Microsoft issues statement to explain Xbox One headset compatibility

Microsoft has issued a new statement explaining that existing Xbox 360 headsets, that used the controller’s standardized 2.5mm audio port, will not be compatible with the Xbox One due to the new controller’s revamped accessory port.

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Stryfeno21969d ago

"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"

neoMAXMLC1969d ago

This just in, Microsoft partners up with Apple to manufacture and distribute adapters that allow you to connect your old Xbox 360 accessories to the Xbox One. It will launch for the low low price of $149.99!

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HammadTheBeast1968d ago

What is the need for such problems? Same sort of s*** Apple pulled.

LackTrue4K1968d ago

what the hell is the big deal?! Sony added a headset (that looks to be no more then 15 bucks...BUT IT WORKS)
Microsoft on the other hand makes its own drama!!!

....what ever the headset is gana be,


AlaaAlii1968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

Pfft. Meanwhile at Sony, the PS4 will support the official PS3 wireless stereo (surround-sound) headset, which also already works on any computer and OS (Windows, Linux, and Mac OS) because it uses a standard USB receiver. Also, the Dualshock 4 houses a standard 2.5mm jack, so I can connect my super awesome earphones if I don't like the PS4's one...that comes included in the package.

I like how, from the article, Microsoft says: "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". So basically, "We also changed the standard audio plug input to a proprietary one that will never work with anything you own, which will force you to buy our products even if they are broken or you don't like them. And we're not including any kind of adapter at the moment because...well...we're just not going to". Deal with it. It kind of goes along with trying to take control of everything like with DRM, they pulled out from that one though.

MasterCornholio1968d ago

And PS4 has bluetooth which means that any bluetooth mic or headset will work with it.

I cant wait to hook up my Sennheisers to the system when i get it.

tigertom531968d ago

am sure people would not bitch if they included a headset with the console. this port should make better quality connection as well as support better audio and mic quality.

AngryTypingGuy1968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

In other words, they're probably going to make an adapter that is 3.5mm compatible.

One good thing did come out of the whole DRM situation... Microsoft, at least for the time being has seemed to realize that they better be less arrogant and more consumer friendly. Their level of communication to the customer seems to be increasing. Prior to E3 they probably wouldn't have even addressed this and kept their controller port totally proprietary with no "solutions".

wordthrower1968d ago

And by "solutions" they definitely mean proprietary adapters, as another way to monetize literally every aspect of this console.

Septic1968d ago

Actually....for those saying any Bluetooth headsets will work on PS4, that's not true. I've got Beats Wireless headphones and they do Mott/ cannot work with the PS3 with the exception of only acting as a headset for communication. That's it. No sound input which blows.

bviperz1968d ago


Translation: Apple does it and makes a killing ($$$), why can't we?

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stage881967d ago

+1 bubble for Michael Scott and yes MS is ridiculous.

aLucidMind1966d ago

Why don't people just buy the Turtle Beach X12's? They may have a 15ft wire but you can plug them right into the tv and listen to literally anything playing through the TV. I've played N64 games with my X12s on; so for $60, you get a headset that'll work for any console.

However, you may want to get the P11's if you're a PS3 gamer since the chat will only work for the console the headset is designed for. X12 is for XBox 360, P11 is for PS3.

KillrateOmega1966d ago (Edited 1966d ago )

I actually have a pair of X12s. I've never been interest in the more expensive models; the X12s do what I want and need them to do well enough as is.

King-Prodigy-X1968d ago

Gosh, everything is a problem with this company.

DoubleJumpAUS1968d ago

I am in no way a console person, I play both when the opportunity presents and really don't get the argument. However, I can definitely see that with the next gen, Microsoft just can't seem to find out how not to fuck up.

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badkolo1968d ago

why? becuase you cant use your 360 headset, new system = new items for that system.

karl1968d ago

u cant use your 360 headset..

soo u better buy the new 100 bucks xbox one exclusive headset that wont work on any other device...

till they can find a solution to this problem...
cuz a plug is just to complicated for MS

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Godmars2901968d ago

People are amazed at how unprepared MS seems to be to launch the XB1. Every time you turn around at this point, its like they haven't thought-out something which they should have.

InTheLab1968d ago

Dude...this is intentional. They want you to go out and buy the new wireless headset that only works for their machine. They plan on milking you just like they did with 360's proprietary accessories.

Remember that s*** wireless earpiece for $99?

Cueil1968d ago

there are significant improvements to audio fidelity so I'm fine with it. Also BT is a piece of crap next to WIFI Direct and I'm hoping that smart phones start leaning in that direction

Supermax1968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

I think I replaced my original 360 headset that was shipped with it the second day I had it,if your gameing with that more power to you. Next week it will be the color of the box the X1 is shipped in that will have people screaming and moaning.what a green box why didn't you ship it in all black.

McScroggz1968d ago

I think you're underestimating just how many people used those mics. Sure, plenty of people eventually upgrade, but there were tons of people using mics the first couple years of the Xbox 360. Meanwhile, there still aren't that many people who use mics on PS3.

I'm not saying it's only because the Xbox 360 ships with a headset, but I do think it plays a huge part.


Yeah, but even if you plan on upgrading, what you gonna do? It's a proprietary format, which means, as of yet, MS only (it's either use Kinect or buy MS's supra-aural mono, similar to the one you replaced in 2 days).

I'm not sure any company had announced any Xbox One compatible headset, maybe Turtle Beach (as they have a history) but those are usually premium (i.e. not cheap).

So you have 3 option at best, one of which isn't even an headset but a camera. What if you don't like either?

Now if you had a common audio jack, allow USB headsets or use standard bluetooth, there's tons of options day one (also, tons of cheap adapters in case of any standard audio jack), not to mention a much better price range.

Wuket1968d ago

WTF do they need to issue all these clarifying statements? Their entire PR department needs to be given the boot.

NihonjinChick1968d ago

They need to come out and address everything that needs to be cleared up in a single interview. Too much confusion surrounds so much about this console.