What are the best microphones available for PC gamers streaming their skills?
It's important to have a good quality microphone if you're serious about gaming, and especially if you're into streaming.
Sound quality can make or break your experience online, and whether you're playing with a team or streaming your game online, being able to communicate clearly without any distortion or ugly feedback will make your gaming experience all the more perfect.
Here are a few of the best microphones out there would work available for gaming, where to get them, and why you should check them out for the next time you pick up the controller to play.
The Blue Yeti is mentioned a lot when talking about some of the best microphones for gaming, and it's for a good reason.
This professional microphone is built around three condenser capsules and includes bidirectional, omnidirectional, and stereo recording options. It's compatible and easy to install on Mac and PC, and features physical controls for volume, gain and even a mute button. Yes, the Yeti is the complete package.
This microphone also has a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack featuring zero-latency output, so you can hear what you're recording as you're recording it without any delays. The Yeti is also super simple to set up, too: just plug it into your computer's USB port and set the Yeti up with your preferred operating system.
It comes in your choice of four colors, including black, silver, sand, and white, with a design is inspired by classic, retro-looking recording equipment.
Perfect for gaming or streaming online, Audio-Technica's ATR2500 USB microphone delivers high-quality, professional sound for any video game experience.
The microphone comes with a headphone jack that allows you to listen directly as you record or talk live, as well as adjustable volume control for your headphones. The ATR2500's cardioid polar pattern also helps stop any feedback or distortion from the sides or the rear of the unit as you record with your preferred software.
If you're still in doubt of the ATR2500's superior quality, just know that Audio-Technica microphones are often exclusively used at the U.S. House of Representative and Senate, as well as at events like the Grammy Awards and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
Inspired by the look of vintage recording equipment, the Blue Snowball USB microphone features modern sound quality in a retro package. With its sleek and stylish design, it's not only a great microphone to use while gaming, but it's also a great looking piece for your desk.
The Snowball comes with three different modes depending on what you're recording, including cardioid mode for when you're directly in front of the microphone, cardioid mode with -10 dB pad that helps you pick up louder sounds, and an omnidirectional mode for picking up ambient sounds.
On top of looking cool and having a bunch of dynamic recording options, the Snowball's setup is relatively painless. Just plug it into your computer's USB port with the included cable you're ready to start streaming!
This microphone comes with an adjustable tripod that can be angled and swivelled depending on what you're recording, and also comes in six vibrant colors such as white, silver, black, electric blue, bright green, and neon orange.
Portable, simple to set up, and easily adjustable, the Samson Meteor microphone is a solid option if you're looking for a great microphone for gaming.
The Meteor is designed to improve your sound quality with one of the largest condenser diaphragms available for USB microphones (25mm), but is not particularly forgiving for omnidirectional usage, meaning you have to park yourself right in front of the unit to properly record your voice.
The Meteor comes with a headphone jack, so you can listen to your recording in real time without any delay. This microphone isn't terribly expensive either (around $70) and comes in three different colors, including chrome, brushed metal, and black.
The Rode NT1KIT is most expensive microphone on this list (around $270), but is definitely worth considering. Overall, it's a powerful, professional unit and a favorite amongst gamers and streamers because of the high-quality studio sound it produces for either gameplay or seamless streaming.
This condenser microphone works with a cardioid polar pattern and is a great option if you're looking for precise recordings and sound, while its new shock mount and pop filter prevent any harsh feedback or distortion from breaking up your stream.
Unfortunately you still need a stand, an XLR cable, and an audio interface to use the Rode NT1KIT, which will set you back further if you lack such equipment, but if you've watched any type of gaming live-stream or tournament, chances are you've seen a few people using the NT1KIT with amazing results.
The Razer Seiren is a versatile, studio-grade microphone that delivers professional quality and crystal clear sound. It's a favorite amongst game streamers, and for good reason: the Seiren is truly a phenomenal tool for recording audio.
With the Seiren, it's easy to switch between the four polar recording options with just a twist of the main knob, while three built-in 14mm custom tuned condenser capsules help capture the clearest sound possible as you record. The Seiren also comes with a built-in headphone jack, and with zero latency output, you can listen to your recordings straight from the Razer without any delay the second you start speaking.
The Seiren comes with an aluminum base as a stabilizer, so you don't need an additional microphone stand with your recording device, and is relatively painless to install. Just plug your microphone into any Windows computer, install the Razor Synapse software, and you'll be ready to start recording!
So what's your pick?
Is there a gaming microphone that you love? Maybe something that's a bit easier to use, or do you record with a more complicated, professional unit? Let us know what you prefer in the comments below and we'll be sure to check it out!