Best USB Microphones for PlayStation 4 Android Central 2021

The ever-rising popularity of streaming comes with a lot of competition. You'll need a great personality to set yourself apart, but you'll also need some reliable equipment. Mediocre microphones are a sure way to lose viewers. To up your game and get the best of the best without breaking the bank, you have your choice of several USB microphones that will give you crystal clear audio when streaming from your PS4.

Multipurpose: Blue Yeti USB Microphone

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It doesn't get much better for streamers than the Blue Yeti. It's affordable, it picks up high-quality audio from four different recording patterns, and it features zero-latency headphone output through a 3.5mm jack so that you can listen to exactly what you're recording. Getting the perfect sounding audio with impeccable control has never been so easy.

For beginners: Blue Snowball USB Microphone

The Blue Snowball is like the Yeti's younger sibling. It still gives you great audio quality at a low cost and is well-suited for PS4 streaming, it just has fewer pickup patterns for recording, making it less versatile if you ever wanted to use it for other means. This is the perfect microphone for new beginners.

All about gaming: Razer Seiren X

Razer is known for its gaming peripherals, and the company's Razer Seiren X microphone was specifically designed with game streaming in mind. It also features zero-latency monitoring like the Yeti, and it comes with a built-in shock absorber to mitigate vibrations that may occur from hitting your desk after one too many deaths in your favorite game.

Front panel mixer: Samson G-Track Pro

The Samson G-Track Pro is one of the more expensive microphones on the list, but it still won't cost you an arm and a leg. This one features three pickup recording patterns and the front of the microphone sports a front panel mixer to control your volume and various sound levels.

One pickup pattern: Audio-Technica ATR2500x

Audio-Technica's ATR2500x USB microphone may be the least versatile on this list with only one pickup pattern for recording audio (cardioid), but that's really all you'll need when streaming from your PlayStation 4. Plus it reduces the chance of picking up any unwanted sounds that may occur.

Internal pop filter: HyperX Quadcast Microphone

For HyperX's first foray into gaming microphones, the company made a great one. Sure the bright red LED lighting just screams stereotypical gamer, but what it lacks in style is makes up for in features. It sports an internal pop filter, anti-vibration shock mount, and four polar pickup patterns for all of your recording needs.

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If you ask a group of streamers which microphone they use, you'll likely hear Blue Yeti or Blue Snowball. These are at the top of every list for a reason: They work well, they're affordable, and they're useful for recording a lot more than just streaming commentary. You'll easily get your money's worth and then some by picking one up.

You don't necessarily need to shell out more money for another product, though. If Blue's offerings don't quite cut it for you, there are other options to choose from that should suit your needs like the Audio-Technica ATR2500. The company specializes in audio and sound equipment, and it has years of experience under its belt crafting the best possible products.

And if you're looking for something specifically designed with game streaming in mind, the Razer Seiren X is for you. Razer is a brand name in the gaming sphere that consistently releases quality products, and you can be rest assured that the company tested this out with real streamers to gather feedback before putting it on the market.

If you're looking to pad out your streaming setup even more, there are plenty of other items you should consider.

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