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Connecting a compatible headset to Xbox One

Note Headsets can only be connected to the Xbox One Wireless Controller. They can’t be connected to third-party wired controllers.

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Connect your headset directly to an Xbox One Wireless Controller with a 3.5-mm port

If you have an Xbox One Wireless Controller with a 3.5-mm port, you can connect a headset with a standard 3.5-mm jack directly to the controller. Find out how to adjust your audio settings at Use the Chat Headset with Xbox One. For more information on 3.5-mm standards, see Standards for audio jacks, below.

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Connect your headset to the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adaptor

No matter what kind of Xbox One Wireless Controller you have, you can connect the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adaptor to your controller. You can then connect a compatible 3.5-mm audio jack to the Stereo Headset Adaptor.

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Notes

  • Some third-party products come with a Stereo Headset Adaptor that may look different from the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adaptor made by Microsoft, but they all function the same way.
  • You can only connect an Xbox 360 Chat Headset using the Stereo Headset Adaptor with a 2.5-mm to 3.5-mm converter, which comes with the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adaptor. The Xbox One Stereo Headset does not include this adaptor cable.

Press the chat audio button on the Stereo Headset Adaptor until you hear only chat audio.

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If you have a stereo-chat headset, connect it to the audio output on your TV, monitor or console. You can use the controls on the headset to control the audio volume. The two main types of connectors are RCA cables and the S/PDIF optical audio cable.

Stereo headset with RCA cables

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

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Notes

  • Your TV must have either RCA audio output connectors or a 3.5-mm headphone output. If you use the 3.5-mm headphone jack, you’ll need to buy a 3.5-mm mini-to-RCA adaptor cable.
  • The Xbox One Stereo Headset and several other gaming headsets use a single 3.5-mm audio cable for both chat and gaming. These headsets plug directly into the Stereo Headset Adaptor.
  • Other gaming headsets use two 3.5-mm audio cables. Typically, one cable has a green jack. This jack is used for game audio. The other cable has a pink jack. This jack is used for chat audio on a PC. These headsets may include an adaptor that combines both. However, not all of these cables use the CTIA headset standard. This can compromise performance and 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 3.5-mm 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).

If you use an OMTP headset, you’ll probably experience audio or chat issues. However, if your headset or earbuds use the OMTP standard, you can purchase an adaptor to convert the device to CTIA. These adaptors are available at many electronic retail shops.

The following images show the differences in the CTIA and OMTP standards:

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 incompatible 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 audio jack to a 3.5-mm audio jack. Contact Mad Catz for support.)
  • The Xbox 360 Wireless Headset and Xbox 360 Wireless Bluetooth Headset
  • Headsets with this 2.5-mm connector will not work because of the connector format:
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For more information, see Xbox One Stereo Headset Adaptor.

Note In-game chat requires an Xbox Live Gold membership.

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