SteelSeries consistently makes some of the best gaming headsets for both performance and comfort. The SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ commands the top spot on our best PS5 headsets list, while the Arctis 7+ stands above a crowded field on our best PC headsets list. I regularly use both of them with zero complaints, but they’re now retired in favor of a new premium headset: the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro. I’ve tested dozens of gaming headsets over the years from all of the leading manufacturers, and the Nova Pro is without a doubt the best gaming headset I’ve ever used in terms of audio quality, comfort, and customization.
Before I dive into what makes the Arctis Nova Pro so great, let’s get the pricing out of the way. There’s no denying it: The Arctis Nova Pro is a high-end gaming headset with a steep asking price. The wired versions of the Nova Pro (Xbox and PC) retail for $250. If you want to cut the cord, you’ll have to shell out $350 for PlayStation, Xbox, or PC versions. That’s a lot of cash for a gaming headset, especially when you consider that you can get the Arctis 7P+ for less than half the price of the Nova Pro Wireless.
That said, the Arctis Nova Pro has a couple of notable bonuses going for it. On the gaming side, it’s one of the few headsets that works wirelessly with both PS5 and Xbox. If you have both platforms, you’ll want to opt for the Xbox version of the headset (functionally the same), as it supports both consoles and PC. The PlayStation edition is for PlayStation and PC only.
The other major perk of the Nova Pro is the aforementioned studio-quality audio. The Nova Pro’s high-fidelity drivers and wealth of customization options–both out of the box and with the free Sonar app–allow it to rival similarly priced headphones from audio giants such as Sony and Bose. I switched back and forth between the Nova Pro and the new Sony WH-X1000M5, and while the X1000M5 certainly offers richer acoustics, the Nova Pro held its own. It’s a viable option for someone looking for a stellar gaming headset that can double, rather impressively, as a pair of everyday headphones.