Ok, so I’ve just head, thanks to the good folks at Destructoid (well, the show)that the Saints Row Platinum Edition on PS3 and Xbox 360 will include a headset. Problem is, it is not compatible with the PS3 or Xbox 360. Yeh, weird right! The headset is question is designed for plugging into your iPhone and prank calling friends apparently and has the 4 pole 3.5mm plug on the end.
Now, what exactly is there to stop you from making an adapter to use it on the 360? The 360 uses a standard 2.5mm stereo jack (mono headphone and mono mic) and I have been using an adapter to use a standard PC headset (stereo 35mm headphone jack & 3.5mm sterero mic jack) for some time now with no problems. And you can get these as cheap as a about £3 on eBay. Just search for “xbox 360 headset adapter“.
Now, a 3.5mm 4 pole socket to 2.5mm stereo jack adapter doesn’t seem to exist (from what I can find). But, there’s nothing to stop you from buying a 2.5mm stereo jack and 3.5mm 4 pole socket on eBay and soldering them together (with a little wire) to make your adapter.
So, after a little research I’ve found out what the pinout is for both devices and created this diagram…
So, with a 2.5mm jack plug and a 3.5mm 4 pole socket you can have your Saint’s Row the Third voice changing awesomeness on the 360. All it will cost you is £3 and a little patience with a soldering iron.
NOTE: For all you Playstation 3 users, I’m still looking into the prospects of an adapter for the Playstation 3, but I haven’t found it yet. I’m sure however that there is a bluetooth adapter somewhere out there which will be suitable for modification to do this.
UPDATE (20th September 2011)
I have discovered, after a bit of poking about on eBay that one can effectively buy the necessary adapter by buying two adapters.
Firstly a 3.5mm PC headset to Xbox 360 adapter as noted above…
Additionally, you will need a iphone to PC headset adapter…
Putting these 2 adapters together will give you what I think will be the necessary adapter to use the Saint’s Row the Third headset in game on the Xbox 360.
If you have a Playstation 3, you can still use the headset. You just need to substitute the first adapter (PC headset to Xbox 360) with a special USB one (and possibly a USB extension cable). I cannot comment if this actually works since I’ve not tested myself, but good luck…
Granted, if the headphone has closed ears then it will likely make playing the game difficult since it’d be harder to hear the game itself. This will probably result in the TV being turned up, a lot. On the other hand, you could build / buy a small audio mixer and amplifier to balence both inputs (taking stereo feed from TVs headphone socket, or back of console) to allow both chat and in game audio to appear through the headphones. This is rather expensive though, case in point, Turtle Beach Headphones which have made a business out of making these headsets for years now.
The really strange thing is, the special edition of the game including the headset is not available in the UK (where I live) so I can never do this unless I specifically get it imported. Shame!