The PlayStation 5 is less than two months away, and while Microsoft has been straightforward about which accessories and gaming headsets will be compatible with its next-gen console, Sony’s situation has been a little less clear. The company announced in August that “third-party headsets that connect via USB port or audio jack” will work with the PS5, though only a few companies have actually confirmed their headsets work with the upcoming next-gen console. We can’t be sure a gaming headset is PS5-compatible until it’s confirmed or tested, so the number of reliable PS5 headset options out there right now are slim.
Thankfully, there are still some great gaming headset options. The PS5 uses a proprietary 3D audio technology called Tempest 3D AudioTech, which all compatible headsets will be able to take advantage of. If it works like other 3D audio technologies, it’ll make it easier to hear everything around you and which direction sounds are coming from. For example, it’ll be easier to hear an enemy player sneaking up behind you in a match of Call of Duty. Sony’s official Pulse 3D headset for PS5 was built to take full advantage of the 3D audio experience, though unfortunately, it’s sold out at all major retailers. It’ll likely be restocked this holiday, but demand will be high, and you may want to consider other PS5 headset options. To make your search a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of the best headsets we’ve tested so far that are confirmed to work with the PS5.
Leading up to the PS5’s release and beyond, we’ll update this guide with more PS5 gaming headset options as we confirm compatibility and test more products. In the meantime, check out our guide to the best PS4 controllers, which covers all of the controllers you can use