The design of the Xbox One Stereo Headset is completely inline with the matte and glossy textures featured on the Xbox One console. The headphones feature a sleek black colour on the outside whilst retaining the iconic Xbox green on the inner cups. The build quality comes across as quite cheap but this makes them completely lightweight, which I appreciated.
The highlight of the design is the retractable microphone. At first glance, you’ll fail to notice it. When extended it’s at perfect length to speak into without getting that unwanted deep breathing whilst playing. It clicks back into position seamlessly thanks to a magnetic mechanism that’s built into the controller.
The headphones are extremely comfortable to wear. This is thanks to the significant about of foam that’s placed around the headphones. This also means that the headphones rate extremely well in the sound leakage department. This also means that it works well blocking outside noises from the outside world. I’m somebody who only wants to wear headphones when I want to immerse myself in a game, so this is something that I really appreciated. The headset features a 3.5MM pin which means that you can use these headphones with almost any audio device. The design isn’t so amazing that you’d want to wear them out the house but it’s nice to see that they’re not locked down to a propriety connection.