Xbox One headset to be sold separately

Xbox One won't include a headset in the box, instead relying on the Kinect for voice functions. A "variety" of headset options will be available for those who want to use one instead.

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Unlike Xbox 360, Xbox One will not include the headset as a pack-in accessory. Because Xbox One includes Kinect, gamers will be able to use that for chat instead. However, should you want a more intimate trash-talking experience whilst online, a new Xbox One headset will be sold separately. Microsoft confirmed the omission to Ars Technica, stating that Kinect features "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." Unfortunately, you cannot use your old Xbox 360 headset, as it is not compatible. By comparison, PS4 will include a headset in the box. However, it doesn't look like something you have to get too excited about:

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    June 25, 2013 10:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Xbox One headset to be sold separately.

    Xbox One won't include a headset in the box, instead relying on the Kinect for voice functions. A "variety" of headset options will be available for those who want to use one instead.

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      June 25, 2013 10:05 AM

      There's a turtle beach one for $99. I'm sure there will be like $15 ones

      The real problem here is that the connection is proprietary. On the PS4, it's just a standard 3.5mm mono plug.

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      June 25, 2013 10:05 AM

      Next up: "Xbox One won't include a controller in the box, instead relying on the Kinect for control functions. A "variety" of controller options will be available for those who want to use one instead."

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      June 25, 2013 10:05 AM

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      June 25, 2013 10:11 AM

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      June 25, 2013 10:14 AM

      God damn it... People that have Kinect for multiplayer games are the worst, and now they're making it standard issue.

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      June 25, 2013 10:16 AM

      Fucking shit, Microsoft. $500 and no headset this time? And I bet it will only allow proprietary ones that you are forced to buy from MS too.

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      June 25, 2013 10:23 AM

      Proprietary headsets? MS: "Give me all your money, Now!!!"

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        June 25, 2013 10:58 AM

        Imagine if the iphone, samsung, htc, blackberry, microsoft, sony, PC fuckheads all got together and actually fucking setled on a SINGLE STANDARD for the 4 post standard full stereo mic port?
        Sigh,... huge ridiculous sigh.
        Worst thing is, my old iphone headset I used on my iphone and Galaxy S3, great! - doesn't work on my S4, ugh.

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      June 25, 2013 10:28 AM

      i'm ok with this if there's a feature for push to talk, and then the kinect microphone just picks up your voice.

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        June 25, 2013 3:07 PM

        Because I'd love to hear 13 years YELLING from across the room. I can even hear their shitty music better now!

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      June 25, 2013 10:51 AM

      One will be included with the PS4, speculation is that the 'bros' will go to the PS4 due to all the stuff in the media lately and with the headset,.. it's plausable that PSN will get a lot ruder, since it's currently apparently pretty decent (average age on Playstation is slightly older IIRC)

      If I played online games, this would bug me.

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        June 25, 2013 11:09 AM

        I doubt that people with all their friends on Live will be switching. I suspect we'll see some number, but not that many; however, including the headphone will suck for the quality of PSN chat. It's been not nearly as bad as Live. My favorite was Blur, people were nice in that game.

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          June 25, 2013 11:12 AM

          I only used PSN for chat maybe 3 times but each time it was pretty good.
          The last time I used a headset on an Xbox though, they were nice there too! (Xbox 1, PGR2)


          I don't know anything about the slurs you hear now and how bad it is, I've never experienced it, except to say, I hear it can be quite terrible and very young. I loved that basically the other PSN users I spoke to were in their 30's or late 20's. I think one or two in their 40's.

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            June 25, 2013 12:07 PM

            on either platform the only thing that will actually make the chat better will be MOBA style community features to actually encourage good behavior and punish bad behavior

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              June 25, 2013 4:11 PM

              I'm 100% with you there, very true.

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              June 25, 2013 5:34 PM

              Please yes. I'm thinking that if you're always being muted by people in game, you'll automatically join the next match muted to everyone. Then they can opt to turn you on. Then as time progresses and you're not making an ass of yourself it'll gradually add to the number of people that can hear you.

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      June 25, 2013 11:05 AM

      So by reading everything here it sounds like I'll be stuck using the kinect for the xbone if I don't want to spend a bunch of extra money but on the PS4 I'll get a headset and be able to use existing headsets including my 360 one. As far as saving money the PS4 keeps looking better and better.

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      June 25, 2013 11:43 AM

      Another fail

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      June 25, 2013 12:05 PM

      How will it handle room noise? Hell even with a headset there is always someone sitting under a fan or blaring awful music in the background.

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      June 25, 2013 2:43 PM

      I kinda don't get it. The Kinect has a built in microphone so why would you need a headset? I don't play on the Xbox so I'm not understanding. Only thing I can see if you don't want to have the game loud without disturbing anyone. But by the look of the headphones, it doesn't look all good.

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        June 25, 2013 3:04 PM

        the headset is only for voice communications, and the microphone is designed to only pick up your voice (since its right next to your mouth) and only transmits when you are speaking. Using the microphone on the kinect is the worst since it picks up all the noise from your tv and transmits it constantly. it's really really obnoxious.

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          June 25, 2013 3:21 PM

          unless the new Kinect is capable of distinguishing player voice input from arbitrary noise (which it can)

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          June 25, 2013 3:25 PM

          The new kinect doesn't do that

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            June 25, 2013 3:44 PM

            From a tech demo I saw during the Xbox One reveal, the new Kinect does seem to do a good job at removing background noise. Granted, tech demo, so YMMV.

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              June 25, 2013 5:38 PM

              Yes, but there's a difference between isolating the voice for commands to your XB1 and actually getting good voice pass-through to your Xbox Party.

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                June 25, 2013 6:04 PM

                why is it different? if it's isolated well enough for a machine to understand then how is it not pretty simple to send along the same audio to the actual humans you're playing with who're even better at understanding speech?

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                  June 25, 2013 6:12 PM

                  Did you listen to the demo? The commands sounded like they were muffled and communicated via the "tin can and string" method.

                  My point is, the XB1 only needs to isolate the audio to the point it can recognize speech patterns, it doesn't care about fidelity like a user would.

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        June 25, 2013 7:28 PM

        Sometimes you don't want to yell out FAGGOT out *too* loud.

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      June 25, 2013 5:40 PM

      Let me get this straight. First the XBox One wouldn't need a headset because Kinect, now it has a headset but they are charging extra for it?

      Maybe I should apply for a PR job at Microsoft. I have no qualifications but I think I'd do a better job than their current team.

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        June 25, 2013 6:03 PM

        What's the problem? "Thing X is not necessary in general but for those who want it for some specific reason there are additional options supported." seems like a pretty standard way of dealing with things. I mean, your same logic would apply to something like the chatpad accessory but I don't think anyone is surprised that's not built in and costs extra, since basic text input works fine without it.

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          June 25, 2013 6:22 PM

          Your logic would apply to the kinect itself too

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            June 25, 2013 7:21 PM

            It depends on how you define "in general." The Xbox team clearly believes that in general people will want the features Kinect provides. Further, not having it in the box by default erodes the value to those who might've been content to pay extra for it after the fact. In general the feature of "I can effectively communicate with my friends by voice" is accomplished by Kinect just as well as a headset.

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        June 25, 2013 6:05 PM

        it doesn't ship with a headset because it doesn't need one. if you want one, you can buy one. i think we're stretching to find things to complain about here

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          June 25, 2013 6:21 PM

          Well the big question now is do you trust microsoft when they say you don't need one?

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            June 25, 2013 6:23 PM

            don't have to. we'll see for ourselves when it is released

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              June 25, 2013 7:43 PM

              I already know that not having an earpiece for receiving discrete voice communication is terrible.

              You can route voice through your main speakers on the 360 by choice and it's pretty much abysmal to play that way. That's all you're going to have things with the kinect as the mic on the Xbox One by default. Giving up the ability to just use the actual headset controls for volume, or take the headset off when you don't want to hear or say anything without having to go into system menus to tweak settings like that (or now will you presumably shout voice commands into a kinect to control the volume and muting options as well?) How is any of that a better solution?

              Can't choke down that kool-aid. For the amount of praise the 360 got for pushing multiplayer focused gaming forward by including the headset you'd think it would be a no brainer to do the same on the new system. At least Sony got the picture after all the shit they received for not doing the same on the PS3.

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      June 25, 2013 6:09 PM

      Eh, I don't play MP so I don't care.

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      June 25, 2013 7:36 PM

      I can't make this any clearer:

      I don't give a shit about Kinect.

      It's a neat technical achievement, but adds nothing to the gaming experience (mostly because no one can figure out a good use for it) and it adds unnecessary cost to the unit. They have yet to give us a compelling reason to fork over $100 more for the XBox One over the PS4.

      I really wish they would sell me on it. I do think it's really cool, but I just have no idea why I would pay extra for it.

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