Turtle Beach has announced that the Xbox One Headset Adapter for audio headsets will not be ready for the console’s launch, and Microsoft won’t release it until early next year.
The platform holder has said previously that the adapter will enable the use of current-gen headsets on the new console, however, it will actually be required to use NEW third-party headsets, too!
As reported by CVG:
“Turtle Beach expects to launch the XO FOUR and XO SEVEN headsets for the Xbox One console in the first quarter of 2014,” read the press release. “The Xbox One Headset Adapter, being built by Microsoft and provided to Turtle Beach for inclusion with new gaming headsets, will not be available until early 2014,” it went on to explain.
CVG contacted Turtle Beach for clarification on the stipulation that the headset adapters are to be “for inclusion with new gaming headsets”, and not purely for backwards compatibility.
Turtle Beach corporate communications rep David Lowey confirmed that the Microsoft-produced adapter will indeed be required to use its new Xbox One headsets, and that this adapter will be included in the box with said headsets.
This seems an unusual approach, since it would have been expected that new headsets designed specifically for Xbox One would simply plug directly into the Xbox One controller’s proprietary data port.
This does, however, appear to give Microsoft complete control over the production of third-party headsets for Xbox One.