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Xbox One's headphone adaptor requires a manual controller update

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Headset, Xbox One

As promised, Microsoft are set to release a headphone adaptor for the Xbox One, which allows players to plug in their existing stereo headsets and cans through a 3.5mm audio jack. However, before you can use it, you'll need to manually update the controller's internal firmware via a separate procedure.

Still, at least we won't have to put up with the crummy pack-in headset for much longer. It feels like locking your head in a D-clamp.

The latest Xbox One update includes all the necessary software on the console's end (along with a huge amount of major improvements that we've been clamouring for over the last few months), but the controller itself will require an additional update. You'll need a USB cable, a few minutes of free time, a biscuit and cup of tea. The last two items are optional, but highly recommended by the Dealspwn.com team. So long as you don't balance the tea anywhere near the Xbox One's oh-so-vulnerable dorsal vent.

Here's the procedure, as outlined by Microsoft.

  1. Make sure your console is on and you're signed in and connected to Xbox Live.
  2. Plug the Stereo Headset Adapter into the bottom of your controller.
  3. Plug in a headset (a headset must be plugged in so the adapter will turn on).
  4. Plug the big end of the included USB cable into the port on the side of the console.
  5. Instructions to install the update should automatically be displayed. Follow the instructions, and don't disconnect the USB cable while the update is in progress. (The process can take up to 3 minutes.)
  6. Instructions to install the update should automatically be displayed. Follow the instructions, and don't disconnect the USB cable while the update is in progress. (The process can take up to 3 minutes.)
  7. When the update is complete, unplug the USB cable. If you have additional controllers to update, you can connect them now, one at a time, select the Update another button on the screen, and then follow the steps.
  8. Press the Xbox button on the wireless controller to turn it on. Your controller is now up-to-date, and you're ready to use your Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter.

The adaptor releases next week on March 14th here in Europe. It'll set you back an extra £19.99.

Interestingly, this functionality comes as standard on the DualShock 4; one of many ways that Sony have massively closed the gap between PlayStation and Xbox controllers this generation. Indeed, I actually find Sony's controller more comfortable during long gameplay sessions, but still prefer the Xbox One's peripheral when playing first-person shooters and racing games. Let us know which you prefer!

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