The lights are on
Gaming headsets aren't for everyone. They can be expensive, and for those that don't share a domicile with others, possibly unnecessary. For those that do have to worry about waking kids up late at night though (or simply want a personal, high-end audio experience), losing the option (for now) on next-gen consoles isn't good.
Turtle Beach has announced in a press release that Microsoft will not have a chat adapter for game audio-focused headsets ready until next year. Additionally, Turtle Beach's own Xbox One headsets (the XO Four and XO Seven) won't make launch. They, too, are slated for first quarter of 2014, and will include the adapter (though it isn't clear if the new models will work without it).
Last week we reported that Sony is having similar problems with legacy devices. The PlayStation 4 will require a post-launch update in order to support existing accessories.
[Source: Turtle Beach via IGN]
Our TakeThis may have just been the nail in the coffin for my next-gen console purchases. I can usually only game later at night after the kids are asleep. Without the option to simultaneously use game audio and chat through a headset at launch, the games I'm still interested in (Call of Duty: Ghosts and Need for Speed Rivals) become difficult to play online.
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I don't really care about chat capability, but I mainly use my headset for a better audio experience. So you're telling me I'll need an adapter or a patch to use my existing headset? Are these newer systems all that different not to accommodate the older sets? Hell I even can use mine on my desktop for pity's sake.
Just plug into the TV or find a alternative. I have the literally the weirdest audio setup in the world for all my systems. I have some old 1970 Technics amplifier connected to a bunch of different speakers combined with a bunch of frayed and spliced wires from my console setup. If I were to move it I don't think I would be able to figure out how to put it back together.
Luckily I don't need a headset and have never used one.. I could see how this will piss a lot of people off.
Still not getting any new next gen system until late next year. Too many great games still coming out for current gen systems to justify purchasing a new one.
So much for a smooth launch For either system
Well I'll make due with the boxed one until that adapter comes out.
I don't think either were really ready to release in Nov, but neither wanted to release months after the other.
I'd like a headset that works with the XBO on Day One, really I do, but it's not the end of the world, stuff like this is to be expected when a new console launches.
I'm sooooooo glad my gaming habits do not require online antics (said the lone gamer).
So I won't have to hear a bunch of bitchy kids until 2014. Sweet