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Microsoft Explains Why No Headset is Bundled With the Xbox One

by Ron Duwell | June 26, 2013June 26, 2013 2:30 pm PDT

Xbox One Headset

Microsoft’s self-described “must have” Xbox One headset used for voice chat in mutliplayer will not be bundled with the system. This has left a lot of fans a little frustrated given how simple the plug and play headset from the Xbox 360 made online gaming.

Apparently, Microsoft does not think that the headset is necessary anymore. The company released a statement to Ars Technica indicating that the Kinect will be able to act as a microphone and speaker for multiplayer voice chat.

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.

So now, unless you buy the headset separately, your wife and kids will be able to hear your squad’s entire strategy on how to take out that camping n00b sniping through a glitched window, or the shrieks and cries of a ten-year-old boy once you trounce him with one too many kill streaks.

No price has been set for the headset. The Xbox 360 headset still sells for $20 seven years after the console’s launch.

Shortly after the story broke, Sony confirmed with Joystiq that a headset would be included with the PlayStation 4.

Ars Technica Joystiq

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