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.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
How to (try to) get an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S right now
Everything you need to know about buying an Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and where to find stock before it runs out.
Why is PS5 beating the Xbox Series X in comparisons? Microsoft responds.
The Xbox Series X seems to be losing out against the PlayStation 5 in real-world side-by-side tests, and Microsoft has issued a statement. Here's what they had to say.
The Black Friday keyboard deals you need to know about
Getting your hands on a new keyboard is exciting for PC users, and thanks to Black Friday, it's more affordable than ever before. Here's a look at the best Black Friday keyboard deals available now.
Plow through enemies with these great beat 'em ups for Xbox
Feel the urge to unleash some pent up frustrations on armies of bad guys? Here are some of the best beat em' ups and hack n' slashes to bring your much-needed catharsis.