Microsoft has announced a new pair of headphones that is targeted at gamers. The Xbox Wireless Headset is its first wireless Xbox headset in almost a decade since the one it announced for the Xbox 360 back in 2011.
The new headphones come in black with leather-cushioned earcups and adjustable cushioned headbands. The earcups also have the Xbox-green accent around them and have borrowed the Surface Headphones‘ rotating earcups design for adjusting the volume.
The Xbox Wireless Headset also has an adjustable microphone with an auto-mute function that is activated when you stop talking. There is also a dedicated mute button and an LED that lets you know when the microphone is active. The headphones have “dual beamforming microphone elements that focus on speech audio vs surround sound”.
Microsoft didn’t say what the battery capacity is but the battery life is put at 15 hours on a single charge. While you won’t get super-fast charging like that of the Huawei Freebuds Studio (10-minute charge for 5 hours playback), Microsoft says that a 30-minute charge will provide 4 hours of working time. A full charge will take 3 hours and charging is via USB-C.
Users will be able to adjust equalizer settings, bass boost, auto mute, microphone LED brightness, and more with the Xbox Accessories app. Microsoft says that the headphones are for use with the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One series, and Windows 10 devices (via Bluetooth 4.2/Xbox wireless adapter or compatible USB-C cable), it has been reported that users can also pair it to their phone and console at the same time so that they can receive calls on the former while gaming.
The Xbox Wireless Headset will be available for purchase on March 16 for $99 worldwide. However, buyers can go ahead and pre-order it on the Microsoft online store.
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