When choosing a headset on our store make sure to check the cable illustration at the bottom of every description, it shows the headset cable configuration and (if applicable) the adapters/splitters in the box.
In general there are 4 main types of headset connections : USB, 3.5mm, Bluetooth and 2.4Ghz.
USB cables are used most on somewhat more expensive headsets, the main reason is their larger bandwith in comparison to regular 3.5mm cables. USB headsets are also the only wired headsets which have the possibility of 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound.
In terms of compatibility they are a bit lacking. All USB headsets work on PS3/PS4/PS5 and PC, Xbox does not support them. In order to use one on a Switch you'll need a USB 2.0 to USB C adapter.
3.5mm headsets can be further divided into double and single connector variants. Both variants have the same audio quality, the difference is purely a design choice.
- When a headset has two 3.5mm cables (double) that means the microphone and sound is split into 2 parts. These headsets will need an audio splitter to work with almost any console. If you want to use them on your PC/laptop it is a good idea to check wether your pc has a double or single 3.5mm port.
- When a headset has a single 3.5mm cable that means both microphone and sound go through 1 connector. These headsets are compatible with all consoles that have a 3.5mm port in the console itself or their controllers. Here's a short summary of some of the consoles that are compatible : Switch, PS3/PS4/PS5, Xbox 360/Xbox One/Xbox Series X, etc... Please note that for older Xbox 360/Xbox One controllers that do not have a 3.5mm port you will need an Xbox audio adapter. If you want to use these headsets on a PC/laptop with two 3.5mm ports you will need an audio splitter.
Some headsets also have a combination of a 3.5mm cable and a USB cable. In these cases the USB cable is only there to power the lights and does not interfere with the compatibility.
Bluetooth headsets are probably not the best choice for consoles, as no mainstream console (such as the Xbox or PS) supports them natively. In both cases you will need an adapter : Xbox One adapter, PS4/PS5 adapter
For PC usage make sure your PC has bluetooth or you have a Bluetooth dongle.
2.4GHz headsets use a USB dongle which acts as the connection between the headset and end device. Due to this it has the same limited compatibility as a wired USB headset, only supporting PS3/PS4/PS5, PC and the Switch if you have a USB 2.0 to USB C adapter.