it’s just mostly on personal preference. What you will see, however, is the wireless headphones be a significantly higher price.  

Also, it’s good to note that connection to the sound card/motherboard matter in most cases between wired and wireless.

If the headset is connected via USB, it will more than likely drag you to be closer to your system. If you’re gaming on a PC that’s fine, as you’re more than likely sitting next to your desktop/laptop.  

However, if you’re console gaming, you’ll need to have a long wire as most gamers sit a fairly decent distance away from their console, so they can sit on their couch/chair.

If you have a dog or a little brother/sisters that like to run around the living room. They may interfere or trip up on your long cord. Wireless headphones may be the best buy in this case.  

Should I Buy An Expensive Pair Of Gaming Headphones?

As the price goes up, don’t let the box trick you into these fancy components of the headphones. The number one thing that actually matters as the price goes up is the sound quality.

Cheaper headphones can produce some pretty good quality and comfort. More expensive headphones have better quality, in relevance to pure sound coming from them.  

If you’re just starting out in buying a gaming headset, we recommend going with a cheap version of a headset and buying up from there. We’ve created a list of 8 cheap gaming headsets to get you started. These headsets are great for beginners or players who have been gaming for years.

If you’re on the other side of the spectrum and are looking for a new headset because you’re getting sick of your old ones, then you need to break down a few things for yourself:

  • Budget
  • Sound Quality

You won’t find much of a difference in the $100-$200 range for headphones. However, if you’re looking to spend around the $300 mark, it will get to as close sounding to “live” as it possibly can get.

Whether you’re listening to a video game or watching a movie, these type of headphones is as good as it gets. We recommend not spending any more than $300, and if you choose to do so, make sure you test them first before making the expensive purchase.  

What Headphones Are Compatible With PS4 and Xbox?

As mentioned above, we’ve created a list here of the best cheap gaming headsets for the console. This will help you get started. A few other things to note when buying a headset for the console is its connection. We’re looking for a standard headphone jack seen below (most of which plugs directly into the controller), or USB.  

If the headphone jack has anything other than those ports, it will not be compatible with your console. Save yourself the time and headache and inspect your console. If you’re playing on PS4 or Xbox One, then a USB or regular headphone jack shouldn’t be an issue.  


Gaming headphones are almost a necessity in today’s gaming age. The detail of footsteps and explosions help players understand enemy proximity without actually seeing them.

2D volume from television doesn’t have the same effect as the 3D effect that headphones provide.

Related Q & A

What Gaming Headphones Work With Nintendo Switch?

Any gaming headset that has a headphone jack to plug directly into, or a USB slot. All console headphones will work for the Nintendo switch. If you’re playing on the go, it may be better to use earbuds, as they’ll be easier to use on the go.  

How Do I Clean My Gaming Headphones?

Simply use baby wipes or any type of damp soft tissue to effectively clean the earphone. It’s important to not get water or any liquid inside of the earphone as it may cause significant damage.  

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