Xbox Series X Optical Port (S/PDIF)
Microsoft recently confirmed they will be removed the S/PDIF port from the upcoming Xbox Series X. I find this extremely disappointing. My wife uses a Cochlear Implant and we have relied on that port for a separate streaming device that streams audio directly to her hearing device. That allows her to enjoy the benefits of the console without having to mess with a lot of janky cables or settings. I cannot believe that Microsoft, who has been proactive in the area of accessibility, would have been this short sighted to not consider that there may be other applications for that port other than soundbars. Having that single port and a setting to split audio between it and HDMI has been a huge lifesaver on Xbox One X. If Microsoft follows through with removing the port, it will result in reevaluating my purchase plans as well as my recommending the device to other CI users.
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