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How To Use a USB Microphone on Xbox

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There might be a time when you just want to use a USB Microphone on your Xbox but then remember that you don’t know how to do so. Well, you’re in luck, as today, that will be the focus of our discussion; how to use a USB Microphone on an Xbox. 

We must first ask ourselves if a USB Microphone can even be connected to an Xbox console, and the answer is yes, it can.

USB Microphones and Xbox Explained

An Xbox is a gaming device made by Microsoft that allows you to play various video games. There are different console versions of this brand, such as the original Xbox, the Xbox 360, the Xbox One, and the Xbox Series X. While not being able to match the best gaming PCs with regards to performance, it’s at least as good as or better than other consoles in that department. It frees you from worrying about PC requirements for every game.

If you don’t know what exactly it is, a USB microphone is a microphone with the connector end in the shape of a USB, which means it’s meant to connect to USB ports, contrary to the typical 3.5nn mic. The main difference between a USB microphone and an analog one is the mode of connection to a device. USB microphones have become very used in the gaming community because they’re more affordable without sacrificing quality. They are easy to use and can be gotten almost anywhere you want.

USB mics don’t give you much hassle as the only thing you need to do is plug them into your device’s allocated USB port. These audio gadgets work consistently regardless of what you connect them with, and they are portable too. 

Using a USB Microphone on Your Xbox

The problem with using a USB microphone on your Xbox device is that Xbox One consoles – which we are using as a case study for this article – only have one USB port and that port doesn’t recognize audios. This means that just plugging your USB Microphone into the USB space of your Xbox won’t do. Even if you see the light and it being on, it will not transmit any audio signals from the Xbox to your microphones.

Knowing this, how do you get around it? You can find a few ways that will successfully make a USB microphone work with your Xbox One, but you will need certain tools for these alternative methods to work. Don’t be scared; it’s not a tedious process, and all you need to do is fix what needs to be fixed where it should be fixed.

All USB microphones that you plug into your Xbox One will work with these accessories. Below are the two methods to connect a USB microphone to an Xbox One device.

Method #1: Using Controller Extension Port

The first method will require a stereo headset adapter and a controller extension port. The steps are listed below:

  1. Place your stereo headset adapter in the controller extension port.
  2. Plug the actual stereo headset into the 3.5mm audio port of the adapter.
  3. Utilize the buttons of the adapter and adjust the volume of your mic.
  4. Turn on your Xbox One.

Method #2: Using Your Xbox Controller

This method needs you also to have a stereo headset adapter and goes as follows:

  1. Connect your stereo headset adapter to the rectangular expansion port under your Xbox controller – all Xbox controllers have them.
  2. Press and leave your hand on the chat audio button till the sound has only chat audio. The chat audio button is on the stereo headset adapter.
  3. Enjoy using your USB mic.


In this article, we discussed USB microphones and how they are not conventionally able to connect to an Xbox console. But then, we gave you two alternative ways to get your USB microphone to connect to your Xbox One: through the controller extension port and via your Xbox controller.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use an external microphone on my Xbox?

Yes, but you must have an AUX port on the microphone to work. Removing the microphone from the headset that you can then fix to the AUX port is necessary, and after that, you’ll plug the microphone through a USB as a power source. 

Is it possible to use a USB microphone on my Xbox 360?

Since we talked about an Xbox One, I felt some of you would ask this question. You can, but not for all USB microphones because some don’t have an Xbox 360s operating program since you don’t need new drivers.

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