Should you buy a wired or wireless Xbox gaming headset?

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas
Turtle Beach Elite Atlas (Image credit: Windows Central)

Should you buy a wired or wireless Xbox gaming headset?

Best answer: Wired headsets are better for people who want the best possible sound quality and dislike having to charge batteries, while wireless headsets are better for players that like to move around a lot and want to cut down on wires.Go wired: Turtle Beach Elite Atlas ($100 at Best Buy)Go wireless: LucidSound LS35X ($180 at Walmart)

The difference between wired and wireless

The very best Xbox One headset for you depends on your personal preferences. While wired and wireless headsets are great for gamers, there are several advantages and disadvantages to each. Wired headsets sound slightly better, cost less, and require a physical connection to your Xbox One controller to function. The best wireless Xbox One headsets free you from having to deal with the annoying cord, but they're more expensive, have a battery life you need to manage and sacrifice a small amount of sound quality.

Ultimately, if you don't mind dealing with a wire, want the best possible sound, and want to save a little money, a wired headset will be ideal for you. However, if you want to be able to move around more while gaming and don't mind the extra hassle of a higher price and a battery life, you should opt for a wireless headset.

What are some great headsets?


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The headset market for Xbox One stretches far and wide, but there's one wired and one wireless headset that stands out from the rest: the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas, and the LucidSound LS35X, respectively.

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas, while not explicitly designed for Xbox One, is still, pound-for-pound, the best-wired headset available to use with it. This is because it offers a premium experience for an excellent price; at $100, you won't find a more well-rounded headset. The Elite Atlas is durable, sleek, incredibly comfortable, and it offers clear, crisp sound that works exceptionally well with Dolby Atmos or Windows Sonic to deliver a rich, immersive experience.

If you're interested in cutting the cord, look no further than the LucidSound LS35X. It matches the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas when it comes to features, sleek design, and comfort, and since it's wireless, you can forget about fumbling around with a cord. Managing a battery is a downside, but the LucidSound LS35X has a stellar 15-hour battery life that ensures you won't need to worry about it too much.

Brendan Lowry

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.