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Microsoft and Turtle Beach working together on new Xbox One headsets

With Microsoft’s Xbox One console getting a full reveal this Tuesday it’s now time to take a look at some of the accessories that will be coming with the console, and today Turtle Beach revealed they are working with Microsoft to produce a range of gaming headsets for the incoming console.

Turtle Beach are renowned for their top notch gaming headsets for the Xbox and PlayStation consoles so it’s good news for gamers to see that MS are working closely with Turtle Beach to produce some top notch accessories for the Xbox One.

Turtle Beach will be one of the first companies to launch Microsoft-licensed gaming headsets for the Xbox One and the company have also said that they will be releasing information on their next-gen console headsets “in the coming weeks”.

The release of the Xbox One will see very little backwards compatibility between the Xbox 360 and the One, including games and accessories. The new Xbox One has abandoned the chat cable used currently in the Xbox 360 which means that older accessories from brands like Turtle Beach, Astro Gaming and others cannot be transferred to the new console.

Instead, the Xbox One features Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth connectivity, so there may be a new wireless way for the console and headsets to be connected.

The team up with Turtle Beach will be one of many agreements Microsoft will have to make as the company is reportedly looking 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.

In regard to the partnership, Branden Powell Director of Strategic Alliances Xbox Hardware Group said; “In Turtle Beach we have a partner that can help Microsoft deliver world class gaming audio experiences to our customers,” and that “Turtle Beach has consistently innovated in wireless, surround sound, and other features and we are looking forward to working with them.”

We love the current range of Turtle Beach headsets so we have high hopes for the next generation’s offerings.