You can find great discounts on gaming headsets all year round - you just need to know where to look. If you’re yet to pick one up or you’re looking to buy one for a loved one, Tech Advisor has you covered.
Here, we showcase the best gaming headset deals that we’ve found this August, along with buying advice for those who aren’t quite sure what to look for.
Best gaming headset deals
What to look for when buying a gaming headset
With so many deals to choose from, it can be hard to decide which is right for you.
Of course, the most important aspect of any gaming headset is audio quality; a great-sounding gaming headset will immerse you in the game you’re playing, and can even give you the upper-hand when playing multiplayer games. You’ll be able to pick out the sound of approaching enemy footsteps amongst the mayhem, giving you a chance to respond before being taken out.
But while audio quality is the most important factor, it’s not the only aspect to consider when on the hunt for a great gaming headset. The wired vs wireless debate has been raging for years with purists claiming that wireless headsets are laggy and simply don’t sound as good as wired counterparts, but we think that has changed in recent years.
If you’re on a budget, we’d recommend going for a wired headset – wireless connectivity is usually provided at the sacrifice of another feature in cheaper headsets – but if you’re looking for something premium, wireless connectivity is the way forward.
The only downside to wireless connectivity is that it isn’t platform-agnostic. Most wireless gaming headsets are designed with one console in mind, be it the PS4 or Xbox One, and the headset won’t wirelessly connect to any other console. PC gamers are a little bit luckier as, generally speaking, all wireless headsets are PC-compatible – even if they’re designed for console use.
Wired headsets, on the other hand, can be used across all consoles and PC as long as they feature a 3.5mm jack. The only exception is with headsets that are connected via USB – there may be restrictions on compatibility, but this is headset-dependent so do a bit of research before hitting that buy button.
Comfort is another important aspect to consider. After all, you’re going to be wearing the headset over long periods of play, so you need something that won’t make your ears sweat and make your head feel like it’s in a vice. Before buying a headset, take a look at the design and material used for padding – especially on the headband and earcups – as this largely dictates how comfortable a headset is going to be.
Where to find the best gaming headset deals
You can find gaming headsets for sale in just about every tech retailer, but not all offer great discounts on gaming headsets. The best places to find gaming headset discounts are GAME, Overclockers UK and, of course, Amazon.
Amazon’s Lightning Deals are usually a great way to bag a bargain, but there’s a catch; there’s limited stock, and the deals are only available for a short amount of time.
If you find that you’re constantly missing out on great Lightning deals, we’d recommend signing up to Amazon’s free 30-day Prime trial, providing 30-minute early access to Lightning deals along with Prime Video, Amazon Music and other benefits of the subscription service.
If you want to browse yourself, we’d recommend checking out these retailers for great deals:
Top gaming headset deals
1. Audio Technica ATH-ADG1X
From: Currys PC World
Now: £204.99 (£94.01 off)
With almost £100 off the RRP, the Audio Technica ATH-ADG1X is a great high-end gaming headset, sporting larger-than-life 53mm drivers that deliver crystal clear sound along with a unique 3D wing support system to offer a comfortable fit and Audio Technica's own gooseneck microphone system too.
2. Cooler Master GS750
From: Overclockers UK
Now: £49.99 (£30 off)
It might not have a catchy name, but the Cooler Master GS750 gaming headset offers an impressive set of features, including 7.1 surround sound support, Qi wireless charging and a stand that provides two additional USB 3.0 ports. All that for less than £50? An absolute bargain.
3. SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless
From: Overclockers UK
Now: £269.99 (£30 off)
The Arctis Pro Wireless is an incredible gaming headset, with wireless support, dual batteries and high-res audio support, allowing you to enjoy your games and favourite albums with crystal clarity. £30 isn't the biggest discount we've ever seen, but it's a good chunk of money off.
4. X-Rocker XH2
Now: £14.99 (£15 off)
If you're on the market for a no-thrills gaming headset compatible with just about every platform, the X-Rocker XH2 is a great choice at less than £15. It sports 40mm drivers, a built-in adjustable mic and connects via 3.5mm cable, making it compatible with a range of devices, not just consoles.
5. Astro A10
Now: £49.99 (£10 off)
The Astro A10 is a great budget-focused gaming headset designed for the Xbox One, but as it offers a 3.5mm headphone jack connection, it's compatible with most consoles and PC too.
6. PlayStation 4 Wireless Platinum Headset
Now: £129.99 (£10 off)
Sony's PlayStation 4 Wireless Platinum Headset is the company's flagship gaming headset for the console, offering wireless connectivity alongside 50mm drivers powering the 7.1 virtual surround sound experience, and a 3D Audio mode provides precise directional audio for improved performance in online shooters.
When is Black Friday 2020 - should you wait for a better deal?
Black Friday will take place on Friday 27 November, immediately followed by Cyber Monday on 30 November. Traditionally the biggest sales event of the year, it may yet throw up some even greater tech deals - but with so much uncertainty around finance and retail, and no guarantees regarding what discounts we will see, we advise you not to wait: if you see a deal you like, on a product you need, and you can afford the outlay, buy it today.