How to use your own earphones with Xbox One

How to use your own earphones with Xbox One

You don't have to purchase a sometimes expensive, over the top gaming headset to get the most from your Xbox One audio experience, especially if you've already invested in a set of good earphones you love. Most gaming headset aren't exactly the style you might want to be sporting on the bus on the way to work and although there are some features you'll lose, but ultimately earphones you can use for all functions may well be the way to go for you.

This part is super simple as long as you're using the more recent versions of the Xbox One controller. These have the 3.5mm headset jack in the bottom, and so to use them all you have to do is plug the headphones into the controller.

If you're using a first-generation Xbox One controller, there is, unfortunately, no headphone jack. As such, you'll need to invest in a Stereo Headset Adapter. It connects to the bottom of your controller with your headphones hooking up to the bottom of the adapter.

You also get added handy features like volume adjust, chat/game audio mix adjust, and a big old mute button. Even on the later versions of the Xbox One controller (with the headset jack), you can gain a fair bit from using one of these.

The official Microsoft one is no longer sold new, however well-known headset maker, Turtle Beach has an excellent alternative.

Now you've got a connection directly to the controller or via an adaptor you're ready to plug in any earphones or headphones and get on with some gaming. Just before we dive in though there's still a couple of decisions to make. The first of which being do we need to communicate with friends or other players? Obviously to do this we will require a microphone. Many earphones these day will come equipped with a microphone and most of these will function with your new Xbox setup. 

Finally you'll need to think about how much sound detail of the game you need to hear? If you play a lot of racing games and engine noise is the most common noise that is likely to be pumping out of your earphones then sound quality might not be as important for you than someone who needs to hear the detail in the sound down to the smallest footstep.

Our Recommendation

Soundmagic E11C

Soundmagic don't claim to have created a gaming specific earphone with the Soundmagic E11C, but as it boasts a combination of great detail and range in sound quality and a fantastic microphone on the inline control panel this model lends its hand perfectly to a great alternative to specific gaming headphones.

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