For those unfamiliar with the Xbox 360's voice quality, well, it sounds like hot garbage. Considering the Xbox 360 comes from a time where audio codecs an bandwidth weren't what they are today, it's understandable. However, that sort of thing shouldn't stand for the Xbox One. Microsoft luckily agrees, as Major Nelson has just released an audio comparison between the Xbox One and 360.
As should be expected the difference is immediately apparent. The quality of audio in the Xbox One now relies on the Skype audio codec, which works fine for all of the people who use Skype. The other half is the improved data transfer rate between the controller and console. The miracle of technology, folk. Still, there's a question of what headset Major Nelson used to record the audio on Xbox One with.
Let's be 100% honest, for a straight recording the audio quality isn't stellar, but compared to the 360's microphone made of gravel it might as well be angelic. What I'm still wondering is how significant of a difference a different microphone will be. If Major Nelson used the Xbox One's bundled-in microphone, will other, more expensive microphones sound better? Or if Major Nelson used a different microphone, will the bundled-in one sound worse? Ahh, mysterious.
Xbox One will be launching this November and now has Skype integrated into its technology for both standard phone calls and party chat. Take a listen and see if you can notice the difference.