Whether you want in on gaming’s biggest phenomenon or you’re simply prepping yourself for Fortnite season 5, you’re going to need the best Fortnite headset to make sure you’re not on the receiving end of one of those pesky John Wick skins sniping you from well beyond Tomato Town. However, you don’t want something half-baked; you want, well, the best. From top-end pieces of kit to those who want great quality on a budget, we’ve collected some of the finest headphones around.
If Victory Royales are slipping you by, want to make sure no one is stalking you around Tilted Towers, or you just fancy treating yourself to the majesty of the wind whistling through your ears as you leap off the Battle Bus, these Fortnite headsets are bound to impress. Everything from sound performance to sturdiness has been rated, so you can compare what’s right for you to spend your hard-earned (V)bucks.
1. Audio Technica ATH-AG1x
The best Fortnite headset you can buy
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Cable length: 1.2m (and 2m extension cable) | Drivers: 53mm | Weight: 320g (without cable) | Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One (with adapter), Mac, mobile, tablets
Unprecedented sound quality
Great comfort ensures stress-free, long gaming sessions
Additional windscreen blocks out unwanted ambient sound
Headphones may need adjusting a first for a correct fit
For those who want to spend a little more to get the best money can be should look no further than the Audio Technica ATH-AG1x. Packed with an unbeatable ear for sound, Audio Technica’s latest effort is not only comfortable – ensuring those late nights playing Fortnite won’t irritate you – but comes with features that, until you hear it, makes you wonder how you ever went without it. The windscreen, for example, allows for heavy breathing and ambient noises such as wind to be removed from voice chat.
Not only that, the headset comes with a 3D Wing Support system which, if you forgive the overblown name, will rid you of that unnecessary feeling of being lumbered with a headset. This headset is lightweight, yet belies its weight with a crisp, rich soundscape that will offer fantastic directional output, to ensure you’ll get the upper hand on your opponents.
2. SteelSeries Arctis Pro
For those who want to play with the big boys
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Cable length: 1.5m | Drivers: 40mm | Weight: 425g | Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac, mobile, tablets
Can barely feel the headset on your head
Great microphone design
A little heavier than some of its peers
While a wireless option is available, those who don’t stray too far from their consoles or monitors may be best suited by the SteelSeries Arctis Pro. Boasting a sleek design akin to something out of the realms of sci-fi, the latest from manufacturers SteelSeries doesn’t skimp on the sound quality, providing an audio setup that booms through the exceedingly comfortable cans. Even the most minute of movements will be picked up by the Arctis Pro.
But what good is a headset on Fortnite if you can’t bark out orders to your squad to scream at them to get the **** out of dodge when a storm is passing through? Thankfully, the sturdy yet flexible microphone tucked away within the headset presents a crystal-clear quality that is almost unmatched on the market. And if you’re in the mood for some moody moaning, you can even double-check the mute button is toggled on with its illumination feature. Neat (and potentially friend-saving).
3. Astro A40 TR Headset
More bang for your V-Bucks
Acoustic design: Closed Back (can be adjusted to Open Back) | Cable length: 3m | Drivers: 40mm | Weight: 360g | Compatibility: PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Mac, mobile, tablets
Adjustable headband allowsfor simple ease-of-use
Customisable speaker tags gives a personal touch
Outstanding booming bass
Microphone doesn’t stack up to others at this price point.
If you’re on the lookout for a less-rigid headset then Astro’s AR40 headset may be just the one for you. An adjustable headband, customisable speaker tags and even a swappable precision microphone means that this is a Fortnite headset that will bend to your whims, without feeling cheap or poorly-constructed. As expected for a headset at this price point, the sound is rich, with added oomph and fantastic directional output that will make sure you’re never caught off guard.
However, there are a few minor quibbles you should be aware of. For one thing, the design may not appeal to everyone, with its boxy shape and clunky aesthetic. The microphone, too, while still of considerable quality, can come across as slightly high-pitched on occasion which isn’t ideal. Having said that, the microphone can be swapped out if it bothers you that much.
4. Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament
Go big or go home with these eSport ready beauties
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Weight: 498g | Cable length: 5ft | Drivers: 50mm | Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One (Xbox One Stereo Adapter not included), Switch, Mac, mobile
Some of the best sound drivers available
Glasses Relief System makes it perfect for specs-wearers
Ear-cooling technology (yes, really!)
One of the more expensive headsets on the market
Turtle Beach are one of the most recognisable headset manufacturers around. Not keen to rest on their laurels, however, the Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament should be the go-to piece of kit for those who take their Fortnite gaming seriously – a Blitz Showdown perennial contender, perhaps? – or even those who want top quality but are always put off by how your glasses feel when wearing a headset. That’s right, these bad boys come with Glasses Relief system, which, for all intents and purposes, allows the headset to fit snugly across your specs.
While some may favour a cheaper and smaller option (we’ll get to those soon, don’t worry), the Elite Pro Tournaments come with a sense of feeling that will instantly gratify; the tension adjustment system will make it hard to return to other, inferior headsets with its incredibly comfy headband and the 50mm over-ear speakers are essentially the best money can buy.
5. Corsair HS70
Fantastic Fortnite sound on a budget
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Cable length: 40ft (wireless range) | Drivers: 50mm | Weight: 330g | Compatibility: PC, PS4
About as good as you’ll get for this price
Wireless headset so you can be used for a variety of purposes
Impressive battery life
Awkward mic placement
Not the nicest looking headset around
Looking to save up some V-Bucks for that new legendary skin? Then look no further than their Corsair HS70. Don’t let the (lower) price fool you: this stacks up just as well with its competitors by including 7.1 surround sound that booms and bellows with the best of ‘em. As they’re wireless, too, (which isn’t the case for some on this list) you’ll be able to take them out and about without a hassle to use as headphones, especially with the dozen-plus hours of battery life contained within.
There are some downsides – but not many. The microphone can feel a little too far away from the face which, while the sound quality is impressive, can just feel a tad awkward. Not the best feeling when you’re in the middle of an ever-closing storm. If design is something that catches your eye when it comes to buying a Fortnite headset then you may also be disappointed by the Corsair’s blocky, black look.
6. Razer Kraken Pro V2
Sharp sound – and a headset that won’t cut through your budget
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Weight: 322g | Cable length: 1.3m | Drivers: 50mm | Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One (Xbox One Stereo Adapter not included), Switch, PC
Can be used for many purposes, include podcasts
Extremely comfortable build, with a light headband
Handles weighty bass terrifically
Please don’t buy the green one
Earcups may need fine-tuning at first
For those who want to mimic the pros but don’t want to shell out too much for them: you can unleash your very own inner-Ninja on Fortnite with the Razer Kraken Pro V2. The first thing you’ll notice upon wearing them is just how comfortable they are. It’s not an overstatement to suggest that it barely feels like you’re wearing headphones on occasion, let alone ones that provide some of the clearest, unobtrusive sound, including a fantastic bass.
When it comes to anything under $100/£100 the Razer Kraken Pro V2 may be the essential purchase. Sure, the green skin (should you choose it) may be a little too garish for many, but it’s hard to argue with the sheer specs and features: a snug 99.5mm diameter cup lends itself to a snug fit when adjusted proper, and there’s even very fancy sounding cooling gel cushions and a cable reinforced by Kevlar.
7. Sennheiser GAME ONE
You’ll keep saying ‘one more game’ with this headset
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Weight: 301g | Cable length: 3m | Drivers: 35mm | Compatibility: PC, PS4 (adapter required), Xbox One (Xbox One Stereo Adapter not included), Switch, PC
Lightweight, minimal, and sleek: probably the best-looking headset out there
Easy to plug-in and play
Adds weight to every game you play thanks to its exceptional audio
Sound can tend to leak out
Poor bass compared to some at this price range
No removable cable
Sennheiser and sound almost go hand-in-hand at this point. It’s no surprise, then, that the GAME ONE (yes, I will use caps, thank you very much) belies its meagre 35mm drivers to deliver a pulsating sense of gamefeel within its audio. Try playing Alien: Isolation or, even scarier, being the last man standing in your Squad and you’ll see what I mean. Chills.
It’s not without its faults, though. You may baulk at the price, even if Sennheiser is a guaranteed mark of quality in the industry, and the little quibbles – sound not being quite contained, no removable cable – can prevent this from being as versatile as some of the othe headsets around, there’s no denying that this is a quality piece of equipment wrapped up in Sennheiser’s sexiest design yet.
8. Logitech G Pro Headset
A pro headset that doesn’t break the bank
Acoustic design: Closed Back | Weight: 259g | Cable length: 2m | Drivers: 40mm | Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One, VR
Subtle headset that doesn’t get in the way
Sturdy build that won’t break anytime soon
The bass can be overbearing
You can tell pro gamers across the world have weighed in on the Logitech Pro G. The noise-cancelling is pitch-perfect, the sound heavy without feeling too hectic and it’s incredible comfortable to wear in either short bursts or longer Fortnite sessions. You know the ones: where you’re trying to hunt down another challenge treasure map.
Logitech has gone all-out to provide gamers with a no-frills design that focuses on the sound and voice quality. It’s so good, in fact, that you easily ditch your console and take them out and about with you without looking like something from a dystopian nightmare.
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