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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I use my Turtle Beach headset almost all the time, because I live in a house with three people on three different work shifts.
I really want to like One. I shouldn't have to defend this purchase to MYSELF. Get your *** together, man. Seriously, we all care about you.=
They should really add that in with the package, otherwise the $500 price pint is garbage. That would make it worth it.
I don't care about the headset, but I agree...MS again is sucking this one up, hard
Gah. You've got to be kidding me.
Microsoft has absolutely lost their minds with the Xbox one. I just cannot support this organization in its current state
Which is why I'm going Sony next generation.
"After dropping $500 on an Xbox One"
There's your first problem...
I think I'm ready to use kinect as a mic ( considering it comes with the console)
In my experience with them Headset ones always break way to easy
C'mon Microsoft, you got enough money to put a headset in the package.
M$ is all about eliminating as many consumer options as they can and forcing as many of their archaic and draconian practices down our throats as possible. Here we have a corp that isn't working *for* the customer. Rather, they expect us to sing and dance to their tune. They failed in their futile attempt to push their pathetic DRM measures on us. They force Kinect on us at extra expense because Kinect is dumb and nobody can be arsed with it unless we're *made* to. Now they eliminate the possibility of third party headsets, again forcing reliance on Kinect and eliminating another option for both consumers and business alike.
M$ is doing business like armies wage war; by starving their enemies (consumers and competitors) and suppressing their ability to fight back. M$ wants to *own* us exclusively. Everything about the Xbone wreaks of this.
You make a valid point from the view of a parent who plays games but I believe you miss the view of a parent who has children which play games. A parent should be concerned about what their children are exposed to. The kinect allows a parent to hear what conversations that the children are engaged in while playing video games, as the chat is communicated through the television speakers. I do know that you can change the settings when using headphones to have the chat to be transmitted through the television speakers but how many non-gamer parents are aware of this option?
Why or why don't they just release 2 version of their system n yes make the kinect optional . Such a shame the Xbox one could have been something great but they completely miss one fundamental thing we consumers love options, options and more options. Sorry guys for the headset stuff, think about it I own a 360 with a obsolete kinect "1", thanks MS.