Xbox One headset revealed

New wired headset designed for "long gaming sessions and clear voice chat."

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Microsoft has revealed the chat headset for the Xbox One.

The new 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.

Microsoft has also revealed a new play and charge kit for the Xbox One controller. It packs in a "long-lasting" rechargeable battery that Microsoft said can be juiced up fully in under four hours. Recharging can be done during gameplay or when the Xbox One is in standby mode.

The Xbox One launches this November for $500. Xbox boss Don Mattrick recently spoke out to defend the price point (a full $100 above the PlayStation 4), by saying Microsoft is in fact "over-delivering value" with the new system.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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Discussion

492 comments
xbox1day1
xbox1day1

will I be able to use my turtle beach headset? the one I have for the three sixty

Speranza318
Speranza318

Awesome, they promote "long gaming sessions" using a "new" wired headpiece attached to a wireless controller that still runs on battery.  Microsoft staff are suffering from an extra 23rd chromosome.  and Mono?  Really?  They got the name of their system right, it's like going back to square One with this company.

Agent-M
Agent-M

Mono?  With all the advancements in technology since the last Xbox console all they could come up with is a mono headset that is wired?  

blablazer
blablazer

It's not free and you still have to use a battery for the controller. Why dont make it with a build in battery pack. Nice design though. Ill just use my Pulse headset from the PS3 i heard they are trying to make it compatible. I hope they succeed. ;)

emgesp
emgesp

Great, now put it in with every Xbox One.  Microsoft, the least you could do is throw people a bone and toss it in as a way of saying Thank You. 

unreal101
unreal101

So much for failing at launch...

Heroldp813
Heroldp813

Only headset I care about is the one I will be getting for my PS4....

snova9308
snova9308

oh look, they made the socket their own thing, so no other headsets will work on it. am I surprised?

-Geo
-Geo

This looks promising, packing is crucial though. Sony copying MS in that regard was good move, granted they have a headphone not a legitimate gaming headset.


Gamemaster_94
Gamemaster_94

Wow this actually looks nice. I'll use it with my PS4 controller.

CeZar_87
CeZar_87

all this hate... i find it to be sad people.

ThoseSaints
ThoseSaints

Please tell me that it flakes out in three months like Xbox 360 headsets.

t1000_v2
t1000_v2

Flimsy, CORDED rubbish. What are MS thinking these days ??

taker3434
taker3434

Well this headset changes everything... I'm preodering an Xbox One just because of this... 

not!

Gray360UK
Gray360UK

Wait ... Microsoft designed something with gaming in mind?

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

rofl. i'll try for a 3rd party headset. but honestly, this thing still looks way better than the ps4 earpiece. that was complete garbage.

Imatyta
Imatyta

ROFLMFAO This looks like a piece of shit. I don't care if it works well, because it looks horrible. PS2 had a better looking headset which came with Socom :p

SgtSilock
SgtSilock

Looking good and working well are two completely different things! Time will tell. 

Lazuliv
Lazuliv

I hope they are more durable than the ones they have now. I've gone through atleast 4 of them.

lemony_Venom77
lemony_Venom77

I think it looks sweet but everybody knows haters gonna hate

tchanah
tchanah

Pretty sleek looking design! 

ebonyflame
ebonyflame

Nooo, $500 won't buy you a wireless headset. Silly consumer, we need to nickel and dime you for all you got.

McSkombi
McSkombi

That loading cable.... Man M$ really wants to become Apple, but even MORE arrogant! This copycat style won't bring you anywhere (oh wait that made them No.1 worldwide with windows)

junglist101
junglist101

Sorry m$, all the 13 year olds screaming racist epithets into their headset will be using the ps4.

Karchy
Karchy

After the spying kinect thing i wouldn't dare putting that on my head. It might brainwash you.. or cause brain tumor or zombification

Geminon
Geminon

i find it funny that this article doesn't mention that this does NOT come with the console.... you have to purchase the headset separate.

Geminon
Geminon

gotta pay extra for it folks... open those wallets. MS wants all your money

aloufika
aloufika

how much to license i mean rent it?

whatshannenin
whatshannenin

Now lets drop the Kinect and some of these rules..

Kakashi_101
Kakashi_101

@Heroldp813 And you're that desperate and lowly that you're checking out the xbox ones headset. Move a long little child, move a long.

3SidedSquare
3SidedSquare

@-Geo It's pretty much the same thing minus the extra plastic. They both look good.

ltsJoeMama
ltsJoeMama

@Messenger360p 

I think it's good they didn't change it much. 

I'm glad it's not some uncomfortable Bluetooth headset.

Joeguy00
Joeguy00

@blue_shift_91 

being honest I think Sony has the headphones that look exactly like the headphones you use for chatting on Smartphones and they can get pushed to one side easily and appeal to casuals. 

Xbox has headphones that visually appeal to gamers more but they both do the exact same thing and I'll probably be buying my own unless using them sells me on the HP's.

Rohan75
Rohan75

@ebonyflame  

I personally don't want wireless headset, waste of batteries

Sporks_Calamity
Sporks_Calamity

@McSkombi Well Apple are taking chunks out of MS market share. So of course they have to "emulate" what is seen as trendy and be able to keep up with their competitors. Otherwise they'll just stagnate and be left behind. 

MagicMart
MagicMart

@Karchy 

Put your smartphone in the microwave, it's checking your location with GPS every minute! Nobody mind's that...

I think we have to broaden our horizon of what privacy is. You smartphone knows more of you than kinect can ever learn. 

Karchy
Karchy

@Sporks_Calamity @Karchy 
Nokia made pretty good cellphones before the smartphone crap. And you know what they are good at? TALKING! And they are way smaller than smartphones