Sennheiser GAME ONE Gaming Headset

Last updated date: February 28, 2019

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7.8

Sennheiser GAME ONE Gaming Headset

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We looked at the top Gaming Headsets and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Gaming Headset you should buy.

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Overall Take


In our analysis of 86 expert reviews, the Sennheiser GAME ONE Gaming Headset placed 14th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Offering exceptionally natural and accurate sound quality, the new G4ME ONE is built to be the ultimate headset for professional or home gaming. The open back design delivers sound exactly as the game developers intended, while letting air through to help keep ears cool during hours of gameplay. The G4ME ONE is an extremely lightweight design using XXL-sized ear cups with plush velvet ear pads, and a cushioned headband providing ultimate comfort for extended gaming sessions.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

7.6
8 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.2
1,089 user reviews

What experts liked

Exclusively designed for gaming, the GAME ONE is Sennheiser’s response to the rest of the gaming accessory makers showing them how a gaming headset should be made.
- Armchair Empire
It's comfortable, has great audio and microphone quality, and is incredibly easy to use.
- Tech Gear Lab
August 29, 2018 | Full review
If you have a smaller or average-sized head and want superior long-term comfort, a more engrossing audio experience, and an excellent mic, get the Sennheiser Game One.
- New York Times Wirecutter
January 24, 2019 | Full review
At first blush the Game One is a good looking set of cans, even in spite of its plastic build.
- Engadget
The Game One is a good headset overall, featuring strong, in-game sound, a quality mic and an eye-catching design
- Tom's Guide
November 1, 2016 | Full review
The G4ME ONE sounds excellent, and at the top of the audio fidelity pile among gaming headsets.
- PC Magazine
January 23, 2014 | Full review
The Game One have a well-balanced sound quality and an open design that grants them a more open soundstage than most gaming headsets we've reviewed so far.
- RTINGS.com
June 4, 2018 | Full review
Music sounds warm and clarity is solid.
- Trusted Reviews
March 24, 2014 | Full review

What experts didn't like

Construction is a bit subpar even for Sennheiser. Everything is plastic and though it is of a good grade, would have been nice to see the use of metal somewhere.
- Armchair Empire
While this is an excellent headset, it isn't the best value option, pairing a premium performance with a premium price.
- Tech Gear Lab
August 29, 2018 | Full review
This design makes the Game One sound more open and spacious but allows sound to leak out, so people around you (and in voice chat) can hear what you’re listening to.
- New York Times Wirecutter
January 24, 2019 | Full review
Unfortunately, it also has a high price point that might just put it out of reach of many gamers.
- Engadget
but it doesn’t really do anything to justify its premium price.
- Tom's Guide
November 1, 2016 | Full review
it also means it lacks several of the audio processing enhancements, mixing tricks, and simulated surround sound of headsets .
- PC Magazine
January 23, 2014 | Full review
The mic is not removable, they're bulky and too unstable for sports.
- RTINGS.com
June 4, 2018 | Full review
The final issue is that the mic and the 3m-long cable are non-removable.
- Trusted Reviews
March 24, 2014 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Doug Brennan   
Tech writer for Digital Addicts, avid PC/console gamer

Doug Brennan is an avid PC/console gamer for the past 20+ years, and writer for Digital Addicts. In his spare time, he’s an active member on a number of computer peripheral forums (overclock.netgeekhack.orghead-fi.org), so he’s always up to date on the latest products.

An Overview On Gaming Headsets

Gaming has come a long way in recent years. You’re not only playing while watching on a screen, but it’s a fully immersive experience in which you experience the sounds and sensations through headphones and your controller. But to truly get the most out of the experience, you need all the right hardware, including a headset that helps you shut out the world around you.

When you’re looking for a gaming headset, it’s important to note that you’re buying more than just a pair of headphones. Although typical headphone features like sound, comfort and noise cancellation are important, you’ll also need to be able to provide good audio as well. The microphone’s quality, as well as its position, are important. You’ll also need to consider compatibility, especially if you plan to play using a gaming console rather than a computer.

When it comes to sound, though, what you hear through the headphones is only part of it. If you game in noisy environments, you’ll also want to make sure your gaming headset features noise cancellation capabilities. You don’t want to be pulled out of your game by a passing emergency vehicle or a roommate watching the big game.

You really want to make sure your headset is comfortable, particularly if you plan to spend hours gaming, says Doug Brennan, who’s been a gamer for the past 20 years and a writer for the blog Digital Addicts.

It’s important that they don’t fit too tightly and that the earpieces have plenty of cushioning. Comfort can differ from one person to another, but there are some gaming headsets that are known for being more comfortable than others.

You’ll also want to turn your attention toward sound staging, which gives you audio-directional cues while you’re playing. In other words, Brennan says, the right headset can make you a better player because you’ll know exactly where a noise is coming from. “You can’t always see where opponents are, but you can still hear their actions which can give you the advantage,” he says.

For those long gaming sessions, battery life also matters. If your headset dies midway through a game, you’ll have to wait for it to recharge. Look around for a gaming headset with a battery life that will get you through each session before you have to put it back on the charger.

The Gaming Headset Buying Guide

  • The first feature you’ll likely research when headset shopping is sound. Look for a gaming headset that uses 7.1 Dolby Surround and that has seven audio channels for impressive audio clarity.
  • Outside noise elimination is even more important in a gaming headset than a standard set of headphones. If you really want to eliminate distractions and focus, consider a headset that does a good job of muting the world around you.
  • Sometimes it’s not about the sound you’re blocking, but the noise you’re emitting.
  • Within seconds of hitting the next level of your favorite game, your headset dies, totally throwing off your game. To keep that from happening, you’ll need a headset with enough battery life to get you through even your longest gaming session. Top in this category are headsets which offer up to 30 hours of battery life before needing a charge. To achieve that time, though, you’ll need to turn LED mode off. You’ll get a full 10 hours of battery life from certain headsets, so make sure you check this before purchasing.
  • Unless you’re on a strict budget, your headset will cost between $100 and $300. However, those looking to pay a fraction of the price can budget-friendly options for well under $50. Headsets on the higher end of the price spectrum, retailing for more than $200, often have great audio quality and long battery life that make them worth it for the most passionate gamers.
  • For those long gaming sessions, you’ll need a headset that doesn’t irritate your ears. Part of that is finding a headset that’s lightweight. In fact, there are headsets as light as 11 ounces.
  • Cushioning also makes a difference, even in heavier headsets. Look for a model that features leather cushioning on both the earpads and headband to keep you comfortable.
  • Listening to audio is only part of the gaming experience. For a good gaming headset, you’ll need a reliable microphone, as well. A noise-canceling microphone that provides crisp sound is best.
  • Wires can get in the way when you’re gaming. You may wish to opt for a wireless headset, which provides more freedom of movement.
  • As convenient as going wireless can be, though, latency can be a problem, so it’s important to make sure your sound won’t lag while you’re gaming.
  • Compatibility is essential if you want to go beyond playing games on a computer. Some headsets only works with a PC or Mac, but others work with an Xbox, thanks to an included adaptor.