How to turn off the Kinect microphone during multiplayer games on Xbox One

I feel so embarrassed right now. I've had the Xbox One for about 3 months, and I just learned that the Kinect microphone has been on while playing multiplayer games. I assumed that no one could hear me when the headset isn't connected. This means other people may have heard things that I didn't want them to hear. Don't make the same mistake. Turn off that Kinect microphone.

Here's how to turn off the Kinect microphone:

  1. Go to Settings. To do this, press the Menu button on your controller, or say, "Xbox, go to Settings."
  2. Select Kinect.
  3. Uncheck 'Use Kinect microphone for chat.'

That's it! Voice commands still work even when this setting is off.

If you ever wondered why you were hearing other people talk on the phone or having conversations with somebody else in the room, they probably do not know that Kinect is broadcasting. Did you know about this setting? Have you heard some interesting conversations while playing multiplayer games on the Xbox One? Let us know in the comments!

Mark Guim

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