The lights are on
Yes. I used the word "missing" in the headline. As you may have already heard, the Xbox One will not come with a packed-in headset. Sure, the flimsy headsets that came with the Xbox 360 since launch weren't masterpieces of design, but they got the job done.
Given the change in how headsets will connect to the Xbox One controller (and the likely obsolescence of current headsets both inexpensive and opulent), one would assume that the peripheral would be in the box. That's just not so, as we revealed in this month's issue.
Instead, Microsoft claims that the Kinect's microphones will be just fine for chat purposes. Apparently, the Microsoft spokesperson who issued that statement to Ars Technica doesn't have children and has never been in a multiplayer game with someone who leaves a microphone open.
It pains me that, as of now, my Astro A50s and my older A40s and mixamp will only work for game audio (and not chat). After dropping $500 on an Xbox One, I'm going to need the least-expensive option. If the price of the Xbox 360 headsets are any indication, that will be $19.99 for a flimsy piece of plastic.
I'll spend that money, because I don't want to subject my multiplayer partners to barking dogs and loud children. I'll spend that money because I don't want my children to walk by my office and hear profanity spewing out of the mouths of people on the other side of the country.
I shouldn't have to make that expenditure, though. Microsoft continues to push its digital agenda, touting the "infinite power of the cloud" and feeling confident that people will flock online. Leaving the headset out of the equation inflates the cost of ownership, a comparison point Microsoft is already losing. More importantly, the company is making a clear statement that connecting users to services, and not each other, is the primary goal of its digital strategy.
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its not all that bad if the Kinect is as effective as it claims. it is just the price and narrow sightedness of it all. there are less or no options.
Definitely some serious issues raised here Mike. It's just another reflection on how Microsoft's just too profit concerned this gen. Their simply putting the financial burden on consumers and not themselves, and that's only gonna make them seem more insensitive.
I was under the impression that the Kinect was going to be taking over for chat purposes.
Well another proof to get the PS4...yet I don't even think that console comes with a headset either. Yet still being a 100 bucks cheaper. It is a bit of a shoe in. Though still bent on the fact the PSN market currently and the coming PS4 when it is released will not work with each other. That troubles me.
It's super annoying that my expensive gaming headsets will no longer work...
and thas why i not buy xboom one,two or 3.
no drm,be connected,etc etc
bye bye microsoft mercs!
they change but in other side they put no mic and no what more? this is ours best microsoft. doing everything for your consumer.
sony welcome to my home.
Im sure that ms knows what their doing with this. The new kinect 2.0, which we already know is much better than the first, can probably pin point only the players voice so you wont hear that annoying echo from loud tvs, kids, or dogs barking. Just a thought. I mean ms did realize you needed a headset even with the kinect slim bundles, so why take it out now?
Oh god more screaming and all in the background. Its not like it would really raise the price of the console to put in a flimsy headset that would work better than the kinect.
I'm sure someone will make adapters to make our current expensive headsets work. That is about to be a huge market.
No headset?! Not even that? Come on, man!
I still have my xbox 360 original black headset and it works fine for me. comfortable too. i like the look of this one though. at least the xbox 360 had a party chat system in place. ps3 sucked in terms of communication with others.
The I'm gonna connect my headphones to the TV and problem solved
I honestly won't buy an Xb1 if my A40s won't work with it. Omnidirectional mics that pick-up everything are, terrible. I don't want to hear other peoples music. I don't want to hear their arguments. I don't want a private conversation to be heard by random internet people.
Sony will probably get it right, but I have no PSN acc - no social investment there. I think I'll just...idk, PC for now, at least. I know my headphones/mic and soundcard will work throughout next-gen no problem. Upgrade my GPU and I'll be gaming for another 5 years without upgrades. Well, I'll probably get a SSD eventually as they become cheaper, or a new OS drive if they manage to increase read times significantly, like 300MB/s, would be sweet.