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Xbox One third-party headset support in the works, says Microsoft

Friday, 28 June 2013 09:22 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One doesn’t support current-gen peripherals, much to the dismay of anyone who has laid down £150-plus on Turtle Beaches. Microsoft has now issued a statement to say that it’s currently looking at solutions to third-party headset use on its next-gen console.

Microsoft Australia sent Polygon the following statement on the matter:

“The Wireless Controller has been redesigned to allow for higher data transfer speed between the controller and the console. This also required creating a new expansion port design for headsets and future controller add-on devices which is different from a standard audio plug input.

Xbox plans to develop solutions in the near future to allow consumers to connect many brands of wired gaming headsets to the Wireless Controller for gaming and chat audio.”

Microsoft is also looking at an adapter solution that will allow Xbox 360 headsets to work on Xbox One. It followed confirmation that Xbox One consoles will not include headsets.

What do you make of the above? Is Microsoft taking a wrong step by effectively making people buy new peripherals and headsets going into next-gen? Are you pleased it is considering new options? Let us know below.

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25 Comments

  1. G1GAHURTZ

    Same story, so same comment:

    There are two issues here.

    1. This is obviously a money making exercise. Not including a mic in the box, and not adding a simple 2.5mm jack on the controller somewhere, so that we can use the old headsets.

    MS -1.

    2. There is actually a pretty cool innovation happening here.

    The new X1 controllers output both voice chat and digital game audio at the same time.

    That means that there is a simple 3 part system for a full, wire free, Surround sound experience:

    Headset -> controller adapter -> controller.

    The PS4 controller doesn’t do this (along with 360 and PS3). It only outputs mono voice chat, so the surround sound headset system works like this:

    Optical cable + USB cable -> Wifi/infrared receiver -> headset -> audio cable/separate bluetooth connection -> controller.

    Sure, MS wins no new friends for the money grabbing angle, but they have tried to add something better to use and innovate to compensate.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Lengendaryboss

    Hmmmm…..

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ps3fanboy

    *flush micro$haft and its greed down the toilets*

    #3 2 years ago
  4. neural

    Misleading title. Microsoft isn’t working on “third-party peripheral support”, just third party headset support. And no, they aren’t looking into a solution to use your hori fight stick.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Dave Cook

    @4 I think you’re twisting what I said about the Hori thing. I’m more making a comment about the amount of money people will have spent on 360 accessories, only have them rendered redundant by the time Xbox One rolls around.

    It’s a fucking disgrace if you ask me.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. super3001

    5

    your lack of vision is f-ing disgrace

    this NEW console gen not SAME AS LAST. technology moves on. stupid stuck in the past idiot like you stops innovation because I WANT IT ALL JUST LIKE IT WAS

    stupid stupid people now we cant have digital share because OH NO CONSOLE MUST STAY IN PAST with shitty discs

    idiots ruin next gen cant believe how short sightened

    #6 2 years ago
  7. BrokenIcarus

    @1 Are you serious? Mono voice chat? You do realize that both the PS4 and the Xbone headset both only have ONE speaker? That’s why it’s mono, obviously!

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Lengendaryboss

    @7
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WY3M7AFgfK4/T2e8Pd9mMqI/AAAAAAAAB9k/coflH7gMNzY/s640/ThatsRightSweetieHatersGonnaHate.gif

    #8 2 years ago
  9. super3001

    9

    yes vg247 and fanboys hate the future they are short sighted and hate xbox to be cool

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Lengendaryboss

    @10
    I wasn’t defending you, thats was for you. Your hating on the fact that people want things to remain as they are for the present, has nothing to do with hating the future you annoying troll.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dave Cook

    @10 no, we don’t. I play my 360 more than my PS3 which usually just sits there, gathering dust because more of my friends play 360.

    Does that mean I hate PS3 and am a 360 fanboy? No, it doesn’t. They’re both great consoles.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. SplatteredHouse

    If proprietary doesn’t work well for Sony (and they have a much stronger base in that area) then why-ever did Microsoft think rainbows would sprout from the ground at the notion that they were going that route.
    It’s stupid. That’s my thoughts on it. All of their direction, pretty much. However, this incident’s also reminding us, once again, that Microsoft makes solutions for Microsoft.

    If even EA’s coming around to realising that idea’s no good, then what does that say about their new Bestie.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. rama26285

    I’m really hoping that my Astro A50′s will work with my PS4, that’s all I’m worried about at the moment!

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    It’s literally too late for this 10-year Xboxer. I’m with Sony now, and nothing they say will change that. Ever.

    *Never forget*

    #14 2 years ago
  15. G1GAHURTZ

    @8:

    You couldn’t be more wrong. The X1 controller outputs full digital Surround Sound audio as well as voice chat through one connection.

    Dual Shock 4 is incapable of doing that. The Dual Shock 4 works like the Dual Shock 3, because that’s essentially what it is. The only other things that it has is a mono headset plug and a touch pad.

    No force feedback triggers, no direct full Surround Sound audio, etc.

    Let’s get this straight. The X1 controller is a proper next gen controller with proper next gen features.

    Yet obviously, some people just don’t seem to want next gen, they just want the same old console with better graphics.

    They complain about always online, so features get ripped out. Now they’re complaining about this. If they were on the X1 design team, we probably would have actually ended up with the first generation xbox again. With just more RAM and a bigger CPU.

    People are pretty naively thinking that MS just changed the connection for the sake of changing it, with no added benefit.

    That’s pretty ridiculous.

    I actually agree with super3001. Some people go on like they’d love to have the same old stuff with the same old problems from now until 2065.

    Then they start complaining about wanting something new…

    ‘Ooohhh… it’s different! I want the same! Burn the new stuff, because it’s not like the old stuff!’

    And spending money has nothing to do with it either, before anyone bothers to bring that up.

    Because if MS actually did bother to put all of the software and hardware BC into the system that people are whinging about, the console would probably end up being twice the price, anyway…

    #15 2 years ago
  16. TheKeyPit

    I got the Turtlebeach XP400 for my Xbox 360. It is connected via USB cable to the USB port of the console and connected via Digital Optical Cable to my HDTV(not Xbox 360, because of the older console model). Shouldn’t my XP400 still work with the Xbox One? I don’t see the problem for my case.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ Yeah, it should work absolutely fine for listening.

    The only problem is for voice chat, because you can no longer plug the mic directly into the X1 controller.

    However, MS have said that they’re working on an adapter, so that you should be able to do that sooner or later.

    But if you don’t use your mic, anyway, and only use the headset for SP games and movies, it should be fine without the adapter.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. TheKeyPit

    @G1GAHURTZ Thanks for the answer. I never used it for voice chat. Only bought it for the games and movies as you stated.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. G1GAHURTZ

    No problem…

    #19 2 years ago
  20. MCTJim

    I hope they release it with the system. Would be nice to have my PX5′s work with the new console.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. OlderGamer

    Really is sad, considering how much investment people have in their current 360 stuff. Love how console makers reinvent the wheel each new generation. There is Zero reason the 360 headsets couldn’t have been made to work..or for that matter any old set off the shelf.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. stretch215

    @16 +100. You’re making too much sense!

    #22 2 years ago
  23. bradk825

    What’s most surprising to me is anyone expecting peripherals to work on the next gen. Historically how often does that happen?

    MS is planning some new and different things for their controllers and needed a new port, third parties are working on adapters to let you use old headsets, that makes sense to me.

    Expecting an old controller or headset to work on the next gen on it’s onwn, that doesn’t make much sense to me. I had a DVD remote for my original Xbox, couldn’t use that on Xbox 360 could I?

    It seems lately all these things that would normally be non-issues are being thrown back at Microsoft by those still stung by MS trying to move toward digital. They did it all wrong, I agree, but games on disc are going to be a dead industry soon enough regardless. That’s coming one way or another. But your hurt feelings remain, and you need to fire with something now that the DRM is gone, so it’s peripherals, and no unnecessary headset, and not backwards compatible, which everyone should have expected in the first place. I also just caught an article making a big deal of the fact that Kinect won’t work on your PC. Why would it? Who actually expected it to?

    I guess what gets me the most is how PS4 is skating by on these same issues and no one is paying attention to it. They are not backwards compatible either for example. They marketed their product by slamming competitors instead of selling the features of their own, even to the point of lying (went on Jimmy Fallon and claimed you could not trade or sell games on XB1) and now all they’ve got is a souped up PS3 with a 4 stamped on it, and we’re supposed to be ok with the fact that they are doing really nothing new, because they didn’t try to go digital or do anything to help with the revenue problems devs are having that forces them to make fewer games with lower budgets. Where’s all the hate in the forums for trying to sells us the status quo as “next-gen?”

    So I have my Beaches and I plan to either get an adapter for them or replace them, which I assumed from the get-go I’d have to do, because they were built for the current generation, and I’m not upset about it. That’s the reality of progress. In other news, my floppy discs don’t work on my new computer. Oh dear. Now how will I run MS DOS?

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Llewelyn_MT

    There will be a Kinect release for the PC soon, so you’d expect them to be the same. Think again.

    Consoles are just vacuum pumps for money, that’s why.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. bleachedhawaiian

    @23 You made some valid points but missed the mark on quite a few.

    If this was not about making money they would have allowed the chat/sound to go through the usb as well like it does on a PC or chat on the PS3.

    If you want your floppy “disks” to work install a floppy drive.

    The PS4 doesn’t use a proprietary connection so they can siphon more money out of you.

    But in the end as long as it works and works well with an adapter that is enough for me. If it didn’t work with an adapter I would simply not buy the x1 and only get the PS4, because I did not buy these A50s to have them sit around collecting dust.

    As a side note I am no fanboy of either system, typically I play 360 while my PS3 gathers dust. It does annoy me however that while using my a50s on 360 I have to use a wire connected to the controller vs a completely wireless experience. Something I feel the next gen should have 100% included. The days of wired chat should be over you don’t see people with car phones anymore and how often do you use your land line.

    #25 2 years ago

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  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]

  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

    Harmonix has announced that those looking to export their song collection from Green Day: Rock Band into Rock Band 3 can only do so until the end of the month. April 30 will be the cutoff date for anyone who wants to export tracks from Green Day: Rock Band into their Rock Band 3 library, […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]

  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]

  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

    Get your first look at the map designed by the community of Battlefield 4. Battlefield 4′s community-designed map is a reality. DICE has recently updated CTE to include an early version of the map. It’s not fully textured as Westie is about to show you, but the layout is nearly finalised. Westie goes over the […]

  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

    Xbox’s YouTube channel uploaded a video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday that was captured from the PC build. The most recent gameplay video for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel and showed a quest from the game’s opening section. A few minutes after it had gone live, […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator’s new game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

    Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the game Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets has been working on. Patrice Desilets has just announced that the next game his indie studio Panache Digital Games is making is called Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. The announcement comes from Desilets’s keynote at the Reboot Develop event in Croatia. The trailer started […]

  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

    The mystery of the locked door at the bottom of the Cathedral Ward in Bloodborne has been solved. Bloodborne, like earlier From Software games, is filled with doors that don’t open the first time you try them. Some will give you “locked” messages, others “does not open from this side”. Some of these will open […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets is revealing his next game now [UPDATE: ended]

    Patrice Desilets, one of the original creators of Assassin’s Creed is hosting a presentation where he’s expected to talk about his next project. Patrice Desilets has emerged once again. This time he’s attending development conference in Croatia. Desilets is giving a live keynote and there’s a good chance we’re going to hear about his next […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: everything you need to know about gear upgrades & The Reef

    Bungie revealed plenty of important details in last night’s Destiny stream. Let’s go over everything. Alex wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the information revealed yesterday. Most of it affects all Destiny players too, even those who don’t intend on buying House of Wolves. During the first stream, Bungie explained the armour […]

  • Mod-friendly Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access in May

    Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access next month for a full release, Stardok has announced. The developer called the game the “largest and most diverse strategy sandbox to date,” as players have a variety of tools such as diplomatic treaties to resource exchanges, and United Planets resolutions to hundreds of research directions for […]

  • Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim is out next week on PC – here’s the pre-order trailer

    Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim will be released next week on PC, and today, we have a pre-order trailer for you. The game will be made available on April 28 for $19.99/€17.99/£13.99 on GOG, the Humble Store and Steam. Along with improvements over the original PSP version, it will contain less backtracking, controller support […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – full gear set up to level 34 in PvP and PvE, upgrades, more

    The Destiny: House of Wolves livestream this afternoon was chock full of information. Read onward for our full report. According to Bungie, Petra Venj, who serves the Queen, is the main story agent who leads the player through the main series of quests. Players who complete bounties will be able to level up in her […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch the livestream right here

    Bungie will host a Destiny: House of Wolves livestream at 2pm EDT today, and you can watch it right here. Watch live video from Bungie on www.twitch.tv The stream will introduce the new social space, The Reef, as well as gear upgrade paths. House of Wolves contains new Strike missions, The Prison of Elders three-player […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 22 team includes Barcelona, Chelsea players

    This week’s FIFA 15 Team of the Week is now available for FIFA Ultimate Team players. Each team member, as with previous weeks, is selected base on the previous weekend’s matches. Here’s the list of players now available: Starting GK: Claudio Bravo – FC Barcelona (Spain) CB: Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus (Italy) CB: Ömer Toprak […]

  • Sony’s Spring Fever Sale winds down with Shovel Knight and Call of Duty discounts

    It’s the final week of Sony’s Spring Fever Sale which means more games have been added to the mix. Shovel Knight, which launches today is one offer, and the rest are all Cal of Duty titles. The Taken movie series is on sale as well. With Shovel Knight available today on PlayStation 3, PS4 and […]

  • Drivers for Xbox controllers, voice messages, more features available in Xbox One preview

    Microsoft has announced new features coming to Xbox One and the Xbox App on Windows 10 through the preview program this month. Some of the new features have been requested by the community for both Xbox One and Xbox One SmartGlass. Here’s what to expect, straight from the horse’s mouth: Xbox on Windows 10 Game […]

  • Total War: Warhammer has been announced for PC, Mac, SteamOS

    Total War: Warhammer has been announced after previous teases from The Creative Assembly touched upon it. The game will contain “gigantic monsters, flying creatures, legendary heroes and storms of magical power.” It is also the first in a trilogy which includes two additional standalone titles and extra content packs. It will feature thousands of warriors […]

  • This video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt features a quest from the prologue

    A new video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, showing off the Precious Cargo quest contained in the game’s prologue. The quest tasks Geralt with helping a merchant retrieve a mysterious box from the swamps. The scene looks familiar, but we’ve seen so many videos for the game it’s hard to tell […]

  • Limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online kicks off tomorrow on consoles

    The limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One tomorrow, and Sony has provided details on the tester for those who’ve been invited to participate. The beta test contains the full version of the game and will run from April 23-27, and will start and […]

  • Dying Light debuts in second place on Media Create charts

    Techland’s Dying Light made its debut in Japan lats week, coming in a respectable second place behind Nintendo’s Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code. The zombie shooter sold 25,530 units on PlayStation 4, while the top earner for the week moved a little over 55,000 units on 3DS. Another western release when landed on the chart, […]

  • Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven will release in the west this June

    Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven has been given a release date by XSEED Games, which announced the localization back in February. The title will launch for 3DS in North America on June 2 digitally and through retail. It will be an eShop only title in Europe and Australia when it releases on June 4. A […]

  • This Overlord video teases four new faces of evil

    A new Overlord game is in the works, going by the previous teasing and this video – which teases the possibility of four-payer co-op. Or just four characters to choose from. We don’t know just yet – all we know is the team is asking you to “join the fellowship.” A new entry in the […]

  • GTA movie will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar’s Sam Houser, the BBC confirms

    The GTA movie Game Changer will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar co-founder and president Sam Houser, theBBC has confirmed. The BBC also confirmed Bill Paxton will play Jack Thompson, a role Paxton already confirmed last week when speaking with Deadline. Here’s the synopsis per the BBC: “Conceived for an adult audience, this special 90-minute drama […]

  • Take a look at Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Classic Mode

    Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Classic Mode has received a trailer today. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold will come with two modes, Classic and Story. Classic Mode was trailered today and in it, you’ll get to make your party by choosing from 13 classes. You’ll be able to customise them too using the character creation tool. Revamped […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows to come with new challenge mode

    Shovel Knight’s upcoming expansion Plague of Shadows will bring with it a new challenge mode. Shovel Knight developer Yacht Club Games has revealed the challenge mode, one of the new additions coming to the game with the free Plague of Shadows expansion. “Are you more into digging than distillation? Already have your Feats book long […]

  • Nvidia releases complete graphical guide for GTA 5

    Those with GeForce cards will be happy to know that Nvidia has released a comprehensive graphical tweaks guide for GTA 5. Nvidia usually produces graphical guides for the big AAA games, and GTA 5 is no different. Their guides offer in-depth coverage of each in-game setting, how much they affect framerate, if they can be […]