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We’ve been closely following the audio features of the new console hardware, as both have their quirks. Sony is rapidly getting up to speed with the PlayStation 4 now that USB chat is active. Now Turtle Beach has announced how Xbox One gamers that own one of the company’s select products can do the same.
The eligible models are the XP Seven, X42, XP400, and XP510. If you purchase one of these between November 22, 2013, and January 30, 2014, you’ll receive an Xbox One compatibility kit when they are available. Turtle Beach expects this will be between March 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014.
The compatibility kits include a Microsoft proprietary control unit that plugs into the port on the bottom of the Xbox One. This will enable direct control over volume, game/chat audio mix, and muting. A cable to connect the headset to the control unit is also included. If you are considering buying one of these headsets, the full details of the upgrade program can be found here.
Our TakeThis should give all headset users an idea of how the new dongle will work. The one thing that isn’t clear yet is if the controller can process surround sound. If not, you’ll need to still pull Dolby from the optical port and run the cable to the dongle for chat. I’ll be happy once all the details are made clear, because this is still very confusing.
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