How to Use a 360 Controller & Headset With Skype

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How to Use a 360 Controller & Headset With Skype
The Xbox 360 headset, both wired and wireless versions, can be used to talk on Skype. (William Thomas Cain/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Owners of Xbox 360 controllers can use their device and headset to talk on the Skype communication program. Skype is a VOIP service that allows users to call landlines or other users who are online. If you are using a wireless headset and a wireless controller, then you will need an Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows. The device allows accessories from the Xbox 360 console to be synced to the computer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Xbox 360 wired controller
  • Xbox 360 wired headset
  • or
  • Xbox 360 wireless controller
  • Xbox 360 wireless headset
  • Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows

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Instructions

    How to Talk on Skype with a Wired Controller

  1. 1

    Attach a wired Xbox 360 controller to your computer's USB port. Drivers will automatically be downloaded to the computer and the device will be ready for use.

  2. 2

    Attach or sync your headset to the attached controller. Both headsets, wired or wireless, can be used with the controller.

  3. 3

    Open Skype from the "Start Menu" or Desktop icon.

  4. 4

    Make or receive a call. The headset will automatically be detected, activated and used as your computer's microphone.

    How to Talk on Skype with a Wireless Controller or Headset

  1. 1

    Attach the Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows to one of your computer's USB ports. The device will automatically download any necessary drivers.

  2. 2

    Press and hold the "Sync" button on the top of device until the green light flashes. Once it does, it can be paired with another device, such as a wireless controller or headset.

  3. 3

    Sync your wireless controller or headset to the device. The wireless headset can be used without a controller and can be synced by holding the "Power" button on the side of the device. If you are using a wireless controller with a wired headset, attach the headset after the device has synced with the receiver.

  4. 4

    Open Skype from the "Start Menu" or Desktop icon.

  5. 5

    Make or receive a call. The headset will automatically be detected, activated and act as your computer's microphone for the duration of the call.

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