Best Microphones for Gaming

Best overall

Blue Yeti

Blue Yeti

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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 PC and Mac, and features physical controls for volume, gain and even a mute button. Yes, the Yeti is the complete package for $129.99.

The Blue Yeti 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.

Bottom line: Fantastic for those who want a decent microphone without any hassle.

One more thing: Be sure to use the 3.5 jack on the unit to listen to what's being recorded without latency.

Why the Blue Yeti is the best

When you're a streamer, what you need is great sound without blowing wads of cash that could be better spent elsewhere in your setup. That's exactly what you get from the Blue Yeti. It sounds tremendously good, with clear, crisp audio that will leave your audience in delight, and it won't blow your budget.

Great sound and it won't blow your budget

The Yeti is also incredibly simple to use. For the most part you just plug it in to your PC via USB and away you go. No apps to set up, no fiddly adjustments, quick, easy, great sounding audio.

The Yeti can also be mounted on a boom arm with the dedicated shock mount or just stood up on the desk, it's your call. But you'll not be making a bad choice in going for this stylish and affordable microphone.

Runner-up

Audio-Technica ATR2500

Audio-Technica ATR2500

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Perfect for gaming or streaming online, Audio-Technica's ATR2500 USB microphone delivers high-quality, professional sound for any video game experience and at a great price too — just $75.

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 bona fides, 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.

Bottom line: Audio-Technica is a reliable brand used by many and is the ATR2500 is a stunning, affordable microphone.

One more thing: The ATR2500 has a USB interface for quick connections.

Best Studio

Rode NT1KIT

Rode NT1KIT

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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 don't already have those, but if you've watched any type of professional gaming live stream or tournament, chances are you've seen a few people using the NT1KIT — and they sound great.

Bottom line: If you happen to have around $300 to spare on a new microphone, the NT1KIT by Rode is a great solution.

One more thing: Remember that this is for use with XLR cabling and sound interfaces to take analog signals and turn them into digital for the PC. Additional equipment will be required.

Best Gaming

Razer Seiren

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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 condensers 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. This should be expected at $159. Just plug your microphone into any Windows computer, install the Razor Synapse software, and you'll be ready to start recording.

Bottom line: Not only is the Seiren ideal for Razer fans but the microphone provides immense levels of recording quality.

One more thing: A handy feature of the Seiren is the ability to switch between polar options.

Best Affordable

Turtle Beach USB mic

Turtle Beach

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The great thing about Turtle Beach's USB mouse is the fact you can customize a great deal with the companion app. There's also headphone output on the unit itself for playback without any latency, a must-have for those who rely on the best in sound recording quality and need to have everything set up perfectly. It also helps that the microphone is sensitive enough to pick up voice from afar.

A downside to the microphone is that the raw recording quality isn't as good as other options, but for $75 you're really not expecting the best in all departments. It's sturdy, is well-built and will perform admirably in both gaming and streaming applications.

Bottom line: Solid microphone that will be more than enough for most gamers and amateur streamers, but you'll likely want to upgrade in the future.

One more thing: This is our listing for those who are just starting out in the streaming business.

Conclusion

The Blue Yeti remains to be our go-to pick when it comes to ease of use and quality. That said, there are plenty of great options available for purchase, depending on budget, needs and requirements.


Best overall

Blue Yeti

Blue Yeti

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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 PC and Mac, and features physical controls for volume, gain and even a mute button. Yes, the Yeti is the complete package for $129.99.

The Blue Yeti 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.

Bottom line: Fantastic for those who want a decent microphone without any hassle.

One more thing: Be sure to use the 3.5 jack on the unit to listen to what's being recorded without latency.

Updated for June 18, 2017: We added Turtle Beach's affordable USB studio microphone, which can be used with not only a PC but consoles too.