“Footsteps behind us, enemy squad incoming, get ready!”
“…what footsteps? I don’t hear anything.”
We’ve all been there at one point or another. Your Fortnite squad makes it into the top 25 and right when it matters most—your buddy misses a key audio cue. The next thing you know the enemy is building ramps over your fortification and taking your squad out. It’s moments like these where a speaker system won’t cut it, you need a quality headset for full audio immersion. Whether you’re pinpointing exactly where sniper shots are coming from, or locating chests to loot up fast, immersive audio in Fortnite is a must.
Another crucial consideration is your game controller. If you’re serious about Fortnite wins you need to be in absolute control; especially during tense battles where every shot counts. That’s where a quality controller can elevate your game: they offer greater precision and advanced customization options. Like a trusted squad mate, your game controller should always have your back.
To help you choose the right headset and controller, I’ve gathered a list of top choices based on extensive usage and knowledge of what’s out there. All three current consoles—Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PS4—are covered, so I’ve got solid recommendations no matter what platform you play Fortnite on. As well, this guide is sectioned into entry-level, mid-tier, and high-end options at different price points to suit any budget.
Audio Essentials for Fortnite
Before diving into specific headsets let’s quickly review the audio essentials when playing Fortnite. As an online multiplayer game, having crystal clear chat audio is obviously a must. It goes both ways too—you want to hear your friends’ voices clearly, and ensure your own chat audio is precisely understood. That’s why it’s so important to get a gaming headset with quality speakers and a quality microphone.
Next, Fortnite is all about position. The game employs 360° positional audio so you can tell roughly what direction noises are coming from—provided you have a high-quality headset. You can gain further information through Fortnite’s proximity audio that provides an indication of how close noises are. Combined, these two audio cues give you a good sense of exact enemy location: critical intel to boost your chances of survival. Of course, in order to precisely hear these important sounds, you absolutely need a rock-solid headset.
If you’re a Nintendo Switch gamer, I’ve got one last point we before we jump into the recommendations: Epic Games recently announced that Fortnite supports native voice chat. This is amazing news as Nintendo’s usual voice chat solution involves using a mobile phone app that connects to your Switch—cumbersome to say the least. Fortnite circumvents this complicated process and allows you to plug a headset directly into the Switch’s headphone port. That means a simple plug-in and you’re all set for voice chat, awesome!
Best Gaming Headsets for Fortnite:
- Best Fortnite headsets for Nintendo Switch
- Best Fortnite headsets for Xbox One
- Best Fortnite headsets for PS4
I’m the first one to admit it—most times when I sit down to play Fortnite I wind up playing a lot longer than anticipated. I’m constantly saying to myself “OK one more match,” which is all part of the Fortnite fun. But if you’re going to be playing for long stretches, headset comfort needs be top of your must-have list. That’s where the Turtle Beach Recon 50P Gaming Headset comes 2 in.
Let me address the elephant in the room. Yes, this blue-coloured headset was originally designed for PS4, and yes it also works great on Nintendo Switch. (By the way, there’s also an Xbox 50X version if green is more your colour.)
This headset is lightweight and has a comfortable design perfect for those hour-long gameplay sessions. The Recon 50P offers an excellent balance of crisp 40mm speaker audio and a quality mic with convenient in-line controls. Note too that this is a wired headset best used with your Nintendo Switch in handheld mode.
If you want a bit more audio oomph the Turtle Beach Recon Camo wired headset gives you just that. It has large 50mm speakers with over 50% more surface area compared to the 40mm drivers. That means you’ll hear fuller, richer, and more precise game audio. Considering how quickly dynamics can change in a Fortnite match, you’ll appreciate the extra audio power.
The Recon Camo also features a high-sensitivity mic to pick up and transmit your voice loud and clear. What’s great is you can use the mic when playing Fortnite on your Switch, then later remove it when watching movies or listening to music. Furthermore, as the product name implies, this is a multiplatform headset perfect for those who game on multiple consoles.
Last but certainly not least, one of the standout features of this headset is its rugged, camo design. It includes a thick, strong frame with breathable fabric and comfortable ear cushions all with a cool camo pattern. When heading onto the Battle Bus you might as well look prepared for battle!
If you’re a Switch gamer and want the best, then look no further than the Turtle Beach Elite PRO. This professional-grade wired headset was built for eSports play, and what’s more competitive than a round of last-person-standing Fortnite? This headset will help you compete against the elite with the highest in audio and build quality.
Where the Elite PRO really stands out is its DTS 7.1 Surround Sound capabilities giving you pinpoint audio precision. Then there’s the Nanoclear speakers, created specifically to deliver the clearest audio, and its Superhuman Hearing that lets you hear quiet footsteps sneaking up on you. Combine all this cutting edge tech together and you have the ultimate in sound quality to gain a competitive advantage out on the island.
As someone who wears glasses I also need to point out this headset’s ProSpecs Glasses Relief System. Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? Well, this features lets you easily create a small groove in the ear cushion for your glasses to rest. This alleviates headset band pressure on your glasses for extreme comfort during hours-long Fortnite gaming sessions.
Xbox is known for its world-class online network, Xbox Live, so naturally Xbox fans want the best online multiplayer experience. If you want an affordable alternative to the Xbox One Chat Headset that comes packed with every Xbox One console, I recommend Turtle Beach’s Recon Chat.
It’s a lightweight and comfortable headset with a unique SpecsFit over-ear design that accommodates glasses. The headset is also reversible, meaning you can choose your right or left ear, whichever is more comfortable.
Keep in mind that the Recon Chat headset has only one high-quality 40mm speaker. The headset is best suited for gamers looking for crystal clear party or game chat audio. If you want to get fully immersed in your Fortnite matches with surround sound audio, you’ll need at least a mid-range headset like the two options below:
For immersive virtual surround sound gaming audio, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is the perfect choice. This officially licensed Xbox gaming headset delivers high-end Windows Sonic Surround Sound through its powerful, over-ear 50mm speakers. If you want to hear every approaching footstep or know exactly where that twinkling chest is located, this headset provides the unmatched audio clarity you need.
To enhance your Fortnite experience, the Stealth 600 includes a range of audio presents including Bass Boost, Treble Boost, and Vocal Boost. Not only can these presets heighten the moment-to-moment action but they can help you gain a competitive edge. Perhaps you want to increase the bass to hear enemy footsteps with greater accuracy, or amp up the vocals for the crispest voice chat audio possible. Fortnite gamers looking to compete at the highest level should seriously consider this professional-grade headset.
This premium gaming headset is a step up from the Stealth 600 in a few key ways. For starters, it features Bluetooth connectivity allowing you to easily connect it to your mobile or tablet device. This lets you stream music or take calls while you’re playing Fortnite, the latter of which is great if you tend to play for hours on end.
The Stealth 700 also packs in extra features for clearer, better audio when playing Fortnite. Active noise-cancellation helps block out external sounds to keep you present and fully immersed in each match. Additionally, the dynamic chat boost automatically increases incoming chat audio during loud gameplay spikes so you always hear your squad clearly.
For those who want maximum comfort, the Stealth 700 is made from a soft synthetic leather with foam cushioning. This is generally considered a step up from the Stealth 600’s mesh fabric and provides greater comfort over those hours-long Fortnite gaming sessions.
PlayStation Fortnite gamers that want to prioritize game chat (vs. game audio) should definitely consider that Turtle Beach Recon Chat headset. Compatible with PS4 Pro and Pro, this lightweight headset includes a soft padded band for extreme comfort. The reversible over-ear design means you can wear it over your right or left ear, whichever you prefer.
Feature-wise, the Recon Chat Headset is nearly identical to its Xbox counterpart. You’ve got a large, high-quality 40mm speaker delivering crystal clear sound, convenient in-line controls (chat volume + mic mute), and a high-sensitivity mic. It’s important to remember this headset is best-suited for Fortnite voice chat—if you’re wanting stereo or virtual surround sound, consider these two headsets below:
A great mid-range headset for Fortnite players on PS4 is the Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50P. It features a universally compatible 3.5mm jack connection, which is why I also recommended this headset for Nintendo Switch gamers.
The Recon 50P features large 40mm speakers that lets you hear every footstep or grenade blast in Fortnite in vivid detail. It also has a high-sensitivity mic that precisely picks up every word you say to keep you connected with your squad. You can also remove the microphone, which is great if you ever decide to play Fortnite solo. Overall, this is an excellent mid-range headset that strikes a good balance between features and price.
If you’re like me and want to compete in Fortnite at the highest level, consider the Turtle Beach Stealth 600. This headset, which I also recommended to Xbox gamers, offers powerful virtual surround sound to fully immerse yourself in the action. It’s also 100% wireless too, delivering interference-free game and audio chat that’s perfect when gaming on the couch.
However, my favourite feature of the Stealth 600 is its incredible 15-hour battery life. Nobody likes having their Fortnite session interrupted with a dead battery, a concern you won’t have to worry about so long as you properly charge this headset.
The other standout feature for me is the headset’s Superhuman Hearing, a technology that boosts subtle in-game sounds like footsteps or weapon reloading. These are both integral audio cues to gain the competitive advantage when playing Fortnite.
In the end, it’s all about choosing the right gaming accessories for your preferences and budget. You have to find that right balance between getting the features and style you’re looking for without breaking the bank.
Consider how you enjoy playing Fortnite—do you find yourself playing it more casually for fun, or are you committed to upping your game and snagging those coveted Victory Royales? How you play—and who plays in your household—will help you decide on the best headset and controller to get.
Good luck with your decision!
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