The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is the best all-around Xbox headset for most gamers, with incredible sound and quality at an incredibly affordable price.

Our pick

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas

Premium sound for a bewilderingly low price.

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas brings a premium headset experience for just $100, granting such a large edge in shooters that you'll struggle to find elsewhere.

Who should buy this headset

The Turtle Beat Elite Atlas wins our best Xbox One headset award for a single reason: premium sound. The headset provides such a large edge for directional awareness, that it grants a definable advantage over other headsets in this price range.

Is it a good time to buy this headset?

The Elite Atlas is brand new, and won't be replaced any time soon.

Reasons to buy

  • Looks great.
  • Premium materials and quality.
  • Sounds incredible, with 50mm neodymium drivers.
  • Turtle Beach audio tuning for gaming is still the best in the business.
  • Detachable mic for going mobile.

Reasons not to buy

  • Missing features like mic monitoring.
  • Cable is too short for some set ups.

Premium meets affordable

Turtle Beach's Elite Atlas defies its $100 price to bring an experience you'd sooner expect of $200 and $300 headsets. It's lacking some bells and whistles like mic monitoring and configurable sound, but the raw quality is simply hard to beat (and you can always throw in extra features via an audio controller like Turtle Beach's Tactical Audio Controller.

Turtle Beach has shed the neon accents its known for to court esports enthusiasts with a more subtle, sexier, industrial design. The metallic components add strength and robustness to the overall package, complete with a braided cable which should make the product last an obscenely long time.

Turtle Beach has also stepped up its customization efforts, allowing you to detach the cushioning with magnetic clasps quickly and easily, and also is planning to launch a range of customizable speaker plates on the exterior, a first for the company.

The headline feature here is the sound quality. Turtle Beach works directly with game developers to tune the audio profile to accentuate footsteps, reloads, and other audio cues that would give enemy positions away. I have gotten kills as a direct result of this headset, and that's something I can rarely claim.

Alternatives to the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas

The Elite Atlas might not be the best option for some scenarios. For example, if you'd simply prefer a wireless headset for added convenience, or want something a little more versatile for streaming, there are other options.

Runner-up

HyperX CloudX

Uncompromising audio quality.

It lacks some bells and whistles, but this wired headset boasts totally uncompromised sound quality.

If you don't fancy the design on the Elite Atlas or want something slightly cheaper, consider the CloudX. HyperX's CloudX Xbox One headset is a standard wired headset that delivers big on the basics. There are no magical audio presets, no wirelessness and no mic monitoring, but the sound quality delivered by the big 53mm speakers is unbeatable in this price range. Its large over-ear oval cups are comfortable and airy, creating the perfect environment for the CloudX's creamy audio. They're also incredibly comfortable.

Premium experience

Astro A50

The best of the best, if you can afford it.

If you're looking for a truly incredible sound experience on Xbox One, there is only one option.

The Astro A50 is in a class of its own for prospective Xbox One headset buyers. Complete with a charging dock, microphone monitoring feedback, incredible audio, and supreme comfort, the Astro A50s is a purchase you won't soon regret if you can justify the price.

Best for pros

Astro A40 TR & MixAmp

Esports or game-streamer aspirant? The Astro A40 TR MixAmp is for you.

The Astro A40 TR MixAmp combo is a must-have piece of kit for mixing different sound sources.

The Astro A40 TR with MixAmp combo is the most versatile sound solution for gamers who need to mix audio from different sources. The Astro MixAmp is fully compatible to mix sound from both Xbox One and PC at the same time for game sound and communication platforms. The Astro A40 headset seals the deal, with optional custom speaker branding for streamers and esports aspirants, with great audio quality and a powerful microphone.

Affordable wireless

Turtle Beach Stealth 600

Want great value wirelessness? Look no further.

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 boasts solid sound completely cable-free.

While the best wireless headset you can get is Astro's A50, it's extremely pricey. Turtle Beach offers a far cheaper solution that still delivers big on battery life and comfort, complete with mic monitoring and other features that defy its $100 price point. You'll not get the best sound experience, but for wirelessness at $100, this headset is unbeatable.

Best chat headset

Plantronics RIG 100HX

For chat-only, look no further than the RIG 100HX.

If you're looking for a classic monopiece-style headset for chat only, the RIG 100HX is awesome for the price.

If you have an existing sound setup and want a headset purely for Xbox party chat, the RIG 100HX is an ideal purchase. This open-back style monopiece will ensure that you'll still hear the full force of your external speakers, while providing crystal clear voice communications at an affordable price.

Bottom line

There are dozens of great Xbox One headsets out there for all different types of user scenarios, but these are the best we've found in our extensive testing experience for every type of user scenario.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Jez Corden is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing on Xbox, Surface, and Windows PC. He spends the vast majority of his time gaming, or writing about gaming, with a mission to provide gamers in the Microsoft ecosystem the best and most up-to-date info possible.

Cale Hunt is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing mainly on PC hardware and VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and when he has some free time you can usually find him practicing guitar or reorganizing his ever-growing library. If you hear him say "Sorry!" it's only because he's Canadian.

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