“Xbox, snap crackle, pop!” Stereo Headset Adapter comes with hiss, too.

We’re less than 48 hours to Titanfall, and Microsoft is pushing hard to get their system ready for the users. Recently announced peripheral hardware has been released, including both the Xbox One Stereo Headset  and the standalone Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter. Both come with the incredibly convenient adapter, however everything isn’t all rosy.

While working on a review article for said devices, I ran into two major issues. One, a constant hiss when any headphones are connected to the adapter. The second being a crackle that follows the sound effects while moving around the main Xbox One interface. I spent a lot of time testing to make sure I wasn’t simply experiencing two different adapters with a defect.

What did Microsoft’s support team have to say?  Apparently the Stereo Headset Adapter is an emerging issue, and that they are currently collecting information and MS Engineers are working on a fix, and that they’d be contacting affected users with a fix once one has been determined.

While I’d still recommend the adapter as it fills a few key gaps, these two issues are worth noting. We will have a writeup shortly. Stay tuned!

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, at a young age I was forced to decide whether the harsh northern winters were going to claim my fingers, or to turn to the safer pursuits of indoor activities. Little did I know that a little game called Ninja Gaiden would bring my digits more pain than frostbite ever could. Starting with Vectrex and C64 games and moving forward through the era of electronic entertainment, I sampled as much as I could in the different platforms, and began my interest in PC gaming from wrestling with DOS memory management.

While console games were a part of my earliest gaming memories and I certainly had played on most platforms including 3D0, all things Nintendo, PS1 and the like, truly the PC was my domain until the Xbox. As an old PC gamer, I ever chased the cutting edge technology. Eye of the beholder with CGA 4 colors was my first step down the the path of blowing thousands of dollars on PC upgrades over two decades. Ultima 7, with the Guardian talking to me through my monitor, still haunts my dreams and keeps me ever hoping for a decent Ultima 8 and 9. From the 3DFX SLI VooDoo2s and Aureal to today's GPU driven DirectX games, the new and shiny pictures seem to keep me going. My PC gaming has slowed down with the market shift though, and although I have choice games that will ever be on PC, I have found myself in console gaming with a bit of portable gaming in my life.

Back around the turn of the millenium (and long before fatherhood), I had fired off an email offering to help Ron with a little-known site called ConsoleGold. Little did I know it would be be a part of my life to this day. While I've seen my fair share of shovelware (thanks Ron!), I manage to try and find the fun in most games. Leaning towards sandbox and action titles, I've grown to love games for their potential to reach art. Console agnostic and excited for the progress of tomorrow, I fancy the latest and greatest, but still enjoy the good old classics ... as long as they've been revamped from their 8bit graphic roots.

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