Report: Existing Headsets Won’t Work on PS4, Xbox One During Launch

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The Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 both come packing a simple headset and mic. That’s the good news. Now for the bad: that gorgeous Bluetooth headset you currently use and shelled out big bucks for for likely won’t work.

The folks at Game Informer were chatting with the headset makers at Astro Gaming and learned Astro’s existing headsets will not work on the PlayStation 4 at launch. Astro said a console system update that’s already in the works will eventually remedy the situation, but when Game Informer contacted Sony for more details on PS4 audio, things got complicated.

Sony says its own PULSE headsets will also be little more than earmuffs on the PS4′s November 15 launch, though they will also work after the as-yet undated system update. However, if you’re currently using a Bluetooth headset, it looks like you’re simply out of luck. Sony says if your headset relies on Bluetooth for chat, it will not work on the PS4. However, if it can be plugged in via USB, an update will eventually provide support.

Game Informer notes the audio situation is similar with Microsoft’s Xbox One. The rejiggered Xbox controller features a new audio connector, so if you want to plug in your existing headset, you’ll have to wait until MS releases an adapter — which is planned, but not yet dated.

Looks like we’ll all be using those cheapo headsets at launch.

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