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Xbox Live Audio Quality Will Be Improved in Upcoming Update

Posted by DEVIL on August 27, 2010 at 8:56 PM


Microsoft will improve the quality of voice communication on Xbox Live through a system update, scheduled to arrive this fall. The update will upgrade the audio codec that handles all the online sound communications.


Eurogamer reports that Xbox Live Studios boss Jerry Johnson said at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival this afternoon that they will change the codec that controls the sound, because the communications speed has change since the launch of Xbox Live in 2002 to the present:


"The codec we used when we first launched was a low bit rate codec and we stuck with that," Johnson explained.

"We launched and we said we required broadband. We required a 64k connection, which not many people think of as broadband any longer. But that was the minimum requirement to run the service at the time.

"It's time for us to move on. Especially if we want to think about broadening - a crackly headset on the top of your head – not what people think of when they talk about popular entertainment."


You just have to wait a few weeks, and then you will be able to clearly hear that 10 year old calling you "noob" on your headset.

Categories: Microsoft, Xbox Kinnect

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