An article on Xbox Wire offers a side by side comparison of the audio from a voice chat on the Xbox One, and one on the Xbox 360. Even though it’s just a little nursery rhyme, the difference between the two is phenomenal. The audio from the Xbox One is far superior.
By the way, the voice you are hearing is that of Xbox spokesperson Larry Hyyrb, a.k.a. Major Nelson.
Hyyrb states in the article that this could have only been achieved by taking advantage of Skype’s audio codec . In addition, the larger expansion port of the Xbox One’s new controller increases the data transfer rate between controller and console, allowing audio to be rendered at 24KHz PCM. That’s three times the rate of the 360.
The Xbox spokesperson is confident that this new feature is one of the things that give the Xbox One the edge over its competitors.
“We think gamers will immediately notice the improvement here,” he writes, “whether it’s through crystal clear in-game chats over the Xbox One Chat Headset, through the sound of crisper conversations taking place over Skype or with your multiplayer party chat.”
The Xbox One headset is bundled together with the Xbox One, so players will be able to experience the clearness of Skype-powered voice chat for themselves come November.