Xbox Wireless Headset, The Surface Headphones For Gaming
Microsoft has surprised us today with the unexpected arrival of the Xbox Wireless Headset, its new wireless gaming headsets, which come under the promise of offering us ” an adjusted and configurable listening experience like never before “.
The most curious thing however is that Microsoft had already “presented” these headphones to us last October, hidden in the first commercial video of the Xbox Series X and S launch. In this advertisement, we could see how the actor picked up and put on the headphones, with a close-up of them, at the beginning of the advertisement, but the huge expectation for the consoles made no one noticed that it was a still unpublished accessory.
And it is not the first time that Microsoft openly mocks showing its unannounced products. Back in the day, Xbox boss Phil Spencer hid an Xbox Series S in plain sight during an ad last year, shown before Microsoft even announced it was working on a second next-gen console.
The Xbox Wireless Headsets are compatible with the audio enhancement technologies previously seen in the Surface Headphones, with Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos, and DTS Headphone: X, which according to Microsoft will allow you to ” hear all the subtle but critical sounds, such as the footsteps of the enemy sneaking up on you. And it is that having spatial audio like that at our disposal can truly offer us a certain advantage for some competitive titles.
So one of the most interesting things about these headphones is their design. And the fact is that the surface of the earmuffs will act as rotating dials, with which we can adjust the volume and the balance of the sound between game/chat.
The headphones’ dual-beamforming microphone offers features like voice isolation for suppression of background noise and automatic silence, which Microsoft says can be set to turn on and off depending on our preferences. Of course, we will also have a button for manual mute, backed by a small light on the microphone to keep us alert.
On the other hand, Microsoft ensures that we can expect around 15 hours of use with a full charge, which takes approximately three hours to complete. However, it will have a really fast-charging system, capable of offering us, with just 30 minutes of waiting, enough autonomy for up to 4 hours.
However, although its name seems to indicate otherwise, it is not an exclusive peripheral for Microsoft consoles. And is that the Xbox Wireless Headset will be fully compatible with both Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One, as well as with any Windows computer and any mobile device with Bluetooth connectivity.
Availability and price
Dated for a launch and availability as of March 16, we can already find the Xbox Wireless Headset available for pre-purchase through advance order on the company’s website, under an unexpected price of just $ 99.99, a figure remarkably economical given its benefits.