Microsoft today announced the new Xbox One Wireless Controller featuring a 3.5mm stereo headset jack that lets you plug your gaming headset right into the controller. With the updated controller, in addition to the volume and mute controls on gaming headsets, you’ll also have the option to adjust headset volume, mic monitoring, and voice and game audio balance through the Settings menu on your console.
Microsoft has improved the quality of audio coming through the controller and increased the maximum audio volume on headsets used with this controller. All existing controller accessories will work with the updated controller, including the Stereo Headset Adapter for those who want the convenience of fingertip control for their audio.
In addition to audio improvements, Microsoft has fine-tuned the bumpers for more consistent performance anywhere along the full surface of the bumper. And they have enabled wireless firmware updates on the updated controller which eliminates having to connect the controller via USB cable to receive updates. Also, consumers will be able to purchase the new controller as a standalone item in black as well as a new camouflage design in silver and black with the Xbox One Special Edition Covert Forces Wireless Controller.