Calm down, everyone, calm down! No need to panic. Just as Microsoft is going all in on the software backward compatibility with Xbox Series X, the company will be doing the same for hardware.
That is to say, your favorite Xbox One accessories and third-party controllers will continue to work with the new console as before. Well, at least, most of them will.
Redmond has unveiled the new “Designed for Xbox” label, and alongside that, the company is promising that most officially licensed Xbox One accessories can be carried forward to the new console when it hits the market later this year.
“Any officially licensed Xbox One accessory that connects to your console wired or wirelessly via USB will work on Xbox Series X. Additionally, any headsets that connects via your Xbox Wireless Controller’s 3.5mm port will also be supported.
Some headsets that utilize an optical cable may require a firmware update to support game and chat audio over USB on Xbox Series X. Soundbars and headsets that do not receive updates may be connected directly to your televisions optical port. Starting this holiday, many Designed for Xbox controller charging solutions will also include a second battery door to fit both the new and existing Xbox Wireless Controllers.”
As for the partners that will be joining in the fun, there is an extensive list.
We have Bang & Olufsen, Audeze, OtterBox, Nacon, Honeycomb Aeronautical, Geek Made Designs, Cable Matters, and more all in on the act, with these various companies set to launch their range of gaming accessories in the audio, controllers, cable, adapters, and networking products.
Rest easy, for Microsoft has you covered.