Modders create DIY Xbox One headset adapters

Enterprising gamers create their own adapters for Microsoft's latest console to allow third-party headsets.

Image Credit: Kotaku

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.

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Drew Pierce
Drew Pierce

Did you really have to hash tag that?

Ross Martin
Ross Martin

Voice chat quality comes down to codec and PS4's is simply inferior.

telaros
telaros

Suck it MS. Now someone reverse engineer that Kinect already.

Joseph BmrSnr Jacobs
Joseph BmrSnr Jacobs

Cesar, you basically said do you want something that works most of the time or do you want something that works none of the time?

savagetone
savagetone

Microsoft has adapters being made for the Astro series A40s and will be sold via Microsoft retailers after the Holidays as Twiter insider at MS last week could be truth do to the fact i spoke with Astro costumer service and said that MS will be selling the adapters .

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

Man oh man I love Modders and how they fight back!!! Hoorah!!!

ciphfer
ciphfer

We need this for all of the users who bought High end joysticks for the 360. There is no reason at all why they should not work on the new systems. There is nothing fundamentally different for the inputs required for a fighting game that would block this from working.

Cesar Becerra
Cesar Becerra

It may fit the socket but there are a lot of faults to that as well.

Michael Mosher
Michael Mosher

Or just have a pair of xp500 and they work with both consoles. Just get a simple cable for voice chat

Royce Heath
Royce Heath

Now that's cool. I got a ps4 and I do not like the headset it came with so I'm looking for a decent one

Ryan Fricks
Ryan Fricks

The fact that you can use your own headphones directly through the PS4 controller is nice. My Bose sound a million times better than any Turtle Beach I have had. The included Xbox headset is much nicer than the included PS4 unit, but honestly they are both junk.

jZangetsu21
jZangetsu21

Some of these third party headsets are just so overpriced. I saw a Turtle Beach headset that's PS4 compatible and it costs about half of what the console costs and it only has one earpiece. Saw a few of the same brand for PS3 and Xbox 360 and they cost more than Razer Tiamats. WTF?!

I don't blame people for doing this

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Bravo modders! With such a relatively simple modification, I can't help but think 'what the hell, Microsoft?'

Whether or not they're legally right to do so, I bet Microsoft would argue doing this does void the warranty.

Jessy Tatum
Jessy Tatum

My XboxOne headset is still in the package probably never will use it.

IndremaLover
IndremaLover

Whatever happened to Microsoft's explaination that the change to a proprietary plug was needed to support better quality audio?  

PLEASE don't tell me Microsoft LIED to me t get more money, cause that's just not possible.

Brandon Johnson
Brandon Johnson

The audio quality is mostly dependent on the game you're playing and the speakers you play it through. If you're playing the same game with the same headset in the exact same scenario, it will most likely sound identical. Quit being a fanboy.

JURGMANDR
JURGMANDR

Yet another reason I didn't get an Xbox One.  

Jake Albert
Jake Albert

The only people I hear on headsets are the little 10 year olds yelling curse words or the "super into it im the leader" types.

Josiah Grey
Josiah Grey

Console banned days later. Plot twist! They don't even own an Xbox One

jd7904
jd7904

So Some dude in his garage made this in 15 minutes, and Microsoft couldn't be bothered to produce something at launch so that ppl could use their $300 headsets? Makes Sense. :-/

mikezoltek
mikezoltek

@IndremaLover have you used the new headset? the audio quality is miles above the 360 headset... sadly it picks up more background noise, I heard my friends dog barking in his backyard while he was in his living room.  That wasnt distracting, but it just will pick up background convos in your house 

jZangetsu21
jZangetsu21

@IndremaLover Let's not forget that the controllers also require AA batteries. What year is this?!

I like this idea, Razer and other brands generally have much better headsets than MS and Sony so I'm glad people found a way to do this. I'm not getting an X1, but still, good job.

allever
allever

@jd7904 It's not that they couldn't do it...  They wanted gamers to buy new headset for the Xbox One... I guess that now that there is a way to do it yourself, they will reevaluate their options ;)

pez2k_
pez2k_

@jd7904 They get to charge you for an adaptor later. There's a long history of deliberately non-standard connectors on MS consoles sadly, specifically you you have to buy their accessories. For example, the Xbox controller ports are USB in a different shape, the Xbox and 360 memory card slots are also USB, 360 pad charging cable is USB, 360 HDD is standard SATA with a different connector, and so on. Whatever they can't make incompatible through physical connections they do in software, ie. non-MS HDDs for all three consoles, non-MS driving wheels, and so on.

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

@jZangetsu21 I'm not gonna insult you or anything but think about this:

After 3-4 years of heavy gaming use with a PS4 controller, the battery's life span will die and GUESS WHAT!! I'll have to pay $60 for a brand new controller IF I want a new battery. At least with the X1 controller after the rechargeable battery (which I have to pay $25 the first time around) dies out after 3-4 years of heavy use, I'll have to only pay $25 for a new battery.

At LEAST the X1 controller batteries are USER REPLACEABLE like Android phones instead of being built-in like PS3/PS4 controllers & iPhones.

I just wish Microsoft would allow user-replaceable Hard Drives (-__-)

JURGMANDR
JURGMANDR

@rafaelwilliam @JURGMANDR No because Microsoft couldn't make the controller 3rd party ready from launch. They want to sell you a fucking adapter.   -_-

mikezoltek
mikezoltek

@pez2k_ @jd7904 if the USB ports in the xbox one are a "different shape", how could I charge my controller the night before launch using the USB port on my cable box ?

jZangetsu21
jZangetsu21

@PSYCHOV3N0M @jZangetsu21 You have a point there. I'm not too worried since I've been using the same 2 PS3 controllers since 2007.

Would be nice if the X1 controller came with a Play & Charge kit though, since the cost of the console is so high.

Wonder how well the eternal drives work with USB. You can replace the HDD but it voids the warranty :/

corgansmate
corgansmate

@mikezoltek @pez2k_ @jd7904 Original xbox controller (the huge black box) with the balck and white buttons instead of l1, ri. Modded one to use with pc back in the day.