Microsoft clarifies: Xbox One headset compatibility planned


In what has lately become classic Microsoft style, the company has provided clarification on previously released information regarding headsets for the Xbox One. A few days ago Microsoft revealed that their upcoming console would only work with an official Xbox One headset, which would not be included with the purchase of a new console. Owing to the fact that the plug point on the Xbox One controller has been redesigned, those wanting to use a headset with their new console would need to pay extra to pick up an official one from Microsoft.

Understandably this was cause for concern, especially with people who have paid a substantial amount of money for third-party headphone/headset setups for their Xbox 360. Microsoft has now clarified the previously released information with the following statement:

“The Wireless Controller has been redesigned to allow for higher data transfer speed between the controller and the console. This also required creating a new expansion port design for headsets and future controller add-on devices which is different from a standard audio plug input.  Xbox plans to develop solutions in the near future to allow consumers to connect many brands of wired gaming headsets to the Wireless Controller for gaming and chat audio.”

Source: Game Informer