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PSA: Next-gen Consoles Won’t Support Chat on Current-gen Headsets

A press release from Turtle Beach and a report from Game Informer state that voice chat functionality on current-generation headsets won’t work on the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 at launch.

Since the new Xbox One controller uses a new proprietary port for chat headsets, an adapter will be needed for current-generation headsets to work with it. An adapter which, according to Turtle Beach, won’t be available until early 2014.

Sony’s issues are a bit more complicated. Users with Sony-branded headsets or PULSE gaming headsets will need to wait for a post-launch system update while headsets that rely on Bluetooth will not work at all. USB and Toslink (optical) headsets will also need to wait for a system update before you’ll be able to use them for chat.

Both the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 will come bundled with headsets so you’ll at least have something to use while you wait for either the Xbox One adapter or the system update for the Playstation 4.