Today, Microsoft has introduced a new Stereo Headset and Headset Adapter that will be available in early March for the Xbox One.
The Stereo Headset supports a full-range (20Hz – 20kHz) audio experience that is paired with a unidirectional microphone. The Headset is powered passively through the Xbox One’s Wireless Controller, meaning batteries won’t be necessary. It is also compatible with mobile devices, tablets and PC/Mac. You’ll be able to pick it up early March for $79.99 (MSRP).
In addition, the adapter included in the package will also be sold separately for $24.99 (MSRP) and will allow Xbox One users to regain chat functionality with any previously existing, compatible gaming headset.
According to Xbox’s support page, most previously existing headsets that use a 2.5mm connector for chat functionality will be supported. However, the Xbox 360 Wireless Headset and the Xbox 360 Wireless Bluetooth Headsets will not be compatible, nor will any headset with a 2.5mm connector illustrated below:
That includes headsets like the Tritton Warhead and the Tritton Primer, for example, whose connectors are encased in a plastic mount similar to the one shown in the image above.
Xbox Live’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb answers a few frequently asks question on his blog that you might want to check out.
- 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.
You can check out Major Nelson’s Vine video of the new Xbox One Stereo Headset here.