When designing the Xbox Series X | S, we wanted to make sure the games feel realistic, load incredibly fast, and sound like you’ve fallen in the middle of the action. We’ve embraced spatial sound processing by including custom audio hardware to offload the audio processing from the processor, dramatically improving the accessibility, quality and performance of these experiences. Having a high-quality set of headphones at an affordable price for your new or existing Xbox One console will help you feel immersed, react faster to the action, and connect more with your gaming worlds.
With each new generation of our Xbox accessories, we’ve raised the bar for innovation by focusing on performance, great features, quality and affordability to deliver immersive experiences on console, PC and mobile devices. We’re excited to build on this legacy with the latest accessory to join the family: the new Xbox Wireless Headset.
The Xbox Wireless Headset delivers best-in-class chat and audio performance, exceptional design and comfort, and unique experiences tailored to each gamer. We are also eager to bring more value to the helmet category with innovations that were not previously in this price range. We spoke with many people from the engineering and audio design teams to learn more about what the new Xbox Wireless Headset will deliver.
Best-in-class audio and chat performance
The team has spent countless hours studying what makes for a great audio experience, and because the team is familiar with the technology behind the Xbox Wireless protocol, they were able to introduce a fine-tuned, configurable hearing experience like no Xbox headset before. With the Xbox Wireless Headset, you can play loud and clear with lossless, low latency audio for exceptional sound quality.
The headset supports cutting-edge spatial sound technologies including Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos, and DTS Headphone: X for realism and audio precision that surrounds you fully. You’ll have the benefit of being able to hear all the subtle but critical sounds (like enemy footsteps sneaking up on you) that elevate great players above the rest.
“We spent a lot of time in the audio test chambers trying to characterize and understand how the headphones reproduce audio in different room environments. It goes in your living room, playroom and dorm room and we want it to sound best for all types of audio. “said Erik Garcia, architect and project manager.” Likewise, the team studied the gameplay to ensure a sound quality chat with a sensitive microphone to avoid background noise. “
In addition to best-in-class audio performance, the new wireless headset delivers clear and intelligent chat audio quality. The new headset has two beamforming microphone elements that focus on the vocal audio relative to the surrounding sound. Plus, the voice isolation setting helps the mic pick up your voice rather than background ambient noise.
When you’re not talking, the auto mute feature automatically mutes your microphone (this can be turned on or off), so you keep the communication channels clear, while the manual mute button gives you privacy when you are talking. need it. There’s a lot of attention to detail on the new headset, and the mic is no exception. The team added an indicator light that lights up when the mic is on, so you always know when your voice is being picked up.
Exceptional design and comfort
The team put a lot of energy into finding the right feeling. The Xbox Wireless Headset is engineered for maximum comfort during extended gaming sessions with a lightweight design, large, super-soft PU leather ear cups that distribute pressure evenly over the ears. It also has an adjustable headband with a thick pad that easily accommodates large head sizes and distributes pressure more evenly over the top of the head.
The design is deliberately discreet and shares the same shapes and colors as those found on our new consoles. The controls and indicators reflect the circular geometry that inspired the design of the Xbox Series X and S Series. And just like our new Xbox consoles, the Xbox Wireless Headset is designed to blend in with your living room without feeling out of place. out of place or inconvenient.
“We have learned that play is a deeply social activity. Especially nowadays, given the state of the world, playing and communicating with others is a critical need. The team took a human-centric approach to designing a headset that removes unnecessary distractions so gamers can focus on gaming and their friends, ”said Scott Wang, principal design researcher working on the new headset. Xbox wireless.
Combining a sleek, modern design with high-quality materials and finishes, the Xbox Wireless Headset has a durable frame with a metal inner headband, rubber dial rings for added grip, and a fully adjustable mic that folds up. and does not interfere when not in use. The rotary knobs on the headphones of the new Xbox Wireless Headset provide an intuitive way to adjust volume and game / chat audio balance with a single turn without interrupting the way it rests on the player’s head. As Elie Ahovi, Senior Designer, says, “We wanted every interaction with the headset to be enjoyable.”
Unique experiences, tailored to you
With the Xbox Wireless Headset, you can play wirelessly on multiple devices, including Xbox Series X PCs | S, Xbox One, and Windows 10. The headset also connects to mobile devices via Bluetooth for music or chat on the go and to your console via Xbox wireless technology, just like an Xbox Wireless Controller, which means no cables or dongles are required. You can also pair the headset with your phone and your Xbox at the same time. This means, for example, that you can chat with a friend or – as the engineering team remembers doing – join a conference call on your phone and play on your console at the same time.
The Xbox Accessories app on your Xbox One, Xbox Series X devices | S and Windows 10 let you fine-tune audio controls for a personalized audio experience, including EQ settings, bass boost, auto-mute sensitivity, mic monitoring, and brightness. mute light from the microphone. Best of all, the headset can stay up to date with the latest features via wireless updates to your console, ensuring you have a premium audio experience that continues to evolve. Make sure you install all the latest Windows updates to take advantage of audio personalization features on the Xbox Wireless Headset when using the Xbox Accessories app on Windows 10 devices.
Finally, charging gets you back to the action in a flash: 30 minutes of charge provides around 4 hours of battery life, with just 3 hours of charge to reach up to 15 hours of battery life when the headset is not in use . *
Immerse yourself in the future of gaming
The Xbox Wireless Headset delivers expansive sound, ease of use across all devices, long-lasting comfort, and customizable sound through the Xbox Accessories app. “We want it to be satisfying when you use it and want you to experience all the fun and joy you can get from playing the game,” Elie said. We are also excited to add many unique features that are not found today in wireless headsets, with the goal of making the product evolve over time with updates.
The new Xbox Wireless Headset will be available for $ 99 starting March 16 in most Xbox markets around the world and will be available for pre-order at select retailers including Microsoft Store, starting February 16 at 7 a.m. PST. Check with your local reseller for product availability and specific pre-order schedule in your area. For more product information and pre-orders for the new Xbox Wireless Headset, visit Xbox.com.
* Battery life varies widely depending on distance from console, additional accessories, usage, and other factors. Testing performed by Microsoft using pre-production units.