Xbox One Wireless Controller gets a 3.5mm headset jack among other improvements

In addition to announcing a new 1TB Xbox One console, Microsoft has also revealed it will offer a new version of its official Xbox One Wireless Controller. It will have a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, which will allow most third-party gaming headsets to directly connect to the controller for the first time.

Microsoft says that all of the accessories that worked with the current version of the Xbox One controller will work with the new version. That includes the Stereo Headset Adapter so people can control the audio directly with their fingers. However, the company has also put in some hardware improvements beyond the new headset jack. It states:

"With the updated controller, in addition to the volume and mute controls on gaming headsets, you'll also have the option to adjust headset volume, mic monitoring, and voice and game audio balance through the Settings menu on your console. We've also improved the quality of audio coming through the controller and increased the maximum audio volume on headsets used with this controller, based on fan feedback.""In addition to audio improvements, we've fine-tuned the bumpers for more consistent performance anywhere along the full surface of the bumper. And we've enabled wireless firmware updates on the updated controller which eliminates having to connect the controller via USB cable to receive updates."

Microsoft will sell a black version of the new Xbox One controller on its own, along with a "Covert Forces" version that has a camouflage design in silver and black.

Source: Microsoft

John Callaham