Xbox One Stereo Headset and Headset Adapter Details

Today, we’re announcing a pair of new audio device options for Xbox One.

Xbox One Stereo Headset Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter

First up, the all-new Xbox One Stereo Headset. The Stereo Headset pairs a premium, full-range (20Hz – 20kHz) audio experience with a unidirectional microphone taking advantage of Xbox One’s Skype-powered chat audio codec. Included in the package is 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, control the master volume, and mute the microphone.

The Xbox One Stereo Headset does not use separate batteries and is passively powered through the Wireless Controller. Additionally, headset is compatible with mobile devices, tablets and PC/Mac.

The Xbox One Stereo Headset will cost $79.99 (MSRP). [Microsoft Store]

For Xbox fans that already have a favorite set of stereo gaming headphones, we’re happy to reveal that the Stereo Headset Adapter will also ship separately. Plug your compatible headset into the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter to chat with your fellow players, and enjoy the convenient volume controls right on the adapter. For more details on the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter, please visit xbox.com/xboxone/compatibleheadsets.

The Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter will cost $24.99 (MSRP.) [Microsoft Store]

Both will be available in Xbox One markets worldwide in early March.

 

I’ve seen a lot of questions about what will / won’t work. Here is an easy way to think about it:

  • Legacy gaming headsets get game audio from the back of the console from the S/PDIF port.  Get chat audio by connecting the 2.5mm chat cable to the adapter,
  • New Xbox One headsets – get chat and stereo directly from the adapter.  No need to connect anything to the console.
  • Any 3.5mm stereo headset (that uses the CTIA plug standard) can get stereo game audio by plugging into the adapter.

Comments

  • Sanpei

    $80 for this headset ?? I understand now, why you dont provide standart connections….

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    • ikari_paul

      standard connection!?!? how would M$ be able to shaft & rob you then? huh?! dreamers, pfff

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    • Guest

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  • David Do0M

    Hey Larry, what can you tell us about an Xbox One wireless headset? Please tell me one is in the works.. SO tired of the cords. I feel like I’m back in 2005 lol. A chatpad work also be nice. Just Sayin.

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  • mcmax3000

    I first skimmed through that post, and thought that the headset adapter was going to cost $80. As someone who owns a third party headset, I almost had a heart attack.

    $25 is a bit more than I had been expecting, but it’s reasonable enough that I’ll spend the money.

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  • Dalibor Kollár

    I prefer Sennheiser, thank you very much.
    $24.99 for an adapter? I guess it will cost 24.99EUR in Euroland..😦

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  • Jason Williams

    will it push TV/app audio as well?

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    • Chris White

      This is what I want to know also. For me, the greatest advantage that the PS4 has to XboxOne is that you can plus any headphones into the controller and hear game audio. I want this feature so bad. Can anyone confirm if these headphones will receive the full game audio? If so, I would gladly pay $80 for a set.

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      • dashrendar

        Can you explain why you want this. What is the point of getting game audio from the controller, when it is already coming from the console.

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      • Chris White

        Sure, I’d be glad too. I play my XONE in the living room. And I live in a house with a wife and 3 kids, including a 4 month old baby. So, when everyone goes to bed around 9am and I’m left to enjoy my games, I have to keep them turned down. Currently, my saving grace is turning on subtitles so I can actually know what’s being said. I would love to be able to have headphones plugging into my controller where I can crank the game way up!

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    • Dome

      I would to know this too… In-game, TV/App audio will be convoyed as well? Should be awesome.

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  • fastharryDOTcom

    stereo is so ..1963. Whats next, HI FI?…5.1…wireless completely or no deal.

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    • numpty

      You only have two ears. Stereo is just fine.

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      • fastharryDOTcom

        says someone who has never used sounds in a game to help the game play and strategy…like hearing footsteps BEHIND you in battlefield..

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  • Sam Grein

    $25 for an adapter is ridiculous

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    • ikari_paul

      it costs them like 3-4$ to produce in china

      reminds me of the car industry, that makes its money not by selling cars, but by selling parts and accessories, so ive been told

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  • avi

    lol i thought the adapter was for 80 bucks…but then i scrolled down. 25 bucks is an ok price. definitely will save me another hundred bucks from buying a new headset.

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  • StormRaging

    I’d just like a chat adapter for my X1 controller.

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    • Spartacus073

      That is the 24.95 option he talked about.

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      • StormRaging

        No, that’s the stereo headset adapter. I want a chat adapter (keyboard) like on the 360.

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  • Dome

    Great news! But this headset spots old technology… would be awesome a wifi headset with 5.1 sorround…

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  • Shiftymorgan

    Is there any way to make the tritton warheads work for this?
    It is a darn good headset but rather dismayed I can’t use it for the X1

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  • tony

    PS4 is offering a 7.1 surround sound wireless headset for just $20 more. What a disappointment xbone has been so far. This headset should be like $50 max and $10-15 max for the adapter. Especially since its free on PS4.

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    • Tony G

      If every discussion is.. “well PS4 is doing this…” then noone will ever be happy. Nothing in the world is the exact same as something else or else there would be no competition. The whole console debate is getting very old. If you like the PS4, then go play it, there’s nothing wrong with that. These are 2 different consoles that likewise have different accessories.

      PS: Great name though:)

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      • tony

        I have an xbone and no ps4. I prefer the games and thats what its really all about. I’m just upset MS can’t give us similar or better value.

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      • Steven Weber

        And you should keep in mind that the Playstation 4 Headset is also a stereo Headset. Virtual Surround does NOT make it a surround headset…it’s wireless which is pretty awesome!

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    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      neither xbox nor ps4 headsets look good to me so far but the x1 headset is just awful looking with that big connection piece. bleh!!1

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  • Hiya_tiger

    Where is our version of Pulse elites? like something with Dolby headphone tech or a Virtual 7.1 wireless headset? Some good bass would be optional but optimal.

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  • Chris Slaughter

    Where is the actual list of compatible headsets? The link doesn’t provide a list…just a standard FAQ page which doesn’t include the 3rd party info I need.

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    • ikari_paul

      from the looks of it, any 3,5″ connection might work…

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      • Veive TwoFiftySeven

        that’s for chat audio only, for game audio run a second cable back to the console or TV

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      • Spartacus073

        If you have wired headsets, yes. If they are wireless…then they are wireless. The only wire is the one going to the controller for chat.

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      • Brian

        agreed. This Veive keeps talking about wired headsets, but many/most are wireless these days.

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      • Chris Slaughter

        I have Astro A50s (wireless), so hopefully just the chat cable to the controller is all I need. Did they give any details about the Xbox headset? Is it surround, etc?

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  • Snake eyes 211

    $80 for a wired headset no thanks

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    • ikari_paul

      amazon might slash the price. but at that pricepoint, lets see what other companies have on offer

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    • Chris Slaughter

      It is just a stereo headset which plugs into the controller, no surround, nothing. Imagine having the current headset with 2 ear pieces with a chat cable…$80? No thanks!

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    • Adinnieken

      If the audio quality is there with both the mic and the headphones, then $80 is actually reasonable.

      For $50 you can purchase from KOSS a reasonably high-quality communication headset that allows you to connect it to a PC (USB or separate Mic/Headphone jack) depending on the unit. This headset allows you to connect it up to a PC, phone, tablet, or Xbox One.

      KOSS is a midrange manufacturer, and I love them to bits. I’m using KOSS headphones right now. But if the Microsoft headphones offer, as I said before, reasonably good audio quality, then the price is reasonable.

      I would rather pay for an audiophile quality headset that lasts than pay less for a headset that doesn’t. My experience with Microsoft LX-3000 headsets actually was very good. The only struggle was the cord that came with the headsets and the wheels of my chair rolling over them. The mic on those headsets was exceptional, better than my KOSS headsets.

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  • donnyskillz

    I swear, you guys cried and cried about the adapter, if microsoft said the headset was 1 dollar and the adapter was 5 cents some of you would still complain, it amazes me, when I saw 24.94, I said here comes the backlash,

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    • ikari_paul

      25$ for a simple adapter is expensive. saying otherwise is just fanboyish, like the claim that people would still complain were the adapter 1$, which is silly. typical butthurt fanboy talk

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      • Chick3n

        Simple according to who? Look up an image of what’s inside the Xbox Chat headset (I’d post a link here, but they won’t let me).

        This isn’t a simple cable that Microsoft’s charging $100 for.

        I’m sure there’ll also be heaps of knock-off adapters available soon as well if you really want to save some money.

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      • donnyskillz

        Me butthurt about something I will never buy because I dont use headsets….I dont think so, but being tired of grown men complaing about every little thing like women do is actually very concerning to me. Its not about microsoft, its about choice, ill bet you dont complain about all the money you spend on beer every weekend, because its something you want…stop whining before I get you a valentines day gift…act like a woman get treated like one fanboy

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      • Adinnieken

        It’s not just a simple adapter. The images already available online regarding the included headset imply that.

        The adapter is actually an electronic device that converts the digital signal from an analog (mic) or to an analog (headphones).

        A simple adapter is something that takes a 2.5mm plug and allows you to connect it into a 3.5mm plug. That’s simple. The adapter here allows takes a digital signal, which otherwise would sound like a fax or modem to you, and converts it to an analog signal which hopefully is a reasonably pleasant voice on the other end.

        As well, it appears that the adapter also includes a balance between game audio and chat audio, allowing you to increase or decrease how loud chat is versus game audio. So it would appear you’re getting two audio streams sent to the controller and the ability, with the adapter, to balance out that audio to your liking.

        Again, a bit more than what an adapter would do.

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  • Pete

    WIRELESS HEADSET PLEASE!!

    I bought the 360 wireless headset on day and used it exclusively. Xbox One headset is a huge step backwards!

    Sure it sounds better thanks to the new codecs but it clunky to store, the cable is a pain and it’s not particularly comfortable. The biggest annoyance though is if I hop back to my 360 or PS to play something while still chatting to friends on Xbox One, I have to poke the controller every few minutes to ensure it doesn’t turn off.

    So, just to be clear, WIRELESS HEADSET PLEASE!!

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  • Rob Blazik

    Any news on what is happening with Dolby Digital out of the Xbone?

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    • Rick Kingslan

      Nothing that anyone is saying…. Recall in Windows 8/8.1 – you get to pay extra for that. I’m concerned that the issue is monetization (license fees to Dolby) over technical challenges. Technical challenge == virtually zero. Monetary challenge == no DD in Windows 8/1.1, unless you buy the Plus Pack.

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      • Rob Blazik

        Well they did promise it post launch, let’s see if they stay true to their word….

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      • Rick Kingslan

        Patience I have…. Clear communication and goals – I tend to get a bit irritated with the lack of. Of course, being a ex-MSFT, I should be used to it, right? ;o)

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  • ikari_paul

    pc compatible… good move. now we only need the x1 pads win compatible

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  • FinchoMatic

    If this adapter is compatible with the Astro headsets, that would be legit.

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    • Veive TwoFiftySeven

      chat audio only, need to run a cable back to the xbone or TV for game audio.. so you’d be tethered to the controller and the console/tv

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      • dashrendar

        No you will not be tethered to both. You will only be tethered to the controller just like everyone else using a headset. Game audio comes from the mix amp which is plugged in through optical to the console. Which is then transmitted wirelessly to the headset.

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      • Brian

        to be fair, some Astros are wired, like the A40’s. But he’s acting like wireless ones don’t exist.

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      • dashrendar

        True.

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      • Veive TwoFiftySeven

        i’m quoting off the xbox wire full press release, which included the fine print: “Game audio available in stereo headsets by connecting directly to Xbox One via optical cable or TV via RCA cables (cables not included).”

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      • Spartacus073

        My PX4s don’t have a cable going back to the XB1, just to my controller for chat. I hear game audio and chat that way. Not sure what you are talking about.

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      • Brian

        no you wouldn’t, if you have a wireless Astro headset like the A50’s.

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  • Sanpei

    For PC, we have to pay $25 more ? I understand that adapter is for PC conn…

    This is nonsense…For a wired, passive and no-surround headset, $80 + $25 ise too much…

    You can buy better headsets for this price…Look at Gold Wireless Headset for PS4 from Sony…It’s $99..Wireless,virtual surround, amp etc…And you can use it on PC , TV also..

    This is not right….

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    • Jason Boyd

      The adapter is to allow last gen headsets (Turtle Beach, Tritton, Astro’s) to work with the X1.

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      • Sanpei

        So how can we connect this to PC, Tablet etc ?

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      • Morten Linnebjerg Bonnerup

        The headset. It looks like the headset has a normal mini-jack connecter and the adapter accepts the same.

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      • Jason Boyd

        The headset (the 1st half of the post) connects to PC’s, tablet’s, and mobile devices.

        The headset adapter (the 2nd half of the post) is for connecting existing headsets to the Xbox One. There is a link posted in the article of compatible headsets

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    • Spartacus073

      The adapter is so that people with existing Turtle Beach, Astro, etc headsets can use the chat feature when using the XB1, not for connecting to a PC.

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  • Veive TwoFiftySeven

    pretty sad that the $25 adapter only gives chat sound.. we really have to run a cable back to the xbone or TV for game audio? any chance for an all-in chat/game headset in the near future (preferably wireless) with 7.1 surround?

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    • Brian

      I don’t think it’ll be able to pass 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound through the controller. Plus the headset isn’t even independently powered. I’ll keep using my wireless A50’s and an adapter.

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    • Nick Peck

      The adapter is for old headphones, not the newer XBO headphones coming out. The better TB ones are wireless to the system, but need a cable to the controller for the chat (I think). The Polk headphones work the same way from what I have read about them.

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    • thekeelo_g

      You might be interested in the Polk 4Shot. Other than the chat cable that Xboxes have always needed, they’re wireless.

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  • Michael Shelburne

    If I could actually talk to my friends in a reasonable manner on the X1 I might buy this but until all this party stuff is sorted out then I’m not going to bother.

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    • ungeheier

      The party chat will be fixed in March. The Adapter will be out in march… what am I missing here other than your need to complain?

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      • Michael Shelburne

        Fixed? Maybe. I read the post but I still doubt it’s going to be as easy to use as the 360 system was. Now it will be turned on by default when you’re partied up with someone. What if we don’t wanna talk in party chat and we want to stay in game chat. now we will have to exit out of party chat every time. they keep adding hoops to once simple and easy to use system. That’s just my opinion and if i remember correctly, that’s what forums are for so excuse you if I don’t share the same views as you.

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      • Brian

        the home screen IS the guide now. It just zooms the opposite direction.

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      • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

        Surround support! That’s a biggie in my opinion,
        And complaining is what you do when you spend 500 dollars on a system that doesn’t have the same basic functions and features of the previous console.

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  • Jason Boyd

    Major, the link in the article that supposedly leads to a list of compatible headsets leads instead to the Xbox One headset support page with nothing on it about the adapter.

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  • Veive TwoFiftySeven

    The fine print is missing in this post:

    “*For use with stereo headsets with 3.5mm audio jack, or Xbox 360 gaming headsets with 2.5mm chat cable. Game audio available in stereo headsets by connecting directly to Xbox One via optical cable or TV via RCA cables (cables not included). Additional requirements may apply for full functionality, see [url redacted]. Voice chat requires Xbox Live; in-game requires Xbox Live Gold (sold separately).”

    Source = xbox wire

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    • Brian

      this is talking about other third party headsets. They do their own thing. MS is just saying you’ll need to connect however they connect for audio.

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    • Henry W.

      Exactly! Does it mean that controller or headset needs to be connected directly to Xbox One (by wire) to make in-game audio available?

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      • Brian

        only if that particular headphone set is wired. If it’s wireless, it’s wireless. All the adapter does in that case is send/receive voice chat.

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      • Henry W.

        All headsets are wired (they need to be wired-connected to the controller). What’s the difference if I connect MS Headset to the controller or 3rd party? For both in-game audio should works.

        That’s why I think that: “Game audio available in stereo headsets by connecting directly to Xbox One” is for MS Headset as well.

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      • Brian

        talking about wired to the game system, not to the controller. All are wired – to the controller. But headphones like most Turtle Beach, or the Astro A50’s use wireless for the game sound. I believe any headphone set that does mic/stereo through the same 3.5mm cable should work for sound and game chat, but otherwise headphones where they are two different cables they would have to run wired to the X1 for game audio (or again, if it’s wireless like the A50s, you’d use wireless for game audio).

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      • shinji

        Generally speaking the way it works out with some of the 3rd party is this.

        Wireless based at XBox Wired to Optical/analog output (for game audio)
        Headset wired to controller (for chat audio)

        Headset takes care of mixing the stuff.

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