Microsoft Announces Xbox One Stereo Headset And Adapter For March

by Mike Futter on Feb 11, 2014 at 02:01 AM

Xbox One gamers, your long exile from the land of high-end gaming headsets is nearly over. Microsoft has confirmed the release window for the much anticipated headset adapter as well as its own stereo headset.

Launching in March in all Xbox One territories, the stereo headset is an over-the-ear design will with a unidirectional chat microphone. Microsoft hasn’t disclosed the driver size for the unit. The stereo headset will come with a detachable adapter for use with other headset and retail for $79.99.

For legacy devices that connect to Xbox 360 controllers via a 2.5mm jack, you’ll just need to purchase a 3.5mm to 2.5mm cable (or adapter) and a standalone version of the chat adapter that comes with the stereo headset (Update: a 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapter is included). In order to get in-game audio (stereo or )surround sound, you’ll need to run a digital optical cable to a decoder and the chat cable from your headset, through the adapter, to your controller. Alternatively, you might need to run RCA cables from your television for stereo headsets. The chat adapter will cost $24.99. Both devices are scheduled for early March.


Our Take
As long as the adapter is out before or alongside Titanfall, I'll be thrilled. The $24.99 is a reasonable price to get access to my surround sound headset and chat at the same time.