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Arctis 3 Bluetooth Winner, Best Headset for Switch — Polygon

the perfect headset for everywhere you game. Connect to all of your game systems including Switch, PS4, Xbox, and PC via the 3.5mm cable while simultaneously mixing in VoIP chat, phone calls, and music wirelessly over Bluetooth.

  • Simultaneous wired and Bluetooth audio
  • Perfect for Nintendo Switch Chat and Discord
  • ClearCast, the best mic in gaming
  • Ultra-low distortion S1 speaker drivers

Included for free

Total value:$59.97
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Wired for gaming. Bluetooth for life. Simultaneously.

Arctis 3 Bluetooth is the perfect headset for everywhere you game. Connect to all of your game systems including Switch, PS4, Xbox, and PC via the 3.5mm cable while simultaneously mixing in VoIP chat, phone calls, and music wirelessly over Bluetooth.

  • nintendo-switch-lineNintendo Switch
  • ps4-controller-line-drawingPS4
  • xbox-controller-line-drawingXbox One
  • pc-line-drawingPC and Mac
  • vr-line-drawingVRVirtual Reality
  • nintendo-switch-lineNintendo Switch
iphone-line-drawingMobile Device

For everywhere and every way you game

Remarkable sound, comfort and style on all gaming platforms, including PC, PlayStation, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, VR and mobile.

Perfect for Nintendo Switch

Bluetooth connects wirelessly to the Switch chat mobile app, and the wired connection delivers game audio.

Chat outside the box

Sync up with friends on Discord or other VoIP clients over Bluetooth while gaming wired to your PS4 or Xbox ONE controller.

The Best Mic in Gaming

The ClearCast mic delivers studio-quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation with its proprietary bidirectional design.

Broadcast Quality

To produce broadcast-quality sound ClearCast picks up and reproduces an extended range of high frequencies, making your voice sound remarkably natural.

See how we did it

True Acoustic Noise Cancellation

The bidirectional ClearCast microphone rejects background noise better than all other gaming mics without the need for any software or DSP. Clean, noise-free audio for all platforms.

Award-Winning Arctis Audio

Acclaimed like no other: renowned for its low distortion, balanced audio that sounds amazing on all platforms and content.

Low Harmonic Distortion

Every Arctis headset includes the same speaker drivers we use in our $300 flagship headset to create a realistic and detailed sound with ultra low distortion that rivals headphones that cost triple the price.

Balanced, Detailed Audio

No two games sound alike, which is why we tuned Arctis to have a balanced soundscape that delivers high quality audio on all of your favorite games, music, and entertainment no matter your platform.

Looking Good Never Felt So Good

With its lightweight construction, innovative suspension design, and athletics-inspired fabrics, Arctis is the most comfortable headset in gaming.

Ski Goggle Headband

The exclusive ski goggle suspension headband perfectly contours across your entire head, comfortably distributing the weight and eliminating pressure points.

AirWeave Performance Fabric

Arctis headsets feature athletics-inspired performance fabric AirWeave ear cushions to keep your ears cool and dry.




  • Wired via 3.5 mm analog
  • Wireless via Bluetooth
  • SteelSeries 7.1 Surround
  • SteelSeries Engine 3 support

Nintendo Switch

  • Wired via 3.5 mm analog


  • Wired via 3.5 mm analog


  • Wired via 3.5 mm analog


  • Wired via 3.5 mm analog
  • Wireless via Bluetooth


  • Wireless via Bluetooth
  • Wired via 3.5 mm analog

Speaker Drivers

Neodymium Drivers

40 mm

Headphone Frequency Response

20–22000 Hz

Headphone Sensitivity


Headphone Impedance

32 Ohm

Headphone Total Harmonic Distortion

< 3%

Headphone Volume Control

On Ear Cup


Microphone Frequency Response


Microphone Pattern


Microphone Sensitivity

-48 db

Microphone Impedance

2200 Ohm

Microphone Location


Microphone Mute Toggle

On Ear Cup


Cable Connections

4-pole, 3.5 mm; Dual 3.5 mm for PC

Cable Length(s)

1.2 m; 3 m / 3.9 ft; 9.8 ft

Bluetooth Version


Bluetooth Profiles


Wireless Range

10 m / 30 ft

Battery Life

Active listening time: 28 hours

Box Content

Product Information Guide

Arctis 3 Bluetooth Headset

Main Cable

Dual 3.5mm Extension Cable

3.5mm 4-Pole Adapter

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use the wired audio and Bluetooth at the same time?

Yes, use the 3.5mm wired connection to a console controller, PC, Nintendo Switch...etc, and pair the Bluetooth connection to a mobile device. Audio from both sources is mixed together in the headset. The microphone signal automatically switches over to Bluetooth whenever a call is initiated.

How does the Arctis 3 Bluetooth headset work for Nintendo Switch chat?

The 3.5mm cable gets connected to the Switch tablet to receive game audio, and the headset’s Bluetooth is used to connect to the Nintendo Switch chat app on a mobile device. The game and chat audio is automatically mixed together in the headset. Only a single cable is needed for a super clean setup.

Why should I use a wired connection for gaming if the headset has wireless Bluetooth?

Bluetooth is a convenient wireless technology for streaming audio from a mobile device and for communications, but it isn’t ideal for gaming. Latency can be rather long, which means you will always hear your audio slightly later than you see the visuals on screen. Also, when using chat functionality Bluetooth limits the frequency range available, so audio loses some fidelity. Having wired audio for gaming ensures zero latency and maximum sound quality. Bottom line: wired game audio and Bluetooth chat is an ideal setup for a variety of platforms.

Does the headset need to be turned on to use the wired connection?

No, headset power is only used for Bluetooth connections. The 3.5mm wired audio can be used on its own with zero battery consumption.

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