Xbox Series X|S customers will no longer have to listen to their buddies chewing on their mics, according to a new update from Microsoft that mutes environmental sounds in voice chats.
For the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Skip Ahead ring can now use a new party chat noise reduction option. It's included in the latest Xbox Update Preview and should eliminate distracting background noises during online chatting.
Microsoft describes the new feature as "we've activated a new feature that will run your microphone input through a noise suppression step to assist provide better audio in your Party Chat session." "You can toggle the option from the dropdown options menu and enable it by default."
If Microsoft has appropriately set the noise suppression, it should significantly improve. When you join a party chat, you won't have to listen to your friends' heavy breathing or unpleasant chewing, and distracting background noises like neighboring dog barks or loud bangs should be segregated to keep the audio as straightforward as possible.
It released a new audio setup screen in February that allows you to try out various audio options in real-time. Previously, when you connect a headset, it instantly mutes your speakers.
Microsoft has begun to take the Xbox Series X|S' audio capabilities more seriously in recent months. They release many improvements to increase the consoles' sound quality and customization possibilities.
Go to 'Settings' > 'Quantity & audio output' > 'Extra selections' if you want to show off a couple of these noises. You may silence navigation and notification sounds or choose between the two options right here. You can now enable Mono output and choose to have the audio physically muted when connecting a headset, which was previously only available on PS5 and PS4.
You can also access these options by going to 'Settings' > 'Accessibility' > 'Audio' and ticking your most popular options. If you've ever wanted to silence your Xbox Collection X, these settings will enable you to do so.
Of course, you'll need to be a member of the Xbox Insider Program to get all of these enhancements as soon as they're available. The platform is a sneak peek service that allows you to see impending Xbox upgrades before giving them out to everyone. Log in to the Xbox Insider software on your Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, or PC.
Alpha Skip Ahead, Alpha, Beta, Delta, and Omega are the five tiers of the preview platform. Alpha Skip Ahead gives you access to the most recent preview builds that he won't release to the public for several weeks, whereas Omega gives you access to preview builds that are almost ready to launch.