February 11th 2014 6:00 am PT

Xbox One Stereo Headset and Headset Adapter Details

Today, we’re announcing a pair of new audio device options for Xbox One.

Xbox One Stereo Headset Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter

First up, the all-new Xbox One Stereo Headset. 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. Included in the package is a detachable Stereo Headset Adapter that puts all of the audio controls right at your fingertips. You can balance the game and chat audio levels, control the master volume, and mute the microphone.

The Xbox One Stereo Headset does not use separate batteries and is passively powered through the Wireless Controller. Additionally, headset is compatible with mobile devices, tablets and PC/Mac.

The Xbox One Stereo Headset will cost $79.99 (MSRP). [Microsoft Store]

For Xbox fans that already have a favorite set of stereo gaming headphones, we’re happy to reveal that the Stereo Headset Adapter will also ship separately. 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. For more details on the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter, please visit xbox.com/xboxone/compatibleheadsets.

The Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter will cost $24.99 (MSRP.) [Microsoft Store]

Both will be available in Xbox One markets worldwide in early March.

 

I’ve seen a lot of questions about what will / won’t work. Here is an easy way to think about it:

  • Legacy gaming headsets get game audio from the back of the console from the S/PDIF port.  Get chat audio by connecting the 2.5mm chat cable to the adapter,
  • New Xbox One headsets – get chat and stereo directly from the adapter.  No need to connect anything to the console.
  • Any 3.5mm stereo headset (that uses the CTIA plug standard) can get stereo game audio by plugging into the adapter.

Xbox One By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Sanpei

    $80 for this headset ?? I understand now, why you dont provide standart connections….

    • ikari_paul

      standard connection!?!? how would M$ be able to shaft & rob you then? huh?! dreamers, pfff

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  • David Do0M

    Hey Larry, what can you tell us about an Xbox One wireless headset? Please tell me one is in the works.. SO tired of the cords. I feel like I’m back in 2005 lol. A chatpad work also be nice. Just Sayin.

  • mcmax3000

    I first skimmed through that post, and thought that the headset adapter was going to cost $80. As someone who owns a third party headset, I almost had a heart attack.

    $25 is a bit more than I had been expecting, but it’s reasonable enough that I’ll spend the money.

  • Dalibor Kollár

    I prefer Sennheiser, thank you very much.
    $24.99 for an adapter? I guess it will cost 24.99EUR in Euroland.. :-(

  • Jason Williams

    will it push TV/app audio as well?

    • Chris White

      This is what I want to know also. For me, the greatest advantage that the PS4 has to XboxOne is that you can plus any headphones into the controller and hear game audio. I want this feature so bad. Can anyone confirm if these headphones will receive the full game audio? If so, I would gladly pay $80 for a set.

      • dashrendar

        Can you explain why you want this. What is the point of getting game audio from the controller, when it is already coming from the console.

        • Chris White

          Sure, I’d be glad too. I play my XONE in the living room. And I live in a house with a wife and 3 kids, including a 4 month old baby. So, when everyone goes to bed around 9am and I’m left to enjoy my games, I have to keep them turned down. Currently, my saving grace is turning on subtitles so I can actually know what’s being said. I would love to be able to have headphones plugging into my controller where I can crank the game way up!

    • Dome

      I would to know this too… In-game, TV/App audio will be convoyed as well? Should be awesome.

  • fastharryDOTcom

    stereo is so ..1963. Whats next, HI FI?…5.1…wireless completely or no deal.

    • numpty

      You only have two ears. Stereo is just fine.

      • fastharryDOTcom

        says someone who has never used sounds in a game to help the game play and strategy…like hearing footsteps BEHIND you in battlefield..

  • Sam Grein

    $25 for an adapter is ridiculous

    • ikari_paul

      it costs them like 3-4$ to produce in china

      reminds me of the car industry, that makes its money not by selling cars, but by selling parts and accessories, so ive been told

  • avi

    lol i thought the adapter was for 80 bucks…but then i scrolled down. 25 bucks is an ok price. definitely will save me another hundred bucks from buying a new headset.

  • StormRaging

    I’d just like a chat adapter for my X1 controller.

    • Spartacus073

      That is the 24.95 option he talked about.

      • StormRaging

        No, that’s the stereo headset adapter. I want a chat adapter (keyboard) like on the 360.

  • Dome

    Great news! But this headset spots old technology… would be awesome a wifi headset with 5.1 sorround…

  • Shiftymorgan

    Is there any way to make the tritton warheads work for this?
    It is a darn good headset but rather dismayed I can’t use it for the X1

  • tony

    PS4 is offering a 7.1 surround sound wireless headset for just $20 more. What a disappointment xbone has been so far. This headset should be like $50 max and $10-15 max for the adapter. Especially since its free on PS4.

    • Tony G

      If every discussion is.. “well PS4 is doing this…” then noone will ever be happy. Nothing in the world is the exact same as something else or else there would be no competition. The whole console debate is getting very old. If you like the PS4, then go play it, there’s nothing wrong with that. These are 2 different consoles that likewise have different accessories.

      PS: Great name though :)

      • tony

        I have an xbone and no ps4. I prefer the games and thats what its really all about. I’m just upset MS can’t give us similar or better value.

      • Steven Weber

        And you should keep in mind that the Playstation 4 Headset is also a stereo Headset. Virtual Surround does NOT make it a surround headset…it’s wireless which is pretty awesome!

    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      neither xbox nor ps4 headsets look good to me so far but the x1 headset is just awful looking with that big connection piece. bleh!!1

  • Hiya_tiger

    Where is our version of Pulse elites? like something with Dolby headphone tech or a Virtual 7.1 wireless headset? Some good bass would be optional but optimal.

  • Chris Slaughter

    Where is the actual list of compatible headsets? The link doesn’t provide a list…just a standard FAQ page which doesn’t include the 3rd party info I need.

    • ikari_paul

      from the looks of it, any 3,5″ connection might work…

      • Veive TwoFiftySeven

        that’s for chat audio only, for game audio run a second cable back to the console or TV

        • Spartacus073

          If you have wired headsets, yes. If they are wireless…then they are wireless. The only wire is the one going to the controller for chat.

          • Brian

            agreed. This Veive keeps talking about wired headsets, but many/most are wireless these days.

      • Chris Slaughter

        I have Astro A50s (wireless), so hopefully just the chat cable to the controller is all I need. Did they give any details about the Xbox headset? Is it surround, etc?

  • Snake eyes 211

    $80 for a wired headset no thanks

    • ikari_paul

      amazon might slash the price. but at that pricepoint, lets see what other companies have on offer

    • Chris Slaughter

      It is just a stereo headset which plugs into the controller, no surround, nothing. Imagine having the current headset with 2 ear pieces with a chat cable…$80? No thanks!

    • Adinnieken

      If the audio quality is there with both the mic and the headphones, then $80 is actually reasonable.

      For $50 you can purchase from KOSS a reasonably high-quality communication headset that allows you to connect it to a PC (USB or separate Mic/Headphone jack) depending on the unit. This headset allows you to connect it up to a PC, phone, tablet, or Xbox One.

      KOSS is a midrange manufacturer, and I love them to bits. I’m using KOSS headphones right now. But if the Microsoft headphones offer, as I said before, reasonably good audio quality, then the price is reasonable.

      I would rather pay for an audiophile quality headset that lasts than pay less for a headset that doesn’t. My experience with Microsoft LX-3000 headsets actually was very good. The only struggle was the cord that came with the headsets and the wheels of my chair rolling over them. The mic on those headsets was exceptional, better than my KOSS headsets.

  • donnyskillz

    I swear, you guys cried and cried about the adapter, if microsoft said the headset was 1 dollar and the adapter was 5 cents some of you would still complain, it amazes me, when I saw 24.94, I said here comes the backlash,

    • ikari_paul

      25$ for a simple adapter is expensive. saying otherwise is just fanboyish, like the claim that people would still complain were the adapter 1$, which is silly. typical butthurt fanboy talk

      • Chick3n

        Simple according to who? Look up an image of what’s inside the Xbox Chat headset (I’d post a link here, but they won’t let me).

        This isn’t a simple cable that Microsoft’s charging $100 for.

        I’m sure there’ll also be heaps of knock-off adapters available soon as well if you really want to save some money.

      • donnyskillz

        Me butthurt about something I will never buy because I dont use headsets….I dont think so, but being tired of grown men complaing about every little thing like women do is actually very concerning to me. Its not about microsoft, its about choice, ill bet you dont complain about all the money you spend on beer every weekend, because its something you want…stop whining before I get you a valentines day gift…act like a woman get treated like one fanboy

      • Adinnieken

        It’s not just a simple adapter. The images already available online regarding the included headset imply that.

        The adapter is actually an electronic device that converts the digital signal from an analog (mic) or to an analog (headphones).

        A simple adapter is something that takes a 2.5mm plug and allows you to connect it into a 3.5mm plug. That’s simple. The adapter here allows takes a digital signal, which otherwise would sound like a fax or modem to you, and converts it to an analog signal which hopefully is a reasonably pleasant voice on the other end.

        As well, it appears that the adapter also includes a balance between game audio and chat audio, allowing you to increase or decrease how loud chat is versus game audio. So it would appear you’re getting two audio streams sent to the controller and the ability, with the adapter, to balance out that audio to your liking.

        Again, a bit more than what an adapter would do.

  • Pete

    WIRELESS HEADSET PLEASE!!

    I bought the 360 wireless headset on day and used it exclusively. Xbox One headset is a huge step backwards!

    Sure it sounds better thanks to the new codecs but it clunky to store, the cable is a pain and it’s not particularly comfortable. The biggest annoyance though is if I hop back to my 360 or PS to play something while still chatting to friends on Xbox One, I have to poke the controller every few minutes to ensure it doesn’t turn off.

    So, just to be clear, WIRELESS HEADSET PLEASE!!

  • Rob Blazik

    Any news on what is happening with Dolby Digital out of the Xbone?

    • Rick Kingslan

      Nothing that anyone is saying…. Recall in Windows 8/8.1 – you get to pay extra for that. I’m concerned that the issue is monetization (license fees to Dolby) over technical challenges. Technical challenge == virtually zero. Monetary challenge == no DD in Windows 8/1.1, unless you buy the Plus Pack.

      • Rob Blazik

        Well they did promise it post launch, let’s see if they stay true to their word….

        • Rick Kingslan

          Patience I have…. Clear communication and goals – I tend to get a bit irritated with the lack of. Of course, being a ex-MSFT, I should be used to it, right? ;o)

  • ikari_paul

    pc compatible… good move. now we only need the x1 pads win compatible

  • FinchoMatic

    If this adapter is compatible with the Astro headsets, that would be legit.

    • Veive TwoFiftySeven

      chat audio only, need to run a cable back to the xbone or TV for game audio.. so you’d be tethered to the controller and the console/tv

      • dashrendar

        No you will not be tethered to both. You will only be tethered to the controller just like everyone else using a headset. Game audio comes from the mix amp which is plugged in through optical to the console. Which is then transmitted wirelessly to the headset.

        • Brian

          to be fair, some Astros are wired, like the A40’s. But he’s acting like wireless ones don’t exist.

          • dashrendar

            True.

        • Veive TwoFiftySeven

          i’m quoting off the xbox wire full press release, which included the fine print: “Game audio available in stereo headsets by connecting directly to Xbox One via optical cable or TV via RCA cables (cables not included).”

      • Spartacus073

        My PX4s don’t have a cable going back to the XB1, just to my controller for chat. I hear game audio and chat that way. Not sure what you are talking about.

      • Brian

        no you wouldn’t, if you have a wireless Astro headset like the A50’s.

  • Sanpei

    For PC, we have to pay $25 more ? I understand that adapter is for PC conn…

    This is nonsense…For a wired, passive and no-surround headset, $80 + $25 ise too much…

    You can buy better headsets for this price…Look at Gold Wireless Headset for PS4 from Sony…It’s $99..Wireless,virtual surround, amp etc…And you can use it on PC , TV also..

    This is not right….

    • Jason Boyd

      The adapter is to allow last gen headsets (Turtle Beach, Tritton, Astro’s) to work with the X1.

      • Sanpei

        So how can we connect this to PC, Tablet etc ?

        • Morten Linnebjerg Bonnerup

          The headset. It looks like the headset has a normal mini-jack connecter and the adapter accepts the same.

        • Jason Boyd

          The headset (the 1st half of the post) connects to PC’s, tablet’s, and mobile devices.

          The headset adapter (the 2nd half of the post) is for connecting existing headsets to the Xbox One. There is a link posted in the article of compatible headsets

    • Spartacus073

      The adapter is so that people with existing Turtle Beach, Astro, etc headsets can use the chat feature when using the XB1, not for connecting to a PC.

  • Veive TwoFiftySeven

    pretty sad that the $25 adapter only gives chat sound.. we really have to run a cable back to the xbone or TV for game audio? any chance for an all-in chat/game headset in the near future (preferably wireless) with 7.1 surround?

    • Brian

      I don’t think it’ll be able to pass 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound through the controller. Plus the headset isn’t even independently powered. I’ll keep using my wireless A50’s and an adapter.

    • Nick Peck

      The adapter is for old headphones, not the newer XBO headphones coming out. The better TB ones are wireless to the system, but need a cable to the controller for the chat (I think). The Polk headphones work the same way from what I have read about them.

    • thekeelo_g

      You might be interested in the Polk 4Shot. Other than the chat cable that Xboxes have always needed, they’re wireless.

  • Michael Shelburne

    If I could actually talk to my friends in a reasonable manner on the X1 I might buy this but until all this party stuff is sorted out then I’m not going to bother.

    • ungeheier

      The party chat will be fixed in March. The Adapter will be out in march… what am I missing here other than your need to complain?

      • Michael Shelburne

        Fixed? Maybe. I read the post but I still doubt it’s going to be as easy to use as the 360 system was. Now it will be turned on by default when you’re partied up with someone. What if we don’t wanna talk in party chat and we want to stay in game chat. now we will have to exit out of party chat every time. they keep adding hoops to once simple and easy to use system. That’s just my opinion and if i remember correctly, that’s what forums are for so excuse you if I don’t share the same views as you.

        • Brian

          the home screen IS the guide now. It just zooms the opposite direction.

      • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

        Surround support! That’s a biggie in my opinion,
        And complaining is what you do when you spend 500 dollars on a system that doesn’t have the same basic functions and features of the previous console.

  • Jason Boyd

    Major, the link in the article that supposedly leads to a list of compatible headsets leads instead to the Xbox One headset support page with nothing on it about the adapter.

  • Veive TwoFiftySeven

    The fine print is missing in this post:

    “*For use with stereo headsets with 3.5mm audio jack, or Xbox 360 gaming headsets with 2.5mm chat cable. Game audio available in stereo headsets by connecting directly to Xbox One via optical cable or TV via RCA cables (cables not included). Additional requirements may apply for full functionality, see [url redacted]. Voice chat requires Xbox Live; in-game requires Xbox Live Gold (sold separately).”

    Source = xbox wire

    • Brian

      this is talking about other third party headsets. They do their own thing. MS is just saying you’ll need to connect however they connect for audio.

    • Henry W.

      Exactly! Does it mean that controller or headset needs to be connected directly to Xbox One (by wire) to make in-game audio available?

      • Brian

        only if that particular headphone set is wired. If it’s wireless, it’s wireless. All the adapter does in that case is send/receive voice chat.

        • Henry W.

          All headsets are wired (they need to be wired-connected to the controller). What’s the difference if I connect MS Headset to the controller or 3rd party? For both in-game audio should works.

          That’s why I think that: “Game audio available in stereo headsets by connecting directly to Xbox One” is for MS Headset as well.

          • Brian

            talking about wired to the game system, not to the controller. All are wired – to the controller. But headphones like most Turtle Beach, or the Astro A50’s use wireless for the game sound. I believe any headphone set that does mic/stereo through the same 3.5mm cable should work for sound and game chat, but otherwise headphones where they are two different cables they would have to run wired to the X1 for game audio (or again, if it’s wireless like the A50s, you’d use wireless for game audio).

      • shinji

        Generally speaking the way it works out with some of the 3rd party is this.

        Wireless based at XBox Wired to Optical/analog output (for game audio)
        Headset wired to controller (for chat audio)

        Headset takes care of mixing the stuff.

  • Dan Clarke

    $25 for something that should have been included in the first place? What’s next, adding battery meter support in the console? Frustrating. Cash grab.

    • Brian

      To be fair, a chat headset WAS included with the system. The 360 didn’t include anything for stereo game sound in it either. However, in this case the chat is more complex and needed to be powered. I’m not sure why they didn’t just build that piece into the controller, unless they plan on connecting different peripherals to it in the future.

      • Adinnieken

        It looked like at one time they planned to ship a chatpad for the Xbox One. There was an updated patent for the chatpad that came out shortly after the Xbox One announcement.

    • Adinnieken

      There are a couple of things going on, Dan. First, the audio is a digital signal, not an analog single. Second, the USB jack is capable of more than stereo. You’ll see 5.1 or 7.1 audio equipment available at some point in the future.

      • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

        I guess I should have waited until some time in the future to buy a console. surround audio should have never been omitted.

  • Dan Clarke

    Of course I had to buy two.

  • Scott Dunn

    “Additionally, headset is compatible with mobile devices, tablets and PC/Mac.”;
    So Mobile devices, tablets and computers are going to have a dock that will accept that bit plastic connector? That doesn’t sound viable.

    • Adinnieken

      You missed this part “…Included in the package is a detachable Stereo Headset Adapter… .”

      The headphones have a normal phone plug (I’m guessing 1/8″/3.5mm). So you can disconnect the headphone from the adapter, then use the headphones on a computer, tablet, or phone that utilizes a standard stereo-jack (audio output only) or stereo+mic jack (audio output + mic input), typically found on phones.

      • serge2k

        Yeap.. this means that you can probably connect any type of headphones as long as they have a 3.5mm audio plug.. just like ps4??

        • xRifleEyes

          Yes

        • GrzegorzWidla

          Yes. As long as you have adapter. Which is cool as it has volume controls and mute and all that stuff near your regular game controls.

      • SBVIPER

        Ah ok, that makes more sense. Um..you’ll get an adapter for each type of device? Android, iPad, etc..?

        • thekeelo_g

          No. For everything but the Xbox One, they’re just headphones.

  • Fran Jáu

    Is it Wired?

    Is it Stereo?

    Is it 1980?

    Is this a frakkin Next Gen Console? or what did I just bought???

    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      fok yeah.

  • Xenokai

    $25 for a tiny adapter? Common! MS!?

    • http://www.yakkowarner.com/ Yakko Warner

      I’m a little more surprised at the supposed $55 value for the stereo headset with mic.

    • NarcoSleepy

      Be happy they aren’t Apple. They charge twice as much for their adapters.

  • https://www.youtube.com/ButtonBros TheRedButterfly

    :D Awesome! March sure is gonna be a hot month for Xbox One! Can’t wait!

  • The Yankee

    Another post and another group of whinny jerks. Seriously Microsoft could announce an Xbox one with 2 controllers,New headset, 3 games and a year of Live for 199.99 and you would STILL find something to complain about. Strange how on the Sony threads I don’t hear an uproar over the vertical stand,the fact they packed a earpiece instead of an ACTUAL headset or how about the PS4 wireless headset priced the same. NO complains but here it’s filled with a bunch of cry babies with a complex of an entitled pre-teen. And this is coming from a GAMER not a fanboy.

    • Fran Jáu

      well, I believe that people have the right to complain, after we pay for microsoft products and services,(not so cheap) we can complain or whine if we dont like something. we are clients.

      • David Edwards

        ^ This. I’m a consumer who is getting tired of being nickel and dimed by Microsoft. I have been loyal to a fault and I’m tired of it. They are a massive company, who can change the way gaming is enjoyed, but of course not. New generation same dirty, money grubbing tricks. Not to mention the huge steps backward the One has taken. True to its name, it’s like they started at one again. You can judge people all you want, point fingers and call us names when you have no real idea of what and who we are. My opinion is mine and we are free to share it.

      • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

        absolutely!

        Also the fact that their console should have never been launched without proper surround gaming headphone support.

    • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

      Sorry the complaining upsets you. I feel that the complaints about audio support are valid complaints. No support for 7.1/5.1 surround audio is just unacceptable.

      I understand that they are fixing the issue, I just feel that for 500 dollars this shouldn’t have been an issue to begin with.

      I’m no pre-teen, I’m an adult who purchased a piece of consumer electronics and am currently unsatisfied with it’s features and functionality. As a long time customer of Microsoft I see nothing wrong with expressing my dissatisfaction about the product.

      Sorry if you disagree but just because it upsets you doesn’t mean that the criticisms aren’t valid.

      Like I said before, I’m not buying Titanfall until this audio nonsense is fixed.

    • Ismokedthebanditwithaheadshot

      Yeah your whining about other people whining. Hypocritical much?

    • Marcus Roof

      “a year of Live” – what does Gold on Xbox One even give ya that every other platform gives you free? A bunch of hidden servers or something? Gold was a hard sell for many on the 360…but for the One, I have literally no arguments to tell friends…There’s just no justification for paying to get access to Netflix, there are no sales, no anything…

    • Sanpei

      If you compare ps4 wireless headset and this, then you dont know a sh.. about this stuff….

  • http://www.yakkowarner.com/ Yakko Warner

    Will the adapter send game and chat audio, or just chat audio only? My wireless Turtle Beach headset gets the game audio from the console, and the wired 3.5mm plug to the controller is for chat audio only. The way it’s described above, it looks like the adapter sends game *and* chat audio. (Though the “balance game and chat audio levels” suggests I could just turn the game audio down on the adapter.) Can we get some more technical details on how this thing works (since the “for more details” link doesn’t show anything about this yet)?

    • Rick Kingslan

      Chat only…. Game is by way of the connection at the console end…

  • gtron8

    1. no mention of 5.1 over optical.
    2. adapter is over priced but i will throw my money at you anyway. thank you. :]

    • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

      No kidding, proper surround sound is a must.

      I’m still not buying Titanfall until they fix this very big issue!

      • GunOwner

        issue with surround sound??? i play bf4 with my Astro A50 headset and have great sound…even when i didn’t use them right away on my x1 and just used the tv speakers sound was great.

        • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

          I have A50’s and they’re just stereo on X1. I need them to be surround. It’s only proper!

          • GunOwner

            true and i did some reading and your right the “true” 7.1 can’t happen until DD codec is passed via the optical port…so with Astro partnering with MS i hope this comes sooner than later….Looks like after this “next gen” i will never buy a console again…once my group stops really playing i am going to build a pc and go that route sense MS seems to not get the picture….

      • Rick Kingslan

        Uh, so you’re going to hurt EA because Microsoft doesn’t give you proper surround sound… I see the logic there. (Of course, MSFT does lose that bit that EA has to pay for X1 licensing…)
        Why not just buy it for the 360? Unless, of course – no 360….

        • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

          I think EA will be just fine. And I’m not trying to hurt anybody. I’ve been looking forward to Titanfall for quite some time, I own a 360 but I want the next gen version.
          I just find surround audio to be essential to the gaming experience, especially in multiplayer.

          • Rick Kingslan

            We completely agree… Except of course, over buying Titanfall. :o)

  • Liquidfx Xboxdude

    why oh why did you guys start putting HUGE connectors like this is a 15 year old device? i can’t stand the headset that came with the x1 because of many things but that big connector piece is just laughable and now its on this headset? lame as it gets right there.

    • Adinnieken

      It’s doing a digital to analog conversion, if you weren’t aware.

      If you look inside the adapter (there are images of the one that comes with the included headset) the adapter includes a DAC.

      • Liquidfx Xboxdude

        how does that make it ANY better? its bulky and unwanted.

        • Rommel102

          Well for one it makes the chat audio MUCH more clear.

  • The Yankee

    BTW incase anyone wants the adapter now..they have been selling them on eBay for over a month now

    • Brian

      no, “they” haven’t. Anything on ebay is DIY soldered adapters cut from chat headsets, without the game/chat sound balancing buttons.

      • GunOwner

        but who needs that most high-end aftermarket headsets offer that built into the headset…not saying i would buy one of those off ebay…

  • GunOwner

    So MS changed to proprietary port for chat and now screws us by making us pay for an adapter to use our 3rd party headsets?! Fail MS just FAIL!! Glade you are making them so i can utilize my headset though…but you shouldn’t of pull an Apple…

  • http://about.me/robcoenen Rob Coenen

    Just RELEASE the Xbox One in the Netherlands! I’ve been waiting for months now…

  • evilfangs .

    So this adapter will work with my current Turtle Beach x31 headset I use for 360?

    • thekeelo_g

      Yes. You may need a 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapter for the chat cable, but aside from that, you’re set.

  • Lee Hall 父

    Can I have game audio with a wired headset now? If so how?

    • thekeelo_g

      You’ve had game audio with wired headset since launch. This just gives you chat.

  • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

    Really sucks having to pay an additional 25 dollars to use a headset I’ve already paid for!

    And still no word on when the console will support surround sound headphones. Sorry but stereo, how is that acceptable. Surround is the standard, simple as that.

    MS, when is your giant turkey of a console going to properly support 7.1 headphones?

    I’m still not buying Titanfall until I have surround sound. Sorry, I just think proper game audio is important.

  • Please Clarify

    Excuse me? You really expect me to pay $25 so that I can attach my own headphones to the controller? With a wire? And even then receive only stereo sound to my surround headphones?

    Somebody needs to wake up.

    • Brian

      No one is expecting you to do anything. Don’t buy it.

      • Fran Jáu

        we are not, but we have the right to complain if we want to, after all we all spend $500 usd on a “next gen Console” right? we expect next gen accessories.

      • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

        I feel these are valid complaints. No surround audio?!?!?!?!?! That’s just wrong.

    • Fran Jáu

      yea MS, as usual, made a controller with no standard 3.5 jack to use our own personal premium headset, so now we have no other choice but to buy their crappy overpriced products.. thats MS.

    • thekeelo_g

      The adapter doesn’t have anything to do with game audio. If you have a surround sound headset, you’ve got a surround sound headset. This adapter is solely for chat audio.

  • Fran Jáu

    Microsoft, we all Xbox One users spent $500.00 USD on a “Next Gen Console” right? We expect “Next Gen Accessories”. thankyou.

    • http://people.ign.com/beholdmyhatred BeholdMyHatred

      Shut up you big baby

      • Fran Jáu

        im not speaking retarded.

      • Fran Jáu

        still crying? haha

  • Samuel Herrera

    If I buy the Polk 4SHOT headphones that retail for $160 and come with the Xbox One audio adapter, would I still need to buy a digital optical cable for surround sound?

    • thekeelo_g

      No

      • Samuel Herrera

        Thanks pal! Do you know if the heapdhones I mentioned output simple stereo or also simulated 5.1/7.1?

        • thekeelo_g

          As I understand it, they have simulated surround. I’m not sure how that would compare to a standard stereo headset. I’ve owned a 5.1 headset, and while I could detect a little difference between it and the stereo headset that replaced it when it died, the difference is nothing like going from stereo to actual 5.1.

          • Sanford May

            This is often a confusing issue but virtually all surround sound headsets are just stereo headsets and thus all headphone surround sound is simulated and is handled by a processor not he headphones themselves. Any headphones will work with a surround sound simulator processor that has a jack for them, rather than hard wired into the headphones. I once saw a couple audio companies playing around with multi-driver “true” surround in retail headphone systems but these were pricey, picky and I haven’t seen any in years. Your headphones marketed as 5.1 headphones likely only sounded slightly better plugged into your surround simulator than the stereo replacements because they were slightly better headphones. The Polks will likely sound better than these headphones only because they’re Polks not because they’re special surround sound headphones. They’re twice the price. They should sound better.

          • thekeelo_g

            Thanks, man, that explains a lot.

  • CovertEnigma

    Major,

    I am a long time Xbox patron, and I am not usually one to complain, but I am really confused, upset, and frustrated by much of the recent decision making regarding Xbox One and audio. I feel the need to express some of the frustrations that have been building up for me in all of the ways that I, as a lover of great audio and audio tech (much like yourself if I am recalling correctly), feel like I have been forgotten and neglected by the Xbox team in the launch of this console.

    First off, I currently own a Turtle Beach XP510 wireless surround sound gaming headset and I previously had Astro A50s (which I traded in due to small issues from manufacturing defects in two different units I purchased). Anyway, I’ve enjoyed a premium simulated surround sound headset experience on Xbox 360 for 3-4 years now and was dismayed upon the launch of Xbox One (which I love and enjoy, by the way) to discover a lack of Dolby Digital support for the digital optical audio port and, of course, the new proprietary chat port on the controller. Together, these problems rendered my very expensive headphones useless for chat and relying on an inferior-sounding up-converted stereo signal for game sound. Even using Kinect for chat has been a hassle because of the lack of audio and chat control options on the Xbox One. Also lacking, is cross platform chat between One and 360 (which I understand is due to chat audio codec incompatibility, but is unfortunate nonetheless [and reasonably should be possible anyway]). For all of the great ways the Xbox One is futuristic and fantastic, these issues made it feel like a big step backward in audio and chat.

    Since then, I have been told that Dolby support will be coming as well as a *wired* chat/audio adapter. Well, not wanting to wait for the adapter and not wanting to deal with being tethered to my controller again, I found a lovely guide on how to effectively combine the Turtle Beach XBA bluetooth chat adapter (included with the XP510) with the Xbox One chat headset piece (included with the Xbox One) into one unit. It took a lot of time and effort with a soldering iron, but I am now happy to have wireless chat audio on Xbox one (when will an official solution for that come to the masses?) It’s very unfortunate that people without the time and resources to solve the problem themselves, cannot enjoy the benefits of wireless chat (or even wired chat through their existing headsets until this $24.99 adapter arrives).

    As far as Dolby Digital is concerned, the console has been out for nearly 3 months and there has been no mention of an ETA for it in a patch. Neither the update due to come out this week (unfortunately delayed), nor the early March update, has been listed to include Dolby. IGN’s senior Xbox guy Ryan McCaffry even tweeted an Xbox person (can’t remember who) about it and was simply told that it is “on the list” of things to do. I am sure there are a lot of people awaiting its arrival, and again I feel forgotten and ignored.

    Now I see this new audio product announcement which is full of stereo this and stereo that, and wires and wires and wires, and I feel like I’m in the 1990s and I’m again reminded of all of the frustrations and disappointments that I’ve had about all of these audio related Xbox One issues and I’m just very frustrated. These things need to be addressed and there really should be better, more advanced, audio tech products and audio solutions to go with the great console you guys have built.

    Please take these things seriously and maybe pass along this message to the people with the power to make things happen. I know in the big picture of all that is going on with Xbox One, these kinds of things seem relatively small by comparison, but for people like me, having great sound and great audio and chat features is a very important part of the gaming experience. I hope my voice gets heard and I look forward to what I hope is a great rest of the year for gaming.

    Sincerely,
    An Xbox supporter and audiophile

    • Rommel102

      Agreed, the lack of Dolby Digital was originally attributed to a “licensing issue”. Not having it is my biggest gripe with the system.

    • Disco Stu

      wow. I wish more comments were like this, rather than whining, moaning and swearing this was a detailed, formal complaint that I salute!

    • Raymond

      You summed up all my frustation too!

      WHEN WILL THE PROMISED PATCH FOR SUPPORTING DOLBY DIGITAL THROUGH OPTICAL/SPDIF BE AVAILABLE????????

  • disqus_icUCvMAJ5v

    If support for 7.1/5.1 surround wasn’t mentioned for either of these updates I have to assume it’s not coming when they update in March. Not good man, not good!

  • Looty

    just to be clear… the ‘adapter’ will only allow me to use my turtle beach headset’s microphone and I will not be able to hear in game content, Is that correct? Also, if I buy the new Xbox One Stereo Headset it’s not in surround sound, is that also correct? Seems like a whole lot of nothing. If you’re going to sell me an adapter, sell me one comparable to the 360 adapter, you know, so I can speak and hear in surround sound. If you’re going to sell me a headset at least make it digital surround. Seems a lot of money to downgrade headphones to me.

    • thekeelo_g

      You can already use your TB headset for in-game audio. The adapter just adds chat.

      • Looty

        no place to plug in my TB’s

        • thekeelo_g

          Not chat, no, but they’d work the same for game audio as with any component,

        • Roujin

          Wouldn’t you plug the TBs audio into the Xbox One the same way you would with the Xbox 360, via the provided optical cable? You mentioned surround sound, and all the TBs I know that support surround sound (including the ones I own) use optical cable for surround sound audio. Now, I remember now that the Xbox One might not support surround sound yet via optical, so in that regard you’re still SOL until MS updates it. That’s the sad part about being an early adopter, being on the cutting edge means you get cut sometimes.

  • Selig

    is there any way to use a usb headset with the adapter?

  • Hudie O’Seibhleain

    This is so unfair! As a long time xbox supporter why are we not getting the accessibility and accessories that a high end next generation console deserves. Not even 1080p or the best graphics in most cases this or last gen. The whole sound thing is ridiculous and a massive short coming on the Microsoft team. This is just a milking cow to me now and a inferior product… The only thing keeping me with the xbox brand is my achievements list & the possibility of advancement in the future of xbox one. .. I am not fanboy but I am loyal and I just feel mircosoft and the xbox brand have totally forgot about us & become completely arrogant. And I can not believe I am saying that… As I love xbox… Please get your act together or I and others will jump ship!!!

    • Disco Stu

      While I do agree with you for the most part it isnt fair to say that xbox has “totally forgot about us & become completely arrogant” they listen to our every complaint/problem, they changed the DRM issues, the party/social menu issues and much more completely based on our criticism.

      • GunOwner

        But could of avoided the issue in the first place if they wouldn’t of gone the route they did they should of had next gen hardware in this “next-gen” console. I get flak for getting it and the more things are becoming apparent the more i see why. Here is a note they should of taken from their fan base.
        1) better ram ( i read why they went ddr3) but gddr5 at only 4 gigs would of been better than 8 ddr3
        2) shouldn’t of forced kinetic (it is nice if the passthrough wouldn’t stop working alot) instead gave a better GPU or more powerful APU
        3) removable HD i mean come on they dont even have usb support so it should of been removeable
        i could go on but wont as i think the points made MS screwed up and pushed this box out because sony was releasing the PS4 this wasn’t a consumer ready product like they were making it seem that everything would be an “easy” add or fix yet it isn’t..

  • Hudie O’Seibhleain

    Come on

 
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