Microsoft today revealed the upcoming release of their Xbox Wireless Headset, their first wireless headsets for Xbox consoles since the days of the Xbox 360.
These will be compatible with both the new Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, implementing spatial sound technologies such as Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos, and DTS Headphone: X (only on Xbox Series X and S).
Among its main features is its dual microphone, which can clearly detect both your voice and environment sound, which allows it to cancel external audio and even turn off the microphone automatically when you stop talking.
The microphone will be retractable, which allows it to be deactivated also if it is not needed, and it will have a built-in LED to know if it is on or not.
The headphones will have a very sophisticated design featuring a volume control that works by rotating dials built into the ear-cups. The headset also has a sleek leather finish for the ears and the head.
Internally, these will have Bluetooth 4.2, which allows you to connect with two devices at the same time, useful for when you want to listen to the sound of the game on your console while also chatting with your friends or group through Discord or other apps from your mobile.
For charging the headset will use a USB-C port, with a charging cable that is included on purchase. Microsoft claims the battery lasts for up to 15 hours and will be fully charged after three.
Additionally, players will be able to use the Xbox Accessories app, available in Xbox consoles, PCs and smartphones, to fine-tune the audio controls, including equalizer settings, bass boost, auto-mute sensitivity, and mic-monitoring levels.
When does the Xbox Wireless Headset come out and how much does it cost?
The Xbox Wireless Headsets will be available from the 16th of March in major markets. Pre-sales have begun on the Microsoft Store.
There is currently no bundles advertised say, for instance, with an Xbox Series X.
The standalone unit cost is US$99.99.