Hot on the heels of our report that the Xbox One would be incompatible with current-generation gaming headsets, Microsoft and Turtle Beach have announced a partnership to produce new gaming audio products using the console's new proprietary chat port. Additional details about the new range of accessories aren't expected to arrive until E3, but the company promises pricing and release information will be revealed in "the coming weeks."
While Turtle Beach is said to be "among the first" to market with new audio products for the Xbox One, Microsoft will also be partnering with other brands.
With the introduction of the Xbox One, Microsoft has abandoned the chat cable used currently in the Xbox 360, rendering current products from brands like Turtle Beach, Astro Gaming, Tritton, and others capable of delivering only in-game audio. What's more, the company intends to closely manage third-party accessories via a licensing program that would require manufacturers to adhere to strict guidelines in order to support the new platform.
Like many of the other lingering questions regarding the Xbox One, Microsoft's accessory plans will be discussed in greater detail at this year's E3.
What do you guys think?