Last week, Microsoft put the Xbox One headset adapter up for pre-order. The headset adapter will only have stereo output through the controller, but Albert Penello, the director of product planning for the Xbox One, says that surround sound could be coming soon. Great news!
According to Penello, the Xbox One team purposefully chose stereo over virtual surround when they planned the headset and adapter. He add, “We are discussing some sort of virtual surround, but I think the high quality Stereo sound (the Bass on our headset is amazing), plus great chat, and the adapter for $80 is a pretty great product.” The Xbox One adapter is $80, which includes the headset and adapter. The adapter itself is $25.
He explained that they went with stereo sound, because unless one owns a very high-end pair of headphones, the advantage of surround sound will not be noticable. “Keep in mind, when you’re dealing with only two speakers, and we chose higher quality stereo vs a virtual surround, since the advantage of surround isn’t obvious until you get into very high-end discreet speaker headphones.”
The adapter is aimed at Xbox One gamers who have older headsets that they used with their Xbox 360 and want to switch to a new headset. It is nice to see they are looking after their customers.
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