Headphones tend to be a fairly important piece of equipment for any gamer, but stealth gamers benefit from them greatly, even when not playing online. Headphones allow you to isolate yourself a little more in the game, and directly hear subtle important details that are absolutely critical when you’re sneaking around attempting to stab/shoot/subdue your enemies. The list below is curated from my own experience, plus those of other gamers I trust to not steer you wrong. So, what are the recommended headsets for stealth gamers? Let’s start looking! Note that these are affiliate links, so if you purchase something on Amazon after clicking these, you’ll also be helping to support GGN!
The best gaming headset overall: SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless
While it’s got a hefty price tag, it isn’t unwarranted; this headset absolutely kills, and has become my personal go to when I’m gaming on the PC (although it’s compatible with other platforms, too). Sound is clear, the mic is plenty loud, and most importantly, when you’re perched on a hill waiting for that perfect shot to line up, you’re not going to get uncomfortable wearing it.
The best gaming headset for a mid-range price: SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wired
This is just the above version, but wired. If you don’t mind dealing with cables, this isn’t a bad choice at all! You’ll get nearly the same experience as the wireless version for a fraction of the cost.
The next best gaming headset for a mid-range price: SteelSeries Arctis 7
While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the Arctis Pro, this one comes recommended from another fan of stealth games, and I honestly can’t fault them. SteelSeries makes great gaming headsets, and if you can snatch this one up for a good price, you’ll be golden!
The best budget gaming headset: Corsair VOID PRO RGB
Yet another recommendation from a fellow gamer, this one will meet your needs without breaking the bank. The oddly-shaped ear pieces may look uncomfortable, but the weight isn’t bad (thanks to being a wired headset), which is the biggest factor to consider here. The mic is exceptionally clear for a headset in this price range, too, which is impressive. Update: Note that the price shown below is actually higher than the clickthrough as of writing; it’s typically below $100.
The second best budget gaming headset: HyperX Cloud II
I personally use this one on my PS4, and used it on PC previously. Sound quality is great, and the cable for it is long and braided (which means less chance of it getting damaged). The only complaint I have here is that the mic quality suffers; When recording videos, I always had to do a fair amount of post-processing to get the volume levels up when using the preamp/audio controller. If you’re looking for something comfortable that a decent sound, this isn’t a bad choice at all if you’re willing to spend about $100.