Originally not bundled along with the Xbox One, Microsoft has decided to once again listen to its consumers, and is now including a bundled headset with each and every Xbox One console.
So does that mean we're just getting some cheap, terribly made headset that's just going to entice us to buy a better one come launch? Well, actually no. Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb has done an audio test, comparing the Xbox 360 headset with the new Xbox One headset. The results are pretty clear. Pun…
Thanks to integration with Skype’s audio codec, which has a proven track record of high-quality voice through billions of hours of use within Skype, as well as dedicated audio processing (for Xbox One conversations via Skype and multiplayer party chats), Xbox One offers higher quality voice chat with the Xbox One Chat Headset compared to Xbox 360—whether you’re chatting in-game or through party chat with Skype on Xbox One.
But the improvements don’t stop there. The Xbox One Wireless Controller’s new expansion port dramatically expands the data transfer rate between the controller and console. Combined with Skype’s audio codec, this enables crystal-clear digital audio with the Xbox One Chat Headset, both capturing and rendering speech at 24 KHz PCM, which is triple the rendering sample rate and a 50 percent capture rate improvement over Xbox 360 headsets. And, as we shared before, the Xbox One Chat Headset comes with every Xbox One console.
The audio quality is pretty damn impressive. Considering this is the headset that everyone gets with an Xbox One, those already purchasing one should be fairly pleased.