Connect a compatible headset to your Xbox Wireless Controller

Connect a compatible headset to your Xbox Wireless Controller or an Xbox Elite Wireless Controller by using either of the following methods: with a 3.5mm audio jack or with the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter.

Note The Xbox One console does not feature Bluetooth functionality. You won’t be able to connect your headset to the console using Bluetooth.

Connect your headset directly with a 3.5mm audio jack

If you have an Xbox Wireless Controller with a 3.5mm port, you can connect a headset with a standard 3.5mm jack directly to the controller. The 3.5mm port is a small circular port on the bottom of the controller.

Find out how to adjust your audio settings at Set up and use the Xbox One Chat Headset.

Standards for 3.5mm 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)

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. The CTIA standard has the microphone section of the jack closer to the end of the cable while the OMTP standard has the ground section of the jack closer to the end of the cable.

CTIA

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

OMTP

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

Connect your headset to the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter

No matter what type of Xbox controller you have, you can connect the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter to your controller by plugging it into the rectangular expansion port on the bottom of your controller. You can then connect a compatible 3.5mm audio jack to the stereo headset adapter.

Note Some third-party products come with a stereo headset adapter that may look different from the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter made by Microsoft, but they all function the same way.

Press the chat audio button on the stereo headset adapter until you hear only chat audio. (The chat audio button is in the lower-left corner of the adapter as you hold your controller.)

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. (The ends of the RCA cables include a cylinder housing with a thin pin extending from the center.)

Things to keep in mind:

  • Your TV must have either RCA audio output connectors or a 3.5mm headphone output. If you use the 3.5mm headphone jack, you’ll need to buy a 3.5mm mini-to-RCA adapter cable.
  • The Xbox One Stereo Headset and several other gaming headsets use a single 3.5mm audio cable for both chat and gaming. These headsets plug directly into the stereo headset adapter.
  • Other gaming headsets use two 3.5mm 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.

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. (The S/PDIF cable plugs into a rectangular port on your TV.)

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 3.5mm audio jack. Contact Mad Catz for support.)
  • The Xbox 360 Wireless Headset and Xbox 360 Wireless Bluetooth Headset
  • Headsets with this 2.5mm connector will not work because of the connector format. This connector includes a long, cylindrical pin in the middle of the connecting side that does not fit into the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter.

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