Microsoft unveils fancy Xbox Wireless Headset, pre-orders live now

Microsoft unveils fancy Xbox Wireless Headset, pre-orders live now

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 16:43 GMT

The peripheral will set you back $99.99.

Following the launch of the Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft is rolling out a brand new wireless headset it has designed for its consoles.

In a post on its website, the firm unveiled the Xbox Wireless Headset, which apparently comes with custom audio hardware to allow for spatial sound without killing the console’s CPU. The headset supports Dolby Atmos and DTs Headphone X, meaning you end up with realistic and precise audio.

This clocks in at $99.99; pre-orders are live now.

“We spent a lot of time in the audio testing chambers trying to characterize and understand how the headset reproduces audio in different room environments,” project architect and lead Erik Garcia said.

“It goes in your living room, game room, and dorm room and we want it to sound the best for all types of audio. In the same way, the team studied game-play to ensure great sounding chat, sensitive mic to prevent background noise.”

Senior design researcher Scott Wang added: “We’ve learned that gaming is a deeply social activity. Especially nowadays, given the state of the world, gaming and communicating with others is a critical need. The team took a human-centred approach to design a headset that removes the unnecessary distractions so that players can focus on the game and their friends.”

The Xbox Series X and Series S launched in November 2020. Microsoft said that it sold more consoles when those machines released than any other launch ever.

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