I recently picked up a cheap-o Xbox 360 wired headset (one that plugs into the wireless XBox 360 controller I use). I'm not an Xbox Live Gold member, and so I don't need chat features or anything - mostly what I'm looking for is to be able to hear the game's audio with the volume on my TV turned down. However, the headset doesn't seem to emit any of the game sounds. So far I've only tried it with Fable II.

Is this a result of my stinginess? If I pick up a better headset will I be able to use it to listen to the game sounds? Or is this somehow related to the game - do only some games send game audio to the controller? Or am I crazy to think that I'll be able to hear game audio through a headset connected to my XBox 360 wireless controller?

Any help or advice appreciated!

3 Answers 3


Sorry to disappoint, but the headphone jack on the controller is for voice communications only. Game sounds, music, etc. are all played through the display device (tv/monitor).

To get the audio from the Xbox to your headset you'll need some sort of converter cable/connector that turns the red/white connector that goes to your tv to the jack that you have on your headset.

  • That's sort of what I was figuring - glad I only spent $5 on the headset!
    – cori
    May 9, 2011 at 15:46
  • is this changed for xbox one?
    – siniradam
    Dec 24, 2013 at 16:28

I ended up purchasing a surround sound headset to solve this particular issue.

  • I got the wired, stereo version of Turtle Beach headphones and they're spectacular. I have it hooked to the audio out of the TV itself, so I can also watch TV and hear the sound through my headphones, even if the xbox is off.
    – JustinP8
    May 9, 2011 at 15:25

Go into the game's settings and pick "headset" for game sounds.

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