Gaming with the Xbox One console is no small thing. It means that you get the best graphics, curated video games, and better performance with every moment.
And the best headset enhances the experience.
This is against all that you know and have experienced, we know. Bear with us.
There is hardly any doubt that a speaker system would offer great sound and immersive experience. But wouldn’t you rather save your money and have all the benefits of speakers in your portable headset? I would.
This is why we thought about bringing you this buying guide. Here we give you 10 of the best Xbox One headsets under 100 to maximize your gaming experience, not your gaming expenses.
The 10 budget headsets that we offer here are all well tested for gaming on Xbox One.
But before that, let’s get some basics brushed up:
01. Do You Need an Adapter to use Your Headset on Xbox One?
Ans. The newest models of Xbox One come with a 3.5 mm jack. So you can plug in your headset and play.
However, the Xbox models before 2015 might need an adapter, so make sure which model your Xbox One is.
Features to Consider in a Cheap Xbox One Headset
The many things that you might want to consider while buying a cheap Xbox One headset include:
- Compatibility: There are certain models of Xbox One where a 3.5mm jack is absent, so you would have to use an adapter.
- Sound quality: this is important because this might be a matter of life and death for your gaming persona. There are considerably inexpensive headsets with surround sound.
- Comfort: so that you can use the headset for hours.
- Noise Cancellation: in mic as well as in the headset earpieces.
- Audio controls: user-friendly controls are a must.
- Price: Obviously, we are looking at the maximum value for money.
More details on all of these factors will be given in the Buying Guide section, and you can skip ahead to take a quick look.
Now let’s see the top 10 picks of the best Xbox One headsets under 100 that we have here.
Reviews of Top 10 Xbox One Headsets of the Year
01. RUNMUS Gaming Headset
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The RUNMUS Gaming headset offers everything and is our first pick because of this very reason.
Firstly, the 7.1 surround sound via its 50mm speakers gives you amazing depth and clarity.
The positional quality of RUNMUS needs to be emphasized, for this is the factor that gets your player that edge over others in the game. They claim that you can hear your enemies before you see them, and we at testing found this to be accurate.
Secondly, the mic. Your mic is crucial for player-to-player communication, and we felt that RUNMUS mic is topnotch.
They boast noise canceling on the mic, so your voice carries over to the other side with none of your background noise. It is also quite user friendly, because you can flip the switch and the mic is off, and flip it back again to turn it on.
This is one of the best Xbox One headsets we are going to give you today, and not least because of its looks.
The LED lights on the headset it really shows your battle readiness, don’t you think? RUNMUS thought so too.
- 7.1 surround sound with clear sound quality.
- 50 mm speakers with breathable earpads.
- Noise-canceling mic with a flip switch.
- Adjustable headband with a volume wheel.
- LED lights.
- 3.5mm connector with 6 ft long cable.
- 6ft might be a little too long for some users, but length is a plus for some.
02. BlueFire Stereo Gaming Headset
Coming down to a 40mm driver in the BlueFire, we bring this headset to you with a promise: it is noise canceling at its best.
In fact, we got so immersed in the gaming environment that we were hard-pressed to hear our own voices in a battle scenario.
We say this with the utmost sincerity–we could hear others and they could hear us, but we couldn’t hear our own voices when explosions were happening–which is as close to real life as it can be.
The mic on this one is removable, which is convenient if you want to use it for movies or music.
The headset has 3.5 mm connectors for the sound. There is a separate USB connector for the LED lights, so you can choose to turn it on or off.
Only the best for you, we promise.
- Surround sound effect with noise cancelation.
- 40mm neodymium speakers with skin-friendly leatherette earpads.
- Removable mic and adjustable headband.
- Separate USB for LED lights.
- In-line controls for mic and volume.
- 7ft long cable ending in 3.5mm connector.
- Long wire, which may or may not be needed according to the user.
03. Turtle Beach Recon 50P Gaming Headset
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Again in the 40mm range, the Recon 50P from Turtle Beach is undeniably a master among gaming headsets.
Its sound quality is clear in the mids, lows, and highs alike. The drivers bring forth the sound, and the ear caps sit over your ears to deliver it to you without loss, over long periods of time.
The mic on this is removable, with in-line mic switch and volume controls. You don’t have to use it when you don’t want to, but when you do, the voice carries over crisp and clear.
All of these features are packed in this lightweight headphone which is built for wear and tear.
You don’t have to worry about its durability one bit even after you have stored it away. This beast won’t break easily.
- 40 mm drivers and over-ear caps
- Stereo sound–clear mids, lows, and highs.
- Removable mic and adjustable headband
- In-line controls for mic and volume
- Lightweight and comfortable for long hours
- 4ft long cable with 3.5mm connector
- The headset is average-sized, so it might be a bit tight for bigger heads
04. Turtle Beach Recon 70 Gaming Headset
The Recon 70 is an upgrade over the Recon 50 in a couple of ways. Let’s look at what is similar, and what are differences between these two headsets from Turtle Beach.
The 40mm drivers with synthetic leather ear caps remain to give the added bass response. This also means that ambient noise is isolated pretty well, although it has no ANC.
It is lightweight like the Recon 50, and comfortable for long hours.
Now onto the differences.
The mic on this headset is muted by flipping it up, which means that there is no switch to control the mic. For many of us, this is a blessing, because the position of the mic indicates whether it is on or off.
The Recon 70 also adds a small volume wheel under the earpiece: concealed and easy to use, unlike the in-line controls.
This one works as well as the other one, and both work fantastic. So it is the user who decides which model he prefers.
- 40mm drivers with leatherette ear caps for better bass response.
- Stereo sound with clear lows, mids, and highs.
- Flip-up mic and volume wheel below the earpiece
- Lightweight and comfortable for long hours
- Good noise isolation.
- 4ft cables with 3.5mm connector
- For some people, the headset would need to loosen up before it could be used comfortably
05. NUBWO Gaming Headsets
NUBWO brings us back to the 50mm driver range. This one is a very comfortable headset, with a unique design that some premium headsets go for. Design-wise, this one is a king. The leatherette earpads lie over the ear, while the ergonomic headband takes the weight of the headset.
The design also allows for better sound quality. From the drivers, there is ultra-low distortion, and the mic is noise canceling.
What this means is that while you get crystal clear sound in your ears, the mic carries your voice over to the other side with zero background noise.
It is no exaggeration to say that these are one of the most comfortable headsets for long gaming sessions.
- 50 mm drivers with leatherette over the ear pads.
- Ultra-low distortion-free 3D stereo sound
- Noise-canceling, 120-degree adjustable mic
- Premium design, comfortable for hours
- In-line audio control for mic and volume
- 6ft long cable with 3.5mm connector
- Sound is lower than the other headphones so that long hours do not damage the user’s hearing
06. Jeecoo Xiberia V20 Gaming Headset
Big with 50mm drivers, the Xiberia V20 is an extremely comfortable headset that delivers great quality sound.
It is lightweight with over-the-ear memory foam earpads that make long hours roll without pain.
The pristine surround sound of these headsets is rare in this price range, to say the least. The headset is noise-canceling due to its large over the ear muffling and you get each sound in rich detail delivered to your ear.
The mic is on par with premium headset mics, with zero feedback every time we tested it. This is another rare feature that you do not often see in this price range.
It is a great buy, and not to be missed upon.
- Surround sound with great clarity
- 50mm drivers with soft memory foam over-the-ear pads
- Noise-canceling due to the large size of the earpieces
- Adjustable mic and headband
- In-line audio and volume controls
- 5ft cable with 3.5mm connector
- The body is not built to take a beating but is nevertheless durable enough
07. Combatwing Xbox Headset
While the 50mm drivers fit the Combatwing over-ear, the 7.1 surround sound makes it one of the perfect headsets for gaming.
The breathable foam earpads and self-adjusting headband make it user friendly, along with its lightweight metal frame.
The mic isolates your voice to the exclusion of your background noise so that you are always gaming with clear audio.
What’s more? LEDs turn on while gaming, so that the premium looking headset screams “Cool!” to the casual observer!
- 7.1 surround sound
- 50mm drivers with breathable foam ear pads
- Noise isolating omnidirectional mic
- Self-adjusting headband
- Separate USB for the LEDs
- 7ft long durable cord ending in 3.5mm connector
- The LED lights might not be for everyone, since USB cable has to be separately connected
08. Turtle Beach Recon 50X Gaming Headset
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Recon 50X, like the others from Turtle Beach that found their way here, come with 40mm drivers. With those, boy, do they pack a punch!
The audio, without theatricality, is like being at a movie! Can you imagine all that acoustics in your small portable ear-thingy? You don’t have to. Recon 50X brings it to you.
That powerful performance comes with its premium comfort.
This headset is lightweight and over the ear, with a removable mic for versatile use. The mic is clear like the other Recon headsets, so no complaints there.
The volume and mic controls are in-line so that you don’t have to fiddle around with either the earpieces or the console while gaming.
That said, there is an initial adjustment to be done in the Xbox One audio controls so that the in-line audio is perfect for your taste.
- 40mm drivers with synthetic leather over-ear pads
- Clear sound quality
- Removable mic with clear audio
- In-line controls for mic and volume
- Lightweight and comfortable design
- 3.5mm connector
- The cable is short
09. EPOS Sennheiser GSP 302 Gaming Headset
The GSP 302 is a beast among headsets and one of the higher-priced Xbox One headsets under 100 that we have picked out for you. But it is worth every valuable penny, we promise.
This closed headset offers the best sound quality there is with EPOS engineered high-quality audio.
Its XL earpads stretch over your ears so that is no discomfort over long hours of use. It is also made of memory foam, for the extra nudge of comfort.
The mic is unique with its lift-to-mute capability and crystal clear audio transmission.
On the earpiece, the volume control is made easy with the intuitive volume wheel, making the headset even more user friendly.
What’s more to be said about this one? Quite a value for money, it is!
- Closed acoustic headset with XL memory foam pads for ear comfort
- EPOS engineered high-quality audio
- Lift-to-mute boom arm of the mic
- Volume wheel for audio control
- Ball-joint hinge for easy headband adjustment
- Shorter cord than other headsets
10. Turtle Beach Recon 50P Gaming Headset
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It seems we keep coming up with the Turtle Beach, doesn’t it?
The headsets offered by this brand are some of the best fits when it comes to inexpensive alternatives to Xbox One gaming, and are therefore our favorites, as you have rightly surmised.
But the Recon 50P is the last on our list, and we would like to tell you, it is as good as all of the rest.
With its 40mm drivers, a removable mic, and in-line controls, this headset is lightweight and designed for long hours of use.
The synthetic leather ear pads fold flat when not in use, and this with the removability of the mic makes it quite portable.
The strategy sections of our games sounded clear and crisp and we do not doubt that the same will be true for every other user of these amazing headsets.
Give it a try if you can, and you won’t be disappointed.
- 40mm drivers with leatherette ear pads for great bass response
- Earpieces fold flat when not in use
- The mic is removable and clear
- In-line audio and mic controls
- Highly portable and durable headset
- 3.5mm connector on a 4ft long cord
- The headsets might come a bit tight out of the box
These are all of our ten picks right there. Now, let’s see in detail what makes a headset great for use in Xbox One gaming!
Best Xbox One Headset under 100–A Buyer’s Guide
Now, you know all about Xbox One, don’t you? It is the headsets you are confused about, so let’s get into that right away!
We have come all this way and NOW we talk about compatibility? Well, bear with us. Most times, Xbox One controllers come with a 3.5mm jack, and it wasn’t necessary to talk about compatibility in detail until this point.
But here, we must look at the other side of the coin. Not all Xbox One controllers come with the headphone jack.
The older versions of this gaming console, especially those launched before the year 2015, have a smaller jack. If you have one of those, you will need to buy an adapter to accommodate your headphone’s 3.5mm connector.
But happily, it has been five years since this change has been made, and new users can use the universally compatible headphone jack for the Xbox One models since then.
The headsets for Xbox One need better audio than the usual headsets, to maximize the gaming experience. These are certain things to look out for: positional sound accuracy, clear mids, and lows, and if possible, surround sound.
Positional sound is extremely important for multiplayer games when even the slightest misstep can cause the life of your gaming persona.
This is pretty accurate when you have a headset with surround sound, but most gaming headsets come equipped with positionality.
The lows and mids need to be clear if you are to hear your teammates’ voices through the explosions, so this has to be a criterion as well.
Yes, as obvious as it is, we know that comfort needs to be in the criteria while selecting any headset, let alone a gamer’s equipment. Gaming is not a plug, play, and let’s get moving thing at all.
We spend hours going up levels and strategizing our next move, so the comfort factor is all-important when it comes to choosing your gaming headset. It is as important as the sound quality for a gamer.
So what defines comfort? Lightweight headsets are just a start.
The tightness of the band needs to be just right, and more importantly, the earcups must sit over the ears so that there is room for the ears to breathe. Long hours are certain to bring about discomfort, but over-the-ear cups minimize this.
The ear pad material is also important in comfort, but this is a personal preference because different materials require different levels of care in the long run.
We would recommend headsets with innate volume control that does not allow the sound to go above a certain limit. Hearing needs to be protected, while gaming is a priority.
This is also a part of the overall comfort scheme and is tremendously helped by noise cancellation in a headset.
This contributes to the sound quality when it comes to the game audio, but noise cancellation is also important for your microphone.
For the headset audio, noise cancellation means you get maximum immersion, and most of the larger driver headsets acquire that without any separate active noise cancellation.
But for the mic, unless the noise cancellation isn’t taken care of especially, even the headset speaker noise can leak out into the mic and cause disruptions. This is not to mention the background noise of your gaming room.
The mic is very important because, for the multiplayer games of Xbox One, strategy and communication are important game-changers. Therefore, choose a headset with a noise-canceling mic.
This is the final criterion in the selection of your gaming headset for Xbox One. Most headsets give in-line mic and volume controls rendering it unnecessary to go for your Xbox volume controls.
This is important because, in the heat of gaming, there will not be time to get to your console if you have to mute/unmute your mic and to change your volume levels when there is an enemy shell fire.
Uniquely different from in-line audio controls, some headsets provide lift-to-mute controls on your mic’s boom arm itself.
As you can imagine, this is highly convenient and a great way to know when your mic is muted or not.
Yet, the tightness of the boom arm or its flexibility is a factor when it comes to the utility of this feature. If the boom arm is not tight enough, you could end up with no functionality at all.
But if it is too tight, precious time is lost while trying to unmute your microphone.
Here we are looking for models under a hundred dollars.
This is our way of telling you that you don’t have to go for the high-end ones to get an amazing gaming experience out of your console.
Keep these in mind and you will be in a better position to choose your own best Xbox One headset under 100. There are plenty to choose from in this range, and we hope that you get your best fit!
Frequently Asked Questions
01. Can I use any headset for Xbox One?
Ans. Any headphone with the compatible connector can be used on Xbox One. For models older than the year 2015, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack, so you would have to use an adapter.
If the Xbox One is a new model, then any gaming headphone with a 3.5 mm adapter will work.
02. Can I use AirPods on Xbox one?
Ans. Unfortunately, the answer is no. Microsoft’s Xbox One lacks Bluetooth support and can use only wired headsets for gaming.
If you want to chat with your buddies in an Xbox Online party, your AirPods can be connected to your iPhone where you have downloaded and is using the Xbox app. But we are guessing that this was not what you meant, so the answer is no.
03. Can you use headphones as a mic on Xbox One S?
Ans. Headphones with mics will work on the Xbox One S. The thing you have to watch out for is the 3 rings of your headset connector. If it has three rings, then the headset with mic will work.
04. Do all Xbox one headsets need adapters?
Ans. No, not all Xbox One headsets need adapters.
The models older than the year 2015 might need one if your headset has a 3.5mm connector. With newer versions, any gaming headsets with the universal 3.5mm plug would work.
05. How do I get my Xbox headset to work?
Ans. Follow these steps:
- Find the headphone jack on your Xbox One controller/ adapter
- Insert your 3.5mm connector into the headphone jack
- Make sure that the audio settings recognize LVL 6+ as your assigned device.
- From the Menu of your Xbox One controller, do select Settings and adjust your audio as needed.
06. Does Xbox One have 7.1 surround?
Ans. Since the console itself isn’t a speaker, you can’t expect it to give surround sound on its own. But combined with the right output device, Xbox One will give 7.1 surround sound.
This output device could be speakers or headphones, connected to the Xbox One.
Whoo! That was a long one, wasn’t it?
We hope that it proved as informative as it was long. There are so many high-end headsets out there for gaming that you wouldn’t believe there are more of them in a budget range with equal features!
We hope that you were able to get your best fit from our 10 best Xbox One headsets. If not, we are certain that our buying guide will help you decide your own criteria to get the best headset for you!
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