Microsoft Won't Include a Headset with $499 Xbox One, Says Kinect is Good Enough

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Planning to pre-order an Xbox One console? We have no issue with that, though be advised that it will not come with a headset. What you'll get is the Day One console itself, commemorative controller, token code to unlock an exclusive Day One achievement, and premium packaging. You'll also receive a second generation Kinect motion controller, which is why Microsoft sees fit to shortchange gamers a headset.

We don't want to make a mountain out of a mole hill here, but it's at least a little disappointing that a basic accessory included with the current generation 250GB Xbox 360 won't be part of a much more expensive bundle ($299 versus $499). Microsoft explained its decision not to include a headset to ArsTechnica.

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"Xbox One does not include a pack-in headset accessory. Each Xbox One includes the new Kinect sensor, with a highly sensitive multi-array microphone designed to enable voice inputs and chat as a system-level capability, both in-game and with Skype and other experiences," Microsoft said. "For gamers who prefer a headset, we have a variety of offerings that you can find on the Xbox Wire."

Bear in mind that current headsets will not be compatible with the Xbox One due to a proprietary connection to the controller, though some companies, like Turtle Beach, plan to offer an adapter. And in case you're wondering, Sony is bundling a very basic mono earbud and inline microphone with its PlayStation 4.
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As long as it cuts down the ambient noise.

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timaeus replied on Thu, Jun 27 2013 9:41 AM

Okay, my first response to this was "Who cares? Most people already have a headset anyway." Until I read 'Bear in mind that current headsets will not be compatible with the Xbox One due to a proprietary connection to the controller.' Seriously? Why do companies do this BS? Can't they just keep it simple USB? Or even better, the standard stereo audio/mic connectors that have been used for years...

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The Kinnect mic will be terrible. Somebody in another room talking? It's going to be picked up. Have a fan on? it's going to be picked up. Have a child or siblings? They are definitely getting picked up.

Not to mention now you have to listen to their voices when they scream loudly over your TV speakers instead of being able to turn down your headset volume so that the players are just loud enough.

Dumb move Microsoft.

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danfromoh replied on Thu, Jun 27 2013 8:40 PM

Its called the pursuit of more money.................

Reusing present headsets/connections doesn't make financial sense.

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Meanwhile Sony is including a headset,  Sony is just kicking Microsoft's butt on this one while still keeping a cheaper price tag!  I've always preferred Sony over Microsoft.  God of War, Uncharted, The Last of Us, what more can you ask for?  

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