How To Use a USB Microphone on Xbox One (and Series) – Step by Step Guide

Let’s admit it, connecting a USB microphone to your Xbox One is quite an unorthodox way to configure your Xbox gaming set-up. This is because Xbox One is primarily designed to accept gaming headphones that have audio monitoring and mic output. 

However, just because the design is flawed doesn’t mean that you can’t experiment and work your way out to connect a USB microphone to your Xbox One. 

The simplest way to use a USB microphone on Xbox One

If you do not want to go through any hassle when it comes to using a USB microphone on your Xbox one, we recommend using a USB microphone that is specifically designed for Xbox or PlayStation.

To give you the best reference, the Turtle Beach Stream Mic is one such USB microphone that is specifically designed for Xbox, PlayStation 4, and PC compatibility. 

The microphone comes with a dedicated USB cable that transmits the audio from the mic to the Xbox One.

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Turtle Beach Stream Mic includes a dedicated button that lets you switch mode between Xbox and PS4/PC.

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To connect Turtle Beach Stream Mic or any other such USB microphone, follow the simple steps listed below:

  • Step 1: Power on your Xbox one and choose the Xbox Live profile.
  • Step 2: Connect the micro USB connector to the microphone.
  • Step 3: Connect the USB Type-A end of the USB cable straight to the Xbox One console.
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If you need more help setting up this type of USB microphone to connect to your Xbox one, we recommend going through Turtle Beach’s support page

Connecting other USB microphones to Xbox One

If you cannot find USB microphones that are specifically designed for Xbox One, or if you already have one or more USB microphones lying around, you can trick the Xbox One platform into accepting audio input from such a USB microphone.

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Follow the steps listed below in order to connect a USB microphone that is not specifically designed for Xbox One, Xbox 360, or PlayStation models: 

Step 1: Make sure that your USB microphone has a dedicated volume controller. 

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Step 2: Also, make sure that your USB microphone has a dedicated 3.5 mm output.

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Step 3: You also need a dedicated Xbox One controller adapter in order for your USB microphone to work.

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Step 4: Another item that you need is an auxiliary cable splitter that has two female ends, one for mic input, and another for headphone input.

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Step 5: You also need a fairly long male-to-male aux cable.

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Step 6: Connect the stereo controller adapter to your Xbox One controller. 

Step 7: Connect the male end of the aux cable splitter to the Xbox One controller adapter.

Step 8: On the microphone female end of the aux cable splitter, connect the long male-to-male cable. 

Step 9: Connect the long male-to-male cable to the 3.5 mm output of the USB microphone. 

Step 10: If you have a pair of monitoring or regular headphones, connect it to the headphone female end of the aux cable splitter. 

Step 11: The final step is to make sure that you get the sound/audio profile configuration right. 

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Can you use a USB microphone on Xbox One?

Although Xbox One is not specifically designed for accepting USB microphone input, you can try the workaround we have listed above in order to connect your USB microphone to your Xbox One console. 

How do I connect my USB mic to my Xbox One?

If you have a USB microphone that is discreetly designed for Xbox One and PlayStation platforms, you can directly connect it to your Xbox One console using the micro USB to USB Type-A converter cable that comes included with the microphone bundle. 

Does Xbox support USB audio?

Yes, similar to modern PlayStation models, modern Xbox consoles do support USB audio. However, it is important to get the sound or audio configuration right within the console’s audio driver. 

Can you use any mic for Xbox One?

It is not recommended to use just any mic for Xbox One, especially USB microphones. However, you can try the splitter cable workaround in order to connect the microphone that you currently have to your Xbox One. 

How do I connect my studio mic to my Xbox One?

Practically, any type of microphone, whether it is a USB microphone, a 3.5 mm microphone, a regular microphone, a podcasting microphone, or a studio microphone can work with your Xbox one if you try the splitter cable workaround. 

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