Microsoft has once again managed to aggravate the online gaming community with its latest announcement that the Xbox One will not ship with a headset as the Xbox 360 did, despite spokespeople from the company stating that the standard Microsoft Xbox One headset is a must-have. The console may come complete with a hefty $500 price tag but you’ll still need to hand over some extra cash in order to pick up the headset, unless there is an as yet unannounced bundle to include it on the table.
The reason behind Microsoft’s decision to remove this piece of kit from the console is linked to its confidence in the newest Kinect technology which it states provides the console with out-of-the-box chat capabilities. We don’t doubt that the microphone within the Kinect 2.0 is much improved, but this could still be a problem if you’re not always gaming in an environment that is quiet aside from your own voice. Not to mention the fact that if you’re living in a house with other people they might not appreciate you playing your games at full volume in the early hours of the morning. Given Sony’s decision to capitalize on all of Microsoft’s issues in the battle for the next generation console top spot, it’s not too surprising to note that every PlayStation 4 will ship with a headset, albeit a simple one.
All is not lost if you’re bankrupting yourself just to afford the console though, as it seems there will be an adaptor released to allow you to plug your Xbox 360 headsets into the Xbox One interface. There will still be a cost for this but it may be less than replacing your headset altogether.
This latest dampener on the Xbox One may not be too much of a problem for gamers that tend not to voice chat, but with this console trailing behind the PS4 in terms of pre-orders, even after a big upsurge after backing down on DRM, it could be another factor that decides some still sitting on the fence.
Update by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 06/27/2013
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