Looking for a new set of headset to really bring out the storm and thunder? Want soundstaging that’ll make you feel as if you’re there, storming the beach and clearing the trenches? Looking for a decent set of mid-range headset that sounds better than budget models but won’t break the bank? Fret not, we have you covered with these cool gaming headsets that work well with the PlayStation 4 while staying under 100 and 150 dollars. We give a brief review of each model so as to help players choose best PS4 headset under 100 dollars with least hassle.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver S adopts an over-ear design and sits right on the limit of our $150 budget. You’ll also need to have a y-splitter adapter on hand in order to accommodate the Cloud Revolver S’s control box to mute/unmute sound from your PS4. It’s even wired, unlike its wireless contemporaries on this list. So why are we recommending this particular model for the PS4 in the first place? One word: comfort. The Cloud Revolver S uses a hanging headband, meaning very little pressure is exerted on the head itself. The ear cups are balanced as well. It firmly presses the side of your head without clamping down too hard. The materials also feel luxurious to the touch, which is surprising for headsets in this price range. All in all, a nice pick when you want a headset that emphasizes comfort.
Another entry from Hyperx, the Cloud II is an over-ear set of wired headphones. HyperX is known for its signature memory foam earcups, and the Cloud II is no exception. This foam wraps around your ears so comfortably you can barely feel them after a few minutes. The Cloud II’s 7.1 Surround Sound is pretty impressive as well, on par with the Revolver S. Tones are clear while sounds are very easy to locate, making it ideal for competitive gaming. Another strong point is its noise isolation. The Cloud II is also very effective at keeping sounds in and out—perfect when a lot of distractions abound. It doesn’t feel as lush as the Revolver S, but it maintains the emphasis on comfort and soundstaging.
Another entry from HyperX, this time on the budget side. The Cloud Stinger is a set of wired headphones that utilizes HyperX’s signature memory foam earcups. It doesn’t have the 7.1 Surround Sound of the Cloud II and Revolver S, though. It utilizes 50mm directional drivers, which offer decent but unimpressive sound quality. The materials are also more on the cheap and fragile side. All this might sound bad, but the memory foam earcups alone are strong enough reason to pick up this set. The Cloud Stinger thus serves as a good economy pick for PS4 owners that prioritize comfort and value over sound quality.
Sony has released its own set of gaming headphones for a few years now, dubbed PlayStation Gold. This set is a few years old, but it still performs admirably despite its age. This is because of the rather impressive Virtual Surround Sound system it comes with. It manages to strike a very nice balance between clarity and impact. You can clearly make out individual sounds while the bass booms and the treble spikes at just the right spots. You can also download the PlayStation Headset Companion App as well. It lets you adjust audio settings to better adapt to the games you’re playing. Very useful when switching between competitive action games and slower, more immersive ones. Just be careful though. The materials are on the cheap side, making durability an issue. A lot of noise bleeds through the earpads as well, which can be problematic in rowdier settings.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 sits right on the edge of our $150 budget, but its strengths are definitely worth looking over. First off is its utility as a wireless headset. The batteries last for a shockingly long 24 hours per charge. It can also work up to 40 feet away from your PS4 console. The hanging elastic headband and AirWeave ear cushions work together to maximize comfort. You’ll barely feel the headset even during marathon sessions of play. The sound department is no slouch as well. The 7.1 DTS Surround Sound system is awesome for soundstaging, clearly tagging the location of all sounds. You can also adjust equalization settings to switch between clearer or more dynamic settings as well. All this makes the Arctis 7 a very good pick for its price point.
The SteelSeries Arctis 5 is a step down on the price bracket of the Arctis series. The bass of the Arctis 5 is not as full nor as impactful as the Arctis 7, but it still makes this list thanks to its all-around reliability. It still boasts the hanging elastic headband design and Airweave ear cushions as well. It also maintains the 7.1 DTS Surround Sound, which is great for picking up directional audio cues. You can fiddle around with equalization settings to fine-tune the audio experience as well. Oh, and the Arctis 5 has RGB lighting on its cups as well. All this makes the Arctis 5 an easy recommend for the hundred-dollar range.
And yet another entry from SteelSeries, this time the Arctis 3. It does not maintain the 7.1 DTS Surround Sound of its more expensive brethren. Instead, it sports S1 speaker drivers that focus on flat tones for clearer audio feedback. The soundstaging is not as clear, but it’s decent enough to locate the general direction of sounds. It does, however, maintain the hanging elastic headband and Airweave ear cushions. All this makes the Arctis 3 a good recommend when working on a budget—as long as you don’t mind a slight drop in audio quality.
The Stealth 600 is the highest-tier set in our list, and it shows in the audio quality. These wireless gaming headphones produce audio that strikes the perfect balance between crisp and dynamic. Soundstaging is excellent, where you can easily pick the locations of even the subtlest sound. Music is also surprisingly robust, with bass tones that are deep and impactful but not overpowering. This is doubly surprising when you consider that the Stealth 600 uses Virtual Surround Sound instead of the traditional 7.1 DTS. The set is a bit awkward, however. It puts most of its weight behind the crown of your head. This means the earcup’s grip is often what prevents the headset from sliding back. The sound quality more than makes up for the slight discomfort, though, which is why the Stealth 600 makes it to this list.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 520 is an over-ear set of wireless gaming headphones. Its optical cable makes setting up to the PS4 a more complicated task. The materials lean more toward the plastic-y side, while the earcups press down a little too firmly for comfort. It’s the same design problem that affects the Stealth 600: the headband is just behind the crown of the head. What the Stealth 520 lacks in convenience, however, it makes up for sound quality. The soundstaging of the Stealth 520 is surprisingly accurate for its price range. It is very easy to pinpoint the locations of even slight sounds, while individual notes are clear and concise. The sound is not as dynamic or impactful, but its emphasis on clarity makes it very useful for competitive gameplay. All this makes the Stealth 520 a good performance pick for its price tag.
And last but definitely not the least, we have the Sennheiser GSP 350 on this list. It’s a bit on the edge of our budget, but Sennheiser does not disappoint with this entry. The headset looks more subdued than its peers, and it sports more plastic parts than what you’d expect. However, it’s the sound quality that really sets the GSP 350 apart. Individual notes and sounds are bright without ending up harsh. Dialogue, music, explosions—all transmit nice and clear. This clarity is easily appreciated thanks to the excellent soundstaging provided by the 7.1 Dolby Surround. Also, the snug fit of the earcups makes the GSP 350 excellent at canceling out noises. That fit, however, can become a bit uncomfortable during longer gaming sessions.
How to Choose the Best PS4 Headset Under 100 Dollars
Okay, so now you have a list of the ten best headsets for the PS4 under $150. Which of these will work best for you?
That decision can easily be broken down into two parts: budget and utility. The very first thing you need to do is determine how much you are able and willing to spend. All options are open if you have $150 to spend. If you can only afford $100 or $50 though, it’ll help cut down your options.
Next would be to identify what you want to use those headphones for. Do you play a lot of competitive action games where reflex is key? Invest in cans with clear notes and good soundstaging. Looking for a more immersive experience in open-world games? Pick up a set of vibrant tones and powerful bass. Want portability? Pick ones that are light and foldable. Desire comfort? Select a set with hanging headbands and soft earcups.
Keep this in mind, and you’ll have a much easier time selecting the best PS4 headset to suit your gaming needs!