July 15th 2014 11:04 am PT

Xbox One Special Edition Armed Forces Wireless Controller and Stereo Headset

If you’re in the market for a new Xbox One Wireless Controller or Stereo Headset, you’ll have some new options this autumn. These new editions sport a modern camouflage pattern and military look, while retaining the same functionality of existing models.

Xbox One Armed Forces Controller 03

The Xbox One Special Edition Armed Forces Wireless Controller features a Metallic chrome d-pad in addition to the camo pattern. It ships in October for an MSRP of $64.99 US.

Xbox One Armed Forces Stereo Headset 01

Also shipping in October is the Xbox One Special Edition Armed Forces Stereo Headset. It includes a detachable Stereo Headset Adapter, and will retail for an MSRP of $89.99 US.

Enjoy some close-up looks of the Xbox One Special Edition Armed Forces Wireless Controller and Stereo Headset here. Look to your local retailer soon for pre-order details and availability.

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

  • Alex

    would rather have a Sunset Overdrive Controller

  • Ryan Davis

    Remember when Microsoft was going to screw over the Armed Forces by requiring online check-in?

    • Zach Dolbeare

      Remember when other things that didn’t happen, didn’t happen.

      • Nick Peck

        Yah, well said :D

    • A. J.

      Remember when Sony patented disc based DRM a few months before the PS4 was revealed, and then took jabs at Microsoft as soon as they announced DRM?

      How about taking a shot at Netflix for requiring devices to be online to watch movies? The technology would be simple to allow devices to cache that content on a device for later consumption.

      Yes, the original plan was too strict. But with a few tweaks it could have worked out great.

      • Some guy

        If only they thought more then 5 seconds before saying that their console will transform into a brick if you don’t have access to internet.
        That said, MS keep taking incredibly stupid decisions.

        • Massamo

          that online drm stuff is coming sooner or later if people like it or not

          • Dylan

            We’ll see. The outrage was global and mainstream. It was pretty crazy. From military blogs, to talk shows like The View, to Jimmy Fallon saying stuff on live TV during Microsoft PR presentations on his show. I think they underestimated the impact of such an idea.

            The world just simply isn’t ready. At least not from a tech standpoint.

      • Professor Oak

        Pepperidge Farm Remembers, LOL. Any way, so True, Sony could have completely Blocked Pre owned games

      • Guest

        Remember when that guy who said that got fired

        • Professor Oak

          Disregard

    • MURD3R HE WROTE

      I remember my first beer.

    • Nick Peck

      Remember people that live in the past and continually bring it up for no reason? Remember when sony made laptop batteries that literally exploded (one on a plane too!) and they continually denied it (yes, true story)? Remember when sony charged $600 for the ps3 and when the fans complained they told them to bad??

      Or remember how they also said no one wanted rumble in the controllers and took it out of the first DS3 until the sony fans spit venom at them and made them change it back?

      Seriously do we need to keep doing this? Oh, then there was something about a network hack…

      • Massamo

        ps3 was $1000 here in Australia it was like wtf really

    • deadbox102

      Beat that horse!!!

    • Professor Oak

      Remember when the guy who said that got fired

      • Dylan

        Don Mattrick was not fired.

        He left to be the CEO of Zynga, likely due to the imminent restructuring of divisions at Microsoft, which either mean a demotion or promotion, and he probably knew he was going to get the former.

        He did deserve to get fired for many reasons, some prior to any Xbox One controversies but whatever…he’s gone and that’s what matters.

        You must be thinking of Adam Orth…who insulted rural areas months prior to the DRM announcement. He was fired. But all he really did was warn us of what was to come.

        • Professor Oak

          Fired, left, don’t care, point is he is gone

          • Dylan

            Yeah, haha I’m not sure whether you saw my edit.

            Amen brother, I basically said that same sentiment.

  • http://www.xlcgamingnetwork.com/ Jason Riley

    Will these be coming to the UK???

  • MURD3R HE WROTE

    Awesome.Keep the customization coming MS. It would be an auto buy from me if we got chrome controllers like on 360.

  • scrapplejoe

    Should of bundled them for $119

    • Jorge Garza

      They will bundle them for $154.99!

  • Nick Peck

    Soooo, any word on a White XBO? :p
    Those look nice, keep it up. For those on the fence about the headphones, I have the black ones and they work really good. I don’t like spending much money on headphones as I don’t use them all that much, but the mic works, they sound good and don’t hurt my head.

  • deadbox102

    I’ll take it!

  • ElektroDragon

    The stereo headset is trash. I bought it and IT CRACKLES. It randomly crackles during games.

    Meanwhile my Sony Gold Wireless Headset is not only completely wireless, it has virtual surround sound, and most importantly NO CRACKLING.

    • Nick Peck

      Did you update the dongle on the controller? At first I had a little bit of the crackling but it’s gone and works fine. I just don’t care to spend much lol. The sony ones were ok but I couldn’t keep those on my head for very long.

      Doh, I meant the pulse ones, I didn’t try the gold as I sent those back (never opened the box) the day I sold my ps4.

      • ElektroDragon

        You sold your PS4. Amazing.

    • evilfangs .

      Why buy two headsets? I’ve got a pair of Tritton 720+ which work on both my X1 and PS4.

    • MURD3R HE WROTE

      That’s great, really happy for you.

    • http://ryan.snook.us/ Snook

      I thought there was a firmware update for the controller to solve for the crackling. I don’t use a headset, but pretty sure I saw that mentioned in some patch notes.

      • ElektroDragon

        Yeah, it didn’t help. Maybe it doesn’t like the bitstream out setting on the X1. Have to try going back to LPCM.

        • evilfangs .

          It’s a stereo headset and adapter, why would you be using bitstream audio settings?

          • ElektroDragon

            Why comment if you obviously don’t have the product or know how it works?

    • Dylan

      I got the Gold Headset for 80 the other month, man it is great. Great value for the price, I love it.

      I hope more developers take advantage of the special audio pack app, I think there’s only Watch_Dogs and Infamous on there right now.

  • fastharryDOTcom

    does anyone know of a completely wireless headset for the ONE that will be coming out?..or is that not possible and all of them including the headsets out now will always have a wire to the controller..

    • Nick Peck

      No idea man. I remember reading about a few that were supposed to come out a long while back but haven’t’ seen or heard anything about them since. I honestly don’t mind the wire as I don’t really use headphones all that much.

      Plus not being totally wireless is one less cable sticking out of my system to charge them with :p Hopefully there will be something soon as I know many people are looking forward to a fully wireless set.

    • savaman2002

      Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 500X is completely wireless. Not sure of the release date.

      • fastharryDOTcom

        yep..I had searched a few months back and there were none…I happened to search after posting and voila..you are right…supposed to be in Oct.

        The only downside, if it is any, is they said they are using optical out instead of HDMI due to possible handshake issues and licensing cost..but if they work fine, I will own them…

  • Shadow PuppetOf

    Larry, Which charitable organization will be receiving donations based on a percentage of sales of these products that seek to use their reputation & heroics to boost sales?

    If you are keeping the entirety of the proceeds, I think MS needs to reconsider this plan as it is a crass move in the face of the previous “Nuclear Submarine’ incident with Xbox top management.

    I expect a reply.

    • Nick Peck

      It’s a special edition. If they did a special paint job for a grocery store would they have to donate to the store (with no logo on it) as well? It’s not a limited edition type sale / deal, it’s probably more of a shout out to our military men and women, which is totally fine.

      • Shadow PuppetOf

        If you paint your store pink in whatever month is breast cancer month, then yes, you do make a donation unless you want to appear crass and repellant.

        If you are a company that makes consumer goods as well as being a major supplier of software to the military, then they should know better than to try and glean some cheap PR without giving a little back, however small as a gesture of respect

        As it stands. this promotion, even not sourced to any particularly nation or branch of the military, is crass in the face of MS’ record-breaking revenues year over year. There is no such thing as a free lunch, if they dont do the right thing this will hopefully bite MS’ out of touch executive class in the butt as hard as they got when they unveiled a cable box with a DRM bomb strapped to it.

        Its out of touch and tasteless. MS, Larry, Social Media Moderating Team working On Contract To A 3rd Party, Fix your mistake.

        • MURD3R HE WROTE

          Lol another person starting trouble for no reason. I bet they send free controllers and headsets to the troops. It is in support of our troops, it’s not charity. Anyone that makes a product with military colors you think they give money to charity? The answer is no. Move along plz.

          • Shadow PuppetOf

            > . I bet they send free controllers and headsets to the troops.

            How does that statement align with the rest of the logic you are trying to advance in your comment. Its both good and bad at the same time? What?

          • MURD3R HE WROTE

            I’m not sure what part of my comment confused you? I bet they send free controllers etc. To the troops which is a great thing and also is enough in the giving back department. The U.S military is not a charity. Wounded Warriors is but thats not what this is, is it? Again the answer is no. Follow me?

          • Shadow PuppetOf

            Ok, good nearly there. Now, take that and put it together with the reality that they do not give away headsets and controllers to troops. They are sold for retail prices a base PXs around the world.

            So now we have “should do” and “actually do”, and you can then come to grips with my original comment now that I’ve graciously taken the time to help you understand economics and PR.

          • MURD3R HE WROTE

            False.

          • Shadow PuppetOf

            Which part? Every troop does get free accessories? They are not sold on base PXes? I failed to teach you about economics and PR?

        • Nick Peck

          Seriously? Wow, I’d hate to live in your world. I see you typed “military”, so I guess you should donate to them. Pink is a color, so should no one be allowed to use pink when bcancer month rolls around for anything? Sorry, I don’t see any people or companies ripping things down for a month because of that if they use pink for store colors or whatever.

          But then again I don’t get offended by anything and I laugh at tree hugging hippies that cry over words and colors, but that’s just me. I hate overly sensitive people as they drive me crazy because people like that only see the negative in everything because they see everyone as being insensitive to them and others like them. Guess what, I don’t believe in god… at all, but I have no issues with people that do.

          Not everything is fair. People wear military colors all of the time and most of them have never served, so is it wrong to wear them now? Is that insensitive? If that is a yes, go to the corner of the room that has a hooka and some tie-dye clothing waiting for you. Save the trees maaan~!

          Take the special edition products above as a “shout out” to the people in our military, nothing more, nothing less. Man, sony has a camo controller for the ps3 and has one coming out for the ps4, hope you guys call them out on that too.

    • SLYMAN2

      So they make a camo controller and you think they should donate to some organization? What a joke.

    • http://ryan.snook.us/ Snook

      Think a store donates any money when you by camo pants in the sporting goods store? Grow up.

      • Shadow PuppetOf

        Most do. Bing “Bates Footwear® Partners with The Boot Campaign to Support Troops” and read how a non-crass company ensures that they give back where they are taking valor.

    • Guest

      Upvoting your own comments…. Doubt you even have any vested interest in this, just trolling.

    • Rupert Oldcorn

      Considering you’re talking about getting money donated to charity you have a really abhorrent way of stating it. I’d been planning to pose a similar question but got a bit put off by your tirade of posts.
      So a question rather than a demand, will any of the proceeds from this special edition be passed on to a charity such as ‘help the heroes’? Or is this simply a special edition with a nod of the head to servicemen and women?

    • Professor Oak

      Not sure where you got Charity out of Camo Colors, these are probably to get the people who play CoD or Battlefield a more appropriate controller.,,

    • Gazmaster3D

      You remind me of some person who was recently active on here but was banned ;)

  • Residentsteve01

    I wonder when we will get a wireless one headset these headsets mess up my hair.

    • Massamo

      and how will a wireless one not mess up your hair its pretty much samething without the cable

      • http://flavors.me/ryanlaing september11th

        He meant his chest hair.

        • MURD3R HE WROTE

          Lmao.

        • Liquidfx Xboxdude

          LOL

        • Vintersorg

          Omg Hahahaha

        • Nick Peck

          hahaaaa

      • Residentsteve01

        The blue tooth one that sits on your ear.

    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      you made me think of Zoolander and now i must watch that movie again.

      • Dylan

        What is this? A center for ants!?

  • Richard Cole Robertson

    niice.

  • Rob

    I hope there will be some form of discount for member’s of the armed forces. Naming something that bears a name relating to the military without any form of discount or charitable donation would be a pretty bad thing to do. It’s like painting it pink and saying it’s the breast cancer awareness controller, and then not donating anything, only to rake in the profits on a cause. I am a veteran, and to have armed forces slapped on something and then not to donate a single penny to a charitable organization would be a slap in the face. It would be riding on the coat tails of the dead armed forces veterans just to make money. Now, I’m not saying that they aren’t going to offer some sort of deal or donation. It just seems nowadays people will try to make a profit any which way they can. And to use a name that people have earned and died for just to make money, that is just unforgivable.

    • Nick Peck

      Do you guys find something in everything MS does to complain about? So do I have to pay homage or donate money every time I wear camo shorts? You can give “shout outs” to the people in the military without having to donate to them. Since you said armed forces, you should donate online right now.

      • Jerome Noxby

        kinda missed the point dude lol

        • Nick Peck

          No, its a pointless rant against ms as usual lol.

      • Death Dealer

        LOL indeed. Every time there’s a camo accessory there has to be a charity attached to it? It’s a good idea but also unbelievable entitlement.

    • MURD3R HE WROTE

      sounds A LOT like the shadow guy below. i’m sure they’ll offer a deal or donate free stuff to armed forces like they have in the past.

    • Dylan

      Thank you for your service.

    • evilfangs .

      Did you join the army when you was 16 or something? You only look about 30 in that picture. I don’t know, maybe when I hear veteran I picture someone in there 50s+ who has served in more then one war.

      • Rob

        I am 30. And I did serve in war. I served in Iraq. Most Veterans aren’t old. Considering that this is that largest the Army has been since WW2. Most veterans are younger than 30.

  • MrT26

    Modern camouflage pattern?! Try German aircraft of the late 1930s, same splinter design (and carried on into the war, though with just 2 colours by 1940)… Digital camouflage patterns are all the rage these days, why not do that instead?

    • KingHippoz

      I agree. I would like specific military branch themed controllers!

  • Jeff Shoup

    Well its a start in the right direction and at least its not that tacky black! I miss the white controllers and the white console’s….when they coming out?????

  • David Edwards

    Saving up for a 2 TB HD because updates on my physical discs account for 65 percent of my HD. Almost full after 8 months. This habit has gotten too dang expensive for me to get this kind of stuff.

    • Does Not Equal

      hen you’ll buy the controller and headset?hen you’ll buy the controller and headset?

      • Ross Kemp

        That’s fascinating .

  • Dennis Crosby

    I guess i was wrong i thought they would start selling the FIFA World Cup Controllers they were using as place holder

  • DaWhiteBrotha

    Hey how about work on releasing a wireless ear piece headset like the 360 has??? Miss having it for for Xbox One. I CAN NOT STAND having headset wired to controller.

    It needs to be the rubber ear piece style. Not the plastic junk the Bluetooth model has. I returned it the same day. Thing screams to be broken after a week. So cheaply made.

  • Austacker

    This is excellent. LOVE the look. Are we getting this internationally as well Larry?

  • Praytoseedeath

    So you’re donating those for free to veterans too then right??? (Flashes military ID) :)

    • Professor Oak

      They are not free to military, read. Also, thank you for your service

  • https://twitter.com/MyAliasIsIan MyCodenameIsIan

    So I wonder if we’ll see a special camouflage Xbox One in the fall to coincide with Advanced Warfare?

  • Professor Oak

    So we getting the Halo Limited Edition Xbone Console for Halo MCC or Halo 5?

    • Death Dealer

      If they’re smart, they’ll at least make a bundle with Halo MCC and one with Forza Horizon 2 at the end of the of the year.

    • Bubba Bullock Jr.

      I bet they have a bundle, but just like the titanfall bundle, only the controller will be special edition. I don’t see them designing a new console for at least a year. It would be nice though. I would sell my current xboxone and buy a new one if a master chief edition released.

      • Professor Oak

        I have a strong feeling that a limited edition Halo Console, only Halo games that didn’t have one where Halo 2 and Halo 3 ODST. Well, Wars and Spartan Assault aren’t counted either. Will probably see one for Halo 5

  • asegsafdfdsa

    Needs a console to match. :(

    • http://twitter.com/dat_gap_doe KaosTheory

      Just buy skins off eBay for your controller and console. MUCH better looking. I have a koi orange vinyl wrap on my console. Looks awesome.

      • Nick Peck

        Do they go on pretty easy? I have wondered how well those worked.

  • ratchetrandy

    YOu know what Im in the market for? A xbox one that actually works. I have had nothng but problems with this piece of junk. I want to send a friend a message, it takes 30 seconds for the friends thing to even open up! And why cant I send them voice messages? Because you people are STUPID thats why. Playing COD is a crapshoot. Parties are awful. You guys went so backwards with this new console, you greedy soulless vampires preying on the pocketbooks of young impressionable morons who dont know any better and will defend you because thats that the disenfranchised do, they lick the boot of their master. You revel in the boot licking, you take the money and you probably sleep well at night doing so. You sir are not a good man. No what what you tell you yourself, no matter how many people you help in small ways, you do far more damage with your sneaky tactics than good. WHy do you people have to be such thugs? Such heartless evil cretins? Send me some free games for my troubles.

    • Mikael Soltaniha

      That’s what happens when you have the console during the beginning of its lifetime. There’s simply nothing to say except for: “#dealwithit”

      Remember that hashtag, kids? It was the absolute first warning that Xbox’s 8th gen console would be a disaster. Turns out that with all their 180’s, it was saved. I’m impressed.

    • LeTHaL MiGRaiNe

      that’s just crazy you talk you sony fanboy. you probably don’t even have a Xbox One. I actually have a “Day 1 Edition” Xbox One, and haven’t had a single problem with it.

      • evilfangs .

        Doesn’t mean other people haven’t had a problem with the console just because you haven’t. My day one Xbox one console died a month later due to a hardware failure.

        I own both X1 and PS4 and both UI systems are slow, I shouldn’t have to see spinning loading symbols and please wait loading times with a system using 3GB solely on the UI alone.

        • LeTHaL MiGRaiNe

          I have no idea what you’re talking about. I say Xbox On, it goes on. there is no loading. Even when I do a full shutdown, there is no loading.

      • ratchetrandy

        Case in point right here. Boot lickers like this guy will defend MS, they probably have a social media team of boot lickers to pop up everywhere. its madness. they go counter to every single real human emotion just to defend MS.

        SCREW YOU MS YOU MADE A PIECE OF CR@P! This isnt a multi media box for my home, its a box to try and take my money! I have media on my computer, why cant I stream it all perfectly for free? Why do you make it where I have to buy music and movies from you? I DONT WANT YOUR CR@PPY SERVICE! That service should go in with LIVE anyway! What in the heck are we paying you for? Our xboxs can already access the internet, but you make us pay you for access anyway. We can already access our computers, but you hamstring us connecting and make us use 3rd party phone apps to do it. Everything you do is calcuated to make you more and more money. EVERY SINGLE THING, ant EVERY SINGLE TURN. How do we get the maximum amount of money? WELL WE HAVE HAD IT YOU VAMPIRES WE HAVE FRIGGEN HAD IT

        • LeTHaL MiGRaiNe

          boot licker? not sure what that even is. I certainly don’t work for MS. I call it like I see it, and I can only go on my personal experience. I have a Day 1 Edition machine, I have had 0 problems with it at all. I have 24 games. They all work great. I have 8 more pre-ordered, and I have no doubts they’ll work great too.

          as for your paragraph of stupidity. nobody is making you do anything. nobody made you buy a Xbox One. hell, nobody makes you play games of any sort. it’s YOUR CHOICE. Microsoft isn’t a non-profit. They are in business to make money. That you are whining about them accomplishing their goal is absolutely hilarious.

          • ratchetrandy

            you are boot licker defending them. you dont get a dime but feel the need to kiss their butts when other people have a problem. thats not hilarious, its SAD.

          • LeTHaL MiGRaiNe

            I don’t need to defend Microsoft, just respond to your foolishness.

        • Shady

          You won the dumbest comment on the internet award. Congrats.

    • Digiadam

      Take your pills son….,

    • http://twitter.com/dat_gap_doe KaosTheory

      I agree. Games, Apps…all crash. I know when they are getting ready to do so when it starts lagging terribly and frame rate drops. The system def needs attention and their current team doesn’t seem to be paying attention to the necessary items. Instead we get ACHIEVEMENT SNAPPING! YESSSSS

  • LeTHaL MiGRaiNe

    what we need is a German wrapped Xbox One controller. celebrate the greatest sport and the greatest tournament in the world, and it’s champion.

    • Ross Kemp

      Germany were the best team and deserved to win it 100% .
      Respect also to Holland and Costa Rico .
      Worst teams , England ( especially Rooney ) and Spain

      • Josiel Galvao

        and my Brazil

        • Ross Kemp

          Brazil were poor .
          Neymar carried that team .

          • Josiel Galvao

            I was agreeing with the worst teams you mentioned

          • Ross Kemp

            Yes , sadly failed to shine like they did in the 2002 tournament .
            2002 was a GREAT team .

      • dibils

        they were the best team in the tournament but argentina was the best team in the final. germany were very lucky that argentina was so wasteful

        • evilfangs .

          How exactly can Argentina be the best team in final if Argentina were so wasteful? End of the day the better team won and Germany deserved to win.

        • Ross Kemp

          Argentina are nothing without Messi .
          I stand by what I said , Germany were the best team including the final game .

    • Ol’ Pickle Pony

      …Yeah, all right guys. Not sure how this conversation devolved to the world’s most boring endurance challenge.

  • dibils

    please make a green chrome controller

  • Nick King

    I like the look of them but they aren’t required.

  • Digiadam

    Overpriced. A new paint job does not justify the extra money.

    • http://twitter.com/dat_gap_doe KaosTheory

      I expected this price point. I won’t be purchasing this as I know sometime down the road there will be Amazon sales IF I were to get it. Money Grubbers.

      • Nick Peck

        So what do you call the companies that sell headphones for $200-500? hmmm :p

        • evilfangs .

          I know what I call them but such language wouldn’t be allowed here :)

          • Nick Peck

            haha :D

        • http://twitter.com/dat_gap_doe KaosTheory

          Money Grubbers as well. There are only 1-2 real sound quality labels out there as far as headphones go. All the others are just name brand over priced junk like “Beats”. They sound terrible.

          • Nick Peck

            Agreed. Again for a decent set $90 isn’t bad, but of course if you can find them cheaper like you did, go for it. Yah man, I have tried some friends headphones and I just laugh at what they paid for them as the sound is not worth the price paid.

            I see beats and other expensive brands like how women buy shoes, they go for the name and looks even if they can’t stand wearing the shoes for more then 5 minutes before complaining how bad their feet hurt… Neither makes much sense imo haha.

        • Digiadam

          I call them stupid……and the people that purchase them even more stupid.

  • http://twitter.com/dat_gap_doe KaosTheory

    Just get wraps off decalgirls website or eBay. This is way over priced, but was to be expected. If you really want this, just wait for an AMAZON sale.

    • Nick Peck

      Newegg has the black version of the headphones for $50 on sale. $90 really isn’t that bad for something like this. Just depends on what you are looking for in a headset. I’m cheap so I don’t spend more than $100 since I don’t really use them all that much. I also have and use my pc’s Razer Kraken headphones, got them for less than $100 as well :D

      • http://twitter.com/dat_gap_doe KaosTheory

        Nice! Yea I picked up the black headset and some other items a few short months ago when I had a MS store discount/gift card. Got the headset for $40, DR3 and some other XB1 items on the cheap that I would never pay full price for.

        • Nick Peck

          Oh cool, that works!!

  • GTTomb

    Don’t care, want a WIRELESS headset

  • Browncoat

    Seriously, how the heck do we not have a wireless headset already? The Xbox One came out and it was far more limited that the console it was replacing… and you wonder why PS4 is outpacing it in sales.

    • Tim Ritter

      Halleluya just what I was going to say. Wireless Headset already please

  • David Do0M

    Are we ever going to see a truly wireless headset for the Xbox One? Something like the little single ear wireless headset we had on the 360? I have been patient but I’m getting tired of waiting. Not everyone wants to look like a helicopter pilot with the turtle beach headsets and such. I have gotten over wanting the chatpad. I still want it but I can deal without it. The wireless headset though. They need to quit playing and get that on the market.

 
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