Xbox One introduces a manual software update for your controller

You'll need to do a bit of updating before you can use the new Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter.

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Customers who have purchased the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter will be required to manually update their controller, Microsoft has said. That's a first.

The Stereo Headset Adapter is a $24.99/£19.99 peripheral that allows Xbox One owners to use their own chat headset with the Xbox One, and will be released next week in time for Titanfall. But owners will also have to do a bit of tinkering to get it working properly.

Microsoft has detailed a 7-step guide to installing the controller update:

  1. Make sure your console is on and you’re signed in and connected to Xbox Live. (It’s important to connect to Xbox Live because your console will need the latest system update, which contains the newest controller software. If you’ve connected recently, your Xbox One is probably already up to date, but you should connect anyway just to be sure. If your console needs an update, you’ll be prompted to install one.)
  2. Plug the Stereo Headset Adapter into the bottom of your controller.
  3. Plug in a headset (a headset must be plugged in so the adapter will turn on).
  4. Plug the big end of the included USB cable into the port on the side of the console.
  5. Instructions to install the update should automatically be displayed. Follow the instructions, and don’t disconnect the USB cable while the update is in progress. (The process can take up to 3 minutes.)
  6. When the update is complete, unplug the USB cable. If you have additional controllers to update, you can connect them now, one at a time, select the Update another button on the screen, and then follow the steps.
  7. Press the Xbox button on the wireless controller to turn it on. Your controller is now up-to-date, and you’re ready to use your Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter.

The controller update arrives alongside the Xbox One March system update, which adds a refined (not terrible) Party Chat mode and new multiplayer functionality.

Microsoft is also hinting that future Xbox One updates will enable support for external storage drives.

Discussion

161 comments
ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Lol really? They couldn't prepare it to be ready? How hard is it to define a interface before producing the device. I mean, how many functions does it have? Speaker / Mic vol up/down and mute?

grenadehh
grenadehh

I like that I was called an idiot in comments for suggesting a manual system update be patched in. Guess what my Box is doing right now? I'm looking at a progress bar.


Someone said "I'd rather not have to sit and look at a progress bar and just have it update on its own." 


Yea except anyone who knows shit about technology knows it doesn't exactly always work correctly. I had the settings turned on to allow for self-updating. And guess what it didn't do.


And like I said before, God forbid you have to voluntarily look at a load screen for 40 seconds, because it finished before I even got this far in typing my comment.

Flyin3lvl
Flyin3lvl

They talked about the price in uk I went game today yes the titian fall bundle but the xbox one itself was at 349... Cash converters had a second hand on window display for weeks and game also has a couple in scound hand meanwhile ps4 has been sold out over couple weeks so far but preorders with infoumous ....

I dunno it does in a little way say something when the window poster xbox one in stock ps4 sold out

Pupchu
Pupchu

a patch that updates the controller..? well, ok then... o.O

Zarkhaine
Zarkhaine

When are they releasing this controller for Windows? My 360 controller is very steadily dying and the aiming is not quite as accurate as it should be, plus the thumb sticks are degrading now, so I really need a new one, but I really don't want to waste money on a new 360 pad if they're supposed to be bringing the X-One pad to windows. Hurry up and do it!

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

I knew the Xone controllers were twitchy.  My friend and I returned like 2 a piece and they all had problems.  Glad we returned the X1.  

toyo75
toyo75

The manual software updates also prevent people from using controllers not licensed by Microsoft. Surprise! Surprise! ^_^

mkygod
mkygod

MS decided to make a small improvement on their controllers and now people are complaining. It only takes a couple minutes to update with a micro USB cable. Are console gamers that lazy? Imagine if you were a PC gamer and you complain everytime there are new drivers for your video card, a patch for your game, or a firmware upgrade for your router.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Patching a controller. Now I've seen it all.

xcollector
xcollector

Damn! Microsoft shipped their software without any drivers. LMAO!

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Great... so now you can even brick a freaking CONTROLLER. 

LickTheEnvelope
LickTheEnvelope

I still think PS4 wins on Storage.  External add is great and all but it will never be the same as being able to upgrade the internal storage.  Just the SSHD I put in my PS4 severely decreases load times.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

For a supposedly advanced system, it's amazing it doesn't support the wonderful technology of USB headsets out of the box, but I guess they wouldn't be able to nickel 'n dime you if they did that. (yeah, the PS4 has headset issues too, but at least they don't charge you $25 for an adapter.)

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

Quite frankly, I don't care about this, because I'm fed up with trying to play CoD Ghosts online and not being able to maintain my aim on my target, no matter what I do.  Makes me wish I'd of built a gaming rig with a nice new kb/m for precision aiming rather than the farce of analog aiming.  I even like playing games like Skyrim better on PC because of the total 1:1 movement of the mouse in correlation to the character on screen.  So much better than the feel of trying to control a character with the equivalent of a steering wheel.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Geeze got to Love FlameSpot! SMH. I heard a comment that about a head seat update that was dumb because PS4 just got an update on a headset. Flame on Guys. Thanks for giving me more reason to stay away from the site. I actually want to learn something or read up on updates. 

quarrel47
quarrel47

This is pretty bad, first you have to pay money ti use your own headset, then users have to update their controller??? Ps4 works out of the box for users own headsets. . . . (another reason ps4 is winning ;))

ricanick
ricanick

Xbox one controller compatible for PC please !!!!!

charlesswann
charlesswann

The only way to fix a turd is to give it a flush.

mattcake
mattcake

Everything needs an update nowadays. Soon it'll be "please connect your toaster to your wifi network so we can achieve maximum brown-ness consistency with firmware v.8R34D".

christhevillan
christhevillan

The Xbox one controller is one of the main reason's i didn't get a PS4 first, it's still the best pad since the N64.

Sony need to completely revamp their pad it's shape has barely change since 1995 (PS1 Days). 


Ensabuhnur
Ensabuhnur

I know the Xbox hate is strong on this site,but man some of you must be the biggest idiots on the planet.  Anyone who thinks this is complicated is a goofball.  Same for anyone complaining about it, please name me 1 controller in the history of consoles that has allowed a firmware update?  No really name one.  I will wait for it.  This is an awesome thing.  So the fans want a new feature - BAM Added.  Developer wants the controller to have better response - DONE.


All without needing to buy a new controller.  AS opposed to last gen when the DS3 had no rumble and then they had to create a new one.  Or the 360 controller had a bad d pad- so they had to make a new one.


THIS IS AWESOME.


There is literally NOTHING to hate about this.


But idiots will find a way- wont you guys?


LOL pathetic much?

jconk
jconk

What model of SSHD did you get?

TimberWolf_CLT
TimberWolf_CLT

@LickTheEnvelope On the surface it would seem that way.  It'll be interesting to see what data caching mechanisms are used on the X1.  With proper look-ahead caching the difference between internal/external can be minimized.

shinjuki
shinjuki

@psx_warrior


God damn the people on this website are intolerable. Go play your PC and stop posting about how you think it's better than consoles k? Noone gives a shit.

quarrel47
quarrel47

Ps4 didn't get an update to let users use their own headsets. Do some research before you make yourself look stupid. It was an update for one particular headset that allows more tweaking of sounds and settings. Its not even needed..

blackbeltjones
blackbeltjones

@mattcake  You should get the update for the toaster... I heard it bumps it up to 1080p. 720p toast isnt nearly as crisp....

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@mattcake  You mean you don't have that update yet?  Dude, I bet your toast tastes terrible!

quarrel47
quarrel47

How is that awesome? Pay for a price to use your head set then update the controller? Dont need to do this with ps4 controllers. Works out of the box, this is pretty sad.

robEZ8
robEZ8

@Ensabuhnur  I think the point is that this update should not have even been necessary.  They developed the console and controller for how long and they did not think to make the headset port configurations universal?  They probably would not have even done all this if Sony's controller did already have that feature.  Your argument will remain weak unless Microsoft actually does something exciting and cool with their next update (if there is one). Maybe they will... hopefully they do

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@Ensabuhnur  Look at it this way, how many updates have caused just as many problems as they fixed? Now imagine updating your controller, and the damned thing not working. Look at how much gamers bitch and moan about a system update screwing us out of game time.

It's not as criminal as some make it out to be, but it's not really that spectacular either. 

And BTW...

"Same for anyone complaining about it, please name me 1 controller in the history of consoles that has allowed a firmware update?  No really name one.  I will wait for it. "

The Wii U gamepad, thank you, and goodnight.

Erebus
Erebus

@Walkerdowntown It means you can fail an update and be left with a "brick" with buttons. 
Think of the software installed on an actual brick and you'll get the idea.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

@quarrel47  The controller works out of the box. Its and update to give it an additional feature. read the article! come one man. Reading is fundamental.

TimberWolf_CLT
TimberWolf_CLT

@robEZ8 @Ensabuhnur Actually the updates also contain the fix that Respawn worked with them on to deal with the "twitchy-ness". 

Manifest_78
Manifest_78

@robEZ8 @Ensabuhnur  You are still complaining about an update. They felt they can make something better and they did. That's nothing but a positive there for whatever console you prefer.

Ensabuhnur
Ensabuhnur

@PrpleTrtleBuBum @Ensabuhnur  You miss the point.  They designed a well designed controller and have allowed room for downloadable updates to the firmware.  The concept is forward thinking and slick.  Even if its just to enhance what is there, its a concept no one has seen for a controller before and that is pretty slick.  Last gen if we wanted to add headphone support they would have had to put a new controller out.

quarrel47
quarrel47

You missed the point. The ps4 controller allows you to do what the xbox controller needs an update for, out of the box.

blackbeltjones
blackbeltjones

@pound-u @Ensabuhnur  This update wasnt just about the adapter. Respawn thought the controls could use a bit of tweaking and MS agreed.... All these updates with the One and it's controller and the release of all the new XO headsets and the adapter for older headsets for the Xbox One coming out prior to Titanfall's release are absolutely to do with Titanfall and Respawn... I am pretty sure I havent been "nickeled and dimed"... updates are free... buying a $150 headset is a choice...

RobDev
RobDev

@Ensabuhnur  let me know when the firmware update comes out that lets me use my own headset without paying for an adapter first, cheers

pound-u
pound-u

@Ensabuhnur Except that they are doing these "updates" to nickel and dime you. Instead of having native support, they force you to buy an adapter that you then have to update. It wouldn't be a problem if there was nothing extra to buy.

quarrel47
quarrel47

To bad they weren't forward thinking before they released the controller.