Microsoft has lifted the lid on a new Xbox Wireless Headset, the first official wireless headset for the console family since the Xbox 360.

As well as being compatible with every console from the Xbox 360 generation onwards, the upgraded headset boasts great benefits for Xbox gamers. Headlines features include “best-in-class audio performance” with support for Dolby Atmos audio, a dedicated boom mic with noise isolation tech and auto-mute functionality for improved communications with your teammates and impressive low-latency wireless performance.

It’s also lightweight and comfortable to wear, according to Microsoft, thanks to a combination of large, soft earcups and a thick adjustable headband to help spread pressure more evenly over longer gaming sessions. Oh, and did we mention it’s also compatible with PC and mobile devices via Bluetooth?

While it didn’t launch alongside the Xbox Series X like Sony’s competing Pulse 3D headset for PS5, it seems Microsoft fans have a lot to look forward to from Microsoft’s official Xbox wireless headset. If you’re interested, here’s how to pre-order one ahead of release in March.

When will the new Xbox Wireless Headset be released?

As announced by Microsoft, the new Xbox Wireless Headset is set to be released on 16 March 2021 in most Xbox territories, with pre-orders live at select retailers now.

How much will the new Xbox Wireless Headset cost?

The Xbox Wireless Headset comes in at a cool £94.99/$99.99, making it slightly more expensive than Sony’s competing Pulse 3D headset for the PS5 in the UK at £89.99, but it’s in-line with Microsoft’s option at $99.99 in the US.

It’s not the cheapest gaming headset on the market by any stretch of the imagination, but with great wireless performance, support for Dolby Atmos, a dedicated boom mic and the lack of reliance on dongles for connectivity, there’s definitely value to be had here.

If you do want something a little more upmarket, we cover the best gaming headsets in more detail separately, and if it’s a bargain you’re after, we’ve got the best gaming headset deals too.

Where can I buy the new Xbox Wireless Headset?

As mentioned, the new Xbox headset is available to pre-order at select retailers in the UK and the US ahead of release in March. The list is relatively light at the moment, but as more retailers put listings live, we’ll update the list, so check back soon if your favourite online storefront isn’t mentioned just yet.