Xbox One headset adapter shipping in 2014

Microsoft confirms it will release adapter in early 2014 that will allow users to connect various third-party headsets to the next-gen system.

Microsoft confirmed today that its official headset adapter will not be available at launch, instead releasing in early 2014.

"Xbox will release an adapter in early 2014 that allow consumers to connect many brands of wired gaming headsets to the Wireless Controller for gaming and chat audio," a Microsoft spokesperson said.

The confirmation comes after headset maker Turtle Beach announced today that its own line of headsets (XO FOUR and XO SEVEN) would not be available until 2014.

"Every console at launch does include the Xbox One Chat Headset, and we are working with third-party manufacturers to create new headsets that will take full advantage of the Xbox One technology," Microsoft said.

As IGN points out, without the adapter players can still access in-game audio through the Xbox One's optical digital audio port. However, chat audio in this scenario would be routed through Kinect.

The Xbox One launches on November 22 for $500.

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418 comments
inthepastxx
inthepastxx

Not that big of a deal.  Of course were going to have people who will complain about this that its another way to milk money.  

To my point though,  this is just another reason though it be small to wait a few months to buy new systems.  I for one use my gaming Headset 90% of the time.

waffleiron88
waffleiron88

Because putting in some standard USB ports was too hard? Fail....so fail.

LaserXUKM
LaserXUKM

I'm sorry but this is just another milk some money from ppl BS by M$, just like you have to buy an adapter to charge your controller. PS3 had both of these things included 7 years ago, not trying to sound like a fanboy, but this is crap!

KiriharaZro
KiriharaZro

Why an adapter? can't make the XBone accept any bluetooth headset? I think its just for making more money

EfreemanX64
EfreemanX64

Everytime there are new systems freaking fanboys come out and troll.  I have all the current systems and have preordered my xbox one can not wait til november 22.   I will be getting a PS4 in 2014.  I think both systems will be good.  I have turtlebeach XP510  headsets that i paid 285 for so i am glad to hear about the adapter.

arqe
arqe

Sony said at least %75 of the new announcements are "NOT AVAILABLE" yet people here raging Microsoft once again becouse of an Adaptor.

Well glad im a PC gamer and wont be dealing with these people in online games. Same goes for blind Microsoft fans. But they are %10 of the raging crowd.

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

Who cares? There's maybe 20 people that care, the "hardcore" gamers that all love Sony anyway.

themc_7
themc_7

well this is annoying. I bought the Skullcandy PLYR1 headset last week hoping it would be future proof. Haha yeah future proof for a month. Now I need to buy an adapter. damn you MS

Henninger
Henninger

So I'll have to buy another Turtle Beach is that what they're saying? Or will this adapter work with my current turtle beach? I really don't want to spend more money on another headset.

bkohary
bkohary

Coming Soon in 2014 - an adaptor to connect your Kinect to your Xbox One.

It's called the Kinect ² (requires a Kinect³ to connect)

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

So is the adapter required for all third party headsets or just older ones for the 360? 

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

MS just announced you get a free tool kit on day one and have to assemble the Xbox1 yourself. Why is nothing working on day 1? But the MS heads say that you're getting this incredible VALUE for $500+ with Xbox1!!!  lmao

Krauklis
Krauklis

Console players must all be apple fans,  else it's hard to explain why they like being charged for things like adapters. 

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

PROPRIETARY BULLSHIT!
PROPRIETARY BULLSHIT!
DON'T GIVE THEM ANY MONEY 'CUZ OF
PROPRIETARY BULLSHIT!

Seriously, Microsoft are turning into Apple...

inthepastxx
inthepastxx

@LaserXUKM Though your right, MS has outsold Sony for a long time.  Its scary to say even after everything that happen, its looking like MS will once again out sell Sony.  These little things don't ever seem to effect how much the console sells.

inthepastxx
inthepastxx

@KiriharaZro Just so you know,  By you and everyone else saying XBone, all you did was make MS more money.  As there cashing in on the name XBone.

camp1301
camp1301

@EfreemanX64 You can still use your existing headset and receive audio the same. The only thing is you'll have to use the Kinect as your chat microphone. Not a big issue to me.

inthepastxx
inthepastxx

@EfreemanX64 Agree, I like the fact theres going to be an adapter or else my headset would be pointless (Astro A40).

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

@arqe At least you got one thing right that no one knows anything about PS4, and I'm sure there is a reason, Sony is living it up from the initial hype while blind buyers throw their money at Sony

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

@arqe PC gamers have nothing useful to say and should return to the PC underground that no one in the main stream really cares about.  That's the reason that games like GTAV is on consoles right now and not PC, same goes for most other games, who wants a PC when you don't get the great new games?

inthepastxx
inthepastxx

@themc_7 The adapter is a good thing, without it any decent headset is pointless as it wont provide you with the sound is capable of producing.

Daian
Daian

@Henninger well it's bs that they force this proprietary bullshit down our throats to begin with, only so we'll buy new headsets/adapters.

themc_7
themc_7

@Shantmaster_K The new headsets hook up with some sort of micro USB connection. Old headsets have a 3.5mm headphone to headphone connection, this will no longer work without and adapter.

telmor84
telmor84

@ohjtbehaaave black and white works pretty good on suits^^. but you do know you get a headset in the whole package?

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

@DanielL5583 That must be why the Vita isn't doing very well. Screw that PROPRIETARY BULLSHIT! 

KiriharaZro
KiriharaZro

@inthepastxx

Really? same as facebook's "likes" that help poor children in Afrika? XBoneXBoneXBoneXBoneXBoneXBoneXBoneXBoneXBoneXBoneXBoneXBoneXBoneXBoneXBoneXBoneXBoneXBoneXBoneXBone

arqe
arqe

@UNCStriker88 @arqe Still im not gonna argue with a player who uses "MONO HEADSET" for in-game audio.

inthepastxx
inthepastxx

@UNCStriker88 @arqe Well, I want a PC because we got those great new games you speak of.  Very rare major AAA titles aren't released on PC.  Before you say PC fanboy, I have all the consoles and both new consoles on Pre-Order.  I like the better graphics and mods that go with the PC games.  It breathes new light into the games.

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

@arqe @UNCStriker88 it comes with a free headset, am I missing something? How stupid can people be, why would you buy another headset? Who cares that much about a headset? No one!

Whargies
Whargies

@themc_7 @Shantmaster_K So does this mean I can still use my Earforce Delta's and still be able to chat through them? I mean, it hooks up through the SPDIF port in the 360 which allows for chat and audio. But does the new Xbox not have that capability?

themc_7
themc_7

@telmor84 @ohjtbehaaave true, but if you have a gaming headset (turtle beach, astro, trittons, etc) it usually has a hook up for in game chat. That's the piece that requires and adapter and will not work without it.

Collateral96
Collateral96

@UNCStriker88 not sure why I would want to scream half way across my room or we else you'd be using that thing.The headsets are basically garbage and those thrown in headsets usually break a few months later.I think I'll be getting this adapter so the better higher end headset is useable the microsoft wired mics are shit.

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

@arqe @UNCStriker88 ha, most people really just don't care. Besides since I will have a great new piece of technology called the Kinect then I will just listen to my game through my stereo in the living room and just talk directly.

BorgMind00
BorgMind00

@Space_Paranoids @UNCStriker88 @arqe Fair enough but I think you're making an unfair assumption. You're not sure if the included headset will work for you or not. I also have a life, job and family and have been using the included MS XBox 360 headset since its inception and it's always worked for me. 

Space_Paranoids
Space_Paranoids

@UNCStriker88 @arqe  You sure are missing something...perspective. I have a life, a good job and a family, my game time comes later at night when they are sleeping so a good headset is important to me. I want to play and enjoy the sounds of the game without disturbing anyone in my house. Those cheap pieces of crap that come with the system do not provide me with that service.

arqe
arqe

@UNCStriker88 @arqe Dude read above. Im PC gamer , i dont care about these consoles but yeah Ps4 free Headset is useless until its Available for chat.

And if you are playing and enjoying games with a MONO headset i dont have anything to say to you.

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

@arqe @UNCStriker88 ...still don't get it, so PS4 headset it pointless? still don't care...?  I'll be enjoying my Xbox One with the headset that it comes with, not much else to it

arqe
arqe

@UNCStriker88 @arqe Yeah but Ps4 free headset is NOT AVAILABLE for chatting. Xbox One's is so ...

Also you will put 2 headsets ? One for chat and one for gaming ? Or you wanna play games with a MONO HEADSET ?

Dont be stupid.

themc_7
themc_7

@Whargies @themc_7 @Shantmaster_K yeah. it's pretty lame. on a side note, the bluetooth adapter is pretty cool. My SC PLYR1s have a wired chat connection, wireless would be nice.

Whargies
Whargies

@themc_7 @Shantmaster_K *Edit* I just realized that the mic on my Earforce Delta's will not work since the Bluetooth adapter connects via the 3.5mm port on the controller...  *Sigh*

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

@sladakrobot The fact that PS2 used USB as a standard input still stands.

I know there was no HDMI port with PS2; I never said PS2 had all the above, rather it was the console that started standard input procedures in recent times.

When the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 came out, they had all the above (save for the Xbox not supporting HDMI until later), meaning they had the concepts of standard input nailed.

So yeah, it is about standard inputs all along.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@DanielL5583 There was no HDMI with PS2...the X360 was first with standard HDMI.
USB devices for PS2 dont work with PS3 i guess...you had to buy new ones.
Ethernet came first on Xbox as standard if i am correct.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

@sladakrobot USB ports. HDMI ports. Ethernet ports. Digital audio jacks.

Yes, they kinda were when the PlayStation 2 came out.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

No,thats the point.
Consoles was never about standard input.