Headphones are exploding in popularity in a number of categories, like wireless and active sports. And another category that’s growing: gamers, who appreciate being able to fully immerse themselves in their virtual gaming worlds. That often includes a good pair of headphones that can help them keep on top of the action and be fully aware of their surroundings in something like a first-person shooter game.
Luckily, there are a number of headphones brands and models that are catered specifically to the unique needs of gamers. Here are 5 of the latest headphones made specifically for gaming.
SteelSeries Siberia 840
Launched this summer, these Bluetooth headphones include features that any gamer would love. Being wireless on its own is a huge bonus, of course, along with the inclusion of a pair of swappable batteries so game play won’t be impacted should the battery be running low (though you get about 20 hours per battery). They come equipped with Dolby 7.1 surround sound (Dolby Headphone, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Pro Logic IIx) technology for a fully immersive listening experience, and technology that helps the headphones continuously hop between frequencies to ensure there’s no interference or delays. The memory foam padding on the headband and earcups makes them comfortable for long gaming sessions. Use the retractable mic when you need to chat with fellow gamers. US$240
3D Sound Labs 3D Sound One
Ideal for PC gamers or iOS device mobile gamers, this headset uses head-tracking sensors that help reproduce “the same tri-dimensional sound effects that we have in everyday life.” Also Bluetooth, they work with a free iOS app to adjust the sound spread. US$250
As the flagship gaming headphone in the company’s line, the GSP 300s come equipped with Dolby Surround Sound, delivered via a dongle, plus a software equalizer with optimized settings, including one that’s specific to gaming. $130
Launched three years ago, Sennheiser’s GAME ZERO is geared toward PC gamers, and includes noise cancellation, built-in mics, and ergonomic designs to ensure a comfortable fit for long periods of time. For gaming on the go, they fold up and come with a hard carrying case so you can throw them into your bag and bring them to a buddy’s house. $330
Turtle Beach Elite Pro
For the tournament gamer, there’s the Turtle Beach Elite Pro, which is compatible with the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC games. Its features include custom adjustments to the headband tension and ear cup position, ear cushions made of spandex fabric and gel-infused foam with leather sidewalls, and a patented pressure-release technology that allows eyeglass-wearing gamers to adjust the ear cushions for a more comfortable fit. Its mic has TruSpeak Technology; and you can use the headphones with the Tactical Audio Controller (T.A.C.), which adds chat and microphone tuning. US$200