Almost every Xbox 360 came with a headset, it may have been a little flimsy and the sound quality wasn’t the best, but it was an option to those of us who didn’t talk too often online. The Xbox One that’s due out some time at the end of the year won’t come with a headset however and the reason why? Because each Xbox One includes the new Kinect sensor”.
That’s what a Microsoft official told Ars Technica anyway.
“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.”
This was an official statement that was sent to Ars Technica in response to their post that you can read here.
The Xbox One headset has been revealed to have mono sound, a directional mic, volume control and a mute button – similar to the already existing packaged headsets. No price has been confirmed on this new peripheral but according to Microsoft it’s not necessary.
The current Kinect can also be used the same way – something that we found out by accident after about a month of owning the Kinect not realising that the mic input was set to ‘on’ by default. I dread to think what people heard me and my wife talk about whilst we played Black Ops together.. Video game feedback is also an issue though especially if you like to have your sound on pretty loud.
The headset does however look really nice. Compared to the headsets that come bundled with the current generation Xbox it looks well built and a lot less flimsy. What are your thoughts on the matter? Leave a comment below!