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Third-party Xbox One headsets ruled out until 2014

October 21, 2013 • Gadgets and Gaming

Gaming headset maker Turtle Beach announced an extended partnership with Microsoft to create innovative hardware, software, and applications that support the Xbox One’s advanced audio capabilities.

The new XO FOUR and XO SEVEN headsets from Turtle Beach (image: Turtle Beach)

The new XO FOUR and XO SEVEN headsets from Turtle Beach (Image source: Turtle Beach)

Turtle Beach expects to launch the new XO FOUR and XO SEVEN headsets for the Xbox One console in the first quarter of 2014, however Microsoft has informed its partners in the Xbox One console launch that the Xbox One Headset Adapter, being built by Microsoft and provided to Turtle Beach for inclusion with new gaming headsets, will not be available until early 2014.

Both companies will leverage the additional time to build supply to meet anticipated high-demand when the headsets launch.

“Turtle Beach is a key partner with Microsoft in the new Xbox One console platform,” said Branden Powell, Director of Strategic Alliances at Microsoft. “We are committed to our partnership with Turtle Beach and will continue to work together to create innovative audio solutions that support the Xbox One’s advanced audio capabilities.”

“We are very excited about the coming XBOX ONE launch and expect to continue to work closely with Microsoft to deliver the best audio products and capabilities for the XBOX ONE through 2014 and 2015,” said Juergen Stark, Chief Executive Officer at Turtle Beach.

“I know we will excite consumers with our new headsets in the coming months and I am looking forward to the launch of the XO FOUR and XO SEVEN in early 2014.”

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