It’s been a while since Microsoft launched a first-party headset for Xbox and now there’s a brand new one with the Xbox Wireless Headset.
The new Xbox Wireless Headset features a black and green colour scheme to go with the Xbox branding.
The design of the new headset takes inspiration from the Surface Headphones 2 with an adjustable headband and plush ear cushions.
Microsoft says the Xbox Wireless Headset “delivers best-in-class audio and chat performance,” which is partially thanks to the Xbox Wireless protocol.
The headset supports Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos, and DTS Headphone: X for more immersive sound.
“We spent a lot of time in the audio testing chambers trying to characterize and understand how the headset reproduces audio in different room environments. It goes in your living room, game room, and dorm room and we want it to sound the best for all types of audio,” said Erik Garcia, Project Architect and Lead. “In the same way, the team studied gameplay to ensure great sounding chat with a sensitive mic to prevent background noise.”
The headset offers dual beamforming microphones to focus on speech when chatting. And a voice isolation feature tunes the mic to pick up your voice better.
When you aren’t talking, the headset automatically mutes your mic (this feature can be disabled) and there’s a light indicator in the mic itself.
“We’ve learned that gaming is a deeply social activity. Especially nowadays, given the state of the world, gaming and communicating with others is a critical need. The team took a human-centred approach to design a headset that removes the unnecessary distractions so that players can focus on the game and their friends,” said Scott Wang, the Senior Design Researcher working on the new Xbox Wireless Headset.
To adjust the settings of the headset, you can use the Xbox Accessories app. The headset works for Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, and Windows 10 devices.
You can also connect to your phone over Bluetooth for music on the go. There’s even an option to simultaneously pair the headset to your phone and Xbox.
The battery life for the Xbox Wireless Headset is around 15 hours. A 30 min charge over USB-C gets you 4 hours of battery life and a full charge takes 3 hours when no in use.
The new Xbox Wireless Headset launches on March 16th in Canada, the US and most Xbox markets globally.
It’ll retail for $129 CAD ($99 USD) and is available for pre-order from the Microsoft Store and other retailers.
If you’re looking for any other accessories for your Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, check our Xbox Accessories Guide.