‘How did they even know I was there’ is something that can often be heard in gaming rooms across the world, and quite often the answer is really simple: audio. That or cheats, but the point here is that having a good audio setup can absolutely help you hit those shots that look like borderline cheating.
Having a headset (or a pair of headphones) on your dome with a quality soundstage that can accurately display where sounds are coming from will definitely help you decide when to start shooting if an enemy is rounding the corner for example, leading to those ‘they started shooting before I was around the corner!’ moments. Audio can be an extremely valuable source of information, and in a game with so many one shot kill abilities you’re not going to want to stroll around using your speakers.
In order to help you in your search for your next gaming headset (or pair of headphones) we’ve gone over what the pros are using. In this list we’ll give you a brief rundown of the features of each product so you’re completely informed when it’s time to push that ‘add to cart’ button.
The most used headsets by VALORANT players
HyperX Cloud IICheck price25.48% of players (79)
Logitech G Pro X HeadsetCheck price18.71% of players (58)
Razer BlackShark V2 ProCheck price5.16% of players (16)
Logitech G Pro X Wireless HeadsetCheck price4.52% of players (14)
HyperX Cloud AlphaCheck price4.52% of players (14)
The most popular headsets are calculated based on 310 professional players.
What makes a headset good for VALORANT?
You’re going to want a headset with a decent sound quality and, most importantly, the ability to accurately represent where sounds are coming from. Beyond that, however, it’s mostly up to personal preference and (this is also very important) comfort. If you’re at all serious about gaming you’re going to be spending multiple hours with the headset on top of your head and you really don’t want to be wearing something that annoys you or is uncomfortable.
On forums and discussion boards you often see people talking about headsets versus headphones paired with an external mic. If you’re asking us both have their merits so there’s no clear winner in that battle. The main advantage of a headset is of course the fact that the mic is attached to the headphones so the whole thing is very portable and compact.
On the other hand, going for a headphones + external mic combo allows you to not only pick the best set of headphones for you but it also allows you to go for a high quality microphone which is something that gaming headsets in the low to mid range often skimp on. You don’t necessarily need a broadcast quality mic if you’re only going to be gaming but if you’re often doing voice calls or you want to do some streaming on the side it’s certainly a solid idea to invest in a high quality mic.
In any case: headsets are used by the majority of VALORANT pros, and that makes sense. It offers them a portable solution to take with them to tournaments and practice houses, and if you’re streaming on the side there’s of course no one stopping you from using a headset and then using an external mic along with it. For most users we’d definitely also recommend a headset: it’s just far more convenient and again: voice quality isn’t that important for gaming.
Top headset brands in VALORANT
HyperX Cloud II
It’s a bit odd to call a headset ‘legendary’ but HyperX’s Cloud line of headsets definitely deserves that moniker. The original Cloud quickly made its way up the ranks as being one of the best ‘bang for your buck’ headsets out there and its successor, the Cloud II merrily carried on down that street.
What you get with the Cloud II is a headset made out of sturdy materials, comfortable padding, and devoid of any super aggressive ‘gamer looking’ design cues unless you go for a team-branded headset.
What you get here is a no-nonsense headset with a reliable design that will last you several rough LAN trips along with a pretty decent mic, nice sound quality, a reliable sound stage, and a comfortable build. If you’re someone who loves tweaking EQ settings and creating a bunch of custom profiles for every game then this isn’t the product for you though: there’s no software here. All in all this is the perfect headset to go for if you’re looking for a reliable plug and play headset that will last you a long time.
The Cloud II is about as industry proven as it gets.
HyperX Cloud IIUsed by 78 VALORANT players (Jun, 2023)
The HyperX Cloud II has been the ‘industry standard’ headset for many, many years now. It has earned that reputation thanks to its reliable build quality, comfortable design, and friendly price.
- Sturdy design
- Two choices of earcup material
- Rather barebones when it comes to functionality
- Not the best mic
- Sound quality isn’t the best these days
Logitech G Pro X Headset
Logitech’s G Pro line is well known among competitive and pro gamers for its focus on what competitive gamers want. That means no gimmicky RGB strips or outrageous design elements but a focus on performance and nothing more. This G Pro X headset (there are also other G Pro X products, which is why we tend to specify what type of peripheral we’re talking about) is the successor to the G Pro Gaming Headset and it improves on that in a number of ways.
Its sturdier design is already an improvement but that’s not where it ends. The G Pro X packs BLUE VO!CE mic technology, for instance. This reduces background noise, adds compression, enhances clarity, … In other words: it makes you sound great. You get an extremely large amount of options to tune the way your voice sounds to your teammates and friends, resulting in a great sounding microphone.
The headset also comes with a set of pre defined EQ profiles which have been made with esports pros so you can get that ideal balance to filter out the important noises and it has DTS HEADPHONE:X 2.0 surround sound. That’s the cherry on top for an already pretty great sounding headset. The memory foam padding will ensure that you can keep the G Pro X on your head for extended gaming sessions too, so you can enjoy everything that this has to offer without hurting your crown.
All in all Logitech has delivered a great headset for gamers with this G Pro X, and it’s a fantastic upgrade on the G Pro Gaming Headset.
Logitech G Pro X HeadsetUsed by 58 VALORANT players (Jun, 2023)
❝The wired G Pro X is a great piece of equipment, delivering great audio, supreme comfort, and one of the best mics in the business, all packed into a stylish and attractive design.❞
- Great microphone
- Good audio quality
- Comfortable fit
- Blue VO!CE technology improves mic quality even further
- Good build quality
- Relies on software for most of its functionality and is therefore not as suited for console use
Razer BlackShark V2 Pro
Razer’s headset haven’t always been a hit with professional gaming audiences (which might also have had something to do with the fact that they had a lot of different headset lines going at the same time) but the BlackShark headset silo has definitely changed that.
This BlackShark V2 Pro is Razer take on a no-fuss wireless gaming headset, and it’s a great one. You get a flawless wireless connection packed in a very sturdy and well-built headset that has a good microphone to top it all off. If you want to go wireless and you want to get a (Razer) headset that’s completely focused on the (competitive) gaming world, this is the one for you.
Razer BlackShark V2 ProUsed by 16 VALORANT players (Jun, 2023)
The BlackShark V2 Pro is an esports-focused gaming headset by Razer with a sturdy build quality, good sound quality, and great microphone for a wireless headset. It’s also wireless, making it a good option to consider for people who want a cordless no-nonsense headset for gaming.
- Good sound quality
- Good mic
- Sturdy build quality
- Good (passive) noise isolation
- Experience suffers on consoles
- Price tag is on the higher side
Logitech G Pro X Wireless Headset
The Logitech G Pro X Wireless is basically the exact same headset as the wired version, save for the microphone. The microphone on the wired version performs a lot better than the microphone on the wireless version, so if you care about mic performance you’re better off going for the wired version or for an external mic.
What you get with the G Pro X Wireless Headset is Logitech’s flawless LIGHTSPEED connection for a lag-free wireless experience without any dropouts or other annoyances. If the wireless aspect speaks to you then this is the one to go for, but if you don’t much care about going wireless with your headset then the wired G Pro X is a better option.
Logitech G Pro X Wireless HeadsetUsed by 14 VALORANT players (Jun, 2023)
The G Pro X Wireless headset is the wireless version of the Logitech G Pro X Headset. It performs pretty much the same in all aspects.
- Good build quality
- Flawless wireless connection
- Good audio quality
- Microphone is way worse than on the wired version
HyperX Cloud Alpha
Aside from the Cloud II, HyperX makes a ton of Cloud headsets. The Cloud II will probably always be the most successful one of the bunch, but the Alpha has also seen a ton of use over the years.
Compared to the Cloud II, the Alpha has better audio quality and a slightly improved microphone, though the Cloud II could be considered more comfortable. Doubly so because it comes with an additional set of velours ear cups, something that the Alpha does not include. Aside from this, the differences between both are extremely small, to the point where some (ourselves included) would consider the Alpha a successor to the Cloud II. One more thing to note is that the Alpha does not have virtual surround sound, something that the II does offer.
HyperX Cloud AlphaUsed by 14 VALORANT players (Jun, 2023)
The HyperX Cloud Alpha is a barebones and straight-to-the-point offering by HyperX. It’s made for people who don’t want to be bothered with tuning EQs and the likes, and this plug-and-play headset is well-respected for its excellent durability and solid audio quality.
- Sturdy and reliable design
- Decent audio quality
- Pretty much no customization options
Razer BlackShark V2
Razer’s BlackShark V2 line of headsets has been making waves ever since it was released, and it’s not hard to see why. Rather than focusing on unnecessary gimmicks and ultimately useless extra options, the BlackShark V2 nails the essentials: it’s a sturdy, reliable headset with a great sound stage and a fantastic microphone.
The BlackShark V2 isn’t the most wallet-friendly option on the market (definitely not if you opt for the wireless version) so this is more geared towards the mid-high end market of gaming headsets, but you do get plenty of bang for your buck. It’s comfy, has great (passive) noise isolation so that you can game in peace without being disturbed by your surroundings, and it has great audio quality that you can tweak in Razer’s Synapse software to get a sound profile that matches your preferences.
All in all, the BlackShark V2 is one of our favorite mid-tier gaming headsets on the market. It’s a simple design and idea, but sometimes less definitely is more, and it’s no surprise to see so many pros are taking a liking to this offering from Razer due to its solid foundations and excellent gaming performance.
Razer BlackShark V2Used by 11 VALORANT players (Jun, 2023)
The Razer Blackshark V2 is Razer’s take on the ‘no frills’ type of gaming headset. This more headset is aimed more towards the budget side and it gives you a great bang-for-your-buck performance if you’re looking for a plug-and-play headset from Razer.
- Sturdy build quality
- Good (passive) noise isolation
- Good sound quality
- Good value/performance proposition
- Headset cable isn’t detachable
- Microphone is a little subpar
Best Headset for VALORANT – Conclusion
What you want for a game like VALORANT is a headset (or a pair of headphones) that doesn’t try to be too cinematic by turning up the bass. During a hectic firefight you don’t want the sound of a reloading or defusing enemy to be drowned out, as those sounds can mean the difference between winning and losing a round. You’ll also want an audio solution that can accurately portray where sounds are coming from in relation to you.
All of the headsets in the article are great options for this game, and which one you choose will depend on your budget, preferences, and even the environment in which you game. Luckily these five headsets all bring something unique to the table, so this list should be a great resource for people who are deciding on their next headset.
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