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

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.

Via:  ArsTechnica
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