Microsoft this morning announced plans to release an Xbox 360-branded headset that can be used in conjunction with a PC, mobile phone or the company’s game console.

Long term, this may be the sort of device that could help enable new types of console games that make use of the mobile phone, as Microsoft has shown in technology previews. But that may be a bit of wishful thinking.

In the short term, it’s meant to give Xbox 360 users more ways of using their console headsets, beyond talking in multiplayer games, video chat or Avatar Kinect.

The device, set for release in November, will sell for $59.99. Microsoft says it uses Bluetooth to connect with phones and PCs, while connecting to the console using its standard radio frequencies. A switch will let users flip between the two modes, with blue and green LED light rings signaling the active mode. It charges via the Xbox 360 USB port.

Microsoft today also announced a new Xbox 360 media remote that will go on sale for $19.99, also in November. It’s designed for controlling the Xbox 360 Dashboard, CD and DVD playback, and Xbox Live services including Netflix, Hulu Plus and ESPN. Here’s a look at that device.

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  • Chris

    You know, MS could have just used Bluetooth like everyone else, and then you could just use a regular Bluetooth headset like you can with the PS3…

    • Greg Smith


    • Anonymous

      Well i have already tried regular Bluetooth, but didn’t get clean voice which i getting from this Xbox Bluetooth. I am still using this headset for my console.

  • Guest

    Congratulations to Microsoft on the release! This is great news for gamers who also own mobile phones and who also watch video.

  • Disqus

    What would the numbers on the remote be for?

    • Guest

      TV channels. (You can control a Windows Media Center PC using an Xbox 360.)

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