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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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    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

    Valve has formally unveiled Source Engine 2, the third major engine to go free to developers at GDC 2015. Source 2 is the successor to the engine Valve has been using since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Valve didn’t have much to say about the technicalities of this long-awaited release. It is apparently focused on […]

  • SteamVR: Valve’s Lighthouse tech allows you to walk around while playing

    SteamVR’s key differentiator is a piece of tech allowing headsets to connect with other devices for extra accurate, room-scale tracking. Valve has announced a new bit of technology called Lighthouse, which it is making freely available to any hardware manufacturer. Like the extra tracking LEDs on Sony’s updated Project Morpheus, Lighthouse improves the headset’s accuracy, […]

  • Steam Machines, Controller, streaming box to launch in November

    Steam Machines will finally become a reality before the end of the year. Valve’s living room PC systems will release in November, the company announced today. Well, I say Valve’s – the idea behind Steam Machines is that a number of manufacturers will offer variously priced systems. Alienware and Falcon Northwest are among the dozen […]

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]