Xbox One will support Xbox 360 headsets with an adapter

Existing headsets will be able to operate with the Xbox One, confirms Microsoft, but it's currently unclear if the adapter will be sold separately.

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Wired Xbox 360 headsets will be compatible with the Xbox One via an adapter, Microsoft has confirmed.

"We are working to develop an adapter for current wired headsets to connect," said Microsoft's Xbox Support account on Twitter. "More details as we approach launch."

Earlier this week Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox One wouldn't ship with a headset in the box, with the company saying that the bundled Kinect hardware features its own microphone.

"Each Xbox One includes the new Kinect sensor," said Microsoft, "with a highly sensitive multi-array microphones designed to enable voice inputs and chat as a system-level capability, both in-game and with Skype and other experiences."

Microsoft's Xbox One comes with a proprietary headset jack, whereas Sony's PlayStation 4 will use a standard microphone jack. The Xbox 360 features a 2.5mm headphone jack, similar to many cell phones.

Microsoft has not said whether the Xbox 360 headset adapter will be included with the Xbox One console or whether it will be made available for sale separately.

Discussion

225 comments
bluespire1
bluespire1

Um...Does any body know if the wireless ones are compatible?

ChevLss
ChevLss

Just one more reason  for this 360(two red ringers before + old Box) to be my last xbox. F@cking sick of M$ telling me to suck it and by their machine/products anyway. F@cking nickle and dime gangsters....

Lazuliv
Lazuliv

Doesn't matter if it's included or not I want the pretty headset in the picture anyway.

EchoStation
EchoStation

Wow they really expect everyone to leave there kinect voice chat on during games? This is going to be the most anoying thing possible. I can hear it now, TURN YOUR DAMN TV DOWN!!!

Arijan83
Arijan83

I dont use cheap headsets, only turtle beach

TheArcade
TheArcade

But my question is can you use an Xbox 360 Bluetooth headset on Xbox One?

TooCoolForYou
TooCoolForYou

Knowing Microsoft, the adapter will cost just as much as the Xbox One headset. If they can't screw you over with buying a Xbox One headset, they pretty much will with the cost of the adapter. 

lev2013
lev2013

they should package in that headset adaptor or sell it for cheap cause no one really cares about that mono headset when most people have something way better 

jnosk8
jnosk8

I really hope i can use my Xp500s. I dont want to drop another 300$ dollars on a headset.


wookiegr
wookiegr

Not defending Microsoft at all on this but Apple pulls this crap all the time and there is very little complaining about it and they still sell that junk.

lilmcnessy
lilmcnessy

So now you need specific hardware and can't use a standard headset? It was bad enough that you needed a 2.5mm plug in the 360.

spectreSE7EN
spectreSE7EN

Kinect is not an option for me as a mic. For one, I sit 18' away from the screen. When I play late at night I'm gonna piss off my wife and kids if they hear me talking loud so the kinect can hear me. Not an ideal solution for everyone. A headset allows me to keep my voice down and still allow friends to hear me. Plus when you fork out good money for a set of turtle beach or in my case, Astros, I really don't want my headset to become useless with the new console. Glad to hear there will be an adapter but think it is pretty shitty that they had to go with a proprietary connection. Unless the adapter is included with the console this is just another way for them to make money off all of those people who invested in a high quality headset knowing that these people will buy the adapter vs a new headset.

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

Here's a thought, MS.  Why not spend the money you will use on development of an adapter on actually putting a headset in with the xbone in the first place???

Common sense FTW!!!

Detroman
Detroman

Good this it what they should do update their headset technology and leave behind the old shit and at least their giving an option to use the old shit 

Hammmodi
Hammmodi

let me guess...the adapter will come with the new headsets right ?

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

SO to use the 360 headset you need to pay for the adapter. 

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Isn't that Sony headset just a cheap earbud with a mic pretty much?  Of course I'm afraid of the kinect after watching Paranormal Activity 4. 

m4a5
m4a5

"Each Xbox One includes the new Kinect sensor," said Microsoft, "with a highly sensitive multi-array microphones designed to enable voice inputs and chat as a system-level capability, both in-game and with Skype and other experiences." 

This is why I could care less if it comes with a cheap mic or not. Well, unless it turns out to be as crappy as the first kinect...

Kinetic_Warfare
Kinetic_Warfare

thank god I don't have to buy another mic..... even if the console came with a mic it is going to suck just like the PS4 mic will....... the thing looks cheap Both of them do but o well

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

lol it seems that ms is back peddling about anything negative lol....get rid of the kinect. c'mon guys...lets get a campaign started

ender707
ender707

The kinect is useless for in-game voice coms.  I hated having to hit the xbox button and go through the menu to mute everyone who was using it.  It sits next to your tv and SPEAKERS.  The person is 8 or 10 feet away. 

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

adaptor priced at $69. the perfect price point for our xbots claims Microscam..

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

Well I highly doubt it would be included. A headset adapter included, but a headset not? Unlikely. If it excluded, you might as well just buy the new headset. I'll be getting a turtle beach if I end up getting a Xbox One anyway. 

NephilimWarlord
NephilimWarlord

Hi MS fans, we are pleased to announce the Xbox One which will cost you $100 more than our competition but there's good news. We will not be including a headset and not supporting your existing headsets unless you give us more money for an adapter. 

Bless our greedy little hearts.

                                                                                Your Pal,

                                                                                     MICROSOFT

bmart970
bmart970

That's nice. I already have a pretty expensive headset, and I didn't want to get another.

SexyMiralda
SexyMiralda

As it stands the headset is crap. So, are they forcing us to mount another piece of junk to this?

DaN_WiL
DaN_WiL

What about my $60 wireless mic?

keech
keech

More MS damage control.  I almost feel like we broke MS's spirit by forcing them to drop all the big brother crap with the X1.  Seems every time a bit of news comes out, they have to stammer out some kind of excuse, apology, or consolation about it a few days later.

Dasim64
Dasim64

Just more crap to charge people for. You can't tell me they didn't plan this from the start. Microsoft loves to charge you for all the little crap. $20 here, $20 there. Next thing you know they've juked another $100 out of everyone. 

aku47
aku47

@Lazuliv That heaset is also not going to be shipped with the console. they want you to use kinect to voice chat.

ShutUpFanboys
ShutUpFanboys

@wookiegr 

let me play Sony Fanboy for a minute:

Whatever XBOT, you obviously Love M$ for their god awful policies. Too bad you want to be raped by MS for an inferior system that's $100 more. Sucks to be you XBOT! Good luck being watched by PRISM and MS and their master plan to invade everyones privacy and take over the world!

yeah that sounds pretty lame and it sounds like every post on here.

deathstream
deathstream

@lilmcnessy 

That isn't the news.  That was announced after the reveal in May.  The news is that they ARE developing an adapter for people who spent a lot of money on their current premium headsets and aren't ready to invest in a new premium headset yet.

m4a5
m4a5

@kungfuj0 There are 3rd party mics and whatnot that use that port too -_-

terrusaet
terrusaet

@Hammmodi I hope MS includes the adaptor but I have a feeling MS's gonna have an Apple situation where the adaptor will be sold separately and cost $30, they won't even give us the damn mono headset that should come with the X1 to begin with.

terrusaet
terrusaet

@Rayzakk looks like it but at least they're giving you a headset that you can use on day one. the kinect mic is probably alright but i think the kinect is a poor excuse for MS to not include a basic mono headset like they did with the 360.

Lazuliv
Lazuliv

@jsmoke03 Getting rid of the Kinect would make it like the PS4... I want something different. They should keep the Kinect they could do a lot of cool things with it.

deathstream
deathstream

@ender707 

But that doesn't mean that 2.0 functions the same way.  It should provide a better experience, but not as good as a headset. 

m4a5
m4a5

@COPMAN221ISBACK Oh look! The troll obviously is a troll!

nannasin
nannasin

@DaN_WiL isnt that what wifi direct is for.  A replacement of bluetooth or am i wrong?

ElFlechero
ElFlechero

@Dasim64 Just wait for a 3rd party manufacturer to make a knock-off adapter for $6. Personally, I'm pretty excited to hear that an adapters will be made, because I only recently got some nice Turtle Beaches and was ticked that I wouldn't be able to use them.

spectreSE7EN
spectreSE7EN

Yeah, I have a 125" screen with hd projector. Not sure the new kinects range but the old kinect works fine. The fact that kinect isn't optional this time is another issue for me. I'd rather not use it at all. Would go ps4 but titanfall and dead rising 3 are deal breakers for me

deathstream
deathstream

@Clownbabby @BigBossWato 

The adapter is for people who bought expensive headsets for their 360s, not people using the one in the box.

This was not a random switch to a proprietary format.  This is an improvement.  It happens in the tech field all the time. 

DaN_WiL
DaN_WiL

@nannasin @DaN_WiL The new xbone is using a newer protocol of WiFi direct.  The x360 controllers also communicate via this format, and since they said x360 accessories don't work with xbone (before their massive 180), I can only assume I'm boned for that


But with this adapter I could probably still use my XP500,  you should check them out on eBay right now they're like averaging $130 used and they are really good.

Dasim64
Dasim64

@ElFlechero @Dasim64 I'll agree that it's good that at least the are doing something but it should never have been an issue to begin with. They will still undoubtedly charge for this item and that seems to be how they do things. Charge for every little thing, even stuff that should have been included with the system to begin with. 

Dasim64
Dasim64

@ALCHEMISTx24x7 @Dasim64 I happen to have 2 360's right now so I'm hardly a Sony Fanboy. In fact I've been playing State of Decay on my 360 all week and it's a great game. I just happen to not like how Microsoft is handling things with the XB1. They should never have locked out older headsets and other hardware to begin with. It was a stupid move and them saying they'll make an adaptor is an admission of that just like their reversal on the whole DRM fiasco. You have to call them on their BS or they'll just keep doing it.

RAMBOZOx
RAMBOZOx

@ALCHEMISTx24x7 @Dasim64 Actually any headset that works for the ps3 will work for the PS4, nothings changed. However you will need to buy an adapter to use your old 360 headsets with the One. I don't recall anyone asking them to change form factors, or to release a most likely shoddy adapter. So how is it Microsoft is listening to their fans? 

gamespotpanayis
gamespotpanayis

@Dasim64 @ALCHEMISTx24x7 

Not sure they are locking out the headsets.  They have changed the way the controller communicates with it's peripherals (headset, mic, keyboard, touchpad..whatever).  Could they have made it backward compatible?  Sure, but they decided to design the console as a new console without making concessions to older hardware.

I would prefer a console that is envisaged, designed and built to be the best they can, rather than include compromises for older hardware.  I want it to be as good as it can be, as it's got to last 5 years or more.

Sure, I'd be pissed off if I'd invested in a great headset I couldn't use on the XB1, but they're making an adapter.

The controller is no longer just mono, so you can get full game sound through your controller.. meaning you don't need your 4 meter lead back to the console.  This also opens up the potential for multi-player split-screen players each getting their own game audio feed (rather than just chat).

They've reduced latency and increased bandwidth by switching to WiFi direct (over some sort of proprietary RF system they were using on the 360).

All-in-all good design and good product decisions.