Microsoft has kept up its dedication to backwards compatibility with the new Xbox Series X and Series S, and that extends beyond games to accessories as well. As a result, every Xbox gaming headset that was compatible with Xbox One can be used with the Series X and Series S, so don’t feel like you have to throw out your old Xbox headset and upgrade. But if you are looking to snag a new pair for your shiny new console, there are a ton of Xbox Series X|S gaming headsets to choose from, and it can be difficult to know which headsets are worth your money. We’ve tested a slew of Xbox headset options and rounded the ones that stand out above the rest.
One perk of owning an Xbox is that some of its finest gaming headset options are able to connect without a USB dongle, just like a controller. These headsets are also capable of turning your console on when powered up. With how sleek the new consoles look, it’s always nice when you don’t have to add a USB stick to the front of them. One of our favorite Xbox headsets, the SteelSeries Arctis 9X, is capable of doing exactly this and is well worth its hefty price tag.
There are also a number of great budget Xbox gaming headset options that are much more affordable. These include the SteelSeries Arctis 1 wireless, which works with every platform including the PS5 and Nintendo Switch; the Corsair HS70 Bluetooth, which connects to your controller via 3.5mm cable and your smartphone via Bluetooth; and the Scuf H1, which features a number of customization options to personalize your experience.
Note that some of the following Xbox Series X headsets are currently hard to find in stock, so you may need to keep checking for availability. If you’re looking for more Xbox accessories that are compatible with the newest consoles, check out our guide to the best Xbox Series X|S controllers for 2021. For other consoles, see our picks for the best PS5 gaming headsets and best Nintendo Switch Bluetooth headsets and adapters.