When hoards of Xbox 360 fans rushed over to the Xbox One on November 22, they noticed that much had changed – including the controller’s standard headset port. The changeover to Microsoft’s new Xbox One headset had created trouble with brand loyalists who had already spent their hard-earned money on expensive Turtle Beach or other gaming brand headphones for the console. Luckily, Microsoft has officially announced their upcoming Xbox One Stereo Headset and Stereo Headset adapter, which are scheduled to touch down sometime in early March.
The first item on the playing field will be Microsoft’s official Stereo gaming Headset that is promising to deliver a “premium audio experience for both game and chat audio”. The headset will deliver a full-range throughout the 20Hz – 20 kHz spectrum, which on paper tells us that the unit has the possibility to deliver excellent bass and crisp high frequencies (we will see what happens when we get our hands on it).
The headset includes a unidirectional microphone for gaming that will hopefully stop everyone from worrying if his or her microphone is positioned correctly. The headset itself will end in a standard style headphone jack, but an adapter is included for Xbox use. This means that you will be able to use any of your past 3mm stereo headphones by simply using the adapter. In addition, the adapter also supports older Xbox 360 2.5mm chat cables.
The adapter will look similar to the one shipped with Xbox One’s mono-chat headset, but will this time include two addition buttons, so you can adjust game and chat audio levels separately. If you already have a stereo headset with integrated microphone, it will be sure to work thanks to the Xbox One’s built in Skype audio codec files.
You will be able to pick up the Xbox One Stereo headset this March for $79.99. If you simply want the Stereo Headset Adapter alone – it will cost $24.99.