The headset that comes the with Xbox One is a solid ‘OK’ on the headset-scale of terrible to excellent. That said, the adapter that actually attaches the headset to the controller is pretty fantastic; it has mute (with an indicator led), volume up and down – what else could you ask for?
This post will detail the steps I took to remove the stock speaker/microphone and add two 3.5mm sockets so that any headphone/microphone can be used instead.
What I used:
- Small screwdriver/tool to leverage plastics.
- Torx screwdriver (don’t remember the size – quite small).
- Soldering station/Heat gun.
- Wire/heat shrink/sleeving etc.
Using a small screwdriver (or similar tool) leverage the plastic shell that houses the adapter/control buttons – this isn’t very difficult but might require some uncomfortable force.
Remove the five torx screws (all the same size; three black, two silver). The two plastic prongs and casing should come apart easily now. At this stage you should have a situation similar to the following:
You are interested in the following part (I hope this was obvious):
You want to de-solder the blue, black, white and bare wire from the board. One set of two is for the headphone, the other is for the microphone.
From left the right:
- Microphone Ground (originally the bare wire).
- Microphone Positive (originally the white wire)*.
- Speaker Ground (originally the black wire).
- Speaker Positive (originally the blue wire).
* Considering there is only mono sound for the speaker, you might want to consider bridging the left and right channel on the 3.5mm socket side.
Attach new wiring, hook it up to a couple of 3.5mm sockets (Unfortunately I don’t think there is enough space inside to house internal 3.5mm sockets – I’d love to see if someone could make it possible though), heat shrink it, sleeve it and put it all back together and you’ll end up with something like the following:
Here it is attached to the (fantastic!) controller and my normal gaming headset:
Job done. Back to Forza 5!