360 headset chat quality to be improved this fall

Friday, 27th August 2010 08:07 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Microsoft confirmed it’s to improved the quality of 360 headset chat this year, speaking in the UK yesterday.

The firm said it’s to upgrade the codec used by the 360 headset when it revamps the console’s firmware for Kinect this autumn, according to this Eurogamer report.

“The codec we used when we first launched was a low bit rate codec and we stuck with that,” said Xbox Live Studios boss Jerry Johnson, speaking at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival.

“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 chat to the original Xbox with the November 2002 launch of Xbox Live.



  1. JimFear666

    playstation did it like… 2 years ago…

    #1 4 years ago
  2. LordCancer

    by the gods bout fucking time!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. freedoms_stain

    I hope they bump up the volume too, it’s fine when using the stock headset, but if you’ve got a combined voice + headphones headset it can be hard to hear the chat over the game.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. The_Deleted

    But do we really need to hear some of the whinging twats you get on LIVE any clearer..?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Nozz

    yay! now i can hear more screaming a-holes shout abuse to me in better quality…

    #5 4 years ago
  6. freedoms_stain

    Yeah, but you can really appreciate being called a faggot when it’s crystal clear.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Blerk

    You’ve not truly been called a faggot unless you can hear the spittle hitting their microphone.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Moonwalker1982

    You never have to hear these annoying lamers if you don’t want. Just get in a party with friends and all is well :)

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Aimless

    @3 This.

    I game using 5.1 headphones with the headset around my neck, voice set to pump through the ‘speakers’. Despite this I can’t hear what anyone’s saying unless I manually adjust the game sound levels down to about 30-40%, and bizarrely some titles — like Halo — don’t even give you the option to do that.

    Whack a safety warning confirmation box in if that’s the problem, but I’d really appreciate being able to at least double headset volume.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. TerryWogan

    What headphones do you use? Sounds like you need some non-shit ones.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Aimless

    Very constructive.

    For the record I use a Sony MDR-DS3000 setup.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. LOLshock94

    they improved it ages and nw improvin again

    #12 4 years ago

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