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Turtle Beach XO Three Headset Review

/ Dec 21st, 2017 No Comments

turtle beach xo three review

With the evolution of constantly online multiplayer games, a gaming headset is almost a necessity these days. Unfortunately, finding the right headset can be a chore. It’s even harder when you’re looking for a decent set of headphones that won’t break the bank.

That is why the $70 Turtle Beach XO Three headset (available for as little as $50 at many retail outlets at the time of writing) is especially impressive. The lightweight wired headset sports a comfortable design and provides every feature casual gamers need.

Above Your Paygrade

The XO Three isn’t exactly eye-catching, sporting a black design with bright green accents that are slightly more yellow than Microsoft’s signature Xbox color. While it isn’t flashy, the basic design is also nothing you’d be embarrassed to wear.

A chunky leather strap and large foam earcups provide a cushy, comfortable feel. The headset also includes a detachable boom mic with a flexible arm that can be shaped to the wearer’s liking.

The 3.5 mm audio cable is equipped with a small remote that features a volume wheel and microphone mute button. It connects directly to an Xbox One controller or other device, which means you’re good to go if you have the newer Xbox One controller designed with a 3.5 mm audio jack. However, you will need an extra dongle to connect the headset to the original Xbox One controller. The headset was specifically designed to use with Xbox One, so it’d be nice if the adapter were included in the package.

Microsoft makes a stereo headset adapter that retails for $25, but the Turtle Beach Elite Pro Audio Adapter better takes advantage of the headset’s audio capabilities. The problem is that it costs $50, which is essentially as much as the XO Three headset itself.

Super Sonic

With 50 mm drivers and a high-sensitivity mic, the XO Three delivers crisp sound that outperforms its price range. It loses some of its crispness at high volumes, but it is overall excellent for a headset in this price range. However, the more affordable headset is lacking key features that are standard on pricier options, including noise cancellation, surround sound and customizable equalization.

One excellent feature it does have is compatibility with Windows Sonic for Headphones, which is a relatively new option for 3D sound on Xbox One. While not as acute as surround sound, the 3D sound works well enough to immerse you further into the game. Playing Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, I could clearly tell if gunfire was coming from the left or the right.


Windows Sonic on Xbox One

Windows Sonic on Xbox One

Windows Sonic boosts the overall sound quality of the headset, including a noticeable bass boost. To turn this feature on, go to the settings menu on your Xbox One, go to the display and sound tab and change the audio output setting for headphones.


At its regular price of $70, the Turtle Beach XO Three headset is a solid choice for casual gamers. The headset delivers crisp sound, clear voice chat and can be worn comfortably for hours at a time. Taking full advantage of the headset through Windows Sonic is highly recommended.

The XO Three can currently be purchased for as little as $50, and its competitors at this smaller price point are not nearly as efficient. However, it is important to know that this may not be as great of an option for players who own the original Xbox One controller. It will cost at least another $25 investment for an adapter, so be aware before you buy.


Ryan Bloom

Ryan Bloom

Chief Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ryan Bloom is a writer and avid gamer from Orange County. He received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton in 2010. Follow him on Twitter @BloomsTweets.
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The XO Three delivers great performance for a headset in this price range.


The large cushioned earcups, thick leather strap and light weight make the XO Three extremely comfortable to wear for hours at a time.


There's nothing striking about the design, but it is far from ugly. It's a shame the green color is just a bit off of the Xbox green.


At its current price, you'd have to fork over about $30 more to get a minimal upgrade, but make sure you have a compatible Xbox One controller.

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