You'll have to pay $24.99 to use your own chat headset on Xbox One

Seems like quite a lot of money for a tiny bit of plastic.

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Microsoft will charge you $24.99/£19.99 for the option to use your own chat headset with the Xbox One, thanks to the console's proprietary headset port and the new stereo headset adapter.

The adapter has its own volume controls and will allow users to adjust the levels of both chat and game audio, but the adapter does not allow for output of game audio to any headsets themselves--your favourite Astro/Turtle Beach/Tritton/etc headset will still need to be plugged into the Xbox One, TV, or receiver to get game audio. Both 3.5mm and 2.5mm jacks are supported.

The Xbox One Stereo Headset.

The headset adapter will be available to purchase worldwide in March, hopefully in time for Titanfall.

"Plug your compatible headset into the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter to chat with your fellow players, and enjoy the convenient volume controls right on the adapter," said Microsoft spokesperson Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb on his blog.

Additionally, Microsoft will also release its own stereo headset in March that comes with an adapter included. This will retail for $79.99/£59.99.

"The Stereo Headset pairs a premium, full-range (20Hz-20kHz) audio experience with a unidirectional microphone taking advantage of Xbox One’s Skype-powered chat audio codec," said Hryb.

Discussion

1042 comments
koraak
koraak

umm dunno what the big deal is, the $25 one comes with the xbox. So like before if you wanted or needed another one you had to pay for it. why is everyone whining?

Crossel777
Crossel777

Lol is Microsoft doing everything in their power to make the Xbone not sell? 

kaytemon
kaytemon

microsoft have gone downhill with the xbox one, complete trainwreck!

greek5
greek5

My Wii u is smiling at me as I read this, dare I say its purring?

dethtrain
dethtrain

Why is the port not a standard one?

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

Something tells me EA isn't gonna get voted worst company in america this year. Microsoft are really trying their best to take that crown.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

This is the last straw. Xbox - FUCK OFF!

dkeppens
dkeppens

Typical. Good old reliable scumbag microsoft. Raping customers all over the world since windows 3.11. Serves one right being a mickeysoft customer

thiagofali
thiagofali

I think that M$ should pull out a 'SEGA' move, giving up on hardware and focusing on game software only =)

TRC187
TRC187

You know what, I have not purchased either system yet due to lack of necessity and the fact that MS has totally thrown me for a loop with how horrible the XBOne is with the insane amount of restrictions and limitations, and this is the last straw. Fuck MS.. I'm going with a PS4, this headphone tax is probably the most ridiculous shit I've heard of yet. What the fuck are they thinking?? They've completely lost their minds, they're going to lose millions of gamers, and tens of millions of dollars, they probably already have.

ayoung01
ayoung01

Microsoft, you're drunk. Go Home.

The_Micksta
The_Micksta

This just proves how money hungry M$ are!, should just remove your'e Xbone console and not come back! 

roganth
roganth

Sony should pay Microsoft commission for all the customers they are getting from them.

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

Got your hands bound, your head down,your eyes closed. You look so precious now.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

Or they could be complete dicks and not allow you to use your own headset AT ALL, forcing you to buy their own headsets at a far greater cost than 25 dollars.  Of course, since it's MS, everyone focuses on the negative... 

cephas90
cephas90

Meanwhile as I plug my Sennheiser PC363D's into my COMPUTER....

weisguy119
weisguy119

I literally laughed when I read this headline. The lengths some companies will go to rip people off is just silly sometimes.

thegame_err
thegame_err

Just makes me all the more glad with my decision to go with the PS4. This is tyranny, I tell you!

wristbreaker
wristbreaker

M$ get out of the hardware business!!! you can't even get windows 8 right!!!

wristbreaker
wristbreaker

no 1080p/60fps and now this??? hahahah...

goes to show you... you don't always get what you pay for... hahahah

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

Da+n MS what are you smoking, Really not a route you should be taking if you want to really sell your product.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

That's pretty steep to be able to use your own headset.

naomha1
naomha1

This argument gets so repetitive over and over again. You guys/ladies do realize that you keep feeding into this sites ridulous attempts at maintaining gamer "quo". Can't have everybody united, ya know, causes too much un-newsworthy articles. So what? Really? It's $25. Yes, it sucks. Yes, Microsuckyourmoney, sorry, Microsoft should have simply included it in the Xbone package deal. Is it really necessary? Pretty much. Did they drop the ball? Pretty much. Should they simply have Xbone customers sign in on a website and get it for free? Pretty much. Would Sony do this? Maybe. Probably not. It's Microsoft people. They don't give you swappable HDDs. They make you pay to be on the internet with friends. Games with Gold is such an afterthought, it's not funny. Seriously, this month I got Dead Island. Woopee! On PS+ I get such better games and deals, it isn't funny. Anyway, that's an afterthought, and I'm just adding fuel to the "fire", so to speak.  My end point is this. It's Microsoft. We ALL know they suck your money however they can. They've been doing it for years, why stop now when the majority just goes along for the ride? If enough people voted with their wallets like they do with wagging tongues, MS would shape up and knock it off.  Period.

xolivierx
xolivierx

haha


that and Titan Fall NOT running at 1080 = microsoft shitting in your face for not buying a Ps4

Pewbert
Pewbert

"proprietary headset port" = because we don't want you using your own headsets. We want more monies.

MONIES. GIMME DA MONIES.

bretttheguy
bretttheguy

So how do old/third party headsets work on the PS4?

007nikster5
007nikster5

Ha!! Microsoft is such a joke! I didn't know they were still going to charge people for every little thing. But then again, xbox gamers should find this familiar

Mazam1212
Mazam1212

One, I do not see the appeal of TItainfall. Too many shooters are similar these days. Also Titainfall seems like a hybrid between Transformers and COD. Both brands have already saturated the market with more mediocre gameplay. I do not see how a hybrid will make either brand better. Two, PC's are the way to go.  

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

Another smear job on gamespot brought to you by Sony. They arent even trying to hide it anymore are they?

Cozm1kaos
Cozm1kaos

@koraak  Looks like they mean, if you want to use your own headset, not the microsoft one that comes with the system. Meaning if you have a sick headset you wanted to use, you would need to pay for it. I don't no, this news is not only dumb but confusing.

Kinren1
Kinren1

@dethtrain  Too make more money.  Look at Apple, and very little complaints about their proprietary stuff.

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

@JustPlainLucas  Or they could have just used a standard port like everyone else, what exactly is the need for a proprietary head set port in the first place, and do not tell me Skype because everyone with a pc can use any headset they like with that program with no trouble.

adwerk
adwerk

@JustPlainLucas Nah, they couldnt do that... the outcry would be immense, and not everyone wanna use crappy headphone and/or have to pay for new expensive ones.

Getesh
Getesh

@JustPlainLucas  Considering the alternative in the PS4 allows you to use your own headset without the con of forcing you to spend more money, yeah of course it's negative.

Collateral96
Collateral96

@weisguy119  almost rather find a way to do it on ebay rather than this bullshit I mean what is this? 25 bucks for a bit of plastic? WHY! 10 bucks and id be sold why in the name of god would anyone want to spend nearly 30 dollars for a small piece of plastic?

Inlex
Inlex

@naomha1  Replace Microsoft with EA, slap it on the other half of the 'articles' here and you got everything covered, basically. 

RobDev
RobDev

@guardianofhonor  are you saying sony has faked this item. that this ridiculous adapter actually doesn't exist. I'm shocked!