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Headsets Not Included with XBox One

Written by Jeremy Shane on Tuesday, June 25 2013 and posted in News with Benefits

Headsets Not Included with XBox One

Two steps forward, one step back.

Source: arstechnica


Most gamers may be used to getting a basic headset with their console purchase.  Aside from the base model 4GB 360, the majority of 360's came with one.  The Playstation 4 comes with a mono earbud/microphone.  The XBox One however, will not include one, instead offering the Kinect to take it's place.

From Microsoft:

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

Granted, I'm sure that many a gamer would take an XBox One that's $100 cheaper, sans Kinect with a basic headset, but that choice is not yours to make.

The Kinect will allow you to chat with friends, but anyone who has played a multi-player game, especially a shooter, knows how ridiculous it is to have a dozen voices shouting out of your TV in addition to the game sound.

Existing headsets will not work with the XBox One due to changes in the connector.  Turtle Beach however, whose headsets will not be compatible with the XBox One as they exist now, will be selling an adapter.  For players that have spent hundreds of dollars on quality gaming headsets, this is good news.


Perhaps Microsoft will still reconsider some of its policies, as they have with the DRM like features on XBox One.  We are still months away from release and though the changes they've made have won over a few players, many are still looking at the PS4, despite being XBox players for years.



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About the Author - Jeremy Shane

Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea.  Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California.  When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead.  Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim.  If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.


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