There are a huge number of Xbox headsets already on the market, with third party manufacturers likes Razer, SteelSeries, EPOS, RIG and more providing all manner of options. Now though Xbox are getting in on the game – with the Xbox Wireless Headset.
Becoming available from March 16th 2021, the Xbox Wireless Headset is up for pre-order from today, costing £89.99/$99.99, with the Microsoft Store the best bet of getting in on the action.
Created to deliver best-in-class audio and chat performance, with a design that not just looks good but is also super comfortable, the Xbox Wireless Headset looks to be a piece of sleek black and green goodness.
Working well with Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC, the Xbox Wireless Headset supports Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos and DTS Headphone: X, giving you all the clarity and detail you will ever need from a headset. It’s low latency too, with lossless audio for exceptional sound quality.
“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 game-play to ensure great sounding chat, sensitive mic to prevent background noise.”
Further to that and it comes with intelligent chat audio quality. This sees the headset coming complete with dual beamforming microphone elements that focus on both speech and any surrounding sounds. Throw in voice isolation and it should mean the mic picks up your voice instead of any ambient noise emitting from the background.
The magic doesn’t stop there though and the Xbox Wireless Headset comes with auto-mute and a manual mute button for when you need the privacy. As you’d expect, a simple light indicator signifies when this is on or off.
Designed with a lightweight design that comes complete with ultra-soft large earcups covered in polyurethane leather and an adjustable headband with tons of cushioning, it should be a headset that fits all size of head too. It certainly makes the headset look good and when you include rotating earcup dials, should find that audio adjustments are a simple process.
“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-centered 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.
As the name suggests, the Xbox Wireless Headset is wireless, working happily across Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Windows 10 PC, but it’ll also connect to mobile devices through Bluetooth letting you listen to music, involve yourself in party chat or play Xbox Game Pass games through the likes of the Razer Kishi whilst keeping the sound to yourself. In terms of connection to console and it’ll be as simple as syncing things just like a controller.
The headset should also be good for up to 15 hours of battery life, with three hours of charging filling things up again. Even if you don’t have that time spare, a quick 30 mins of boost will give you 4 hours of game time.
Let us know what you think and be sure to standby for our unboxing, first look and full review of the Xbox Wireless Headset as soon as we can get our grubby mitts on it.