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 $19.99 for a flimsy piece of plastic.
I'll spend that money, because I don't want to subject my multiplayer partners to barking dogs and loud children. I'll spend that money because I don't want my children to walk by my office and hear profanity spewing out of the mouths of people on the other side of the country.
I shouldn't have to make that expenditure, though. Microsoft continues to push its digital agenda, touting the "infinite power of the cloud" and feeling confident that people will flock online. Leaving the headset out of the equation inflates the cost of ownership, a comparison point Microsoft is already losing. More importantly, the company is making a clear statement that connecting users to services, and not each other, is the primary goal of its digital strategy.
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A long way to go, eh Microsoft? Amazing how much they don't know their loyal customers.
One thing is to impose the future, and another very different is to shove it in the... the brink of patience.
Wow! An honest GI staff member! GIVE ME A HUG!
MS is so ignorant. MY headset i got with my 360 3+ years ago still works. yes it's cheaply made but with the proper care they'll last forever. Although, I'll use my Turtle Beach X12 over that cheapo. When I don't feel like using my turtle beach i use my MS wireless headset for 360.
Since sony is including a headset. It's another plus for them.
Bottom line - xbox to gamers - "we're just not that into you"
I also own several higher end headsets, including the A40/50 models and I am pretty irritated by this myself. Clearly none of the people making this decision have ever played a non scripted online game.
M$ wanted to be more like Apple & now they are. nickle & dimming people just like Apple does every year. They don't make peripherals backwards compatible & you gotta buy new gear just to get it running like the previous gear did, in this case the 360. Don has to go.
I feel M$ has ABSOLUTELY NO idea what to do with themselves anymore after the pretty negative feedback they got after revealing ANYTHING.
It's almost like they're trying to stop people from buying the console.....
Only real problem I see in this article is that he paid money for an Xbox One.
lol how do they keep messing up just how i dont understand....if your gonna make people pay for a mic make it a good one at least or make it cheap as hell
Yay... another reason to hate MS. Thanks Mike!
I find that so weird. All the pre-E3 discussions about if you want players to use it, include it in the box. Sony learned from this and is including one. I wonder how MS missed that? Even if it's a similar cheap on, still better than nothing.
Does xbox one at least come with lube? I sure hope so the way they have been trying to F*** their consumers.