Microsoft: Xbox One controller $60, headset $25

[UPDATE] Microsoft confirms all prices.

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[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, a Microsoft representative confirmed that all Xbox One accessory pricing information through the Microsoft Store is correct.

"Yes, official pricing for Xbox One accessories at Microsoft Stores is accurate," the representative said.

The original story is below.

The official Microsoft Store has been updated with pricing information for a range of Xbox One accessories, revealing extra controllers will go for $60 and additional headsets for $25.

An Xbox One wireless controller with play-and-charge kit will sell for $75, while the play-and-charge kit alone will go for $25.

It is not clear if the Xbox One accessory pricing information is final. GameSpot has reached out to Microsoft for comment.

All Xbox One units include one wireless controller, though the system will not come bundled with a pack-in headset. Players can still use voice commands out of the box, though, thanks to the Kinect.

Competitor Sony will offer extra DualShock 4 controllers and PlayStation Eye units for the PlayStation 4 at $60 each. The Xbox One ($500) and PS4 ($400) launch later this year.

Discussion

1362 comments
darrenfps
darrenfps

I just don't see how a $499.00 console doesn't come packaged with a real headset.  If people actually believe that the Kinect is going to act as a type of headset of preference, they are sorely mistaken. Its already been said (and arguably proven) by some gaming insiders that the Kinect 2 picks up massive background noise and has a terrible echo. Granted, its said to have built in options to offset all this, but insiders claim once you turn down the background noise option, your voice becomes severely muffled to players on the other end.  Personally, I like wearing a Turtle Beach type headset as to not disturb others while getting a much more immersive experience.

Nevertheless, I'm not looking forward to the drones of folks who will be using their Kinects to act as headsets while playing games like Call Of Duty. And unless Microsoft throws in a headset, I can assure you that this will effect us all, especially in the early goings -at least until folks can afford to upgrade. I just feel that its disturbingly cheap of MS not to bundle in an actual headset. This whole Kinect issue is going to cause more and more gamers to mute their headsets during a team deathmatch session. Its bad enough paying $499.99 because of the force-fed bundled in Kinect, but now Microsoft  is actually expecting folks to use this as a headset as well.

m4a5
m4a5

Man, sooo many hypocrites on here...

At first they yell at MS for not giving the consumer a choice over Kinect or no Kinect, then they go and yell that there should be no battery choice and it should be internal -_-

Diamondsoulz
Diamondsoulz

Being a Illegal Mexican Immigrant I can afford this with my Pesos X-box Juan FTW!

I like Americano X-box

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

I highly doubt that given that they want you to use Kinect for chatting. So $615 for those who use separate rechargeables.

sdoxas
sdoxas

I'm going to be muting a lot of 8 year olds using Kinect mics, that can't spring for a headset.  Anyway, I bet Plantronics will make a better one for $11 on Amazon.

angryguy77
angryguy77

ahahahahahaha you drones complaining about MS using "old" tech in their controllers are such fools. How do your rationalize your argument when you:


rip on them for trying to go all digital. You screamed about how you wanted to still game using discs, which have been around for over 15 years now.

 rip them for trying to get the kinect into every home. It will add to the gaming experience aside from motion controls.

 rip on them for adding more features to the system that are not game related.

 Somehow they are dumb, but sony putting a feature in the DS that won't be used by more than a third of you, is just swell.




Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

Will it be compatible with the PC like the wired Xbox 360 gamepads ? If yes maybe I will consider getting one !

Haeravon
Haeravon

So... pretty much the same as last generation controllers? Is it just me, or has Eddie not posted anything that remotely counts as news in months now?

sumoman23
sumoman23

Why is the controller considered as news? It's been sitting on amazon for more than a month at $60.

Uzziel Ruiz
Uzziel Ruiz

The control looks nice but then again I don't know

Jason Sutherland
Jason Sutherland

I agree with both of you. But Simpson gets the thumbs up.

blackothh
blackothh

i cant complain here, ill pay at least that much for a good wired mouse or wired keyboard. I cant stand batteries.

Tristan2668
Tristan2668

I'll stick to PC thanks. Play n' Charge never worked properly for more than a month on the 360.

quakke
quakke

Friggin controller for the price of a GAME ($60)? Gameconsoles are going to crash at this pace in next gen..

Chris Pohl
Chris Pohl

am i like one of the few people who thinks the xbox controller is just making it harder to reach the d-pad. i looks like it does and the 360 felt a bit bad too.

bankai_456
bankai_456

is it same to come out? is the war over?

mezati4
mezati4

75 dollars controller?????????? i can't afford this shit!!!

Messenger360p
Messenger360p

Welcome to the cash cow called next gen gaming

GERMANY21
GERMANY21

 I like the Xone controller that looks great  but  I will  buy a PS4 in addition the Dualshock 4 has something special (Touch pad - that color bar - Head set all are amazing ! )

steelmouth
steelmouth

I never understood this play and charge kit and why people buy it, personally I just bought rechargeable batteries and I use that for everything,

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

To me.. Microsoft controllers feel like a big toy.. Xbox controllers make you feel like your playing a kids toy and not to take your games seriously. They feel bulky and out of being modern.

Haze204
Haze204

@angryguy77 

1. Discs have been around for a while yes, but you can not compare a CD/DVD Disc to a Blu ray which are being used now.

2. How exactly will kinect add to the gaming experience unless you are a 12-/+ year old with to much energy.

3. Adding features to a GAMING CONSOLE which are not game related...

I enjoyed X360 and PS3, but Microsoft fucked up with this one.

lostastsea22485
lostastsea22485

@Haeravon NOpe you're right....Ole Munster Jr. can't put a decent "news" article together in months....or ever...


though he's not as bad as Martin Gaston..that's a real waste...

tzhu07
tzhu07

@sumoman23 It's been on Amazon for a while, however the $60 price was just speculation by Amazon. This is news because Microsoft now confirms the speculated price.

slainta
slainta

@Tristan2668 That's why you need a PS4. Charge the DuakShock 10-15 minutes, even while playing, go on for at least a couple of hours! And the batteries live forever.

phillharvey
phillharvey

@quakke this gen was priced at $60 for the controllers the whole time and the industry is still strong. Sorry the break it to you but the next gen will not crash

GERMANY21
GERMANY21

@steelmouth  So you used chargeable batteries instead buy a charger for controller , Best idea :))

grognard
grognard

@SIDEFX1 Odd, most people have the opposite impression, with the consensus being the 360 controller as the best ever (that's why it's now the default PC controller too) while the Playstation controller was so tiny that it felt like it was made for children.  Fortunately, Sony copied the 360 footprint for PS4 and seems to have addressed the major issues with the dualshock.

angryguy77
angryguy77

@Haze204 

1. How so? Music has moved away from physical media(and how funny Sony tried to extend control over that: See rootkit). Blu ray is at the end, a disc. The digital age has rendered them obsolete. Although they are still a viable medium, there is a better, more cost effective way to play games.


2. You clearly are being obtuse or you never looked or thought about the possibilities. The info is out there if you care. I'd suggest you look into how it's going to be used in DR3 and others. Saying people would have to a kid to enjoy it is a myopic way of thinking. It has more to offer games than just motion. The device allows for some real creative things.

3-Regardless, they are nice additions that won't take away from the gaming experience. If you have a console that is about games and lets you do so much more, that's a bonus, not a take away.

Seeing they sold out, they didn't screw up as terrible as you imply.

 I see a decision for a lot of you in the future. DRM and digital libraries are coming. You can't have digital without drm. Developers would love to cut out the middle man and sell directly to the gamer. Gamers could see steam-like prices(that remains to be seen I admit).

 Sony has a patent on the tech for gaming, and they want to do it to movies as well. Many of you are going to have to admit you were wrong for accusing MS was evil for trying to push us into the digital age, or stick to your guns and get out of gaming altogether


 

quakke
quakke

@phillharvey @quakke  

Controllers this gen were priced @ $60? Well then it seriously needs to change because that is just madness. 

Well if they keep controllers at at $60 and consoles at 400-$700 it definitely is going downhill. Pure greed. That is the reason why videogame industry crashed in the first place back in the 80's.

At this pace we are going to have a another crash, because greed equals lower quality due to interest/focus in wrong areas (amount of sales), when it should be in amount of gameplay quality like in the 90's.

brainiac1988
brainiac1988

@grognard it is the default PC controller cause its from MS and therefore is compatible with Windows out of the box.

shingui5
shingui5

@grognard 

how is making a controller better, and addressing feedback, copying it's competitor?
Some people's 'logic' astounds me. 

Besides, i have only ever had issue with the shape of the analogue sticks. The size of the controller has never affected me (how big are your hands?!), and the symmetrical positioning of the controller has always felt more comfy than the asymmetry of the Xbox pad. 

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@grognard lol "copied the 360 footprint"... It looks a lot more like a meaty PS3 controller than any Xbox controller.

unkosolz
unkosolz

@angryguy77 Music and gaming are two totally different mediums. I have nearly 9000 songs in AAC format and they take up 23 GB on my laptop. Games with only 720p formats start at 7 GB. Full HD movies are 20-30 GB (downloadable HD movies say they're HD, but H264 at and a lower compression rate is imitation HD). 

Developers that make games across multiple platforms don't go 1080p because you'd be talking about multiple discs on the 360. And if I'm paying $60+ for a game, I expect quality. I like games that look good, and until downloadable games won't have that quality because they'll have to compress the codecs and bit rates just to make the download reasonable. I speak for a lot of people and a for the film and many in the gaming industires when I say I prefer full quality HD, not 720p or H264 and other compressed codecs. 

The digital age has yet to make Blu Ray obsolete simply because it can't match the quality.

grognard
grognard

@brainiac1988 MS had plenty of controllers before this that never became the PC default, going back to their old Sidewinder controllers.  Third-parties have offered PC controllers longer than MS has.  No, this became he default because it was the best.

deathblow3
deathblow3

@shingui5 @grognard idk the analog sticks on the ps have always been out of place. making the default position for your thumb the d-pad ms controllers made the default position for control anyway the analog stick and the buttons for your right hand. that's why the stick are asymmetrical one in postion for anolog control the other out of the way to press buttons

grognard
grognard

@shingui5 They are copying a competitor because all the changes made were to make it more like the 360 controller.  This is why competition is a good thing.

The overall size of the Playstation controller has long been an issue for adult, Western gamers and the gummy triggers and loose sticks are also cited as reasons it is usually considered inferior to the x-box controller (although the Playstation controller had a far superior d-pad).

Apparently, Sony agrees with me because they increased the size, changed the tension in the sticks and triggers to make it more like the 360 controller.  Again, that's a good thing in my book.

deathblow3
deathblow3

@M3o5nster @grognard he was referring to size as this is the first time it will be bigger. all there controllers where the same size till now.