Xbox 360 headset sound quality to improve this Novemeber

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by Guild McCommunist, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. Guild McCommunist

    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    May 6, 2009
    United States
    The Danger Zone

    The quality of sound that comes through Xbox 360 headsets will be significantly improved when Microsoft updates the Xbox 360 this Fall.

    The refresh, designed to coincide with the launch of Kinect, will upgrade the codec and audio infrastructure that underpins the quality of voice communication from Xbox 360 to Xbox 360, and should make for clear chat between gamers when they play online, Xbox Live Studios boss Jerry Johnson said at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival this afternoon.

    "The codec we used when we first launched was a low bit rate codec and we stuck with that," Johnson explained.

    "We launched and we said we required broadband. We required a 64k connection, which not many people think of as broadband any longer. But that was the minimum requirement to run the service at the time.

    "It's time for us to move on. Especially if we want to think about broadening - a crackly headset on the top of your head – not what people think of when they talk about popular entertainment."

    Microsoft introduced voice communication to the original Xbox with the November 2002 launch of Xbox Live.

    The quality of sound has long been the focus of complaints from gamers, particularly those who favour team based multiplayer titles.

    Some even prefer to use voice over internet protocol Skype to ensure every word is heard. [/p]

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    Most of the time the sound quality is alright but never great. Hopefully this will make it even better. I'm particularly interested in improving the sound quality when using the TV speakers, since it's practically unusable with TV speakers.
  2. Santee

    Santee GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 13, 2008
    United States
    Yea I hate when I'm using a guest account and can't hear anybody because I don't have a mic hopefully this will do something about that.
  3. Thoob

    Thoob LOLmonade.

    May 28, 2009
    [​IMG] You Xbox users need to try to hear someone over PSN... I often have my friends repeating stuff 3, even 4 times because the voice chat keeps cutting out. [​IMG] Admittedly, this is only on MW2, voice chat is perfectly clear on BFBC2 for some reason. [​IMG]
  4. Joe88

    Joe88 [λ]

    Jan 6, 2008
    United States
    tldr ver

    they will allow you to hear heavy breathers clearer and people who blast music into their mic