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Xbox One Headset Adapter included with new headsets won’t release until 2014

Friday, 18th October 2013 21:27 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Turtle Beach has announced the Xbox One Headset Adapter for audio headsets will not be ready for the console’s launch and will not be released by Microsoft until until early next year.

The peripheral maker’s Xbox One headsets won’t make launch either, but will instead be released during Q1 of 2014, and will include the adapter, per CVG.

Microsoft will require these to be used with all non-Microsoft headsets, it seems when you read the press release, but other reports state the adapter is only needed to use current-gen headsets on Xbox One – so the wording is a bit confusing.

If an adapter is not needed with the new headsets created for Xbox One – the XO Four and XO Seven – why would the box include an adapter?

“Microsoft has informed its partners in the Xbox One console launch that the Xbox One Headset Adapter, being built by Microsoft and provided to Turtle Beach for inclusion with new gaming headsets, will not be available until early 2014. Both companies will leverage the additional time to build supply to meet anticipated high-demand when the headsets launch,” reads the Turtle Beach press release (thanks, Giga).

Sony issued a similar statement last week stating that legacy devices will require patch post PS4-launch in order to work with the console but current Bluetooth headsets will not be supported at all.

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26 Comments

  1. bradk825

    Seriously? They had the Xbox One versions on display at E3 and have been taking pre-orders on their website with an advertised date of Nov 22. And they weren’t even ready yet? What the hell? This means there are no surround sound headsets available at launch which will also allow for voice chat.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. Panthro

    lol…

    http://i.imgur.com/nz7qIN9.gif

    All Xbox fanboys and their bus journey to the Xbox’s arrival

    Featuring The head of MS as the driver. (Whoever is calling the shots at the moment)

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Xbone

    Its clearly rushed.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. skapunkmetalskater

    Ha ha christ, Microsoft are just trying to piss off potential buyers. I don’t give a damn about a gaming headset but there’s clearly a market and audience for them and Microsoft are more or less giving them the finger if they buy their console…

    #4 10 months ago
  5. traumadisaster

    After the success of headsets this gen there is no excuse. Just reminds me of work where administrators never have a clue.

    #5 10 months ago
  6. ScouseSte

    oh great, wonderful news, I can’t use my current head set until they release an adapter and I can’t use the XOfour i was going to buy till 2014 !!!

    Trying to force that kintec crap on us aren’t you MS. :(

    #6 10 months ago
  7. ScouseSte

    According to Xbox Support this untrue.

    http://puu.sh/4TsgY.png

    Xbox Support (1-5) ‏@XboxSupport 2m
    @GhostsForum The headset adapter should only be required for current headsets, not Xbox One accessories. ^EB

    #7 10 months ago
  8. Moonwalker1982

    Why do we even need an adapter at all?

    My Astro A40s use optical cables that plug into the 360 or X1. So i hear the voices of my friends through the headphones and when i speak, Kinect catches my voice.

    #8 10 months ago
  9. ScouseSte

    I think you need to change this article !!!

    Its not NEW headsets, its the current GEN head sets.

    http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/10/18/xbox-one-headset-adapter-wont-ship-until-2014

    #9 10 months ago
  10. Moonwalker1982

    I forgot to mention that there are of course also people with headsets/headphones that don’t have optical. Those are out of luck it seems and that sucks. But optical should work, no reason for it not to.

    #10 10 months ago
  11. ScouseSte

    @10, they can just use their TV jack I guess.

    They do have an option of buying a mix amp or the DSS by turtle beach, that will make them work.

    #11 10 months ago
  12. ScouseSte

    Turtle Beach Announces Extended Partnership with Microsoft
    Postby Turtle_Beach_News » Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:48 am

    The companies will collaborate on audio solutions for the Xbox One through 2015

    VALHALLA, N.Y. – October 18, 2013 – Turtle Beach, the leader in gaming audio products, today announced an extended partnership with Microsoft to create innovative hardware, software, and applications that support the Xbox One’s advanced audio capabilities. The new agreement extends a relationship first revealed when Turtle Beach announced the XO FOUR and XO SEVEN next generation gaming headsets in May, 2013.

    The partnership provides a wide range of opportunities to increase exposure of the Turtle Beach brand to consumers. In connection with the launch of the XO FOUR and XO SEVEN headsets, Turtle Beach and Microsoft will collaborate on consumer, trade and retailer events, as well as integrated marketing initiatives, including retail point-of-sale displays and kiosks.

    Turtle Beach headsets have supported Xbox One preview events across the world, including: trade events such as Gamescom in Cologne, the Tokyo Game Show, PAX Prime in Seattle; loft showcase events in San Francisco and New York; and the ‘Area One’ experiential tour which will visit 75 major markets in North America and Europe. Turtle Beach headsets will also be featured in Microsoft’s Xbox One booths at the 2013 Brasil Games Show from October 25 to 29, and Paris Games Week from October 30 to November 3.

    “Turtle Beach is a key partner with Microsoft in the new Xbox One console platform,” said Branden Powell, Director of Strategic Alliances at Microsoft. “We are committed to our partnership with Turtle Beach and will continue to work together to create innovative audio solutions that support the Xbox One’s advanced audio capabilities.”

    Turtle Beach expects to launch the XO FOUR and XO SEVEN headsets for the Xbox One console in the first quarter of 2014. Microsoft has informed its partners in the Xbox One console launch that the Xbox One Headset Adapter, being built by Microsoft and provided to Turtle Beach for inclusion with new gaming headsets, will not be available until early 2014. Both companies will leverage the additional time to build supply to meet anticipated high-demand when the headsets launch.

    “We are very excited about the coming XBOX ONE launch and expect to continue to work closely with Microsoft to deliver the best audio products and capabilities for the XBOX ONE through 2014 and 2015,” said Juergen Stark, Chief Executive Officer at Turtle Beach. “I know we will excite consumers with our new headsets in the coming months and I am looking forward to the launch of the XO FOUR and XO SEVEN in early 2014.”

    Turtle Beach is launching nine additional headsets in the next 60 days, including limited edition Call of Duty®: Ghosts gaming headsets, iSeries media headsets, and the Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World edition of the new Marvel SEVEN entertainment headset.

    #12 10 months ago
  13. Moonwalker1982

    @11

    But the jack can’t be inserted anywhere. On my stereo turtle beach X12′s I had to put the red and whites into two inputs on a HDMI adapter, but I don’t see that available for X1. So if they can indeed buy a ear force dss, that’s good. But for the headsets without such option….that sucks.

    #13 10 months ago
  14. dontbescaredhomie92

    A whole month wow…

    #14 10 months ago
  15. G1GAHURTZ

    No headsets!!??

    Even official headsets need an adapter!!!???

    Wow. What a move. I’m really interested to see all the CoD tournaments between now and then, with eight people sat together, trying to listen to each other without a mic.

    How in the world can you sell a console that has no headsets!!??

    I think I might just stick with 360 until they sort this nonsense out…

    #15 10 months ago
  16. Esper

    Amazing differences between the reactions on here and the other article even though this one requires what will likely be a costly propriety adapter and a free patch on the other.

    #16 10 months ago
  17. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ The adapter comes in the box with the headset. You don’t need to buy anything extra.

    Turtle Beach expects to launch the XO FOUR and XO SEVEN headsets for the Xbox One console in the first quarter of 2014. Microsoft has informed its partners in the Xbox One console launch that the Xbox One Headset Adapter, being built by Microsoft and provided to Turtle Beach for inclusion with new gaming headsets, will not be available until early 2014. Both companies will leverage the additional time to build supply to meet anticipated high-demand when the headsets launch.

    #17 10 months ago
  18. noamlol2

    screw the next gen

    just come over to PC you console peasents

    i’m telling you it’s MUCH better!

    #18 10 months ago
  19. Legendaryboss

    @18
    Uh, bravo i suppose thats a new way of getting people to convert.

    #19 10 months ago
  20. Unknown_Gamer

    The Cake Was a lie !

    #20 10 months ago
  21. ScouseSte

    @13 it can look at DDS2 by Turtle beach, they can get their sound from that, game sound and chat incoming, but will have to wait for the adapter for voice out.

    This how I’m doing it, but with a tritton decoder.

    #21 10 months ago
  22. ScouseSte

    @18 no thanks.

    #22 10 months ago
  23. Templar_Dante

    Hassles!
    Why MS?

    #23 10 months ago
  24. Stephany Nunneley

    @9 Well I changed it around a bit, but not much.

    If Turtle Beach is explicitly delaying its Xbox One specific headsets due to Microsoft delaying the adapter which comes included in the TB box, then that tells you right there it is needed.

    If you look on the TB website the XO models are not compatible with 360 – so if the adapter was only needed for current gen headsets to work on the console it would not be included with a brand new Xbox One specific headset.

    Also, I have seen Xbox support’s Twitter account be wrong on more than one occasion.

    So until Microsoft itself explains this a bit better I am leaving this as is for now.

    #24 10 months ago
  25. sebastien rivas

    This adapter or dongle thingy is like a scratched LP, it gives me headaches.
    So I assume the headset that comes with the X1 is X1 specific much like X1 controller and I cannot use anything else until I either way purchase a turtle beach adapter/dongle, or, I wait for 2014 X1 release with the adapter/dongle.

    As a buyer in 2014, how can I see which x1 comes with the adapter/dongle and which does not come with the adapter/dongle?

    Seriously some people at MS really need to get fired. This proprietary strategy is getting really old and stupid!

    #25 10 months ago
  26. bradk825

    Just a couple weeks ago they listed XO Four and XO Seven available for pre-order with Nov 22 as the release date. One of two things happened:

    A)Someone had their head up their ass when they posted it, not realizing they were not ready to release.
    B)They are ready to launch, but decided to wait until other headsets can use the adapter.

    Either way I’m not impressed with Turtle Beach today.

    #26 10 months ago

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