It’s fun to see the console manufacturers vying for supremacy, but they’re not always focussed on the same thing. However, after the PS5 launched with the Pulse 3D headset, Microsoft have clearly decided that there’s a gap in the market for an official headset flavoured especially for the green and black console crowd; enter the Xbox Wireless Headset, set to launch on the 16th of March, 2021.
Now, this isn’t the first headset from Microsoft, or the first they’ve made themselves for the Xbox family of consoles, but it is the first gaming headset that jumps into the premium price bracket, with an RRP of $99.99 in the US or £94.99 in the UK.
It’s little surprise to see that the Xbox Wireless Headset comes in a black and green colour scheme, but what you might not have expected is that it doesn’t look too much like a gaming headset, with a subdued appearance that should mean the rest of your family don’t smirk behind your back. Much like SteelSeries Arctis 9X, the Wireless Headset is capable of connecting to your Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One family of consoles without an additional dongle, keeping those USB ports free for whatever else you might have plugged into them.
The Xbox Wireless Headset supports Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos and DTS Headphone:X so you’re going to be well covered on the virtual surround sound front – Dolby Atmos remains my top pick here. I was initially a little disappointed to find there’s no 3.5mm connection, but there’s a sturdy 15-hour battery life, and connection possibilities are increased by the inclusion of Bluetooth, meaning you can take it on the go with you, hooked up seamlessly with your mobile device, or to your PC.
In fact, it’s saying all the right things, with the inclusion of EQ and customisation software built into the Xbox UI itself, letting you adjust the auto-mute mic sensitivity and mic monitoring without any additional hassle, and they look suitably comfy as well. We’ll look forward to testing them out as soon as we can!