Whether it's for in-game chat or figuring out where that sniper is shooting, getting the best PC gaming headset or best Xbox One headset, you can make your Fortnite experience much better. It doesn't matter how good your speakers may be when it comes to competitive gaming, a good headset like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro will always be better.
Best for PC
The Steelseries Arctis Pro + GameDAC isn't cheap but offers some incredible functionality. The excellent amp module allows for easy management of the device and exceptional sound quality with Hi-Res Audio certification. The drivers are great for gaming, you get full 7.1 surround sound, and the microphone handles communication with your squad with top quality. It's also ridiculously comfortable, so your ears won't fatigue in those long drop-in sessions.
Best for Xbox
The LucidSound LS35X is the best all-rounder wireless Xbox headset for most Fortnite players, with a direct-connection to Xbox consoles, no dongles required. 15-hour battery life joins coolant-gel earcup comfort, cavernous immersive sound, and an excellent microphone to make one incredibly great product that you can wear for those long grinding Fortnite sessions.
Getting an excellent wireless headset that can handle both PC and console with ease isn't as straightforward as it could be, and the Arctis 1 fits the bill. Not only does it sound great with similar drivers to the Arctis Pro, but it also has good battery life, and it's got dependable cross-platform support. Toss in a lightweight, comfortable design with chunky, soft earcups, and you're onto a winner with this one.
Best for Kids
This small, affordable headset surprises and impresses with a massive sound. While the earcups might be too small for most adult ears, they're ideal for younger gamers. This headset also has a collapsible folding design for easy storage and travel and a dense construction that affords a degree of child-proofing. And since they're also compatible with mobile devices as well as PC and console, they're perfect for the younger Fortnite players in your household.
Best for Competitive
The new BlackShark V2 reimagines one of Razer's earliest designs and brings it up to 2020 spec. This is about the lightest gaming headset you'll find right now, which makes it perfect to wear for longer sessions, and the THX Spatial Audio provides the trademark Razer "unfair advantage" thanks to its superior directional clarity. It's compatible with console and mobile, too, albeit without the fancy spatial audio, but this is currently the best headset around for competitive gaming.
Plugable probably isn't the first brand you think of when looking for a gaming headset, but the Onyx HS53 is astoundingly good at an attractive price. It lacks some of the features you'd find on more expensive headsets, but where it counts, like comfort, sound, and build quality, it's a winner. Better still, it's a standard 3.5mm connection, so it's compatible with PC, console, and mobile, all the places Fortnite is available.
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In a battle royale game like Fortnite, awareness of your surroundings is crucial, and good audio is one of the most important parts of that. For the best overall, you're going to want the SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC which, while a little pricey, offers a truly spectacular blend of sound and comfort.
There are more affordable options, too, that are great for the Fortnite players out there. The more serious competitive players will definitely want to look at the Razer BlackShark V2. It's about the lightest and most comfortable headset you'll find right now to wear for long sessions grinding, the audio is fantastic, and the price is very reasonable.
Console players aren't left out either, with some incredible headsets like the LucidSound LS35X that make gaming not only comfortable and great sounding, but wire, and dongle free. The LS35X uses the Xbox Wireless protocol, so no additional hardware is required, and the battery life is good enough for even the longest day of Fortnite.
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