Microsoft this morning revealed a new “Designed for Xbox” logo for new third-party accessories that will be compatible with all Xbox consoles, including the upcoming Xbox Series X. We already know that the next generation Xbox will support all existing Xbox One accessories, but Microsoft is now expanding its Sign for Xbox program, adding new partners, and enabling a new logo to highlight officially licensed products.
First, if you purchase an officially licensed Xbox One accessory that connects to your console via USB or wireless, the Xbox team made it clear today that they should work on the Xbox Series X, but in some cases you may need to update the firmware. Some fiber-optic gaming headsets may require firmware updates to support USB-via game and chat audio on Xbox Series X.
In the future, consumers will see the new Designed for Xbox logo on all partner accessories. Microsoft said today that it has partnered with more than 34 companies around the world and extended the program to new categories, including accessibility and cloud gaming. Microsoft said the Design for Xbox logo conveys the close cooperation between Microsoft and partners on each product to test the quality, performance, and security of all Xbox hardware experiences. It also conveys Microsoft’s continued compatibility as it enters the next generation of games.
One of the first new Xbox Series X accessories we’ve seen so far is a 1TB expansion card from Seagate that will deliver the same speed as the built-in NVMe drive on the console. However, Microsoft today highlighted several new partners, including Cable Matters, luxury audio brand Bang and Olufsen, and flight simulator hardware company Honeycomb Aeronautical. The latter should be a promising addition before microsoft flight simulations are released on Xbox consoles. Microsoft will continue to expand the Xbox ecosystem with innovative products and experiences while maintaining the level of quality that Microsoft prides itself on.