It appears Microsoft just couldn’t keep one of its E3 surprises to itself as its own Xbox Support website has outed a new version of the Xbox One controller that features a 3.5mm headphone jack at its base.
The 3.5mm headphone jack will only be available on controllers released after June 2015, the description states. This leads us to believe Microsoft not only plans on announcing its existence at this year’s E3, but will most likely announce their availability some time after its presentation.
What other fancy bells and whistles the new Xbox One controller will have is currently unknown as the product description doesn’t go into any additional specifics. In fact, the design of the controller looks to be largely the same as the previous Xbox One controller.
This isn’t the first time Microsoft has issued changes to its Xbox controller as a new Xbox 360 controller was offered years after the console was released featuring an improved D-Pad. The addition of a 3.5mm headphone jack would make things much easier for those who play with a headset to listen or communicate with their teammates during a game as we’d have one less adapter to worry about having around. The next step would be to support wireless communication, but we'll cross that bridge whenever we get to it.
[Via Xbox Support]
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Hmm, I wonder if they rectified whatever was leading to the thumbsticks drifting. My Cowboom one just came in, and the controller that came with it has the left thumbstick drifting up. Looking around, it's apparently not that uncommon.