With the age of streaming fully upon us, having a decent microphone setup is crucial to not only streaming, but also gaming success. Shouting at your teammates over a muffled microphone not only frustrates them, but will leave you without any friends by the end of the game.
But buying the best microphone for gaming can be difficult, and is highly dependent on what you want to get out of the microphone. That said, we’ve put together a review that does just that.
So, let’s have a look at the best microphones for gaming currently available and find the perfect one for you…
Top 10 Best Microphones For Gaming In 2021 Review
1 Samson G-Track Pro – Best Value for the Money USB Microphone for Gaming
Samson is known for its reliable, affordable audio products. And their G-Track Pro is one of their most versatile condenser microphones.
At a reasonable price, Samson offers a versatile set of features on the microphone that not only makes it great for gaming, but streaming, podcasts, or even recording instruments and vocals for music production.
Choose your pattern…
Less expensive condenser microphones often only record audio from the front, whilst blocking all noise coming from the sides and back. However, Samson offers you the option to switch between Cardioid, Omnidirectional, or Bidirectional recording, giving you the ultimate recording experience no matter the situation.
The microphone also has built-in mixing controls for on the fly adjustments, making it perfect for streaming.
The microphone is 100% plug and play, with high definition capabilities up to 24-Bit, 96kHz recording without driver installation. This gives you the option of recording high-quality audio for music production, or crystal-clear streams, because nothing is worse than watching a streamer with horrible microphone quality.
There is even a 1/8” output for direct, no latency monitoring for those who need that extra assurance that everything is running smoothly.
Built to last…
If all this isn’t enough to convince you what a great microphone this is, the durable die-cast zinc and heavy-gauge mesh grill, all nestled on top of a desktop stand, should seal the deal.
All of this comes in a reasonably priced package that sells for under $200! This puts it at the forefront as one of the best gaming microphones money can buy.
- Great quality recordings.
- Direct monitoring built-on board.
- No extra equipment comes with the microphone.
2 Audio-Technica AT2020USB+
Audio-Technica should be a familiar name to any audiophile. They are well known for making some of the best studio headphones in the business. But, for those who don’t know, they also make some pretty great microphones.
A USB option…
The AT2020USB+ is one of their USB microphones. Yes, you read that correctly, USB microphone. This means no 3.5mm jack, 1/4” or 1/8”. The microphone connects directly to your computer via USB. For some audiophiles, this might sound like a horrible idea, and you might be correct. But there is no denying the convenience that a USB output brings to the game.
This condenser microphone is perfect for any gamers that wish to quickly connect a microphone and get gaming or streaming as soon as possible.
Not the best option for vocal recording…
There are some sacrifices that need to be made with the USB input. The highest recording quality available is 16-Bit, 48kHz, which might disappoint people who want to use the microphone for vocal production for music.
However, for any other situation, this microphone is perfect. Podcasts, gaming, and streaming all work well due to streaming restrictions in quality.
The microphone has built-in controls to adjust your volume and presence whilst on the go. It also has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack for direct monitoring.
The microphone is quite expensive, which makes it even harder to recommend because of the fact that it doesn’t have a lot of versatility, and it can only be used on a computer with no analog outputs present.
However, if you’re interested in the XLR version of this microphone, check out our in-depth Audio Technica AT2020 review.
- Easy to use built-in controls.
- Direct monitoring through 3.5 mm jack.
- Lower quality recording.
3 Blue Yeti USB Microphone – Best Versatile Microphone for Gaming
Next, in our search for the Best Microphone for Gaming, we have Blue Microphones, who have quite the reputation. At the top of their list is the Yeti microphone. With countless 5-star reviews online, it should come as no surprise that this microphone has made it onto our list.
Plug and play…
Blue’s Yeti microphone is a condenser microphone that connects to your PC/laptop via USB. The USB connection is driverless; simply plug the microphone in and stream or game to your heart’s content.
It has three condenser capsules built-in, giving you four interchangeable polar patterns. This makes it perfect for podcasts, gaming, or streaming.
Stand and deliver…
The built-in desktop stand is solid, but if that isn’t your thing, Blue does offer additional stands or mounts that are compatible with the microphone. There is also gain control on the microphone itself so you can adjust your microphone volume whenever needed.
As with most USB microphones, quality is capped at 16Bit. 48kHz, which is great, but not excellent. For streaming or gaming, you don’t need more, but for serious audiophiles looking to record vocals for music, they might prefer recording at 24-Bit.
On the bottom, there is also a headphone jack for direct, no latency monitoring, if needed.
The Blue Yeti is considerably cheaper than the Audio-Technica, and considering the fact that they both can only record up to 16-Bit, 48kHz over a USB connection, there isn’t much difference between the two. This gives the Yeti a large advantage when comparing them.
Like the sound of this great mic from Blue? Well, if you want to find out more, check out our in-depth Blue Yeti review.
- Easy to use.
- Great sounding.
- Four Polar patterns.
- Not the highest recording quality.
4 Razer Seiren Emote Streaming Microphone – Most Stylish Microphone for Gaming
Razer never disappoints when it comes to quality and style. And their Seiren Emote streaming microphone has not only excellent audio quality but also some major style points.
Show your emotions…
Although there are no green highlights included, the sleek, black look still screams razor. The real gimmick here is the fact that under the microphone mesh is an 8-bit LED display that can express over 100 emoticons with an option to create custom ones.
This LED display can be linked with your streaming audience, allowing them to send emotes to the microphone whilst you are streaming.
This makes it perfect for streamers who want that extra level of interaction with their audience. However, if you are just a bedroom gamer who doesn’t care about streaming or stylistic gimmicks like this, there are cheaper options to choose from.
The microphone uses a hyper-cardioid to cancel out environmental noise, giving you a noise-free clarity that very few condenser microphones offer. Razer have also added a built-in high pass filter, which removes any low rumble when you are recording.
Being a USB microphone, it simply plugs into your computer without any fuss or drivers. That said, USB microphones are great for gaming and streaming, but are usually limited to 16-Bit, 48kHz audio quality making them less than optimal for vocal production for music.
- Great aesthetics with remote LED.
- Excellent sound.
- Not the highest quality recording.
5 MXL 770 Condenser Microphone – Best Value for the Money XLR Microphone for Gaming
The 770 is one of the more affordable microphones on the list. MXL offers great quality microphones at reasonable prices, which is why this one made it into our review.
It is a standard condenser microphone, which means you will need something that provides phantom power to get it going, such as an audio interface. However, you do get a shock-mount, but will need to purchase your own stand and a pop filter.
What MXL offers on the 770 is an excellent, balanced sounding microphone with a durable build that will likely last you a lifetime if looked after.
MXL added a custom -10dB attenuation switch, for those who get louder than usual on the microphone, especially in the heat of the moment (we’ve all experienced gamer rage to some extent.) There is also a bass frequency roll off, if you want to remove some low hums from the audio.
Practical, versatile, and affordable…
Being a standard condenser, you will only get audio picked up from the front of the microphone, which means position this microphone correctly is crucial to the quality of your recording. Condenser microphones work well for recording vocals, strings, and pianos.
Costing just over $100, this microphone offers some of the best performance to price ratios in our review.
- Can record high sample rates.
- Works well for musical instruments.
- Needs phantom power and/or an audio interface.
- Not as easy to setup.
6 Blue Snowball iCE USB Microphone – Best Plug and Play Microphone for Gaming
Blue’s second microphone, in our review, is a smaller microphone aimed at gamers on the go. The Snowball iCE might not have as many features as the Yeti, nor does it have the same audio quality, but what makes it better is its smaller size, portability, and ease of use. The Snowball iCE is the epitome of plug and play microphones.
The convenient tripod desk stand makes setting it up as easy as 1, 2, 3!
The microphone is a condenser with a cardioid polar pattern. There are no polar pattern switching options available, making it a one-trick pony.
Audio quality is great, and the performance is better than its small size might have you think. Unfortunately, recording is limited to 16Bit-44.1kHz sample rate, which makes it less than great for any music enthusiasts. For gaming or streaming, though, this is more than enough.
Excellent entry-level microphone option…
All that said, the microphone is the cheapest on the list so far, retailing for under 50$. This makes it perfect for streamers who are just starting out or on a tight budget. It’s also well suited to gamers who want a better microphone than what their current headset might provide.
Want to know more? No problem, simply take a look at our Blue Snowball Ice review.
- Easy to use.
- Super portable.
- Very affordable.
- Lower sample rate recording.
- Doesn’t sound as good as some of the more expensive microphones we’ve reviewed.
7 Samson Go Portable USB Condenser Microphone – Best Budget Microphone for Gaming
The Samson Go is also one of the most portable and smallest microphones on the list. The size of a wallet, the microphone can easily fit in any pocket or bag without any problems. It comes packed in a leather sleeve, protecting it not only from dust, but also from the inevitable amount of traveling it will endure.
If you’re a streamer or gamer on the go, looking for the perfect companion microphone, this is by far the best of the bunch.
Super cheap, sometimes even on sale for under $30, there is no reason not to consider this microphone.
With such a small size, you might expect a single polar direction, but Samson somehow got two in there. There is a standard polar cardioid pattern that picks up sound from the front, plus there is also an omnidirectional pattern for capturing sound in 360-degrees, perfect for doing a podcast with more than one person on the go.
Latency free monitoring…
There is also a 1/8’ audio output for direct monitoring, something that is scarce on a microphone this size and price.
Audio quality is good but not great, with a sample rate of 16Bit-44.1kHz.
- Small and portable.
- Easy to use.
- Sounds great.
- Lower sample rate recording.
8 Neewer NW-700 – Best Affordable Studio Microphone for Gaming
Neewer’s NW-700 is a more traditional “studio” condenser microphone, but with a very affordable price tag. However, a condenser microphone without a USB-input will require you to purchase an audio interface to provide the microphone with phantom power. So that will cost extra if you don’t already own one.
What you do get though is a scissor arm, pop filter, clamping kit with a shock mount, and XLR cables to connect the microphone to an audio interface or another device.
Excellent quality for the price point…
The quality on this microphone is not what we would call ‘pro’ studio-grade, but it still surpasses all expectations at their price.
If you are a musician just starting out and want to record some instruments like a guitar or violin, this condenser microphone is a great start. The same goes for any vocals, including those for music, spoken word, narration, or podcasts.
The bedroom musician’s favorite…
This microphone is great if you’re not a fan of USB microphones, or if you are a bedroom musician on a tight budget.
Recording quality will most likely be up to the audio interface you are using and how much power you provide to the microphone, which does make it a little bit more difficult to work with. Therefore, if plug and play is important, then sticking with USB microphones might be a better option for you.
- High sample rate recording possible.
- Versatile and practical.
- Not easy to setup.
- Requires phantom power and/or audio interface.
9 HyperX QuadCast – Best Dedicated Microphone for Gaming
HyperX is one of the best gaming equipment manufacturers in the market. And their headphone range is one of the best money can buy. The QuadCast is compatible with PS4, PC, and Mac. It is a USB microphone, which makes it easy to use. Included with the microphone is an anti-shock mount.
There are four selectable polar patterns, enough to suit any situation thrown at the microphone. There is also a built-in gain control on the microphone for on the fly adjustments. The microphone can also easily be muted with a tap on the top of the microphone.
Made for gaming…
The highest quality the microphone can record is 16Bit-48kHz, more than enough for streaming or gaming, but not the best if you want to record vocals for music, but that isn’t what this microphone was designed for.
The microphone does a superb job of isolating your voice, and the shock mount helps keep any bumps or vibrations from the surface or knocks at bay.
A great match…
The red LED’s look absolutely stunning and will match the rest of your gaming gear. If you already own any HyperX products like the HyperX Cloud Alpha or X headphones, the microphone will match the aesthetic perfectly.
- Reputable gaming brand.
- Specifically built for gaming.
- Great aesthetics.
- Easy to use.
- Lower sample rate recording.
10 Antlion Audio ModMic Wireless Attachable Boom Microphone for Headphones – Best Wireless Microphone for Gaming
Coming to the end of our search for the Best Microphone for Gaming, we have an alternative solution. This is a great option for those who don’t want a separate microphone from your headphones, but already have a pair of headphones you like the sound of. However, those headphones either don’t have a microphone or have horrible microphone quality.
This is a stand-alone microphone that attaches to your over-ear headphones. It attaches easily using a magnet, making it easy to remove as well.
Choice of polar patterns…
The microphone uses Qualcomm’s aptX technology for a low-latency, hi-res audio quality. There is also a toggle option between two different polar patterns. One is a single direction, noise-canceling microphone, and the other is an omnidirectional option. Both of these can record with sample rates of up to 16Bit-48kHz.
The microphones easy usability and high portability makes it perfect for gamers or streamers on the go, looking for an easy to carry and set-up microphone wherever they may be gaming.
The microphone can connect to Windows PCs, Macs, and PlayStation 4’s. However, connecting to a PS4 will require you to purchase a Bluetooth receiver, so bear that in mind.
However, this microphone isn’t cheap, at just over $100. This makes it difficult to recommend over some of the other microphones we’ve reviewed, but considering the excellent portability and inclusion of the aptX Bluetooth codec, it does have a market.
- Portable and small.
- Great for gaming.
- Easy to use.
Best Microphone for Gaming Buying Guide
Buying the right microphone might seem easy, but can quickly turn into a mission when you realize there are a lot of great microphones out there. Plus, these are not only available from famous brands, but also from smaller, lesser-known brands at a fraction of the cost of the larger brand names.
The first thing to consider when buying a microphone is…
What will you be using it for?
If you are using the microphone for gaming exclusively, you won’t need a slew of different recording options, which means having a polar pattern switch is useless. All you need is a good sounding condenser microphone.
If you will be doing podcasts and only have cash for one microphone, having options is important. An omnidirectional polar pattern can pick up sound coming from all around the room. While some microphones have bi-directional polar patterns, which pick up back and front, perfect for two people having a conversation.
USB or analog?
Another thing to consider is whether to buy a USB or an analog microphone. One is easy to use, requires less equipment, but comes with lower recording quality and less versatility.
If you are a musician and want a good set up, buying a decent audio interface with a somewhat reputable condenser microphone like Neewer’s NW-700 will get you better quality than any of the USB microphones.
However, if you just want to plug your microphone in and start streaming or gaming, this route won’t benefit you, since some setup and an external power source is needed. USB microphones are the answer here. Just plug them in, and there are no drivers or extra setup needed.
All in all, there are some really great microphones, no matter the price range. It’s, therefore, more important to consider whether you want a USB microphone or an analog microphone.
Looking for more excellent microphone options?
Then check out our reviews of the Best USB Microphones, the Best Microphones for Recording Rap Vocals, the Best Microphones for Youtube, the Best Condenser Microphones, the Best IOS Microphones, the Best Vocal Mics, as well as the Best Dynamic Microphones you can buy in 2021.
So, what is the Best Microphone for Gaming?
Our top pick is the…
The Blue’s Yeti is a close second, but because of the higher sample rate recordings, we had to give it to Samson. This microphone can do it all. Record vocals, podcasts, or instruments with ease and at high sample rates.
It also retails for a great price and is well worth the buy. If you are a gamer, streamer, or musician, this microphone will bring you a lot of fun and fantastic results.