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PS4 will support PS3 headsets, another blow to Microsoft

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PS4 will support PS3 headsets, another blow to Microsoft

Sony has confirmed that its next-generation PS4 console will support PS3 wireless headsets.

Delivering another blow to the Xbox One and Microsoft, all official and third-party wireless headsets designed for the PS3 will be compatible with the PS4 and its DualShock 4 controller.

Speaking to Polygon at the San Diego Comic-Con, Sony said PS4 gamers won’t be required to buy new wireless headsets, instead they will be able to utilise all their old gear.

The PS4 will ship with its own new mono earbud headset, but all PS3 wireless headsets will be supported too.

Microsoft announced last month that the Xbox One won’t ship with a headset at all. Instead, gamers will have to purchase it separately.

The software giant instead pointed to the bundled Xbox One Kinect peripheral as the best way to chat to friends when engaging in online multiplayer games.

There is an official Xbox One headset available to purchase at launch, which Microsoft rather confusingly describes as “a must-have for fans of online gaming” specially “designed for long gaming sessions and clear voice chat”, despite the supposed Kinect capabilities.

Just to add to the fury felt by Microsoft console fans, any current-gen headsets for the Xbox 360 will not be compatible with the Xbox One.

The new Xbox One Wireless Controller features a redesigned native connection at the base which won’t support any existing kit whatsoever.

“The Wireless Controller has been redesigned to allow for higher data transfer and speed between the controller and the console,” explained Microsoft last month. “This also required creating a new expansion port design for headsets and future controller add-on devices which is different from a standard audio plug input.”

Microsoft Australia did suggest that the company is working on a solution to make current-gen and existing third-party peripherals compatible with the new controller, perhaps in the form of an Xbox One peripheral adaptor.

“Xbox plans in the near future to allow consumers to connect many brands of wired gaming headsets to the Wireless Controller for gaming and chat audio.”

Although, with Microsoft’s current track record, we’ll believe it when we see it.

The PS4 will retail for £349, while the Xbox One is priced at £429. Microsoft has confirmed a November Xbox One release date, with the PS4 also tipped to launch the same month.

Next, read our Xbox One vs PS4 comparison.

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July 18, 2013, 5:43 pm

Here's the link confirming ms is working on an adapter. http://www.gamespot.com/news/x...

Dave Lea

July 18, 2013, 6:37 pm

PS4 Wireless - old stuff compatible
PS4 Wired to controller - old stuff compatible with standard jack, mono in box
PS4 Wired to console - Works
XBox One Wireless - We don't know if old stuff is compatible, Kinect included
XBox One Wired to controller - May be compatible with adapter
XBox One Wired to console - Don't know

Indy Sigur

July 19, 2013, 11:56 am

hard to believe that xbone has any pre-orders


July 20, 2013, 5:37 pm

Another example of MS always behind the curve, desperately reacting to events created by Sony's brilliant design initiatives. Same thing happened with the GDDR5 RAM. MS had to botch the memory architecture with EDRAM to try and match PS4, but the GPU had to be cut down to 12 compute units in order to fit the EDRAM on the APU. MS the u-turn kings. Adapters, patches and botches to polish a turd. Why bother even considering it. They really don't deserve your loyalty. Just get the best and be done with it.


July 20, 2013, 6:50 pm

They updated the port for a higher quality connection than can be offered by a simple 3.5mm stereo jack. As well as connection for future accessories. I'm ok with that. I was merely proving to this writer an people that read the article that ms indeed is working on an adapter. I'm not dropping $499.99 on a console to use the same 360 stuff. Have the ps4 preordered too because unlike you I'm not ignorant enough to believe that ddr5 memory or apu's or compute units means that Xbox won't have good games worth purchasing the system for. I remember this same argument on the current gen. Oh ps3 has over a teraflop of processing power it's gonna stomp ms. Lol. Wii was the console that out sold the others for a long time. It's nice that you like Sony but it's not even close to swaying me from owning all three. I truly like video games not hardware manufacturers.


July 28, 2013, 3:44 pm

I agree XB1 will have great games, true. That is not in question. I'm comparing it to what the PS4 has to offer the gamer in terms of power. Don't make the usual fanboy mistake of dragging up the failures of the PS3 to justify the XB1. The PS3 had issues that dragged down it's superior tech. Those issues are now gone. Sony learned from the mistakes and won't repeat them, so the specs are going to be more representative this time around. I want both consoles to succeed because everybody benefits from that, but one console is clearly better suited to the hardcore gamer, especially open world gamers. I suspect COD will still be better on XB1 due to the dedicated servers. Time to choose but consult all the facts not just the ones you want to hear.

Kevin Caldwell

August 3, 2013, 5:06 pm

Wow the PS4 only has voice chat o_O


September 23, 2013, 8:20 pm



October 16, 2013, 5:11 am

to astro:they say there having problems with the mic on the a50 for ps4:answer from astro there will be a firmware update to make the ps4 work with existing astro audio systems.this update won't be ready until after the commercial released of the ps4so youwill not be able to communicate on ps4 until that update is released.there is no date for that release yet.

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