Connecting a compatible headset to Xbox One

You need a compatible headset and an Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter to use a stereo or mono chat headset with Xbox One.

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.

Connecting your headset

There are two ways to connect an Xbox 360 gaming headset to your Xbox One:

If you have a mono-chat headset, connect it to the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter. To do this, use the 2.5-mm-to-3.5-mm adapter cable. The adapter cable is included with the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter.

Note This adapter cable is not included with the Xbox Stereo Headset.

Press the chat audio button on the Stereo Headset Adapter 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’ll control the audio volume by using the controls on the headset. The two main types of connectors are RCA cables and S/PDIF 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 adapter 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 Adapter.
  • 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 adapter 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 adapter to convert the device to CTIA. These adapters are available at many electronic retail stores.

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 Adapter:

  • Mad Catz Tritton Warhead headset
  • Mad Catz Tritton Primer headset (Mad Catz offers an adapter 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 Adapter.

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