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Connecting a compatible headset to Xbox One

To use a stereo or chat headset with the Xbox One, you need the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adaptor and a compatible headset.

The headset must have a 3.5-mm audio jack or be an Xbox 360 gaming headset with a 2.5-mm chat cable.

In-game chat requires an Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately).

Connecting your headset

To connect an Xbox 360 gaming headset, you have two options:

  • If you’re connecting a mono-chat headset, connect the headset to the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adaptor using the 2.5-mm-to-3.5-mm adaptor cable included with the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adaptor. (This cable is only included with the standalone Stereo Headset Adaptor, not the Xbox Stereo Headset.) Press the chat audio button (see illustration below) on the Stereo Headset Adaptor until you hear only chat audio.
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  • If you’re connecting a stereo-chat headset, connect the headset to the audio output on the TV, monitor or console. The audio volume will be controlled using the headset’s controls. The two main types of connectors are stereo headset with RCA cables and stereo headset with an S/PDIF audio cable.

    • Stereo headset with RCA cables
      Plug the RCA cables from the headset or headset’s base station into the audio-out ports on your TV.
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Notes

  • Your TV must have either an RCA audio output or a 3.5-mm headphone jack output with a 3.5-mm mini-to-RCA adaptor cable. (The 3.5-mm-mini-to-RCA adaptor cable is sold separately.)

  • Some gaming headsets use a single 3.5-mm audio cable for both chat and gaming, like the Xbox One Stereo Headset. These 3.5-mm gaming headsets plug directly into the Stereo Headset Adaptor.

  • Some gaming headsets come with two 3.5-mm audio cables, typically one with a green jack (game audio) and one with a pink jack (chat audio) for use with a PC. These headsets often come with an adaptor to combine both signals into one. However, not all these cables use the appropriate headset standard (CTIA), which can compromise quality. For more information, see the following section, “Standards for audio jacks”.

  • Stereo headset with S/PDIF (optical) audio cable
    Plug the headset’s S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface Format) (optical) cable into the back of your TV, monitor or console.
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Standards for audio jacks

Not all 3.5mm audio jacks are made to the same standard. There are two audio jack standards, Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) and Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP). The difference in these standards is outlined in the following images, which shows how the different protocols are wired on the audio jack.

If you use an OMTP headset, you will likely experience issues with audio or chat. However, if your preferred headset or ear buds use the OMTP standard, you can purchase an adaptor to convert to CTIA at many electronic retail stores.

CTIA:

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  1. Microphone
  2. Ground
  3. Right audio channel
  4. Left audio channel

OMTP:

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  1. Ground
  2. Microphone
  3. Right audio channel
  4. Left audio channel

Non-compatible headsets

The following headsets are not compatible with the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adaptor:

  • Mad Catz Tritton Warhead headset

  • Mad Catz Tritton Primer headset (Mad Catz offers an adaptor for the primer headset to convert the 2.5 mm to a 3.5-mm audio jack. Contact Mad Catz for support.)

The Xbox 360 Wireless Headset and Xbox 360 Wireless Bluetooth Headset are not compatible with the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adaptor. Nor will headsets with the 2.5-mm connector illustrated below work with the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adaptor due to the format of the connector:

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For more information, see Xbox One Stereo Headset Adaptor.

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