How to Use My Xbox 360 Headset on Skype

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How to Use My Xbox 360 Headset on Skype
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Offering instant messaging, voice chat and computer-to-phone calling, Skype seems to have it all. When using voice chat or making calls, you'll need a headset. The Xbox 360 headset works well, but you'll need to follow a few steps first.

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Things you need

  • Xbox 360 Controller
  • Xbox 360 Headset

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download the Xbox 360 drivers by clicking the "download now" button on the provided link (see Resources 1). Once the package downloads, double-click to install the drivers. This isn't necessary for all computers, but it only takes a few seconds and the package is very small, so it's worth downloading, as it may save you time later.

  2. 2

    Insert the USB cable from your Xbox 360 controller into your PC. Ensure that the connection is tight. If you are using a wireless Xbox 360 controller, you'll have to plug the charging cable into the top, so that you may use it like a regular USB controller.

  3. 3

    Plug the headset into the Xbox 360 controller.

  4. 4

    Turn the Xbox 360 controller on by pushing the large "X" in the middle of the controller. It will light up green to let you know that it has indeed been turned on.

  5. 5

    Navigate to Skype's "Options" menu by clicking "Tools" and then "Options." You'll see that the top two icons show a microphone and speakers. Both will be set to use your default computer options. Click each box, and select the "Xbox 360" option.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are running an older version of Windows, you may need to change some of the default Windows settings if the steps above don't work. If this applies to you, click "Start" > "Settings" > "Control Panel" > "Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices," and then "Sounds and Audio Devices." When you see the pop-up window, select the "Audio" tab. Under "Playback," select the default sound card for your computer. Under "Recording," choose the Xbox 360 option and slide the volume up to maximum.

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