Xbox One X will be the first Xbox console to support Bluetooth
If Microsoft previously revealed the main hardware specs of the Xbox One X a couple of weeks ago, we finally got a closer look during Microsoft’s E3 press event yesterday. According to the company, the Xbox One X is not only the most power gaming console to be released on the market later this Fall, but it will also be the smallest Xbox console ever (Microsoft has yet to share dimensions details though).
Overall, the Xbox One X looks quite similar to the Xbox One S, except for the black colour and the lack of ventilation opening on the top. It also has the same I/Os as the Xbox One S, with 3 USB 3.0 ports, 2 HDMI Ports (1 HDMI 1.4b in, 1 HDMI 2.0b out), an Ethernet port, an S/PDIF port plus an IR out port.
However, by taking a closer look at the official product page, we can see that the Xbox One X will also support Bluetooth, something that Microsoft didn’t explicitely mention before. It’s not clear yet if Bluetooth on the Xbox One X could be limited to certain accessories such as wireless headsets, but it’s definitely a promising addition.
So far, Xbox One consoles have been limited to Microsoft’s proprietary Xbox Wireless technology, which provides lower latency than Bluetooth and wireless support for stereo sound through a headset. Last year, Microsoft explained that it’s building an ecosystem of accessories with Xbox Wireless including headsets, joysticks, and other input devices. So far, these efforts didn’t impress Sony which went all-in on Bluetooth with its Playstation 4 (the PS4 currently supports several types of accessories such as wireless headphones, remotes or keyboards).
We’re looking forward to learn more about Bluetooth support on the Xbox One X, but we guess that Microsoft will continue to develop and support its proprietary Xbox Wireless technology going forward. Still, let us know in the comments if you think Bluetooth support could make the Xbox One X a better console than its predecessors!
Update: Microsoft has reached out to us to confirm that the Xbox One X does not support Bluetooth connectivity.Further reading: Bluetooth, Microsoft, Xbox One, Xbox One X