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Turtle Beach unveils Xbox One headsets at CES, still waiting on hardware adapters

Audio hardware maker Turtle Beach brought its first Xbox One-compatible headsets to CES 2014 this week, showing off three forthcoming models. But the company is still waiting on Microsoft to provide the adapters that will ultimately make those headsets work with the new console.

On display at Turtle Beach's CES booth were the XO Four, the company's $99.95, entry level Xbox One headset, and the XO Seven, a premium offering based on its tournament-level line, with memory foam ear cups, a mobile inline microphone and customizable earphone panels. It retails for $159.95. Those Earforce brand headsets will plug into the Xbox One controller, through the required hardware adapter, which the licensee is still waiting on.

That hardware adapter is due sometime this quarter, Turtle Beach said.

Other products on display at Turtle Beach were its Titanfall-branded Atlas headset, which is based on the XO Four model, and will be compatible with Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One; and the P4 Seven, a PlayStation 4-compatible and officially licensed headset coming sometime this year, offering wired and wireless connection options.

When contacted for comment, a Microsoft spokesperson told Polygon, "Xbox will release an adaptor in early 2014 that allow consumers to connect many brands of wired gaming headsets to the Wireless Controller for gaming and chat audio. Every console includes the Xbox One Chat Headset, and we are working with 3rd party manufacturers to create new headsets that will take full advantage of the Xbox One technology."

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