Microsoft Xbox One Controller To Gain Standard Headphone Port

I've always liked the feel of Microsoft's Xbox controllers, and I'm not alone in that sentiment. That also applies to the controller for the Xbox One, which retains the same general design of previous versions while adding a bunch of fancy new features, though it's missing a 3.5mm audio jack. According to a support page on Microsoft's website, that's about to change.

The support page provides an overview of the Xbox One controller, including a pair of diagrams that are labeled with 16 points of interest, plus the four X-Y-A-B buttons. On of the bottom of the controller is point number 16 for a 3.5mm port, something that doesn't exist on current generation controllers.

Xbox One Controller Diagram

"3.5mm port (16). Used to connect compatible 3.5mm audio devices. Only available on controllers released after June 2015," Microsoft states on the Xbox One controller's support page.

Xbox One Controller Back Diagram

In terms of audio connectivity, the upcoming change will bring the Xbox One controller on par with Sony's DualShock 4. Meanwhile, owners of existing Xbox One controllers who don't plan to upgrade can buy a Microsoft's Stereo Headset Adapter, a $25 accessory that plugs into the controller's USB port.

Microsoft hasn't yet announced the new controller (perhaps at E3?), so it's known if there will be other changes to the design or functions outside of adding an audio jack.