[Update] More Evidence Of Reworked Xbox One Controller Surfaces

by Mike Futter on May 29, 2015 at 04:44 AM

Update: While Microsoft isn't quite ready to talk about its revised Xbox One controller, it seems at least one retailer is. An image of a new "covert forces" deco controller has emerged on the website of Austrian retailer Libro.

The box for the controller is also shown, clearly identifying that the device now has a 3.5mm headphone jack. You can see an image below from Listo.

[Source: Libro via Lifelower on Twitter]

Original Story:

Microsoft seems to be preparing its support documents for the release of an updated Xbox One controller. There's one change, but it has the potential to be significant for some users.

The document, spotted first by Eurogamer, shows a diagram with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Currently, if you want to use a headset with the the Xbox One controller, you need to use one that's packed-in or a separate dongle.

Microsoft has since altered the support page to remove mention of the 3.5mm port and the fact that it only appears on controllers released after June 2015. However, a cached version of the page still shows the relevant information. You can also see an image here.

We've reached out to Microsoft for comment. We'll update should we receive a response.

Update: Microsoft has responded to our request for comment. "We’re gearing up for an exciting E3 where we’ll showcase more games and experiences," a representative told us via email. "We have nothing further to share at this time."

[Source: Microsoft (Cached) via Eurogamer]


Our Take
The ability to simply plug any headset into the Xbox One controller is an enormous usability improvement. The question then becomes how one would control the balance and volume. Though, it might just be a sacrifice you're making if you opt not to purchase the dongle.