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.

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"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.

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if i was getting one i might care, ps4 for me

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Jamesp2005

@rookiesniper195 Yet you still feel the need to read and comment on the article.

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Lillypaw

@rookiesniper195 think most people buying PS4 :) I'll see you there on day one :)

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Lillypaw

Yep can't see them giving them away and great I now have more crap that if I drop controller etc might break or damage the controller.

Hurray for MS I Mean Sony

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crazyrage23

@Lillypaw that didnt even make sense???... drop your controller...??? what does that even have to do with anything?

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outlawoftorn

at least $20 for the adapter i think. why not just use standard ports and make life easy??

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gamespotpanayis

@outlawoftorn

Because the port deals with more than just audio in/out.

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NTM23

Microsoft: Yeah! Yeah, you can use your headset... WITH AN ADAPTER! Mwahahahaaa. HAHAHAAAA! Yes. Yes... Give me money. GIIIIIIVE ME MONEY! :D

They're really not making this easy are they?

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Desynkronic

@NTM23 they've aleady taken off the DRM, and removed developer update fees so...

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gamespotpanayis

@Desynkronic @NTM23 They removed developer update fees back in March/April time.

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Lillypaw

@Desynkronic @NTM23 and drop the all seeing eye of sauron ?

So Since they revealed the Xbox One how much of the Xbox is still left

Oh and the hard drive isn't removable etc etc etc

Should Have done your homework MS then you wouldn't need to undo anything!

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aloufika

@NTM23 Xbots:please take my money take my money please

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aloufika

Kinect provides the video and headset the sound NSA must be in dreamland

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gamespotpanayis

@aloufika

Funny thing is that I live in the UK, so are probably more at risk of being spied on by the NSA than those in the US. But I'm sure they could use my iPhone for that task if they were really bothered.

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ominous_prime

Very nice! I'll get to use my Turtle Beach headset still!

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IndremaLover

This is a pretty decent compromise, assuming the adapter is priced reasonably. I'm still not sold on the $100 price differential, but it's good to see Microsoft STARTING to respond to customers' expectations.

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crazyrage23

@IndremaLover yeah... its too bad customers dont understand microsoft is trying to move forward instead of staying in last generation...

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Retroact1ve

@crazyrage23 @IndremaLover Come on people didnt you know the future was paying for everything twice. Chargeable battery pack, the new headset with hardwired adapter (see xbox wire all new accessories entry for pictures), will there be a dongle for bluray movie playback as well lol. If you guys don't see this as ridiculous kudos to you, to me it's selling a console via piecemeal even though the competition is priced lower and all inclusive. Man oh man microsoft's PR still has their work cut out for them. At least its job security for them hah.

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Lillypaw

@IndremaLover yeah be $20 bucks same as their own branded headset lol, you just have to keep paying MS every day you have the xbox one, 360 was great but damn if I'm buying a x1

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JOHN1486

Buy them batteries....a headset.....PS4 has everything you need......Literally, it actually has everything you need in the box...

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Lillypaw

@JOHN1486 So your saying the Sony Is the All in One System. They steal their slogan from under their noses well done Sony.

Sony's new Add should be Everything you need to play games on or offline is in the Box, No after sales needed.

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ominous_prime

@JOHN1486 Doesn't have games that people want to play outside of third party yet. Hopefully the announcements that are coming will have some great system sellers at launch. So far their first party lineup is underwhelming.

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Dasim64

@ominous_prime @JOHN1486 Exclusives are the only difference. Every other game will be there and that's all that matters to most people. Exclusives aren't what I buy a system for.

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vault-boy

Any the adaptor will probably cost more than a new headset.

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BillJr106

Better than having to buy another $150 Turtle Beach!!

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DeadlyMustard

Can play old headsets (for a fee), but not old games. Microsoft is really sneaking in ways to get their console price up to an unseen $600+

Glad that their console doesn't interest me in the least to begin with

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ominous_prime

@DeadlyMustard If you have no interest, why bother to read links on information for it?

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DeadlyMustard

@ominous_prime @DeadlyMustard Because I read a lot of gaming news?

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ominous_prime

@DeadlyMustard @ominous_prime Just wondering. Just seems like you have a lot of free time spent on things of little interest to you.

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JOHN1486

they will just change this later and all will be forgiven and forgotten.....idiot consumers

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combigotes

Amazing... How SONY anticipated MS´s moves?... maybe in the future we will heard about a "tactical spionage action" case

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Gadeos

@combigotes you make it sound like a conspiracy theory. It was just pure common sense and a bit of wondering "what do consumer want?"... It's called caring for what consumers like and want, you don't need two fingers of forehead do that

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ominous_prime

@Gadeos @combigotes Ummm...maybe Sony just learned a lesson from how the PS3 went, because they ignored customers that time, and it went horribly for the first two years of that launch. The executives probably remembered how awful it is to have small bonuses when your company fails to make a profit.

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Gadeos

More milking!!!! man MS doesn't get tired of it and players seem to be down for it too. Even if kinect has mics with super hearing capabilities, I've never liked to hear all the chattering outside headset, that kills the good sound of games, that's why I ALWAYS use the freaking headset. MS should do some little more research on consumers preferences instead of imposing their stuff as they see fit

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ominous_prime

@Gadeos Options doesn't seem like an imposition. I like that if I want, I can use Kinect. If I don't want to, I don't have to. If you think this is bad, wait until you purchase a new car and see what a base model of a car is. Use to be that A/C was an option you had to pay extra for. Some car companies, I'm sure, still do that.

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KiriharaZro

LOL you want to use another divice in our shitti console, buy and official adapter #dealwithit

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ominous_prime

@KiriharaZro Was that English? Or Engrish?

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Metalnoid

How bad is the economy in USA?

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ominous_prime

@Metalnoid Very bad. The man in charge has no clue how the rest of us live, since he never held a real 9-5 job in the private sector.

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Metalnoid

@ominous_prime @Metalnoid oh i understand. I never work from 9 to 5 in the private sector. At least not in USA.

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EL_Bomberdor

Understandable last gen not releasing the systems with a headset but not on next gen. You shell out for a system, you should get everything right there, right then and your good to go. Kinect isn't a gaming requirement but headsets I'd say are. Should be the other way round. Headset included with how necessary it is in today's gaming and Kinect optional. But hey it's more profitable the other way round so obv that's the way it has to be.

Saying this I remember the Xbox being cheap but after having to buy an expensive wireless adapter, headset, new hard drive soon after, recharge unit for the controller, having to buy a hd drive for dvd's, etc etc etc that price tag rose and rose while PS3 was sitting there with built in wireless, blueray, rechargeable controllers and so on. I expect exactly the same on this new system and already we are seeing it here.
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ominous_prime

@EL_Bomberdor Do you remember the old days when a console came with two controllers? When was the last time you saw that?

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jedicommand7

If they didn't say it was included, it won't be.

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Wild_666_Child

of course the adapter is sold separately...you're talking about microsoft here.

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oo7superdave

thanks microsoft for making my decision this November easy. I actually still use the cheap xbox headset that came in the box. It works it does exactly what it is suppose to do just fine, and it was free. I have a turtle beach x12 and just use it for pc gaming. Also you CAN NOT use the kinect for chat while gaming it is horrible. I have had friends try while playing battlefield and all everyone in the party would hear was the sound from the tv and anytime someone would talk you would hear it twice once through your headset as you should then the one guy using the stupid kinect sensor would pick it up and sit it back again.

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StonerDemon

Breaking news: The adapter is actually a "virtual" adapter, and MS will offer it trough an "adapter-pass" for $30. But they say you can always buy the new XboxOne headset for $50.

This doesn't sound crazy at all.

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ahmed74

more like with a DLC

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daemonproject

I never used the ones that came with my 360 so no big deal for me! Also why do you need a headset when your kinect can do more than a silly headset?

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zzanzabar

Raban, I give you charge of the Xbox nation and I want you to...squeeze....SQUEEZE till there is not a ducat left! Muhahhaha....

(Sorry just got through watching a Dune marathon and I'm a little loopy)

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JOHN1486

Um I would think using the Kinect for game chat would make multiplayer even more obnoxious....you thought background noise before sucked......this thing should really pick up everything now....Babies...check....Moms yelling at their kids....check....dishwashers, people having conversations in the background.....definately check check check....

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EL_Bomberdor

My blue tooth ps3 headset should work fine on the PS4?

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Atragon

OK...so how much is the adapter? jerks..