Wires can be annoying with their magical ability to just get tangled up, with no lead to untangling them back. The way they can cause a litter and make your home look like a swamp is also a disadvantage. In this walkthrough, we will be explaining how to connect Bluetooth headphones to your Xbox One.
As a gamer, you wouldn’t want this, instead you’d want to go wireless. The wireless style is the latest style in owning technological devices.
Bad news is that for sounds, the Bluetooth headphone revolution hasn’t quite circulated properly in gaming yet. Technically, you can use Bluetooth headphones on modern video game consoles but it’s costly.
Bluetooth Headphones Compatible With Xbox One
Plainly put, no Bluetooth headphone works with Xbox One. No current generation console is compatible with Bluetooth audio. The Bluetooth capabilities they posses is only for the wireless controller connectivity. There are just a few exceptions, which we would explore in this article today.
Perhaps, you have a pair of Bluetooth headphones that you already have eyes for, there’s no need to fret yet. There is a workaround that we’ll get to shortly. The good news (if you consider dolling out hundreds of dollars as “good news”) is there are a bunch of wireless gaming headsets designed with Microsoft’s special “Xbox Wireless” technology in mind. Microsoft has a special page on its online storefront just for Xbox-compatible headsets. Some of the most noteworthy models include:
Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 ($100)
- Kingston HyperX CloudX ($160)
- SteelSeries Arctis 9X ($200)
- LucidSound LS35X ($180)
- Corsair HS75 ($150)
How To Connect Bluetooth Headphones To Your Xbox One Controller
Without support for Bluetooth, the only way to pair your headphones to your Xbox console is through a third-party Bluetooth adapter. It’s not the best option; it’s your only option.
There are two types of device:
- Bluetooth Transmitter: The cheapest and most common Bluetooth adapter, this lets you hear audio transmitted from the Xbox One.
- Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver: A Bluetooth transmitter and receiver lets you hear transmitted sounds, and use voice-chat if your cans have a microphone.
1. How To Enable Bluetooth On Xbox Controllers With An Audio Jack
This depends on the type of Xbox controller you have. Regardless of which model you have, to enable controller audio remember to sync your Xbox controller with the Xbox One, first.
Newer game pads have a built-in 3.5mm audio jack. This is the simplest way to connect wired and wireless headphones.
- Plug the Bluetooth transmitter’s 3.5mm male connection into the audio jack in base of the Xbox One controller.
- Select the option to Pair your headphones to the adapter.
Note: You can also connect to your TV, too. Since these devices aren’t specifically made for your Xbox, you can plug them into more or less any device with a headphone port to give it Bluetooth capabilities. That includes your TV.
So, if you don’t want the Bluetooth dongle dangling between your hands while you play, check your TV has an audio jack and plug the adapter into that instead.
2. How To Pair Bluetooth Headphones To An Xbox Controller With No Audio Jack
This is for those who have the original Xbox One controller, to connect your headset to the console you’ll need two things:
- Bluetooth transmitter
- Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter
The first set of Xbox One controllers didn’t even have a 3.5mm audio jack. Whether you’re connecting wireless or wired headphones, you need the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter (a chunky first-party peripheral that plugs into your Xbox pad).
This bit of kit was originally intended to connect wired headphones to the console by providing the missing 3.5mm female audio port.
It can still be used for your Bluetooth headphones.
- First, pop the headset adapter into the port at the bottom of the controller.
- Grab your Bluetooth transmitter and attach it to the 3.5mm wire dangling from the end of the headset adapter.
- Pair your headphones to the device.
3. How To Connect Bluetooth Headsets To Xbox One Using Optical
There is a third way to get Bluetooth on your Xbox: using a Bluetooth adapter that supports digital optical connections. This connection is typically for hooking up sound bars, but you can also use it to bring Bluetooth to your Xbox.
This won’t apply to every transmitter but, alongside a 3.5mm port, some also have a digital optical cable. And at the back of your Xbox One, you’ll find a S/PDIF optical audio out port.
- Connect your Bluetooth transmitter’s digital optical to the S/PDIF port to the rear of the Xbox.
- Switch transmitter mode from 3.5mm (or AUX) to S/PDIF if your device supports it.
- Connect your headphones to the transmitter via Bluetooth.
The digital optical isn’t one hundred percent because it is out-put only so you wouldn’t be able to speak to your friends on Xbox One.
If you use the Xbox Series X|S, unfortunately the digital output connection is missing from the console, with Xbox head Phil Spencer all but saying not enough people used the port to warrant spending money on it.
Not to worry as most modern TVs also have an optical port, so you can always connect the transmitter that way.
4. Using Bluetooth Headsets With Remote Play On Xbox One
If a small screen doesn’t deter or make you any less of a player, the Xbox Remote Play is a good option. It allows you play Xbox One with the aid of your Bluetooth headphones on your phone. Modern Xbox controllers, such as those that come with the Xbox One S, are Bluetooth-enabled (as well as using Xbox Wireless).
Remember, you need to be within close(ish) proximity to your console for this to work.
You’ll need the Xbox app for Android or iOS, Bluetooth headphones or earbuds, and a new Xbox controller and gaming clip. You can alternatively use a mobile-compatible Bluetooth controller.
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To get started:
- Pair your headphones and phone.
- Connect your Xbox controller to your phone or attach a mobile Bluetooth controller like the Razer Kishi.
- On your Xbox One, hit the Guide Button and select Profiles & system.
- Go to Settings > Device & connections > Remote features.
- Check the box Enable remote features.
- Change the power mode to Instant-on.
- Open the Xbox app.
- Tap on the Remote Play button at the top of the screen.
- If you haven’t done so already, select Set Up A Console. If you have linked your console to the app, choose Remote play on this device.
You can now start playing all your Xbox games on the console, with sound played through your Bluetooth headphones.
5. Bringing Bluetooth Connections To Xbox One
The downside of Xbox One lacking in Bluetooth capabilities can also be fixed by using a transmitter to connect your Bluetooth headphones to Xbox.
Headphones and wireless earbuds aren’t necessary if you want to use one of these devices. You could even connect Bluetooth speakers to the Xbox One to give your audio a bit of a boost.
Note: From the Xbox One’s audio settings, you can turn on Windows Sonic. The Window Sonic gives a 3D spatial support that makes your game much more realistic.
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