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Update: we have now been able to use the Steelseries Arctis 7P with the PlayStation 5, and have included our experience with the new console below in its own section. 

As the PS5 and Xbox Series X lurk around the corner, SteelSeries has released a pair of gaming headsets geared toward the new consoles. There are some subtle differences between the two extending beyond hardware-matching colors. Specifically designed for the Playstation 5, the Arctis 7P Wireless offers a lot for its $ (£, about AU$) price tag. 

The PS5 branding is more than just a theme: besides the attractive white and blue colorway, it’s also compatible with Sony’s Tempest 3D Audio Tech. Unlike its Xbox Series X/S sibling, the Arctis 7P doesn’t need to use the included USB-C adapter to utilize the wireless connection dongle on Sony’s console either. 

The Arctis 7P includes a Ghz ultra-low latency audio connection, 24 hours of battery life and a retractable Discord-certified microphone. This feature set is housed within SteelSeries’ signature steel frame that’s solid as a rock – the ski goggle adjustment strap may turn some off. Around $50 more than the  SonyPulse 3D, the Arctis 7P is one of the best wireless PS5 and PC gaming headsets available at launch. 

Out of the package, the Arctis 7P feels as strongly constructed as it looks. The headset can take on some serious drops thanks to the steel frame. It’ll have to, considering how the ski goggle adjustment strap and velcro combo isn’t very user friendly. Some users won’t have a problem with it, but others may find it a bit uncomfortable during long gaming sessions, where traditional sliding adjustment mechanisms are more comfortable. 

The ski goggle adjustments aren’t ideal for activities outside of stationary gaming. Running, working out and vigorous movement means the Arctis 7P is prone to sliding a bit much. As long as one plans on taking nice walks, it works well as a decent pair of headphones wired or wireless. Music quality is serviceable but a bit on the flat end despite bass and mids sounding good. 

Having a retractable mic means that you won’t have to fumble with and potentially lose a detachable microphone. Buttons are easily identifiable and usable as well. The mic switch, volume roller, micro-USB port, mm jack and mobile cable port sit nicely enough to easily make mid-game adjustments. The right cup even features a handy sidetone volume roller, which makes communicating during gaming sessions or phone calls more accommodating.    

Gaming on Playstation 4, Switch, PC and even on compatible mobile devices sounds great. Audio rich games like The Last of Us Part II or Ghost of Tsushima come to life. Connecting the SteelSeries Arctis 7P to our phone is a treat: we’ve never heard mobile games like Genshin Impact or Asphalt 9 feature such sonic clarity.

Unfortunately, PC users lose out on virtual 3D sound. The SteelSeries’ Engine 3 can fine-tune your audio experience through the presets, but they don’t help much. That app does let you tune the mic too, however, which helps it sound clear when trying to chat with teammates. In multiplayer games like Call of Duty: Warzone or Rainbow Six: Siege this is a godsend, and the mic is even great for giving commands to Cortana. 

SteelSeries is claiming 24 hours of battery life, which means you should be able to get through some long gaming and listening sessions with no problem. The SteelSeries Engine 3 app provides a battery bar on PC alongside the power button phasing between green, yellow, red and the blinking red, so you always know when you need to charge the headset.   

Playstation 5 users looking for a feature-packed headset offering more than Sony’s first-party Pulse 3D headset should take the Arctis 7P into consideration. Not only does it support Tempest 3D but it offers double the battery life. 

However, if you’re looking for something that can handle all platforms and actually sounds good with music, you may want to look elsewhere. Still, the SteelSeries Arctis 7P is a great gaming headset that’s ready for the PS5 right out of the box.    

With the PS5

Not supporting virtual surround sound on PC in favor of offering compatibility with Sony’s Tempest 3D Audio Tech makes sense. As of now, this audio solution feels as next-generation as the DualSense controller or popular buzzwords like “Ray Tracing” and “SSD.” 

Experiencing games like Spider Man: Miles Morales on the Arctis 7P is a treat. Though not incredibly noticeable, swinging between New York skyscrapers and walking down the streets of Harlem definitely feels more immersive. It’s incredibly noticeable how the directional sound of action set pieces blend with various aspects of the soundtrack during certain moments. 

Pre-installed game Astro's Playroom does a solid job at showcasing the tech as well through the Arctis 7P. It really does a great job with how the sound is layered besides improved directional sound. Like mentioned in the original review, it’s really one of the best alternatives to the Pulse 3D headset at the moment. Be mindful of using the dongle on the PS5’s only USB-C port as it covers the neighboring USB-A port.

Buy it if

You want a PS5 compatible that’s a bit more feature heavy than the Pulse 3D
For 50 bucks or quid more than Sony’s first party headset, the Arctis 7P offers an attractive alternative, due to the retractable headset and multi-platform capabilities – just not for Xbox.

You require a quality build
The signature steel frame makes the headset feel utterly indestructible at times.

You need great battery life
The SteelSeries Arctis 7P lasts up to 24 hours on a single charge, which means you’re not going to constantly have to plug it in.

Don't buy it if

You want a more versatile audio experience
Anything outside of dedicated PS5 usage may not deliver the same results of similarly priced headsets. Music, for instance, sounds flat on the SteelSeries Arctis 7P. 

You are not a fan of the ski goggle head strap
Some will love it. Some will hate it.  SteelSeries signature velcro strap for adjustment doesn’t hold much of a candle to more traditional sliding mechanisms for headsets.

Ural is a contributing writer at MTV. He is Los Angeles-based journalist who has covered everything regarding the entertainment industry. Throughout his five plus years as a writer/photographer, publications, he contributed to include Soultrain, Soul Culture UK and Amalgamation Magazine. 


SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless Headphones Review

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless are gaming headphones that have full wireless compatibility with PS4 and PS5 consoles. They're well-built, comfortable, have very low latency, and their boom microphone does a great job of recording your voice, even in nosy environments. They offer around 24 hours of continuous battery life and have an auto-off timer to help you save battery life when you're not actively gaming. While their design can cause inconsistent audio delivery due to the fit and positionning, their sound profile can be tweaked to your liking via SteelSeries Engine companion software.

Our Verdict

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P are fair for neutral sound. They have a boomy sound profile by default and are prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery, which is sensitive to their fit, seal, and positioning. Luckily, if you prefer a more neutral sound profile, their companion software offers a graphic EQ and presets to help tweak their sound.

  • Comfortable and well-built design.
  • Inconsistent bass and treble delivery.
  • Disappointing passive soundstage.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P are disappointing for commute and travel. While they're comfortable, well-built, and can look more casual thanks to their retractable boom mic, they don't block out almost any bass-range noise like bus or plane engines. They're also pretty bulky and not very portable. That said, they offer call and music controls, which is a little uncommon for gaming headphones.

  • Comfortable and well-built design.
  • Inconsistent bass and treble delivery.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P are passable for sports and fitness. While they're not really designed for this purpose, they're stable on the head and their wireless design makes it harder for something to snag the headphones and pull them off your head. Still, they're pretty bulky, and you need to use them with their USB dongle if you want a wireless connection.

  • Comfortable and well-built design.
  • Inconsistent bass and treble delivery.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P are alright for office use. These comfortable headphones offer around 24 hours of continuous playback time, which should be more than enough for a couple of workdays and can even be used passively. However, they can only be used wirelessly via their USB-C dongle and they barely block out most sound like ambient chatter around you.

  • Comfortable and well-built design.
  • Inconsistent bass and treble delivery.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P are good for wireless gaming. These comfortable headphones have very low latency on PC, PS5, and Android and offer around 24 hours of continuous battery life. Their boom microphone does a great job of capturing your voice clearly, even in noisy environments. You can also customize their sound profile with their companion software.

  • Great performing boom mic.
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
  • Inconsistent bass and treble delivery.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P are good for wired gaming. You can use them wired with full compatibility with PS4/5, Xbox One, and PC with virtually no audio latency. They're comfortable, their boom mic offers great overall performance, and they're compatible with SteelSeries Engine software, so you can customize their sound profile or mic levels.

  • Great performing boom mic.
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
  • Inconsistent bass and treble delivery.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P are good for phone calls. They have a great boom microphone that captures your voice clearly, even in noisy environments. However, these headphones struggle to isolate noise around you, which may make it difficult to hear the person on the other end of the line.

  • Great performing boom mic.
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
  • Neutral Sound
  • Commute/Travel
  • Sports/Fitness
  • Office
  • Wireless Gaming
  • Wired Gaming
  • Phone Calls
  1. Updated Jun 29, Converted to Test Bench
  2. Updated Apr 28, We have updated the measurements of the Wired Length test.
  3. Updated Feb 25, Due to user feedback, we tested the frequency response for bass distortion using SteelSeries Engine 3's 64Hz EQ band. Our results haven't changed.
  4. Updated Dec 17, Review published.
  5. Updated Dec 14, Early access published.
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SteelSeries Arctis 7P review

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 was one of the best wireless gaming headsets of , and after couple years, SteelSeries decided it&#;s due for an update. The SteelSeries Arctis 7P aims to be the same kind of great switch-hitter as its predecessor, with a new generation of consoles in mind.

This new gaming headset brings together features of its predecessor, and other Arctis headsets, but is it enough to stand out?

Editor&#;s note: this SteelSeries Arctis 7P review was updated on June 28, , to include new scores and charts generated by our new testing procedure, as well as new answers in the FAQ section.

Who is the SteelSeries Arctis 7P for?

  • PlayStation gamers looking for something built for the PlayStation 5.
  • Multi-platform gamers who need something that works almost everywhere
  • At-home workers who need something with a mic they can comfortably wear all day.

What is the SteelSeries Arctis 7P like?

The headset comes in white and blue to match the upcoming PlayStation 5.

If you&#;ve used almost any Arctis headset before, a lot of this review will seem familiar. The SteelSeries Arctis 7P features a near-identical build to its predecessor. The headset sports a largely metal construction, with an aluminum frame and a suspension band modeled after a ski goggle headband. The hinges are made of plastic, and slightly flimsy plastic at that, but they offer a decent range of motion.

Much like the Arctis 7 and Arctis Pro, the SteelSeries Arctis 7P is a very comfortable wireless gaming headset. The suspension band balances the weight very well, and the ear pads are covered in SteelSeries&#; Airweave fabric, which is very comfortable and keeps heat build-up to a minimum. Airweave isn&#;t as soft as something like velour, but if you&#;re a gamer with glasses, this is still a big improvement over most leatherette options. The headband doesn&#;t offer a ton of tension, but it establishes a fine seal easily enough.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P works basically everywhere.

This is a wireless gaming headset that connects to your PC or console of choice with a GHz USB RF dongle. Like the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless, the Arctis 7P now features a USB-C dongle. This means that on top of the same PlayStation and PC compatibility of its predecessor, the headset now supports wireless audio on the Nintendo Switch when docked and undocked. The Arctis 7P also comes with a detachable mm cord, so you can connect to an Xbox One controller, too.

The microphone retracts into the left headphone when you don&#;t need it.

Using the headset is just as convenient, as the array of onboard controls is intelligently designed and laid out. On the back edge of the right headphone, there&#;s a dial for adjusting sidetone/monitor volume, and the headset&#;s power button. On the left headphone there&#;s a mic mute button, headset volume dial, and the various ports for charging and connection—it&#;s also where the attached microphone sits when it retracts.

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The layout of the controls makes it easy to accurately hit the intended buttons. The volume dials are the same size, but they&#;re on different headphones, so it&#;s harder to get them confused, and buttons have very different shapes. It might not seem like that big of a deal, but a lot of gaming headsets just cram everything together on the same headset for users to fumble around with until they find the outcome they&#;re looking for—design like this can cut down on a lot of frustration while in game.

The controls are very well laid out.

SteelSeries Engine is also compatible with the Arctis 7P, and like most gaming headset apps, it&#;s just okay. However, this headset doesn&#;t support virtual surround sound (more on that in a bit) so Engine really just adds options for minor tweaks to the experience, like custom EQ settings, mic volume, and power saver adjustments. Basically, you don&#;t even need to install it to get the full experience.

How is the battery of the Arcits 7P?

The headset charges using Micro-USB, and it can take a little while, but you can use it while it charges.

SteelSeries claims the headset can last up to 24 hours on a single charge, and in our test we found the headset lasted 27 hours, 19 minutes at a consistent output of ~75dB. If you&#;re in the habit of listening to things at a quieter volume, it should fare even better. This performance is significantly more impressive than the SteelSeries Arctis 7 which has a battery life of 16 and a half hours, even after SteelSeries released a patch meant to bump that up to 24 hours. That&#;s nothing to sneeze at, but even in , it wasn&#;t terribly impressive.

Is the SteelSeries Arctis 7P good for gaming?

This thing works everywhere.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P offers a very good gaming experience: the very comfortable build makes this a great gaming headset for long sessions—even all-day stints should be plenty comfortable. In a hectic game like Hades, the headset managed to keep more lowkey soundtrack from getting lost in the rather hectic crush of in-game sound effects. There is, however, a slight caveat.

While it works on PC, this isn&#;t necessarily a PC-oriented gaming headset. The SteelSeries Arctis 7P is designed primarily for the PlayStation 5, which has its own built-in spatial audio system (according to SteelSeries, that&#;s why surround sound is otherwise missing here). Cool as that sounds, at time of writing, the PlayStation 5 is just under a month away from release, so we can&#;t yet assess how well the headset works with it. Just know it works pretty much everywhere else, and offers a great stereo gaming experience—you might miss the surround sound in games like Valorant or Fortnite, but otherwise you&#;ll be fine.

How does the SteelSeries Arctis 7P sound?

This is a pretty accurate gaming headset.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P sounds very accurate for a gaming headset. It&#;s hardly a pair of studio monitor headphones, with a notable boost in bass notes around Hz and slightly de-emphasized sound between Hz and Hz. However, many would consider this a fairly consumer-friendly frequency response, and it should prove very capable in casual listening scenarios.

In music, frequency response like this is great for bass-heavy EDM tracks, but you might find that songs that rely a lot on subtler strings and vocal parts might not sound a nice as they should. The brash chorus of Here for the Beerby The Sloppy Boys sounds great, but the quieter rhythm guitar that underscores a lot of the slower parts of the song are a little hard to hear with the SteelSeries Arctis 7P.

If you like bass, you'll enjoy music through this headset.

In game, audio output like this probably won&#;t cause too many problems. The slight boost in bass and drop in the mids might make the rumble of explosions and gunfire cover the sounds of footsteps in a game like Fortnite a little, but not so much that it&#;d actually affect the game.

Given how loose the headset is, this isn&#;t half bad.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P offers pretty standard isolation for a gaming headset. It can&#;t compete with anything that uses active noise cancelling, but at home it shouldn&#;t have any issues with the whirr of a fridge or a roommate watching TV. The USB-C dongle means this is actually compatible with mobile devices, but with isolation like this, the Arctis 7P is hard a headset to take out and about.

How is the microphone?

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P sports a pretty standard microphone for a gaming headset. There&#;s a big drop in bass and mid range sound, likely to avoid the proximity effect, when a mic held too close amplifies bass notes and makes voices sound unnaturally loud and inaccurate. The bottom line is this is a pretty clear microphone that people with especially deep voices will likely sound a little distorted while using. Listen for yourself:

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Should you buy the SteelSeries Arctis 7P?

If you&#;re getting ready for a PlayStation 5 day one purchase, definitely consider buying the SteelSeries Arctis 7P. Otherwise, it&#;s still worth it, but not the only option.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P is a solid gaming headset. It&#;s straightforward to use, comfortable, and it sounds great. The headset works on basically every platform&#; including one that isn&#;t even out yet. It has fantastic battery life, and it&#;s pretty reasonably priced. If you&#;re in the market for something designed with the future of gaming in mind, this should be an easy buy.

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Regardless, if you like the sound of a wireless stereo headset that handles all the fundamentals well for a reasonable price, you&#;ll be hard pressed to find one better than the SteelSeries Arctis 7P.

All prices listed in USD unless otherwise specified. Prices may change over time, and vary by region. Unfortunately, we cannot list Amazon prices on the site, as they vary greatly by currency.

What should you get instead of the SteelSeries Arctis 7P?

The similarly shaped dials definitely left me wondering why my volume wasn&#;t changing many times.

However, if the PlayStation 5 isn&#;t quite on your radar yet, there are other options. The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless offers all the same functionality, more accurate audio, and comparable battery life for $30 less—in fairness it&#;s not as comfortable, though. If you&#;re a PC-focused gamer and having access to virtual surround sound is important to you, wireless gaming headsets like the HyperX Cloud Flight S, Roccat Elo Air, or even the older SteelSeries Arctis 7 might scratch your itches a little better.

If you have money to burn and want something with excellent build quality, as well as a great Xbox-oriented feature set with cross-platform functionality, consider the LucidSound LS50X.  It&#;s a bit more affordable than the also-pricey Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset, offers wireless gaming, and includes similar features like Bluetooth connectivity. However, pretty much every wireless gaming headset is compatible with PlayStation, both the new generation and old generation systems have no trouble with USB wireless connections, so you can spend as much or as little as you want.

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SteelSeries is ever-present in the gaming audio world, and it makes some of the best gaming headsets going - I'm not saying anything you don't know here. However, being what it is, we at GamesRadar are beginning a new resurgence of looking at the hardware behemoth's line-up. The Arctis 7P is first up, and it's a PlayStation-centric version of the Arctis 7 that offers compatibility across the generational divide, but also seamless wireless audio provision for PC and Switch. 

Is the SteelSeries Arctis 7P worth $ / £, though? And is it worthy of being dubbed one of the best PS5 headsets already? My time with the headset indicates that: yes, it is.

Design & Features

Essential info

Type: Wireless
Microphone: Discord-certified, ClearCast, retractable, bidirectional
Compatibility: PS5, PS4, PC, Switch, Android
Controls: Mic mute, volume, self-mic volume
Impedance: 32 &#; (Ohm)
Frequency response: 20 - Hz

Even from the outside and the box, the headset oozes quality; it's a neat, narrow, and compact package, not a monster like some Razer headsets can come in. That isn't a big deal, obviously, but you know that this will be a headset that won't hog space as a result. 

Out of the box, the SteelSeries and Arctis line's quality is even more apparent. There's a sleek white (or black) design, and the build is robust and sturdy - but it also provides a headset that is light and comfy. The ski-goggle type headband is very comfortable and easy to adjust, but it can slide a little bit across the head as it doesn't actually clamp or hold on.

Meanwhile, the controls are spread across the two cups (which is low-key a good move on higher-end headsets that have more going on by default), with the power and volume slider for hearing your own voice on one side, and the mic, mic mute button, main volume, and dual USB ports - both micro and mini - on the left.

The retractable microphone is of excellent build-quality, too, while all the onboard controls are neat, tidy, and responsive. The bonus of a dial for the mic volume on your own voice is nice - though I never have it on - and the feature-set on PC will allow you to customise when you're playing on that platform.


The overall audio quality of the SteelSeries Arctis 7P is excellent, particularly in terms of it being crisp, clear, and detailed. The 40mm drivers do a great job of giving me Assassin's Creed Valhalla's music, voices (which are incredibly clear whatever game I'm in), environmental sounds, and much of the combat noises too. I would really like a bit more oomph at the bottom of the audio spectrum though - there's a noticeable lack of bass sometimes which can lead to an overwhelmingly alarming amount of treble that's being thrown straight into your brain. It can even make you wince and the lose richness and roundness of sound.

However, I should say this has not been a huge problem or concern but will be something to note for those who play online shooters (like The Division 2 where I noticed some lack of punch to gun noises) or booming-soundtrack or weapon-heavy single-player games such as Doom Eternal or the Wolfenstein series. 

The surround sound is great and does help in shooters like Apex Legends on PS5, but you will miss this a bit on PC. It perfectly fits into Sony's 3D Tempest Audio though, of course, and you can see its qualities on Sony's consoles. Both the PS5 and PS4, that is; I tried it across both and it does a bang-up job whatever system you're on.

The wireless nature of the headset is seamless in setup and stable, on the other hand, and the battery is very good indeed. I barely have to charge it up, and when I do, it doesn't take long. 

Finally, the fit is very comfortable and the adjustable ski-goggle headband makes it sit on the head pleasantly, while the cups are soft and gently hold the set against your ears.

Overall - should you buy it?

This is an excellent piece of kit, and if you're after a SteelSeries headset that covers you across both generations of console - and is a competent PC headset for gaming, not to mention a great Nintendo Switch headset - then this is it. In fact, it's a great early contender for top PS5 headsets this early in the PS5's lifecycle. 

Overall, the SteelSeries Arctis 7P is a great package for anyone looking to next-gen while also keeping their PS4. It's certainly worth your money, and I'm not sure there's any greater praise than that.

SteelSeries Arctis 7P review

A quality headset for anyone looking to get something PlayStation-centric with great - but not flawless - audio that won't break the bank.

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Available platformsPC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS5, Xbox Series X


I'm one of the Hardware Editors for GamesRadar+, and I take care of a whole host of gaming tech reviews, buying guides, and news and deals content that pops up across GamesRadar+. I'm also a qualified landscape and garden designer so do that in my spare time, and lean on it to write about games' landscapes and environments too.


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