We're all well aware at this point that Microsoft is hard at work
on fixing some of the less desirable elements of the Xbox One. A topic that hasn't received much notice lately, despite initial disappointment, is issues surrounding the Xbox One's headset.
It's not that there are any problems with the headset itself. In fact, the audio quality in chat is crisp, and the headset is totally functional. No, the problem was twofold: One, there wasn't a stereo headset so that you could enjoy game audio in all its glory, and two, because of the new jack on Xbox One controllers, old headsets were not going to be compatible with the new system.
Today, Microsoft has revealed two bits of welcome news. First, an Xbox One Stereo Headset is on the horizon.
We'll let Microsoft explain the features of the new headset:
Releasing across Xbox One markets worldwide in early March, the Stereo Headset will offer a premium audio experience for both game and chat audio. Offering a full-range (20Hz – 20kHz) audio spectrum to ensure fans can enjoy the deepest bass and the clearest high frequencies, the Stereo Headset will also feature a unidirectional microphone for clear voice capture and over-the-ear speakers to keep you comfortable during long sessions with your Xbox One. The Xbox One Stereo Headset will ship with a detachable Stereo Headset Adapter that puts all of the audio controls right at your fingertips. You can balance the game and chat audio levels to hear just what you want, control the master volume, and mute the microphone each with the touch of a button.
Second, an adapter will also be released that will allow your old stereo headsets to work with the One. Simply plug the adapter into the One controller, then plug your headset in and you should be good to go. Microsoft has released quite a bit of information on connecting your old headset here
. They also released details as to those headsets that will not
The following headsets are not compatible with the Adapter:
-Tritton Warhead headset
-Tritton Primer headset
The Xbox 360 Wireless Headset and Xbox 360 Wireless Bluetooth Headset are not compatible with the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter. Nor will headsets with the 2.5-mm connector illustrated below work with the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter due to the format of the connector:
The adapter and the Stereo Headset will start to ship worldwide in early March. The Xbox One Stereo Headset will be available for $79.99, and the Stereo Headset Adapter will be available for $24.99.