Xbox One does not include headset

Microsoft confirms chat headset for next-gen console will be sold separately, though pricing not divulged.

Gamers who buy an Xbox One this holiday will not find the redesigned headset in the box, Microsoft has confirmed with Ars Technica. Players will have voice options from day-one, though, in the form of the system's built in Kinect unit.

"Xbox One does not include a pack-in headset accessory," a Microsoft representative said.

"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."

Some of these offerings include headsets and sound systems from Turtle Beach and Polk Audio.

The new Xbox One headset is similar in appearance to the existing product for the Xbox 360. It is wired to the controller and is designed for "long gaming sessions and clear voice chat," Microsoft said.

The mono chat headset sports wideband digital audio and a unidirectional microphone. In addition, players will be able to access mute and volume controls without taking their hands off the controller.

A price for the Xbox One headset was not divulged.

The Xbox One launches in November for $500. This price is $100 above Sony's PlayStation 4 and is "too high" according to one pricing expert.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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2143 comments
PsychicKiller82
PsychicKiller82

I'm an Xbox fanboy, but Microsoft is screwing this up by being $100 more than the PlayStation 4. They need something very enticing.

JUSTAGAMERLIKEU
JUSTAGAMERLIKEU

Sony made that mistake to with the PS3 and the online sucked at first as most didn't have a headset to communicate their postion on the field. Time will tell I guess. As long as there or some options that hit the stores day one for xbox.

lev2013
lev2013

LOL who cares, kinect will have a built in mic mixed with the fact that gamers usually buy why better ones & now you don't have to worry about little kids talking trash all day

CptJohnnyRico
CptJohnnyRico

i heard the xboxone only contains a cable box in it?

Ayebang
Ayebang

I got many headphone in my room. Once I bough xbox 360, I buy new headset anyway. For me it is fine to not include due to I have 2 headsets in hand and do not want to add it to 3. Gamespot just want to blame Microsoft in everyway. This is ps4 propaganda and not hood fou uninformed gamers.

fiendless7
fiendless7

of course it doesnt. did anyone with a brain really expect Micro$oft to include it? 

hell im surprised it includes a controller TBH

CyDidley
CyDidley

Anyone with a family knows that this is an awful idea.  I don't want my kids or my wife, for that matter, hearing the idiots in the multiplayer lobby talking trash to eachother through my TV speakers.   Let alone all the people in their living rooms.

I've defended XB180 100% so far, but this decision is just flat out stupid.

They better make XB360 headsets and Turtle Beaches compatible with the 180.   Absolutely no reason they shouldn't.

Gargus
Gargus

Eh, I don't want to buy an xbox one to begin with.

I mean yeah I see people complaining about the cheapy mic you get with a PS4 but atleast they are giving you something to use incase you don't have one at all. For the rest of us we get a huge selection of Bluetooth and usb mics and headsets to chose from. I know xb1 has Bluetooth and usb but Microsoft also locks down the use of non certified hardware big time.

Im sure you can use the Kinect as a mic but who in the hell wants that? Youll have to speak up to be heard clearly if you aren't right infront of the tv vs having a mic right next to your mouth. Not to mention it might filter out background noise but what if you have others in the room talking? That shit is gonna get annoying quick.

The1stFishBone
The1stFishBone

Imagine the constant chatter you'll get to hear playing games online with people unable to mute their Kinect.

sadscooterpipe
sadscooterpipe

Boy the glorious folks at Microsoft are just going out of their way to continue to get folks excited for their next gen offering huh? 

halo117xbox
halo117xbox

Looks like ima have to work over time to pay for my xbox one and a turtle beach headset.

theslovakian38
theslovakian38

this is ridiculous! i would rather have a headset than the creeping kinect! 

hellscorpio82
hellscorpio82

tipical from m$ but i don't care i'll have a ps4 

MaP_Hagmen
MaP_Hagmen

I buying a new set of turtle beach so I don't care, if you never own one your don't know what your missing.

SoreBastard
SoreBastard

I remember when my roommate had a kinect and we had it connected to my Xbox in the living room. I didn't realize at first that the mic was even on until people online started complaining that they could hear every little annoying noise in the room. This is a mistake Microsoft. QUIT BEING SO GREEDY!

whatshannenin
whatshannenin

There will be some little kid losing and screams at his Kinect "Xbox shut off" and the entire lobby will shut down...what a great idea the Kinect is..

nyzma23
nyzma23

who care about ugly headset i can talk to ppl with new kinect now or just buy new turtle beach

johnritter4141
johnritter4141

BTW the headset is for xboxlive right, so users must be on the net...seeing as though a lot of people maintained that connecting once every 24 hours was such a problem then xbox live and thus headset wont really be an issue?

johnritter4141
johnritter4141

i wonder if  they may have included it had the original DRM plans gone through,maybe now have to compensate for the money lost on used games by selling extra's an more inflated prices..well at least the consumer has the option not to buy one.

PlusFour
PlusFour

Oh Microsoft, you so silly. Do you want thyself to bend over so you can more easily access my money hole? Would you tickle my chin and call me Sandra? 500$ you say... why didn't you say so earlier. Here, hold this for a second, it's my soul. You cheeky devils you. 

Granpa0
Granpa0

Ah yes, there's nothing I want more than to have everyone else in my house hear how the 12 year old kids on Xbox Live shout profanities at me. 

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

"Gamers who buy an Xbox One-Eighty this holiday will not find the $1.49 redesigned headset in the box..."

"Xbox One-Eighty won't include a pack-in headset accessory" a Microsoft representative said "because we'll have to do another flip-flop before launch, but on the price this time." He add "The Xbox One-Eighty includes so much value for the consumer that we're considering selling the console in a brown bag, to save on packaging."

On top of that "users won't need one since Big Brother not only watches you but also listen to you, all the time." Microsoft representative called that a "feature", not a bug.

One pricing expert said it won't matter anyhow since Xbox One-Eighty is already doomed from the start. "If the NSA wants to subsizide the console through "discreet budgets", and give the console away to players, then it stands a chance. If not, better forget it"

How many millions it would take was not divulged.

cscarnell
cscarnell

Can't wait to here all the feedback from people's tv from kinnect... not..


This is such a bad decision.. PS3 didn't include any headsets as standard and the online suffered from it.

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

i love how peeps want to blame the media for M$' short comings. 

here's a thought...maybe the xbox one gets bad press because of the way M$ markets it.....

but the sheep don't understand. 

> wii u

Ayebang
Ayebang

Gamespot is always ps4 propaganda really.

stocksyp
stocksyp

jesus christ you ppl love a moan! Who cares about some shitty mono headset no being included. Fuck me get a grip!

eas1978
eas1978

@Ayebang you do know that the old 360 headset doesnt fit into the socket on the new xbone controllers? yes?

Ayebang
Ayebang

I do not want it sir. I have 2 already.

PsV1710
PsV1710

@whatshannenin The ultimate trolling tool, imagine you are playing and your brother walks in and says, Xbox TV in the middle of your gameplay every 5 minutes

dirtdog10304
dirtdog10304

@nyzma23 

oh yeah talking online gaming through the Kinect, that sounds like it will work terrible. Imagine all the feedback from the tv and everything else going on in the room you will hear.

blackraven711
blackraven711

Yeah a really enhanced gaming experience :-)

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

@SpicaAntares no the brown bag is for whoever purchases the xbone so they can cover their face when they leave the store..

dirtdog10304
dirtdog10304

@cscarnell 

yeah can you imagine how bad that will be. that's why people need headsets. The Kinect is going to pick up every noise in the room and that's all youre going to hear online gaming.

Skyt_Aura
Skyt_Aura

@cscarnell At least for the PS3, you can use any bluetooth as a substitution for the headset, which is a lot better in my opinion. 

prsansa
prsansa

@abhisheknerdy20  so xbox dont come with a headsetmic after a consumer pays 500 for it and you are saying is hate lol stop being a fanzombie

prsansa
prsansa

@stocksyp  kind of does matter if you just drop 500 on a damn console.

Kuribboh
Kuribboh

@Ayebang Yours won't work on the X1

AirForce190B
AirForce190B

I agree with you except you forgot to include the price of the game and headset plus tax.

stocksyp
stocksyp

why does it you fucking moron!!! If i spend £429 on a console i expect quality, i dont expect there to be a crap mono headset as i couldnt give two tiny fucks about it. I have turtle beech i dont need that shit GET A FUCKING GRIP YOU SONY MOLE

valknight
valknight

@stocksyp I'm going to preorder a turtle beach headset for it anyways.. Those crappy first party headsets are garbage and always have been. Wireless is the way to go.