Best Bluetooth Headphones and Headphones for Steam Deck

The Steam Deck is one of the most exciting new gaming hardware we’ve seen in years. And judging by its soft launch to those who pre-ordered, it looks like a lot of people will be getting their hands on a new Steam Deck this year. If you’re one of those lucky ones, you’ll probably need some accessories. And since you’ll probably be playing this machine on the go, you’ll probably want to know about the best Bluetooth headphones for the Steam Deck. We are here to help you.

Below, we’ve rounded up all the best Bluetooth headphones on the market and reviewed them based on their suitability for use with the Steam Deck. Without further ado, let’s dive in.

Best Bluetooth Headset for Steam Deck

Sony WH-1000XM4 noise canceling Listeners

The Sony M4s have almost everything you would want to look for in Bluetooth headphones. They’re ultra-comfortable, the battery lasts long, and they make everything sound great, including compressed audio.

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro offer excellent active noise cancellation and solid sound quality. They also work seamlessly with every Apple device you own.

Beats Studio Buds

BeatStudio buds

The Beats Studio Buds offer excellent sound quality, active noise cancellation and long battery life.

Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700

Bose noise canceling headphones 700

This sleek pair of lightweight headphones lets you adjust the noise cancellation so you can tune out the outside world while you play Steam Deck as much or as little as you want.

Razer Hammerhead Gaming Headphones

Razer Hammerhead Game Listeners

While these Bluetooth headphones don’t offer noise cancellation, they do offer ultra-low latency, perfect for gaming on the Steam Deck.

What to Look for in Bluetooth Headphones for Steam Deck

For the most part, what you’ll want to look for in Bluetooth headphones for use with Steam Deck are the same things you’d want in any headset: sound quality, plus a reasonable price for the hardware.

But with the Steam Deck being a portable gaming PC, you’ll also want to consider portability. Sure, you can zip your Steam Deck up in the included case and put it in a bag, but you’ll also want to make sure your headphones won’t take up the rest of the space in your bag. That is, if you plan to play on the go. If you primarily use your Steam Deck at home, you can ignore portability issues when it comes to your Bluetooth headset.

For more on what to look for, read our roundup of the best Bluetooth headphones.

Steam Deck Bluetooth Headset vs Headphones

It’s inevitable: the question of earbuds versus earbuds is one you’ll have to answer when choosing a listening accessory for your Steam Deck. Generally, headphones offer better sound quality, at the cost of being bigger in size. Headphones, on the other hand, are smaller and easier to fit in a bag, but they generally don’t offer the same audio quality as a big pair of cans strapped to your head.

Chris Reed is a business expert and commerce editor for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @_chrislreed.