The Xbox One launched last week without support for third-party headsets, but some gamers are not taking no for an answer. As Kotaku reports, modders have created their own DIY Xbox One headset adapters, allowing them to use their Turtle Beach or Tritton headsets with the new console.
Kotaku reader alsybub outlined what he described as a relatively simple process. "I simply opened up the headset connector, de-soldered the standard headset, and soldered a 3.5 mm jack cable to the same points," he said. "It looks like a product you might buy in a store, and it should work with any headset."
The process, which requires the removal of 5 Torx screws, took around 15 minutes to complete, he said. What's more, it does not appear that attempting to modification process will void your warranty, though Microsoft has not said one way or the other just yet. He also noted that he did not encounter any audio problems following the modification process.
"It's the four wires at the top right. With standard 3.5mm stereo wiring you solder, from left to right, Red, Ground, Green, Ground. The ground is shared by both connections (i.e. 3.5mm uses three wires 1x Red, 1x Green, 1x Ground) so I split it and covered them with heat shrink," he said. "There is no loss in quality or volume. It's perfect. You could easily exchange this with a 2.5mm socket and use any 360 headset."
A second user has provided step-by-step instructions on how to modify an Xbox One controller to allow support for third-party headsets. Check out the full breakdown on Instructables.com.
Microsoft announced in October that it would release an official third-party headset adapter in 2014, though no specific release date or price have been announced yet. Every Xbox One console ships with a chat headset. In addition, Kinect can be used for voice support.