Posted Sun Oct 18, 2015 at 03:30 PM PDT by Brian Hoss
Get it quick.
In the lead up to the release of 'Rock Band 4' (review here) and this week's 'Guitar Hero Live,' I decided that I would need a USB mic. The prospects I found online were not the most attractive, mostly because I didn't want an old randomly branded Logitech/Rock Band/Guitar Hero/Konami mic to show up masquerading as a new product. Eventually, just before I picked up 'Rock Band 4' on the Xbox One, I turned up one such Logitech mic at home. It's the trusty M/N A-0060A.
After a few rounds in 'Rock Band 4' on the Xbox One, I decided I wanted to try a different mic. (This may just be a factor of me waiting on exports to spruce up my playlists.)
Sadly, after trying out a CAD U1, I found that while I loved the mic (and the included desk stand) on the PS4, it wasn't recognized in 'RB4' on the Xbox One. I hope that someday this will change (it's just a USB mic driver after all), but I was still left searching for a Xbox One friendly USB mic.
After some more looking, I heard that the Wii U Microphone worked on Xbox 360, and thus might work on the Xbox One.
Although the Wii U mic is normally a $20-$30 USB mic, I found it on Amazon for only $7.51 (order here). Two days later, and the very nice Wii U mic is working perfectly on the Xbox One and PS4 (and even on the 360). (And yes, you can hear you voice in the game.) I can only assume it works on the Wii U, though I have no game to test it with.
So there you go, for any 'Rock Band 4' or 'Guitar Hero Live' vocalists, I suggest picking up the Wii U microphone while it's so inexpensive. In addition to working well on all the major systems, and looking like a proper mic, the Wii U Microphone has a crazy long cord and a switch on the handle that serves as power or mute.
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