Xbox One delivers premium voice quality via hardware improvements and Skype’s audio codec

Today we want to share some details about the incredible voice chat improvements made to Xbox One and how these changes will enhance your communication with the Xbox One Chat Headset on the console.

Thanks to integration with Skype’s audio codec, which has a proven track record of high-quality voice through billions of hours of use within Skype, as well as dedicated audio processing (for Xbox One conversations via Skype and multiplayer party chats), Xbox One offers higher quality voice chat with the Xbox One Chat Headset compared to Xbox 360—whether you’re chatting in-game or through party chat with Skype on Xbox One.

But the improvements don’t stop there. The Xbox One Wireless Controller’s new expansion port dramatically expands the data transfer rate between the controller and console. Combined with Skype’s audio codec, this enables crystal-clear digital audio with the Xbox One Chat Headset, both capturing and rendering speech at 24 KHz PCM, which is triple the rendering sample rate and a 50 percent capture rate improvement over Xbox 360 headsets. And, as we shared before, the Xbox One Chat Headset comes with every Xbox One console.

But don’t just take our word for it. Listen to this short sample for yourself:

We think gamers will immediately notice the improvement here—whether it’s through crystal clear in-game chats over the Xbox One Chat Headset, through the sound of crisper conversations taking place over Skype or with your multiplayer party chat.

We can’t wait for you to hear the improvements first-hand in a couple months.

*Voice chat requires Xbox Live. In-game voice chat and Skype require an Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately).

Cross posted on Xbox Wire

Comments

  • Riddick Snipes

    I can only hear the 360 sample.

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  • http://about.me/chuck.yoder Chuck Yoder

    Still sore that you took Video Kinect -> PC/Windows Messenger integration away on the 360 and didn’t replace it with Skype. Half the reason I bought a Kinect in the first place.

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  • http://www.petergore.net/ Peter Gore

    Loving your work!!! Looking forward to better quality skype!!!

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  • Timothy Hames

    thats cool, but please tell me what free game with gold are coming out for next month.

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  • Ivanx360xpira

    The difference is noticeable…though I think it´d still possible to enable crosschat between both plataforms…

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    • Jorge Garza

      OMG that would be amazing!

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      • roozbeh, again

        confirmed not happening.😦

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      • Ivanx360xpira

        I´m not the guy that LIKE to chat during a game session…but I know a lot of people that plays only with chat enabled…I fear that this could create two isolated communities…that would be bad…

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      • roozbeh, again

        very bad.
        ‘nods head up&down’

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      • menzlo

        How is it not already two isolated communities. You can’t play games together, either. You can still send game invites and text messages though.

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      • arrow2010

        Guess what the PS3 will be an isolated community from PS4 as well.

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    • cris178

      I thin it’s because the X1 had a whole studio working to get Skype onboard as the audio chat. The 360 had it’s own audio chat. Texting on the 360 used WLM which is cross compatible with Skype.

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  • http://aiusepsi.co.uk aiusepsi

    Is that SILK or Opus? I assume by “Skype’s audio codec” you mean SILK. If so, it’s a bit odd to go with that when the more future-proof choice is Opus.

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  • Vince

    Major, having no competitive multiplayer in Ryse is a big mistake.

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    • joeljfischer

      That’s Crytek. Not the community manager of Xbox. Also, they can’t include a mode in 2 months.

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    • ThtJstHapnd

      MajorNelson is not the one you need to be expressing this to.

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    • roozbeh, again

      I wonder if that is a voice improvement.
      yeah i did a does not equal

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    • Joddington

      Not all games need competitive mp modes; I’m happy that they haven’t. My only wish is that the co-op could have more than 2 players which I believe its currently limited to.

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    • martin_m95

      hes just a messenger

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      • Jaymoon

        *paid shill hypeman

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    • Does Not Equal

      You’ll be able to hear everyone better, though.

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  • roozbeh, again

    wow that is a awesome improvement.
    but why did you pick seashells, seashells on the seashore as your example?

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    • bickle2

      It’s a standard audio test phrase. S is a hard letter for compression to render, there’s a lot going on in it

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      • roozbeh, again

        well why not this one
        silly sally supposedly sucks

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      • martin_m95

        or this one
        peter piper picked a peck of packled peppers

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      • roozbeh, again

        S’s man. no P’s.
        why does that sound so weird?

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      • bickle2

        Because its been in use for about as long as there’s been audio recording

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      • roozbeh, again

        i didnt know that. thanks for telling me

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  • roozbeh, again

    off topic
    i posted this in another thread but this deserves to be heard
    http://www.ign com/articles/2013/08/28/microsoft-may-be-considering-a-digital-game-resale-marketplace

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    • menzlo

      I logged in just to downvote you.

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      • roozbeh, again

        achievement unlocked. 0G
        I have nothing better to do…

        login just to downvote someone

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      • martin_m95

        that achievement should be negative G actually

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      • roozbeh, again

        its a representation of his bordem.

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    • Dylan

      If I posted that, I would have gotten blasted by posting a CBOAT leak

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      • roozbeh, again

        not really. you would actually get very praised in my view
        but why do you even care about downvotes?

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      • Dylan

        Not downvotes, Nick Peck and them “WAAAH CBOAT ISN”T REPUTABLE WAAAAAAH”

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      • roozbeh, again

        now your asking for a downvote in my view.
        but i dont do downvotes

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      • Dylan

        Okay. At least you didn’t log in to just downvote one person haha

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      • roozbeh, again

        i dont do them downvotes. i find them stupid

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      • roozbeh, again

        plus i never got to tell you that sony considered a digital download only machine.

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  • bickle2

    You need to include both codecs so we can still chat with people on 360.

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  • Joddington

    You can definitely notice the difference between the ‘s’ and ‘sh’ sounds. Still waiting to hear though how existing 360 non-MS headsets (TBs or Tritons etc) will be implemented on the One or if there will be non-MS sets specifically for the One. Kinect voice and the single ear headset are no good for my gaming environment.

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    • evilfangs .

      You can buy TB Xbox one headsets for next gen or you can wait and hope Microsoft do continue to make that adapter so we can use our current TB Xbox 360 headsets.

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      • Joddington

        Yes wired ones; last time I checked TB hadn’t announced wireless XOne headsets

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  • Joel

    What about the GPU Larry? Freaking weak sauce!!!

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    • roozbeh, again

      here. confirmed.

      http://www.extremetech com/gaming/164934-xbox-one-bus-bandwidths-graphics-capabilities-and-odd-soc-architecture-confirmed-by-microsoft

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      • Joel

        weak as hell, im going gaming pc this gen.

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      • Xenokai

        PC has always been more powerful even back since consoles started. No diffrence going pc now or back in 2005 when 360 released. lol Reason people still love consoles is that there long term and cheap with no worry of needeing a upgrade to keep up with other people framerates. Gaming pc is more short term in that regard and exspensive. I see people all the time spend a good $800 on a custom built gaming pc with better cpu/gpu then the consoles and have to upgrade to play newer games that consoles are still playing silky smooth a year or so later. Consoles are just way more convienient for games, without the clutter of a fluctuating resource hogging OS.

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      • arrow2010

        Yeah Windows 7 can’t compare to the triple-OS the XBONE is running.

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      • roozbeh, again

        and still win 7 doesnt have dx11.2

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      • roozbeh, again

        i heard the same stuff back at ’05.
        keep telling yourself that.

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      • Joel

        2005 the gpus in consoles were top of the line compared to PCs then, these arent even midrange. both Xbone and PS4 should have 7990 cards in them at the bare minimum.

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      • roozbeh, again

        which would be obsolete in let me guess a year right?

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      • arrow2010

        PC master race strikes again…

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      • roozbeh, again

        the elitist b@stards strike again. even though they know consoles will sell more

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    • Does Not Equal

      I don’t think you can hear the GPU on either headset.

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  • Boss

    So I can use Skype to talk to my girlfriend on her iPad while I’m on Xbox One?

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    • roozbeh, again

      yes

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    • evilfangs .

      Now you never have to leave your room and visit her in her room🙂

      GAME ON!

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      • roozbeh, again

        cyber-relationship? what about the sexual stuff?

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      • Jason Boyd

        Xbox One: Taking anti-social behavior to the next generation.

        lol

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      • roozbeh, again

        Xbox One: Taking anti-social behavior to the next generation and beyond.

        I think that could be a marketing tactic

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      • Jason Boyd

        LOL, it would probably do well with all the hipsters.

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      • http://instantnyc12.tumblr.com/ Terrence Aybar

        Xbox One: Play with others online. Ignore them completely in the physical world.

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      • Boss

        Haha I was addicted to COD:4 would always pick that over seeing her the same thing might happen with Titanfall

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      • Nitemare

        NO YOU WERE NOT ADDICTED TO ANYTHING EXCEPT FOR LIES~!!!!!!!!

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      • Boss

        OKAY HAHAHA The only people who lie are the ones who type everything in CAPS

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      • Nitemare

        HAHAHAHA EVERYONE KNOWS YOU AS A LIER FROM WHEN I EXPOSED YOU TWO BLOGS AGO, NOBODY BELIEVES A WORD YOU SAY YOU LIER!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Nitemare

      HAHAHAHAHA LIES LIES AND MORE LIES!!!!!!! SURE YOU HAVE GIRLFRIEND VIRGINLIER, SURRRRRRRRRRRRRE

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      • Boss

        You’re right I’ve got several don’t trust no girl why do you think I’ve got so many for when my third one leaves I’b calling number four

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      • Nitemare

        HAHAHAHAHA BRAGGING ABOUT HAVING ‘GIRLFRIENDS’ ON AN XBOX BLOG, IMPRESSING SOME RIGHT GEEKS AROUND HERE AREN’T YA? HARD GUY, STICK TO LYING, IT’S THE ONLY THING YOU DO RIGHT

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  • https://twitter.com/#!/BeeDizz BeeDizz

    Definitely a BIG difference between those 2. But chat on my 360 doesn’t sound nearly as bad as this example.

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    • roozbeh, again

      maybe its the mic that is in the box.

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    • guest

      on the 360, regular game chat is really awful. it’s the party chat that’s good.

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  • Chris Read

    Was this recorded via Kinect? or the headset?

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    • Nick Peck

      headset

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  • Jermaine Johnson

    Worthy improvement in quality

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  • avi

    nice quality on the xbox one

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    • Nick Peck

      That is a night and day difference no doubt.

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  • guest

    is this the party chat version or the regular game chat version? because on the 360, the party chat version was significantly better than regular game chat.

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    • Nitemare

      LIER, WHY BOTHER EVEN MAKING THIS POST YOU SILLY LIER, WHY DON’T YOU MAKE MORE LIES INSTEAD

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  • A_Wise_Man

    I don’t always improve my console

    But when I do..

    The Sony Fanboys don’t like it.

    Keep improving my friends.

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    • roozbeh, again

      dos equis and xbox. best combo ever.
      thanks most interesting man in the world.

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    • JuanCabrera

      They like it, but they are regretting their PS4 preorders more and more.

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      • Dave Michael

        no regrets whatsoever on my PS4 preorder

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      • roozbeh, again

        no one will have regrets on what they preorder. they will have regrets for not buying the other consoles

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      • Dylan

        I didn’t regret not buying a PS3. Bought it 5 years later, so worth it getting all the exclusives for cheap, the console was inexpensive, perfect.

        Now I’ll do the same, except getting Xbox One much later. I can play Dead Rising 3, 3-4 (maybe even 2) years from now.

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      • roozbeh, again

        i think the xbox one will be cheaper a bit faster in comparison to the ps3. that thing took 2 years to get down in price. xbox one will probably do it in a year

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      • Dylan

        Then that’s when I’ll be getting it. 500 is too much for me. I’ll listen to Don Mattrick for now and keep my 360

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      • roozbeh, again

        im doing the same. 500$ is too much for me too swallow

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      • Timothy Hames

        Yea I think 300 is about the right price point for me.

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      • Dave Michael

        same here. I’ll get an Xbox One when the price drops from the ridiculous $500 and when they eventually release one without the Kinect (yes, I don’t care what Penello says, it WILL happen).

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      • JuanCabrera

        I mean for those who had to choose between one or the other and went with PS4 instead.

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    • Dave Michael

      completely neutral article about voice chat improvements….and some idiot has to mention “sony fanboys” again. Jesus, just drop it already and enjoy the console.

      Just today on IGN they posted this news about voice chat as well. The majority of Xbox fan comments are just bitching about Sony, their earbud, and indie games again. Coming from an Xbox and Xbox360 owner, it’s making Xbox gamers look really immature.

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      • roozbeh, again

        believe me even the sony guys do it.
        gotta think how these fanboys even find time to play

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      • Chris Grub

        It’s crazy but some people attach their identity and self worth to the console. Just liken it to CocaCola vs Pepsi – just pick the one you like, and enjoy it.

        It’s like a religious cult trying to preach.

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  • Xboner2013

    Voice and video quality has to improve so NSA’s software has an easier time going through the data and categorizing and searching your conversation.

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    • evilfangs .

      Bit paranoid aren’t we?

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      • Xboner2013

        A bit out of the loop aren’t we?

        I heard the Flat Earth Society is taking new members too.

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      • evilfangs .

        Mate you’re on the INTERNET being paranoid about people watching you.

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      • Xboner2013

        Mate, you are talking nonsense. They are already doing it… now if you want to believe the Earth is flat, hey that is your business… just don’t try and convince me of that foolishness.

        Yeah the US government is chasing a guy around the world because the information he is giving is false…. haha.

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      • roozbeh, again

        lets take your paranoia to the next level then.
        if the us government is doing it. which i know they are. then throw every piece of electronics out of the window. destroy your hard drive. and go live in a cave.
        problem solved

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      • LarZen

        Let’s not bully the man, paranoia is a real sickness and can be quite so life changing if struck hard.

        I however feel he is not that deep down the rabbits hole as he is online AND using Discus…that is the world biggest commenting system. Probably monitored by a bunch of systems 24/7😛

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      • Nick Peck

        You have no idea how much data your cellphone spits out when you aren’t using it lol. How much location data on pictures, gps, txt’s… really if you are the paranoid type, I sell TOP OF THE LINE Tinfoil hats. Honestly, they are second to none. I even offer 2nd day air S/H for free.

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      • evilfangs .

        WHAT!? This is my tin foil hat business you’re trying to muscle in here.🙂

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      • Nick Peck

        😀 Ok ok, we can split the US, you get west half and I’ll get the east???

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      • Chisox4ever

        AS long as I get to keep the South because business is good.

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      • roozbeh, again

        what about up north? can i have it?

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    • EighteenCharacters

      Nah, the NSA will use your cellphone if they want to track you. Why eavesdrop in one room when they can watch, listen, and track your wrongdoings no matter where you go…? If you’re going to be paranoid, go all out.

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      • Xboner2013

        “track your wrongdoings no matter where you go”

        Only if you allow someone to.

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    • roozbeh, again

      what would they want to listen to? gamers insulting other gamers? some idiot saying pwnage in child ops daily? kids screaming?

      what ever happened to common sense?

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      • Pete

        Like they say… The problem with common sense, it’s not very common.

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      • Timothy Hames

        The problem is now with the Justen Kid from Leg of Lengends going to Jail for saying something Stupid the fear is their more then ever.

        The NSA thing will always be in the back of peoples minds. They just came out and said 75% of all Us internet traffic is monitored, and one supenda from the Pariot act will allow for the collection of data.

        Watch Dogs is a game based on an idea of Hacking, reminding me that no system is safe that has intry points. Wether its the NSA or a hacker group the fear is still there.

        * the only way to stop it though is to be completly off the gird- FYI

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  • Stereotypical_White_Fella

    So ready to get my day one edition, need it..gotta have it

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  • tigertomspill

    really nice was waiting to hear the diffrence between the two. This is a vast improvment over the last generation…

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  • Landsharkk

    Cross-platform chat using the Xbox One.

    Now while playing Xbox One you can chat with anyone anywhere in the world using any device that supports Skype, which is pretty much every smartphone, desktop, laptop, and tablet.

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    • LarZen

      Yeah I think this is pretty cool. Allot of my friends play only on PC and we usually sit on Skype at nights just talking while we game. Now if I want to play some games on the Xbox I can still chat with them.

      I think that’s really nice🙂

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  • The Yankee

    Chat is terrible on the 360 mic. However once you own a pair of good cans it really improves everything. I went from some to Turtle beach, to the PX5 and now the Tritton Warheads….to me total worth it specially late night gaming when I want to immerse myself and not wake up the wife!!! BTW only a sucker would be pay full retail for Trittons..paid 110.00 with shipping …gotta love ebay!!

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  • Calmosity

    Good. We are in 2013 not 1999. I hope the dashboard will be smooth and fast as well and the apps won’t crash.

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