Xbox One and Xbox 360 audio compared

Microsoft says Skype audio codec integration and "dedicated audio processing" will result in "crystal clear" quality on next-gen console.

Microsoft today provided an aural example of the difference between Xbox One and Xbox 360 voice chat quality.

Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb provided two audio clips, one recorded on Xbox One and the other on Xbox 360.

Xbox One audio quality is said to be an improvement over Xbox 360 due to integration with Skype's audio codec, as well as "dedicated audio processing."

In addition, thanks to the Xbox One controller's new expansion port, the rate at which data is transferred between the controller and the console is increased, resulting in better audio quality.

Speech is captured on the Xbox One at 24 KHz PCM, which is triple the rendering sample rate and a 50 percent capture rate improvement over Xbox 360 headsets, Microsoft said.

An Xbox One chat headset will be included with every Xbox One and sold separately for $25.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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505 comments
crazyrage23
crazyrage23

ehh... Im still pretty sure no one care about my life or yours.. thats beside the point if your that worried about them spying on you just unplug the damn thing... I still win

DarthLod
DarthLod

Ohh, and does it record your voice and sent it to the government as well?

SpinDie25
SpinDie25

Id like to see a mic comparison from a non-microsoft employee

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

I really wish they would support most all USB headsets and mic, forget using the wireless controller. Even wireless usb to xb1 would be good. 

edwardecl
edwardecl

So they are holding back the OPUS codec (I assume they are using this) from the 360 then advertising it as a feature... eh?

Mon6ana
Mon6ana

see shell shee shell by the shee sore

macwho
macwho

Exactly why I never bothered wearing head sets on my 360 as I could barely understand ppl half the time anyway expecially when you are also shooting a gun but with the Xbox One sound quality this will make the exp. way more enjoyable. Makes you wonder why Microsoft has let Sony get so far ahead and now showing off all the small things that make a concole great.

ORB1T4LOne
ORB1T4LOne

I'll finally hear the real voices of my XBL friends after almost 4 years of friendship =) 

conspirethis
conspirethis

How about PCM 7.1 support? PS3 had that. 24/192 7.1 or 24/96 Khz 7.1 would be awesome (even 5.1, but yeah).

JOHN1486
JOHN1486

Hmmm ear buds or airtraffic controller headset?

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

"She sells sea shells on the sea shore"

There may be greater clarity in the message, but I'm not entirely convinced myself.  I expect a 180 in a couple of weeks; she'll be selling them via XBL thanks to the power of the cloud.

OrphanSlapper
OrphanSlapper

I'm buying ps4 because i want next gen. Xbox one isn't next gen because there is nothing new now that they have reversed all of their policies. If people want to buy an inferior console to the ps4 (hardware, software, games etc.) and still want to dash out 100 more dollars, i'm just going to say, instead of having a pointless argument, "let me know how that works out for you".

neprisistates
neprisistates

24 KHz is shit is still shit, but I can think a couple of other reasons why ms implement this new skype codec. Haha ms even provided audio sample, the nsa guys will hear you "crystal clear"

nero2142
nero2142

Xbox one track doesn't work for me, i guess its becouse im in region not supported by xbox one ... or using iexplorer.... either way good job Microsoft .

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

Nice improvement.

Assuming I believe it's 100% accurate and not tweaked ever so slightly.

garysingh34
garysingh34

They still trying to win back consumers by releasing this kind of news.

hadlee73
hadlee73

So now you'll be able to hear the little COD kids calling you a biatch clearer than ever, lol

DeveloperDre
DeveloperDre

@DarthLod why yes it does, and by the way, the government called back and told me to tell you that you should have used the word "send", not "sent"...

QuadThumbs
QuadThumbs

@jenovaschilld actually the wireless controller does have a 10 foot USB/Micro USB cord that it plugs into. So now you can use your wireless controller on your PC. No need to buy a separate Wired controller :)

ORB1T4LOne
ORB1T4LOne

@conspirethis You're giving numbers that are related to game audio/console hardware capabilities. 24Khz is great for audio chat ;)

And don't forget, the new Xbox One controller expansion port is actually a modified HDMI plug, so maybe we'll see headsets that plugs right into it instead of having a huge box connected to the optical port of the console, as HDMI can handle 5.1 and even 7.1 audio, you can easily imagine a headset you'll just need to plug in the controller's port and you're ready to go :D

innocent69
innocent69

@OrphanSlapper IN 4 YEARS WHEN YOU GET A 100% PS4 GAME, let me know how that works out for you, LoL

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

@OrphanSlapper Lol what has the PS4 done? The Kinect is more next gen than the PS4 alone whether you like it or not. 

Pedro_De_Pacas
Pedro_De_Pacas

@OrphanSlapper 

The PS4's best feature is that it lets you play used games offline. How is that "next gen"?

The xbox one has more next gen features than you can count.  And that extra $100 you're crying about is for dedicated servers, not kinect. 

innocent69
innocent69

@nero2142 that would be Gamespot, not MS. As the tracks do work on the MS website.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

@hadlee73 what idiot willingly enters a public cod lobby with their voice chat enabled and headset worn? jeez, i havent done that since mw2 and thats only because it was forced if i wanted to chat with friends in a game party while playing. slow learner are we?

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@hadlee73 Who needs to play CoD to get annoyed by children when you have the Gamespot comment section?

deadly_yank33
deadly_yank33

@hadlee73 all the CoD kids will be on the ps3.5 since its cheaper and soccer moms always go for the cheaper option.

MrMilkmann
MrMilkmann

@Shantmaster_K @OrphanSlapper How so? I'm not taking either side here, although I will be getting a PS4 just because M$ fucked themselves with their original policies, but both of them seem pretty equally matched.

SpinDie25
SpinDie25

@Pedro_De_Pacas Saying the extra $100 is for dedicated servers is just asshattery.  Than what about the millions of people who are going to buy the console with no intention of playing online? Not to mention they did not even announce dedicated servers until long after the $500 price tag. If anything the $60 annual xbox live cost would pay for the dedicated servers. Don't just spread misinformation because it sounds good to you in your own head

twisted_outlaw
twisted_outlaw

@Pedro_De_Pacas You Xbox fanboys constantly make up crap. Everytime I read an Xbox fanboy post, I realize why XBL has deteriorated over the years.

twisted_outlaw
twisted_outlaw

@mucking_foron @neprisistates Maybe from skype and PS allowing the government to store all the voice chat's you ever had. And now with the new kinect and skype, they will be able to record and store everything you do on video as well.

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

@MrMilkmann @Shantmaster_K @OrphanSlapper You do know the PS4 had the same policies the Xbox One had, but removed them before E3 once MS got negative feeback right? Doesn't look like it. 

jawslover
jawslover

@96augment @deadly_yank33 @hadlee73 Nah, Nintendo's got a shitty reputation with the younger twitch shooter crowd now, it's all between Sony and MS, and with the PS4 being cheaper 99% of them will flock to it.