Turtle Beach making Xbox One headsets

Headset manufacturer working with Microsoft to bring "advanced audio solutions" to gamers.

Turtle Beach and Microsoft announced a new partnership this week that will see the headset maker become one of the first to create Microsoft-licensed headsets for the Xbox One.

Official products, pricing, and release information will be announced in the coming weeks, though Turtle Beach promised its technology will bring "advanced audio solutions" to gamers.

Turtle Beach currently offers a suite of headsets for the Xbox 360.

Microsoft has not announced any first-party Xbox One headsets, but said earlier this week that more details on accessories for the platform will be shared next month during the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Microsoft's E3 2013 press briefing is slated for Monday, June 10.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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132 comments
Lillypaw
Lillypaw

I hope they don't make to many

thundercave01
thundercave01

this just in Turtle Beach goes bankrupt, 


they dissided to make xone head sets.......

vault-boy
vault-boy

Ahhh Turtle Beach... the Beats of the gaming world...

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

If Microsoft keeps their third party hardware connection fee to under $15, I'm all in, baby!

Saketume
Saketume

Heh! I remember I had a turtle beach sound card once. The PC magazines gave it top grades all over the world.

I used to get Russian radio station static on it (I live in Scandinavia). It was kind of funny when I started hearing Russians whisper in the background in all the wrong games.

I had some other problems with it too but mostly it worked just fine and their support was lovely. I think they were fairly new on the sound card market at the time (1GHz Computers were all the rage) so they're probably better at it now.


What is this with licensed headsets though? Will it still support standard USB headsets?

B_STATS
B_STATS

My Turtle Beach X42 is awesome! Anyone that uses anything less isn't really gaming.

Merseyak
Merseyak

just when you think xbox cant get any worse WOOP THERE IT IS!!! hahaha

CincoToes
CincoToes

Why would you use headphones with an integrated living room entertainment device?

GreggD
GreggD

Will my microphone pick up every goddamn wind gust in my room like their big hulking monsters do right now? I hate being in a party with a TB user. It's the fucking worst.

predatorGS
predatorGS

Well, you surely have to buy this if you want to get sounds from your xbox one. Same reason I had to buy a "windows 8 ready" keyboard and a "windows 8 ready" mouse for my new pc... -.-

simon1812
simon1812

sooo do I have to buy a new set of headphones for the nextgen consoles? do I need to buy a new tv too? what about electric outlets? do I need to get those brand new too?

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

Good news for the 3 "gamers" that are going to buy this "console" I guess...

d3nR
d3nR

So no BT headset support??? If thats the case then thats a step back.

They keep saying that they are trying to simplify your living room. All I see is more complications. It's a big reason why I backed off apple.

I guess just like apple, the x1 will sell plenty. People ar3 suckers for fancy marketing and buzz words. I'm almost expecting an apple style advertisement from M$

phillharvey
phillharvey

why the hell is all my stuff deleted?  I just am telling the people that it has a new data port and chat will not work. but audio will keep working fine

TerminalError
TerminalError

Ah a partnership - therefore be prepared to sell body parts and souls to be able to afford one...

JAmster789
JAmster789

Will my px5s work for this? just bought them

barrica
barrica

I Think company's who use resources to make a faulty products should get fined big time so when they create new products they are made to please us not their shareholders! Its time for the game industry to have its own panel who will represent gamers\consumers rights otherwise we are always going to loose.

barrica
barrica

One makes consoles that brake after a while, the other headsets that wont work for 5 years b4 a fault is developed, a true capitalist friendship.  I have had 2 XL1's in the past 3 years and that says enough about the commitment Turtle Beach makes to its consumers.

rkzhao
rkzhao

I read this article as "Xbox One headsets will be incredibly overpriced"

darksidecelica
darksidecelica

I have the Turtle Beach XP300 with the Earforce DSS and I have been pretty impressed with them for the year that I've used it.  I had a pair of Trittons before and the XP300 blows those out of the water.  Charge for the wireless headset lasts a good gaming session. I'm hoping I can just run the audio through the optical audio output and use an available USB port to power the transmitter.

ArchibaldEagle
ArchibaldEagle

I've been pleased with my XP400 headset.  Although I'm sure people are pissed about the compatibility with next-gen, wouldn't you be able to simply run your optical audio out through your TV to have it work?  Both PS4 and XB1 will have USB ports.  Thoughts?

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

I have 2 Turtle Beach headsets. The XL1 (for Xbox 360 only) headset fits great and sounds great.  As for the other http://www.turtlebeach.com/product-detail/call-of-duty-headsets/ear-force-charlie/62 .... quite heavy and hurts the top of my head and when playing for a long period of time it gets to feel even heavier.  Lucky I only paid $60 or so for it at EB Games/GameStop at one point.  Still I haven't used the headset enough to see if I would get used to the weight of it but really Turtle Beach it would be advised to see if you can make headsets like this lighter and not hurt the top of people's heads right off the bat. LOL ......  The sound quality was wonderful though. 

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

Turtle Beach products are WAY over-priced!  I've never been impressed with the sound quality from any of their products, in fact, it is quite poor.  There are much better options out there.

CraZkid37
CraZkid37

I'm assuming my current TB will work on Xbox One? It uses the USB after all...

Wienerman-
Wienerman-

Turtle Beaches have horrible quality.

xxYetterxx
xxYetterxx

@predatorGS What the heck are you talking about?  My 12 year old keyboard works just fine with my Win8 PC

EddieDominguez
EddieDominguez

Yeah man, go ahead and buy all that stuff ..... -_-

sammoth
sammoth

@d3nR You do know Bluetooth is just Wireless right ? You can do the same thing with Wi-Fi. Yet you talk about suckers yet you buy into the Bluetooth analogy ?

NTM23
NTM23

@phillharvey This'll be the sixth time I've told someone, and I'll probably tell more in the future. This happened to me as well months back, and I was thinking "Why would GameSpot take off my harmless comments? It's like they're against me." But really, as I could have guessed, and as they've told me, it's their commenting system: the Livefyre.

ArchibaldEagle
ArchibaldEagle

@darksidecelica Exactly!  My only concern would be if TB decides to not develop a new 'puck' for the XB1 controller.  If that happens, good times.  Otherwise, I'll prep to pitch my XP400 OR see how the PS4 addresses the issue.  Then again, TB might take the same approach with Sony...we'll have to see.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

@Wienerman- In terms of sound quality it has been more than fine with my XL1 and the COD MW3 Earforce Charlie.

xxYetterxx
xxYetterxx

@sammoth It does matter as 1000's of headsets already use Bluetooth for their connection and therefore these headsets are virtually unusable on the X1.  I'm usually on this site defending MS but this seems like a mistep, especially considering how cheap it would be to include it in the console.  

d3nR
d3nR

Bluetooth is a wireless standard. It a common way to call it lol

Saketume
Saketume

@NTM23

Yeah LiveFyre is buggy and eats many comments but often it's overactive mods too, I'm sure. Because if I post something that isn't the popular opinion, even though it's not offensive or wrong, it gets deleted more often than other comments. They do have a lot of mods on this site.

I'll believe otherwise if they fix LiveFyre (or just change to a better system) and my comments stop vanishing after that. It sure is easy now for a mod to delete something they don't like and blame LF if they wish (conspiracy woo).

phillharvey
phillharvey

@JAmster789  I do have a set of Astro A40 and love in Canada. it cost me with shipping nearly $500 to get them up hear and when I heard this news I felt sour. I hope that Astro come out with a new cable from the mix-amp to the controller. I really don't need to buy a "new" head-set.

d3nR
d3nR

@sammoth @d3nR True... but shouldn't we expect next generation consoles to support all headphones?

I have a pair of wireless/bluetooth/magical headphones. They work on the ps3, laptop & phone, why can't they work on the x1?


sammoth
sammoth

@d3nR Exactly it's just a name brand like Apple. I am just pointing out what it really is. Bluetooth is really NO big deal.