We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Gaming Headset?

By Matt Brady
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
EasyTechJunkie is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At EasyTechJunkie, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The gaming headset may be as essential to the video gamer's arsenal as a plush chair, the right set of controls and a blazing fast Internet connection. Although generally designed and used purely for gaming, some gaming headphones are capable of pulling double duty, channeling music as well as gaming sound effects. To meet a gamer’s needs and demands, gaming headsets come equipped with many different features, such as microphones for communicating with fellow online gamers. Gaming headsets are used with all types of gaming consoles and computers. Many are also designed to block out any ambient noise, completely immersing a player within the world of gaming.

Any gamer or serious music lover knows that choosing the right gaming headset isn't as simple as finding a set with static-free audio; a set able to provide multiple layers of sound may be more desirable. Think of the difference between mono and stereo, or one set of speakers versus surround-sound. For many gamers, the difference in sound quality may be more than an aesthetic preference. In a first-person shooter game, for example, the ability to pick up on subtle sounds from a stealthy opponent can mean the difference between life or death—virtually speaking. Fortunately, for the right price there are a variety of headsets plenty capable of delivering multi-layered, crystal-clear audio.

With the rise of the Internet and the subsequent advent of local area network (LAN) parties—in which multiple gamers play the same game over an Internet connection—the gaming headset evolved into a multi-faceted listening and communication tool. In particular, many headsets come equipped with microphones, used to communicate with teammates during online gaming. At one time, LAN parties played on personal computers were the primary setting for using microphone-equipped gaming headsets, but today perhaps more people use them while playing on gaming consoles outfitted with Ethernet connections.

Gaming headsets also come with a variety of connectivity features, from headsets using the classic 1/4-inch (6.35 mm) plug-in jack, to headphones equipped with Bluetooth® wireless. Another popular and high-quality connection option is the USB headset. These headsets can plug by cord straight into a USB port, or using a USB connection and wireless technology, they can allow a gamer to roam freely around the room. Using Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) technology, many USB gaming headsets allow a user to communicate while gaming as well as use their headset for making phone calls to friends and family.

Not all gaming headset earpieces are alike in how they channel sound. The choice of speakers is similar to shopping for an external sound system: there may be one set of speakers per earphone, or multiple for a surround-sound experience. One could get headphones that channel standard audio, or a set that delivers high-definition sound. These distinctions aren't any more necessary than making the decision between a 42- or 52-inch flat-screen TV set, but they do make shopping for a gaming headset a fun adventure in technological entertainment.

EasyTechJunkie is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
By irontoenail — On May 23, 2014

@MrsPramm - You have to shop around until you find a headset that really suits your head-shape. I did a lot of research before I bought mine, including making sure I could return them if they were uncomfortable.

Headsets are expensive. I want one that will last and will be worth the price.

By MrsPramm — On May 22, 2014

@KoiwiGal - A good pair of speakers would do almost as well. The only thing they can't do, really, is to block out other sounds that might be distracting from the game.

To me, the problem is that when I'm playing a really good game, I tend to play it for a long time and I end up with sore ears by the end of it even if I wear my most comfortable gaming headset.

So I only really use them if I need the mic, which isn't really all that often these days.

By KoiwiGal — On May 21, 2014

I never thought this was going to be that important until I started playing Skyrim. I began to wear headphones because I didn't want to annoy my roommates and I didn't think much of it. But then I tried playing with the speakers instead, so a friend could watch, and I realized that I had shaped a lot of my gameplay around the sound. There are sounds or music that alert you to most important things that are difficult to see, like dragons, for example, or enemies in the distance. It's much easier to understand and react to what is going on in the game if you are using a professional gaming headset.

EasyTechJunkie, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

EasyTechJunkie, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.