What Makes High Quality Gaming Headphones? Tech Tips

Breathe new life into your gaming experience and find out exactly what makes high-quality gaming headphones.

What Makes High Quality Gaming Headphones? Tech Tips

After spending hours playing your favourite video game, you might want something a little more immersive than your bog-standard pair of headphones. Step in high-quality gaming headphones. These contraptions help to bring the immersive gaming experience right to your living room, but what should you look for in a pair? We’ve listed all the relevant factors to help you in your search.

Wireless vs Wired

Wireless headphones allow you to move about as you play, which is perfect if you’re looking to stretch your legs (or jump about and re-enact legendary football celebrations when you score at FIFA!). Most sync to your gaming console through Bluetooth or by cable.

They do, however, tend to be a little more expensive than wired headphones, due to the additional technology required. They also take a few hours to charge, although battery life can range from around 15 to 20 hours on top models. If you’re a PC gamer, though, the experts tend towards wired gaming headphones, because cables are far less of an issue with PCs than with consoles, and wired sets don’t ever need to be charged.

Surround Sound Headphones

When playing some video games, the direction of sound is very important. If you’re playing combat games, like Call of Duty, for example, you’ll want to know the direction that enemy gunfire is coming from.

With surround sound headphones, drivers for different audio channels are built into each side of the earcup, which allows you to hear sound at different angles. This feature makes it very easy to identify the direction of sounds, which is a total perk for FPS gamers. (That stands for first-person shooter if you're not a gamer yourself.)

What Makes High Quality Gaming Headphones? Tech Tips

It’s difficult to determine how comfortable a pair of headphones are before you spend hours wearing them. Typically, serious gamers prefer the comfort from gaming headsets, compared to gaming earbuds. Gaming headsets sometimes include mics, too, so you can speak to other players, but it’s worth considering if this is actually a feature you want.

Comfort largely depends on the type of material used to create the headset. Headsets are made with a wide range of materials including leather, ski mask bands, and even metal, and each has their own pros and cons.

For example, headsets with leather ear cups might first seem high-end, but leather isn’t sweat-repellent so the ear cups could become slippery after a few hours. On the other hand, headsets with foam ear cups are sometimes comfier, but the material may not feel that nice initially. You’ll also want to make sure that the headband sits comfortably on your head and doesn’t feel too tight. Remember – even the smallest nuisance can be exaggerated after several hours!

At the end of the day, try to find gaming headphones that tick all the boxes. Ideally, they should be comfortable, suited to your needs and of good enough quality that you won’t be looking for a replacement six months down the line.