How to Use a 360 Headset on a PC


Your Xbox 360 headset can be used on your computer to avoid having to purchase a separate headset. Two methods are available to get dual use out of your headset. You can purchase and install an adapter attachment. If you don't want to purchase the adapter, you can reconfigure your Xbox 360 headset for use on your PC. You can reconfigure the headset with a few simple steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with a USB 2.0 port
  • Xbox 360 headset
  • Xbox 360 wired controller
  • Download the correct drivers for the Xbox 360 controller.

    Be sure to select "Xbox 360 Controller for Windows" under the "Select Your Product" list. The wireless controller will not let you connect your headset to your PC.

  • Install the drivers you've just downloaded. Double-click the file, and follow the instructions that appear on screen.

  • Plug the 360 controller into a USB port on your computer.

  • Plug your 360 headset into the jacks on the controller.

    The jacks are located on the edge of the controller facing you when holding it normally in both hands.

  • Open the "Audio" tab in the "Sounds and Audio Devices" control panel.

    Open the "Start" menu, and navigate to "Settings," then "Control Panel," then "Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices," then "Sounds and Audio Devices." Click on the "Audio" tab in "Sounds and Audio Devices."

  • Under "Playback," select the sound card in your PC.

    It may be selected automatically.

  • Under "Recording," choose "Xbox 360 Controller for Windows (headset)."

    This step will tell your computer to listen for incoming audio signals from the microphone of the headset plugged in to the controller.

Tips & Warnings

  • These instructions are for a PC running Windows Vista or Windows 7.

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