Can you use a wireless Xbox One headset with your PC?
How to use a wireless Xbox headset on Windows PC
If you've already settled on your personal best Xbox One headset, you may be wondering whether or not you can use it on your PC. The chances are that, yes, you can.
It all ultimately depends on what features the headset has. Most of them use 3.5mm sockets, optionally, to connect with other devices. In this instance, you can plug in most wireless Xbox One headsets to a laptop, PC, or phone, using a basic 3.5mm cable like this cheap option from Amazon (opens in new tab). If you're using an older motherboard in your PC, you may need a red/green splitter adapter such as this Y splitter from Amazon (opens in new tab), to give you both sound and microphone recording.
What if you want to use the headset wirelessly, though? If the headset has Bluetooth, like the SteelSeries Arctis 9X or LucidSound LS50X, it's simply a case of following the headset's instructions and pairing the headset with your PC or laptop's Bluetooth functionality. If you built the PC yourself or picked up a prebuilt desktop, it may not have Bluetooth out of the box, but you can add it in with a cheap USB Bluetooth adapter like this (opens in new tab).
If your headset doesn't support Bluetooth, and most Xbox One wireless headsets don't, you'll need to buy an Xbox Wireless USB dongle to connect it up to your PC. This versatile dongle will let you connect up an Xbox One (or Xbox Series X/S) compatible headset, as well as Xbox controllers and other Xbox-compatible wireless peripherals. It's a case of plug, play, and pair, and then you'll be good to go. Be sure to take a look at our best wireless Xbox One headset round-up if you're in the market for something new, too!
Use this dongle to pair an Xbox Wireless headset to any Windows PC!
Get a cable
Add a cable
If you don't want to buy an Xbox Wireless dongle, it's cheaper to just connect a headset to your PC via a 3.5mm cable such as this one from Amazon.
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Jez Corden a Managing Editor at Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!
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