How to Get Game Sound Through a USB Headset

By Veronica Scott

A USB headset can be used in conjunction with computer/online games and other software. Here is how to set up a USB headset on both Windows and Mac systems.

Step 1

Plug your headset into a USB port on the computer, not a USB hub or external device. Select "Headset" as your default device.

Step 2

In Windows open the "Control Panel" from the "Start" menu and go to "Sounds and Audio." Under the "Audio" tab go to "Sound Recording" and set the computer to use the USB headset.

Step 3

In Windows under the the "Audio" tab go to "Sound Playback" to adjust the sound output you hear through the headphones. Set the computer to use the USB Headset microphone. Click "OK" to save your changes.

Step 4

In Mac OS X open the "Sound" option in "System Preferences" and select the "Output" tab, then select the USB headset device.

Step 5

In Mac OSX select the "Input" tab to adjust the sound going into the microphone and select "USB Headset" device.

Tips & Warnings

  • * Make sure that the "Mute All" box is unchecked under the speaker column (if you are using Windows).* Make sure that the volume is set at low (in Windows).* If your headset has volume controls on the cord, look for a green light once you connect the headset to the USB port. If the green light isn't on, the port is not usable and you should try another.* If the computer does not recognize the device, unplug the headset and try a different port. If that doesn't work then restart the computer with the headset connected.

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