Can You Connect Bluetooth Speakers to Xbox Series X? No, But You Can Try

Scott Daly

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Connecting a Bluetooth speaker to an Xbox Series X console would seem like something that should be easy to do – but it isn’t. An Xbox Series X|S can’t support standard Bluetooth speakers or any other standard Bluetooth accessory for that matter. Instead of giving the console Bluetooth suport, Microsoft instead integrated a proprietary technology they could have control over called Xbox Wireless. Xbox Wireless is a Wi-Fi Direct protocol created by Microsoft specifically for accessories that interface with the Xbox and requires special licensing from Microsoft to use (aka they get paid for all accessories).

Given all this, there are still a few options (none of them great) for connecting Bluetooth speakers to an Xbox if you really want to. All of them would require going through some intermediary device or an adapter, however. And because Microsoft doesn’t support these methods, your results may be mixed. Some have had success passing the HDMI output through an audio extractor or passing it to a receiver that can then connect to Bluetooth speakers. Others have directly connected the Xbox to their TV and used the capabilities of the TV to connect to Bluetooth. Some have claimed there’s a way to do it through the 3.5mm jack on compatible controllers (although this method is not recommended from a quality standpoint). We outline all the workarounds below so you can try whichever you think will work the best for you.

Connecting Bluetooth Speakers to Xbox Series X: Workarounds and Solutions

Because the Xbox Series X doesn’t directly support Bluetooth audio, you can’t simply pair your Bluetooth speaker and start playing. However, there are still a few ways to get your wireless speaker working with your Xbox:

Skull & Co. AudioBox Transmitter (Best Solution)

The Skull & Co. AudioBox is a Bluetooth transmitter specifically designed to address the lack of native Bluetooth audio on Xbox Series X and Xbox One controllers. It plugs directly into your controller’s 3.5mm headphone jack and transmits audio wirelessly to your Bluetooth headphones or speakers. This lets you enjoy wireless audio without additional cables running to your console or needing to purchase an HDMI audio extractor.

Skull & Co Bluetooth Transmitter for Xbox Series X

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HDMI Audio Extractors

These handy devices split the HDMI signal from your Xbox, giving you audio output options:

  1. Setup: Connect your Xbox to the HDMI input on the extractor. Run an optical or RCA cable from the extractor’s audio output to your speaker or soundbar.
  2. Limitations: This method may introduce a tiny amount of lag and isn’t normally wireless after the extraction.

Using Your TV, Monitor, Or Receiver

If your TV or monitor or receiver can support Bluetooth or a 3.5mm audio out, check this option:

  1. Pair or Wire: Depending on your TV/monitor, either pair your Bluetooth speaker directly with the TV or connect it using an audio cable.
  2. Xbox Sound Settings: Go to the Xbox audio settings and select the TV/monitor as the audio output device.

Bluetooth Transmitters

These can add Bluetooth capabilities to devices that don’t normally have them:

DeviceHow it Works
Bluetooth Transmitter with 3.5mm JackPlug this into your controller’s 3.5mm jack, then pair your speaker with the transmitter.
Bluetooth Transmitter with Optical InputConnect to your TV/monitor’s optical port, then pair your speaker with the transmitter.

Using Your Xbox Controller’s 3.5mm Jack

This is the simplest way to connect wired headphones or a Bluetooth adapter:

  1. Plug In: Find the 3.5mm headphone jack on your Xbox Series X controller. Connect your speaker with an audio cable or a compatible Bluetooth adapter.
  2. Audio Settings: Go to Xbox settings and adjust audio output to your headphones (this should route sound to the connected device).

Important Note: Regardless of the method you choose, you may experience some audio delay or latency with Bluetooth connections.

Key Takeaways

  • The Xbox Series X|S can’t directly (or easily) connect to Bluetooth Speakers
  • An HDMI audio extractor or Bluetooth transmitter is needed for a Bluetooth speaker with Xbox Series X.
  • Proper configuration in the ‘Volume & Audio Output’ settings of the Xbox is essential for sound setup.
  • The quality of sound from the Bluetooth speaker can vary based on audio settings and speaker type.

Connecting Bluetooth Speakers to Xbox Series X

The Xbox Series X offers a range of audio capabilities, but direct Bluetooth speaker connectivity is not one of them. Alternative connection methods are required to use Bluetooth speakers with your console.

Understanding Xbox Series X Audio Capabilities

The Xbox Series X does not support direct Bluetooth connectivity for audio devices, including speakers. Instead, the console uses Xbox Wireless technology for its accessories. This means traditional Bluetooth speakers can’t connect directly to the Xbox Series X. For high-quality sound, the console supports technologies like Dolby Atmos, which can enhance audio experience through compatible sound systems.

Alternative Connections for Enhanced Sound

To connect Bluetooth speakers to the Xbox Series X, users will need a Bluetooth transmitter that plugs into the console’s USB port or the 3.5mm jack on the controller. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide:

  1. Plug the Bluetooth transmitter into the controller’s headphone jack or the console’s USB port.
  2. Put the Bluetooth speaker in pairing mode.
  3. Sync the transmitter with the Bluetooth speaker, following the transmitter’s pairing instructions.

Connections through an HDMI cable to a smart TV may also allow for the use of the TV’s Bluetooth output options. Some users might consider using an optical audio cable with an audio extractor for better sound. Surround sound systems often connect through HDMI, which may provide an immersive sound experience compared to Bluetooth speakers.

Troubleshooting Common Connection Problems

Users may face issues when connecting Bluetooth speakers to an Xbox Series X. First, check the volume and sound quality to ensure they are at acceptable levels. If there is no sound or if the audio quality is poor, users should make sure the Bluetooth transmitter and speaker are properly paired. Firmware updates for all devices involved can resolve some connection problems.

Latency issues may occur with some Bluetooth devices. This refers to a delay between the action on screen and the sound from the speaker. Users can minimize latency by using a transmitter designed for low latency and by keeping the distance between the Xbox and the Bluetooth speaker short. If issues persist after checking these points, users may need to review the Xbox settings or consult the speaker’s and transmitter’s user manuals.