There is no doubt about it that the PS4 is the most popular console of this generation. With over 100 million units out in the world, there’s no surprise that there is always a demand for accessories for the console. Speaking of which, when it comes to accessories, nothing is more welcome than a great headset.
There are a large number of great headsets out there, but narrowing it down can be difficult. So if you’re wondering what headset you should buy, think no more. We’ve picked some of our favorite cheap gaming headsets for the PS4, and to keep things under a budget, all of these will be under $50.
Hopefully, by the end of this round-up, you can find the perfect headset for you, without breaking the bank. Let’s get started.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger is one of the most popular headsets on a budget, and for just the price of $50, it’s absolutely worth checking out. HyperX is well respected when it comes to making high-quality headphones without a premium price tag. So for brand loyalists, this is a no-brainer.
To some, the Stinger looks a bit rudimentary at first glance. Still, the matte black plastic all around with a simple red HyperX logo on both ear cups looks very stealthy. For some people, this might actually be a welcome change compared to the glossy finishes on other cheap headsets.
The lightweight aspect makes it seem a bit fragile at first. It should hold up for the most part but being careful with it would not hurt. It has almost no excess weight to it, which means it won’t weigh you down in any way. The steel sliders for adjustment also feel pretty rigid. The steps are well defined so if you do end up adjusting it, it won’t slip off after a while.
Games with loud explosions, gunshots and even driving sound amazing on these headphones. In fact, since the Stinger uses traditional stereo sound instead of virtual 7.1 surround (like on some Razer headsets), the separation is much better than even some high-end headsets. Overall, this is an easy choice for our first pick.
Razer isn’t exactly known for making cheap peripherals, and they don’t always offer the best value with their more premium products. Their legacy is widely recognized because of great quality, exceptional performance, and sleek design across its products. The Kraken X brings all of that into a budget-oriented offering.
Compared to the rest of the Kraken lineup, the Kraken X has more of a minimal and streamlined design. The construction mostly consists of plastic yet it feels durable enough. There is no flash RGB or light up logos here, which we don’t mind for the price.
The leatherette padding and ear cushions feel excellent, and they don’t clamp heavily on the ears like other Kraken headsets. They don’t get too warm either, which plays a big part in reducing fatigue. They are extremely lightweight, and overall comfort is excellent.
The sound quality while gaming is where the Kraken X really shines. It has a lot of depth and clarity, and overall it is a joy to use when gaming. The bass isn’t overpowering and everything is well balanced. You can’t enable virtual 7.1 surround sound on the PS4, but the stereo configuration works well enough.
The only downside is that it won’t exactly color you impressed for music listening sessions. If you were hoping this could serve as a great headset to listen to your favorite jazz artist, that’s not the case. But for gamers, you’re getting a great headset from a premium brand.
The SteelSeries Arctis 1 is the cheapest option out of the Arctis lineup. The Arctis lineup is known for being extremely comfortable and having great sound quality. The Arctis 1 is no different and brings that quality to the budget department. Let’s have a look at what it does right.
The Arctis 1 is surprisingly lightweight. Compared to other SteelSeries headsets, it definitely doesn’t feel hefty. It is constructed mostly out of plastic, apart from the steel headband. The “Airweave” ear cushions feel comfortable, and they are a nice change of material from all the plastic earpads out there. However, the headset doesn’t feel robust enough to take a beating. The hinges feel like a weak point, so I would be careful with it.
The Arctis 1 sounds neutral for the most part. The mids are warm, while the treble isn’t harsh or too bright. Distinguishing between different sounds isn’t a problem here, so they are good for gaming. The bass can be quite a bit lacking at times. It’s not exactly that it is bad, but it can be inconsistent a lot of the time.
The microphone quality is what surprised me a lot. It sounds crisp and detailed and does a good job of cutting out background noise. For in-game voice chat, this is an excellent microphone. If it wasn’t for the questionable build quality, this headset would definitely be higher. However, I will say that this has the best comfort on any budget headset.
The Logitech G432 is the successor to the extremely successful G430 headset. The original had great audio, an excellent microphone, and was quite comfortable to wear. The G432 is its successor and it features the same iconic design with a few changes. So how does it compare to its predecessor?
As I mentioned, the G432 rocks a design similar to the older headset. The rectangular-shaped earcups are angled to an extent, and that gives the headset a unique look. The volume dial is located at the back of the left ear-cup, which is convenient to reach. The flip-up microphone is also a nice touch and makes it easier to use.
Comfort is the department where the G432 doesn’t exactly do so well. The padding feels a bit stiff, and there isn’t a lot of padding on the headband either. The whole headset feels quite stiff to wear, and that causes fatigue after a couple of hours of use. Definitely a disappointment.
Sound quality is good enough for gaming, although not exactly the best out there. Still, it doesn’t fall short when it comes to clarity and overall enjoyment. For the asking price, there’s not much more you could ask for. It also does a good job of separation. The microphone feels below average. It’s usable for in-game voice chat, but there are better out there at this price.
If it weren’t for a few issues like the comfort and questionable mic, this would be much easier to recommend. Still, if you’re a Logitech fan and like the design, it’s not a bad buy.
The Turtle Beach Recon 50p headset is a surprise hit among PS4 players. Turtle Beach has long been a popular brand among console gamers, and that is yet to change after all these years. The options above might be better in some areas, but if you are really strapped for cash, this is a great option.
The Recon 50P isn’t exactly the most stylish or exciting headset to look at. However, it does come in a variety of different colors. The 50X is black and green, while the 50P is black and blue. Apart from that, there isn’t a major difference. There is also a red and black option. All of these work with a wide variety of platforms, so the differences don’t matter much.
The build quality is a bit questionable, as it is so cheap. It is built entirely out of plastic, no surprise there. The cables don’t exactly feel of high quality but that’s just nitpicking. The mic is not detachable either, however, it does sound surprisingly good. Of course, it’s not the best quality out there, but perfectly fine for in-game communication.
The audio is good enough for competitive gaming. Everything sounds crystal clear and no single detail is ever blown out of proportion. That’s more than I can say for every other headset at this price. I wish it was more comfortable, as the padding causes fatigue after a couple of hours of use. Still, this headset is incredible considering how little you have to pay.