Best headset for Forza Horizon 5: Top picks for Xbox and PC

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With Forza Horizon 5 well underway, it's time to start looking for the best headset to hear every single detail in the game like the epic FH5 soundtrack in all its glory.

In our opinion, there's no better way to completely immerse yourself in the world of racing than by picking up a top headset. From the engine roars to the tyres squeals, the detailed sounds are a surefire way of giving you a sense of being in the driver's seat.

That being said, we've put together a list of our top picks, based on specs, price, and reviews, to help kick off your search in the best way possible.

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So whether you're looking for one of the best headsets for racing, like this Logitech G433, or you're after something a little cheaper, like this Turtle Beach Recon X70, we've got you covered right here.

Best headset for Forza Horizon 5

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Best all-round headset for Forza Horizon 5 - Logitech G433

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Brand: Logitech | Style: Over-Ear | Noise Control: Sound Isolation | Compatibility: PC, Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox

The Logitech G433 looks to be a great pick for FH5 as it comes with 7.1 Surround Sound to help you become fully immersed in the racing action as you'll be able to hear everything from the engine roars to the relaxing music from Timeless FM.

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Logitech also boasts the G433's have a noise-canceling mic to chat to your mates whilst racing but, when you want to get down to some serious gaming, you can detach it to take away all distractions.

All in all, the Logitech G433 should be a great option for FH5, especially considering it's compatible with nearly all consoles as well as PC.

Best earbud headset for Forza Horizon 5 - Razer Hammerhead Duo Console

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Brand: Razer | Style: In-Ear | Noise Control: Unspecified | Compatibility: PC, Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox

If in-ear headphones are more your thing then you should check out these Razer Hammerhead's which come with an in-line mic, ideal for game chat, and Razer's dual-driver technology which has been designed to provide you with full-range audio whilst you game.

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Moreover, Razer provides 3 silicone earbud tips so they should match all ear sizes which is key for comfort whilst you race.

As the Razer Hammerhead's come with a 3.5mm jack, they are compatible with nearly all consoles and PC so, no matter what you play FH5, these earbuds should have you covered.

Best budget headset for Forza Horizon 5 - Turtle Beach Recon 70X

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Brand: Turtle Beach | Style: Over-Ear | Noise Control: Sound Isolation | Compatibility: PC, Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox

As FH5 isn't so much about listening to every tiny footstep like an FPS game is, you might not want to extend your budget to go all-in on a premium headset.

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Thankfully, the Turtle Beach Recon X70 offers Forza fans a nice budget option for, for example, late-night sessions where you don't want any sound coming out of the TV in order to be as quiet as possible.

In terms of sound quality, the Turtle Beach Recon X70's come with 40mm speakers meaning you should every engine noise and gear change in great quality and, therefore, they make our list as one of the best budget options.

Best next-gen headset for Forza Horizon 5 - SteelSeries Arctis 7

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Brand: SteelSeries | Style: Over-Ear | Noise Control: Sound Isolation | Compatibility: PC, Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox

Designed primarily for the next-gen consoles, the SteelSeries Arctis 7's offer you powerful 360-degree precision audio with DTS Headphone: X v2.0 Surround Sound meaning you should have no trouble becoming immersed in the sounds of FH5.

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SteelSeries also boast this headset comes with a 24-hour battery life which is ideal for when you want to game all day and night on a single charge.

If you are fortunate enough to own one of either the PS5 or Xbox Series X/S, then the SteelSeries Arctis 7's may be the headset to go with.

Best headset for long Forza Horizon 5 sessions - Razer Kraken

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Brand: Razer | Style: Over-Ear | Noise Control: Sound Isolation | Compatibility: PC, Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox

Back to Razer now for its second offering on this list with the Razer Kraken's.

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The key reason why the Razer Kraken is ideal for longer FH5 sessions is that it comes with cooling-gel infused ear cushions designed to minimise heat build-up if you do decide to strap yourself in for a long evening of racing.

Other useful features of the Razer Kraken's are its retractable mic so you can communicate in-game and its 50mm speakers which should give you a wide soundscape to help you hear every tiny detail across the fictionalised Mexican landscape.

Best mid-range headset for Forza Horizon 5 - Logitech G PRO X

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Brand: Logitech | Style: Over-Ear | Noise Control: Noise Cancelling | Compatibility: PC, Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox

If you're looking for a high-quality headset that won't necessarily break the bank, then we feel the Logitech G PRO X could be the device for you.

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Thanks to Logitech's unique hybrid mesh around the 50-mm drivers, the PRO X should deliver crystal clear sound along with an enhanced bass response which is ideal for increasing your immersion in your FH5 races.

Moreover, you get a pro-grade microphone which, Logitech boasts, captures your voice accurately and relays a much richer sound whilst also minimising background noise, perfect for online gameplay.

Overall, we feel the Logitech G PRO X is well worth considering if you're looking to upgrade your FH5 setup.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

When it comes to finding the right headset for gaming, there are usually a few questions that pop up, we're here to answer some of the more common queries.

How much should I spend on a headset for Forza Horizon 5?

As previously stated, FH5 isn't so much about listening out for footsteps and gunshots like FPS games are, so a high-end headset isn't necessarily required to help you perform well in the game.

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Therefore, how much you spend really depends on you and your budget.

If you're looking for a headset to use solely for FH5 and talking to your mates online, then you're probably better off going for one of the slightly more affordable options as you'll only really need the mic.

However, if you're after something to hear all the sounds of FH5 in exceptional quality, then you may be more tempted by one of the more premium options out there.

Do I need surround sound for Forza Horizon 5?

If the main reason you wear a headset is so you can listen to the game audio rather than through the TV then purchasing a headset with surround sound might help you become more immersed in the atmosphere of FH5.

However, surround sound isn't essential, particularly if you just need a headset so you can chat with your friends whilst playing online so the choice is really down to you and your preference.

Should you get a wireless or wired headset for Forza Horizon 5?

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Ultimately, this will depend on a number of factors surrounding your racing setup.

For example, if you play Forza on a PC then we'd recommend going down the wires route as there will be no latency between the outputted game audio and when you hear it, thus delivering crisp and smooth audio quality.

However, if you're going for convenience and want a headset for more than one platform, then going for a wireless choice makes more sense. You'll have the freedom to move around so you can lay back and play Forza from the comfort of your own sofa.

Are all headsets compatible with the Xbox?

Not all headsets are compatible with both Xbox and PlayStation, so you'll usually find companies that put out Xbox versions that are separate from their PS4 and PS5 counterparts.

The reason for this is mainly due to different audio firmware, inputs, and capabilities between consoles; however, you do find some headsets which cross over, particularly those with 3.5mm wired connections.

We'd advise checking each manufacturer's website to see if any given headset is compatible with the console in question.

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Is a bigger driver size better for a headset?

The size of a headset's driver actually refers to the size of the diaphragm, the component which vibrates to produce sound.

Generally speaking, larger drivers produce stronger sound waves, particularly in the bass, but this doesn't mean they sound better as it is just one factor among many which contribute to sound quality.

Impedance, damping and tuning; frequency response; driver positioning, and the headphone signal amplifier all play roles in the sound and bass response.

Having said that, we'd recommend 40 - 50mm drivers as a good starting point for exceptional in-game sound.

Will Xbox One headsets work on Series X?

Xbox is well renowned for backward and forward compatibility, especially with hardware, which means most Xbox One headsets should be compatible with the Series X.

Wired devices are almost always backward compatible; however, we'd recommend checking the manufacturer's website if you're unsure.

More racing accessories for Forza Horizon 5

It's important to get your setup right in order to stay ahead of the racing curve. See some of our other FH5 racing accessories right here.

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