This generation of games on both consoles and PCs has been excellent, and it’s only going to get better. While PC remains go-to place for the enthusiast crowd, and the Sony has sold the most consoles, there is still a dedicated fanbase for Xbox. That is incredibly true when it comes to online multiplayer as well, as crossplay can still be finicky, and Xbox Live is more popular in the West.
But for online multiplayer, or any decent game really, audio quality is just as important as anything else. Your overall experience and immersion will improve if you have a great headset. Fortunately, you can a decent headset for cheap and still get a great experience. Still, build quality, microphone quality, and the sound signature are all important factors to consider.
But don’t worry, as we’ve done all the hard work and research for you. We’ll be covering which brand to go for, what to look for under $100, and generally just going over the best cheap headsets for the Xbox One.
The Hyper X Cloud series has been around for several years now. They have earned their fame and fortune mostly from the PC crowd, who swear by their quality. Even after all this time, the Cloud Alpha still finds itself at the top of most gaming headset roundups.
You could go for the Hyper X Cloud II headset, but the Alpha is a much better fit for consoles. The Cloud II comes with a USB adapter for better audio on PC, but since we’re using the 3.5mm jack on the Xbox controller, that doesn’t matter. Out of the box, the Cloud Alpha has better audio anyway. The dual-chamber drivers deliver impressive audio performance.
You can make distinctions easily between different audio cues and there is zero distortion while gaming at high volumes. It is punchy in the low-end but the bass never overshadows the treble and the mids. Everything sounds crystal clear. The Cloud Alpha has a powerful yet clear sound.
As for build quality and comfort, this HyperX’s area of expertise. The durable aluminum frame, the expanded headband, the sturdy yolks which hold the earpads, everything is on point here. The memory foam inside the earpads feels excellent, and the leather has a nice cool feel to it.
Add in a detachable braided cable, an excellent sounding microphone, and wide compatibility and that makes this the best headset for the Xbox One. The only complaint is the lack of extra earpads, which would have been appreciated at this price.
When looking for a headset for the Xbox One, different people will care for different things. Some will just want pure audio performance, some will want the best value, while others will really care for the microphone quality. But one thing that matters just as much as any of those is convenience.
That is where the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless excels. Most wireless headsets will often connect with a USB dongle or Bluetooth. Well, Turtle Beach has worked with Microsoft to incorporate easy pairing with this headset. It will automatically show up on your console, and it just works. With 30ft of range, frequent disconnections are a non-issue.
This headset is aptly named, as it does look stealthy in the design department. The green color throws it off a bit, but you have to show off that Xbox branding. They look good from a visual perspective. Construction-wise, they don’t feel the most premium. The excess of use of plastic all around makes it feel much cheaper than it is.
As for comfort, they have a light clamping force and don’t cause fatigue on the ears. However, the fabric used for the earpads does get a bit warm, and you can hear the plastic occasionally squeaking. Not the most comfortable headset out there, but good enough all things considered.
The sound quality is excellent. Turtle Beach has included onboard controls on the left earcup to switch profiles. They’ve even added Windows Sonic Surround, which works well on the Xbox. Sometimes, the bass can get a bit overpowering, but nothing is jarring when it comes to performance.
3. Hyper X Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset
The Best Value
- Amazing audio for gaming
- Lightweight and comfortable
- Great microphone for the price
- Not the highest end build quality
- Issues with fitting bigger heads
Design: Over-Ear | Impedance: 30 Ohms | Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20 kHz | Weight: 275 g
When anyone asks for a recommendation on great budget headsets, it’s hard for me to not mention the HyperX Cloud Stingers. Again, these are headsets that have been around for a long time now. Yet, they are still unbeatable in this price range, as far as pure audio performance goes.
The Cloud Stinger isn’t anything flashy or outstanding in terms of design. the matte black plastic all around with a simple red HyperX logo on both ear cups looks very stealthy. Moving on, the build quality isn’t too bad either for the price. It’s made out of hard plastic material all around, which is what helps with the lightweight design.
I will say, they can feel a bit fragile at times, especially near the hinge. However, after a long period of usage, we’ve never had any problems. HyperX is again using their signature memory foam earpads, which are great for comfort. One minor issue is that your ears might occasionally touch the drivers, which I know many people resent. If you have a bigger head this could be a problem.
The Stingers are well balanced in the audio department. There is a lot of emphasis on bass, like most budget headsets, but this works well for loud explosions in games. Traditional stereo separation also works well here. Thankfully, they also sound great in the treble department with bright and clear performance. For the price, these are the best in terms of sound quality.
The Logitech G433 headset definitely ticks a lot of boxes. But the one thing it gets right is in the design department. It’s also quite a versatile headset, so if you want to use it with other devices, you can do so with ease. But there are a few drawbacks here and there.
Aesthetics are what immediately jumps out with this headset. If you go for the blue or red color versions, you get a bright-colored fabric design. This fabric covers both earcups and it even stands out in the black model of the headset. The top of the headband is mostly plastic with cloth-covered padding underneath. They are quite lightweight and comfortable.
However, while they do look good, they don’t necessarily feel good. The build quality doesn’t live up to the price point, and that’s a shame. The plastic feels cheap and overall the headset doesn’t feel durable. Sound quality is great for gaming, although not the best for music. Bass is quite strong on this headset.
The microphone on board here is excellent, and you could even use it while streaming. It is a detachable microphone, so you can carry the headset with you in public if you wish. If the headset was priced just a bit lower, it would be much higher on this list. Still, if you are a fan of the design this won’t disappoint you.
The last spot on our list goes to an extremely cheap headset for the Xbox One. The Corsair HS35 is a headset that is a decent entry-level headset for Xbox gamers. However, since it is so cheap, it is quite basic and does lack some features people usually pay a premium for.
The HS35 looks generic, but that’s too be expected for the price. It has an all-black plastic design, with green accents on the earpads and the headband padding. Personally not the biggest fan of this look, but it’s not flashy. The mic is non-removable and the 3.5mm cable is made of rubber but feels quite thin.
Thankfully, Corsair didn’t skimp out in the comfort department. The plush memory foam, the adjustable earcups, and the lightweight design make this a great comfortable headset to wear for many hours. Build quality does feel a bit cheap, but that’s not much of surprise at this price.
Sound quality is decent enough, for the most part, considering this is an entry-level headset. Bass is very powerful here, so if you’re into that, it’s actually not that bad. The problem is the highs can get muted a lot of the time. The mic, however, is great and works well for in-game chat. Overall, it’s quite a basic headset, but it gets the job done.