New Xbox update filters out background noise in Party Chat

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What you need to know

  • Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring have a new build to try out.
  • The update enables noise suppression within Party Chat sessions, which should result in clearer audio.
  • It also includes several fixes for networking, audio, controllers, and other aspects of the console.

Microsoft shipped a new Xbox Insider build to the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring this week. The update brings consoles to version 2208.220509-2200 and includes a new feature that should improve Party Chat. Microphone inputs can now go through a noise suppression step to reduce background noise, which should result in clearer audio.

Noise suppression is enabled by default within the build, but you can disable it if you'd prefer. Occasionally, features aimed at reducing background noise can distort voices or affect other audio, so it may be worth disabling the feature, especially while it's in testing. When it's turned on, the feature should make it easier to hear your friends within a Party Chat when using one of the best Xbox Series X or S headsets.

Here's what's new, according to the update's changelog (opens in new tab):

We've enabled a new feature which will process your microphone input through a noise suppression step to help produce cleaner audio in your Party Chat session. The setting is enabled by default but can be toggled from the dropdown options menu.

Our friends over at TechRadar focus on the fact that this feature should reduce the sounds made by noisy breathers and loud chewers. Microsoft doesn't specifically mention which background noises will be reduced during Party Chat sessions, so there are no promises that munching and crunching will be silenced.

The latest Alpha Skip-Ahead build also includes a long list of fixes for networking, audio, controllers, and several other parts of the console. You can run through all of improvements in Microsoft's changelog for the update (opens in new tab).

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  • Sounds similar to what they just rolled out to teams. Good to know the business side is feeding over to the consumer side.
  • Okay but can Microsoft get their act together and actually make the mic monitoring useable on the Xbox Wireless Headset? It’s a joke.