Xbox One to open headphone development to third-parties 'in the near future'

By Steve Watts, Jun 28, 2013 8:30am PDT

Microsoft confirmed this week that the Xbox One headset would be sold separately, which naturally led to the question of third-party peripherals as well. It seems the Xbox One is using proprietary tech that one third-party manufacturer said "locked out" other audio devices. Microsoft has now issued a new revised statement regarding its peripheral plans.

"The Wireless Controller has been redesigned to allow for higher data transfer speed between the controller and the console," a Microsoft representative told Game Informer. "This also required creating a new expansion port design for headsets and future controller add-on devices which is different from a standard audio plug input. Xbox plans to develop solutions in the near future to allow consumers to connect many brands of wired gaming headsets to the Wireless Controller for gaming and chat audio.”

That follows the comments from peripheral maker Astro that implied Microsoft's new tech would only allow the company itself to make headphones. The wording of this new statement sounds like Microsoft hasn't opened it up to third-party developers yet, but will be sometime soon.

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