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What Is Mic Monitoring on Xbox?

Written by, Mihajlo Trajcheski

Updated September, 13, 2022

Choppy mic audio is not only unpleasant for those on the receiving end, but it can be detrimental to your gameplay in co-op games. 

That’s where the mic monitoring feature on your Xbox comes into play.

But, what is mic monitoring on Xbox, how can you enable it, and when does it come in handy? 

Let’s find out. 

What Is Mic Monitoring? 

Mic monitoring is a feature that allows you to check what other players hear when you communicate with them in-game.

It essentially feeds your mic input to your headphones so you can check how sensitive your mic is, whether the other players hear any unnecessary background noises, like keyboard strokes, your dog’s barks, or the TV in the living room, or if you’re talking too loudly into the mic. 

Nowadays, having the best setup accessories is crucial for every gamer.  Most gaming (and some regular) headsets like the Razer Kraken Ultimate Headset have a monitor microphone and for a good reason. Adjusting your mic is crucial to a successful game, especially a co-op game, where communication is an essential part of the gameplay. 

What’s more, monitor microphones aren’t a gamers-only feature. It’s also useful in business meetings and any other form of online communication.

Advantages of mic monitoring

A mic monitor headset is the best way to make sure that your communication online isn’t interrupted by outside noises or that you’re not ruining the gaming session by being too loud.

Some of its other advantages include:

  • Allows real-time troubleshooting

This feature helps gamers identify problems with their mic in real time and fix the issue sooner rather than later. If your mic monitoring is on, you can immediately hear if your mic cuts in and out, interrupts, or distorts your voice. 

  • Avoid raising voices

One of the most annoying parts of playing co-op games is when a teammate’s voice is too loud. It prevents everyone from hearing what others have to say and forces others to raise their voices too, which eventually leads to a shouting match that disrupts the gaming session.

With voice monitoring, however, players can immediately tell if they’re being too loud and adjust their mic settings accordingly.

  • Better communication

A microphone monitor ensures smooth communication because it essentially forces the player to adjust their settings and allows for a better gaming experience.

For example, if your microphone is picking up background noises, or perhaps the audio isn’t adjusted to the right volume, you’ll be able to hear it in your headphones and know you need to fix it. 

How To Enable Mic Monitoring on Xbox

If you want to communicate in games while playing on your Xbox One, you’ll need to get an Xbox headset that’s compatible with the gaming console. In most situations, the mic monitoring feature on Xbox headsets is automatically enabled once you plug it into the controller. 

If your Xbox mic monitoring is off, here’s how you can turn it on:

  1. Plugin your headset into your Xbox controller.
  2. Go to ‘System’ and open ‘Audio.’
  3. Adjust the mic monitoring slider. Once you are satisfied with the Xbox One headset volume, you can start gaming.

To turn the feature off, return to the Xbox One headset settings and lower the slider or remove the headphones from the controller.

Alternatives For Mic Monitoring

If your headphones don’t support the mic monitoring feature, there are some alternatives that you can consider.

You can try a third-party controller like ‘The Turtle Beach Audio Controller’, which can customise the volume without you having to manually change your settings. Additionally, this device offers four different audio presets that you can use to control the volume of the game and the chats.

Another alternative for Xbox headset mic monitoring is the ‘Astro Gaming MixAMP Pro’. This headset is versatile, has excellent volume control options both for gaming and work, and has a ‘Dolby Digital Surround Sound’ feature that balances the sound between the voice chat audio and the game.

Bottom Line

What is mic monitoring on Xbox? It’s a must-have feature for gamers who prefer co-op games. The software feeds your mic input into your headset so you can check your mic sensitivity and adjust your volume settings before it can disrupt your gaming sessions.

As someone who grew up gaming and always had a love for random facts, being able to write about gaming and technology for a living has been an absolute treat. Whenever I’m not researching my next topic for Don’t Disappoint Me, I am deflecting the attacks of Bosses in Sekiro, investigating a murder in Disco Elysium, helping Zagreus escape the underworld in Hades, or flanking enemies in Call of Duty with my squad. Having studied English language and literature has helped me merge these two worlds of random facts and gaming into a fulfilling career.