There’s nothing quite like the added vocal clarity offered by the best gaming microphone, whether you’re streaming, recording your own podcast, or you just want everyone to comment on your velvety voice when playing your favourite multiplayer games. And since we’re spending more time indoors on Discord and Zoom than ever before, now is the ideal time to upgrade and cut out all that background noise.
Even the best gaming headset, the Razer BlackShark V2, which boasts a particularly clean mic for an all-in-one solution, can’t keep up with a dedicated microphone. After all, these products are designed from the ground up to capture your voice as close to the way it sounds in real life as possible. Better yet, they’re becoming more affordable and accessible, with many falling below the $100 price tag and ditching some of the faff required to set them up.
XLR microphones are still the go-to if you don’t want to compromise on sound quality, but the popularity and prevalence of plug-and-play USB microphones mean you no longer need to be an audio engineer to take the leap as these cut out the need for separate interfaces entirely. We have a selection of both types in our list of best gaming microphones, and a buyer’s guide to help you through what you’ll need to get started.