Updated June 13, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Xbox One Headsets

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This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in January of 2017. When it comes to gaming, especially at the competitive level, a quality, reliable headset is essential. After all, crisp, clear audio could mean the difference between winning or losing a match. We've tracked down some of the best based on price, comfort, sound quality, and durability, as well as how easy they are to get working with any version of the Xbox One. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best xbox one headset on Amazon.

10. HyperX CloudX Stinger Core

9. Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2

8. Victrix Pro AF

7. Turtle Beach Battle Buds

6. Plantronics RIG 800LX

5. HyperX CloudX

4. Razer Kraken

3. Turtle Beach Stealth 600

2. Astro Gaming A40 TR

1. Turtle Beach Recon 70

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June 11, 2019:

There are plenty of headphones on the market. You should be able to plug any of those into your Xbox controller and start chatting with your buddies, right? Of course not. It's never that easy. Luckily, you really don't have to spend much on a reliable headset for your console. Everything on this list promises to play nicely with Microsoft's console. If you're on a really tight budget, the HyperX Stinger Core should pass muster, though for just a little bit more, you can pick up the Turtle Beach Recon 70. It doesn't have a ton of high-end features, but you may not need them; plus, it is certified for use with Microsoft's Windows Sonic 3D audio, which is something that some Xbox users aren't even aware their machine is capable of.

If you're a little more concerned with high-resolution sound while you're playing, Turtle Beach's Elite Pro model is worth a look, though it's awfully expensive for a gaming-oriented headset. At that price, you could also consider the Astro A40, which for the past few years has been at the top of many gamers' wish lists. If you want a true wireless experience, Turtle Beach's Stealth line almost cannot be beat, and the 600 model is about as reliable as they come. Plantronics' option is another cable-free choice, and it's both great-sound and relatively affordable compared to many wireless models. Of course, we can't forget about Razer, and while some of their products are subpar, their most recent Kraken is assuredly not. Then there's the Victrix; if you're a professional gamer and/or can afford the large investment, check that one out.

Finally, for something a little different, consider the Turtle Beach Battle Buds. As far as we can find, they're the only gaming-optimized earbuds to be released yet. Playing games is intense business, and they lend themselves well to keeping you cool.

A Brief History Of Multiplayer Video Games

Once the internet became readily available, multiplayer gaming came into its own, including the development of massive multiplayer games.

If you think the earliest multiplayer video game ever invented involved taking turns as Mario and Luigi, there's an entire hidden history that you don't know about. In fact, the first two-player game dates all the way back to 1958. Called Tennis for Two, it was played in a laboratory (the birthplace of fun!) and looked a lot like you might expect — which is to say it was boring and the graphics were lousy.

It wasn't until the '70s that the first real-time multiplayer games were introduced for the PLATO system. The original first-person shooter debuted on this system, and presumably button-mashing and rage-quitting debuted not long after. Up to 32 networked players could participate at once, with their respective positions updated about once every second. The graphics were rudimentary at best, but what it lacked in polish it made up for with lag time.

In 1987, Atari released the first multiplayer shooter on a conventional system, which was later also ported over to the Game Boy and Super NES. Another milestone was reached in 1991, when Apple developed the first game to display a player's name and allow participants to talk to each other in real-time using AppleTalk.

Once the internet became readily available, multiplayer gaming came into its own, including the development of massive multiplayer games. These allowed thousands of players to log on simultaneously, and the games soon made the leap from computers to consoles and smartphones. Gamers today can play massive multiplayer games like Minecraft while pretending to read work emails, making this truly the best time to be alive.

Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Xbox One Headset

Now that we've gotten the history out of the way, it's time to get down to the most important part: pwning noobs (is that still a thing?). After all, that's why you need a headset — so that you and your teammates can communicate effectively in real time while playing Call of Duty, just like the commandos in Seal Team Six do when they play video games.

The first thing is to decide whether you want closed or open headphones. A closed set will block out more ambient noise, so you can isolate yourself in the world of your choosing. The downside is that this tends to distort the sound a little bit, so if you're an audiophile, this may not be your best bet.

A closed set will block out more ambient noise, so you can isolate yourself in the world of your choosing.

An open set lets air and noise in, which gives you better sound quality — but you'll have to listen to annoying noises like the neighbor's lawnmower or your kids asking why you haven't fed them since your copy of Halo arrived. Also, other people in the room might be able to hear what's being said in the game, which can make for some interesting conversations if you're playing with trash-talkers.

After you get the right set, you need to keep it clean. I know, you got into gaming to get away from chores, and here I am giving you another one. But those ear pads can get disgusting, and you don't want an inner ear infection just because you were too lazy to wipe them off every once in awhile. All it takes is wiping them down with a rag dunked in soap and water (dunk the rag, not the headphones). If you've let them go too long and they're getting crusty, you can scrub them down with an old toothbrush.

When you're not wearing them, you still need to take care of them, and keeping the cord from getting tangled will go a long way towards extending the life of your set. If you wrap the cord after every use, not only will they last longer, but you won't have to deal with annoying knots limiting your mobility. Or, of course, you could simply go wireless and forget about dealing with cables entirely.

Ways To Keep Your Kids Safe While Gaming

If you have children that are into online gaming, it can be a bit worrisome to allow them to communicate with strangers. You have no idea who they could be talking to, what they could be hearing, or what new attitudes they could be developing. While it may not be possible to completely insulate your children from the realities of the online world, you can do a few things to limit any possibility for damage to occur.

Let them know what behavior is and isn't acceptable, regardless of what they may hear others doing.

The first thing you need to do, of course, is talk to your kids. Let them know what behavior is and isn't acceptable, regardless of what they may hear others doing. Also, make sure they know not to give out any personal or identifying information, even if they think they're talking to someone their own age.

Xbox Live gives you the ability to report abusive or objectionable chat, as well as booting those who enjoy bullying other players. Sit down with your children and make sure they know how to do this (it's not a bad idea for you to learn, either), and encourage them to do so if they feel threatened in any way.

Remember that you have control over who your children chat with or befriend while playing. Using the console's settings, you can limit their friend requests, set boundaries for who they'll hear while chatting, restrict in-game purchases, and more. This is a good way to shield your family, but of course, it's not foolproof.

Still, if you teach your kids these basic ground rules for staying safe, there's no reason why they can't have a fun, wholesome, and abuse-free time while playing their Xbox.

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Christopher Thomas
Last updated on June 13, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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