How to Set Up Your Stereo Headset on Xbox One?

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Hello to all Xbox One users.
First off, a high-five on getting your new Xbox One.
Moving on, we hear that some of you want to set up your own stereo headset on the gaming console rather than using the standard headset that comes with it. We completely understand your choice. But the problem is, you don’t know how to set up your stereo headset on Xbox One.
Don’t worry, we have you covered.

First Things First…

What controller have you got with your Xbox One?
What we are trying to say is, there are two Xbox One controllers in the market: an older version and a new version.
What’s the difference between the two?
The older version, shown below, does not come with a 3.5 mm audio jack. It only has a USB port.
The new version, which was launched in 2015, does include the audio jack.
Since you have recently purchased your Xbox One, it’s likely that you would have bought an upgraded version of the console. However, for the safe side, we will be discussing the setting up of a stereo headset on both the controllers. If you have a new console version, skip the next section.

Setting Up Your Headset on Old Version Console

You will be needing an Xbox One stereo headset adapter. With some units, it gets sold as a bundle. If you did not get the adapter with your console purchase, you will have to buy it separately.
Once you have the adapter with you, follow these steps.

  1. Plug the adapter into your Xbox One controller and connect the controller to the console via the USB cable. Make sure that you have removed the controller’s battery.
  2. Once you have plugged in everything, update your controller by accessing the System Settings menu, so that it would be ready for use with the stereo headset adapter.
  3. After the update is complete, disconnect the controller and put back the batteries in it.
  4. If you have a stereo headset that supports a 3.5 mm audio jack connectivity, directly plug in the male-end of the cable into the adapter. If your headset doesn’t support 3.5 mm connectivity, then use another audio jack to establish the link.

And there you have it, you can now play your favorite game on Xbox One with your favorite stereo headset put on.

Setting Up Your Headset on New Version Console

The process of setting up your stereo headset on new version consoles is fairly easy. Your controller already comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack so you won’t be needing the adapter.
Follow these instructions to set up your stereo headset on Xbox One:
  • Plug in the male end of your headset’s cable, which is essentially a 3.5 mm audio jack, into the built-in jack of the controller.
  • Go to Settings menu and adjust the speaker volume, mic-volume and chat mixer as per your preference.
That’s it, you are ready to play!
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