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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Even thought I'm sure the Kinect would get the job done, I still would prefer a headset. I'm not sure how the Kinect would pick up background noise or other people in the room, and I would hate to be 'that guy' who always has the stupid mic on nonstop during a session.
very upsetting. i have owned an xbox for years, but I may finally be making the switch. Although I will sadly be missing out on Titanfall. Microsoft simply does not care about the consumer. And every time Sony sees microsoft make a misstep, they use it to their advantage. So as Microsoft loses ground, Sony keeps gaining.
Here, here. When I heard that the unit was not shipping with a headset I though, "What?!". Isn't that the same mistake that Sony made with the PS3 and had a pretty significant impact on that system's ability to facilitate a full online multiplayer experience? Sorry but a Kinect mic system is just not gonna cut it for most players...for all the reasons the author mentioned and more. The fact the system will not support any current peripherals is just kicking players when their down.
I was happy for Xbox fans when Microsoft reversed some of their policies but it still seems like they have their priorities mixed up. Too bad...no...too sad.
And chalk another up to the PS4. It just looks better and better for a lot of people. I prefer the headset over Kinect any day.
Microsoft is really killing my buzz on the new Xbox One. I also don't like the fact that my Turtle Beach headset will not be chat compatible...come on Microsoft!
Honestly, not mad about this one 360 headsets suck
I say force high ranking MS heads to have to sit in a CoD lobby for about 5 hours with everyone on Kinect sensors, I think that between little kids screaming, Lil Wayne and related terrible music blaring, entire family conversations able to be heard, heavy breathing, and not to mention all of that coming out of the speakers with a kb/s of about -10 (meaning alien noises that sound like they're underwater essentially), MS would change their tune and pack in a mic. I can't stand it when someone is on a Kinect sensor, you can barely understand them, you can hear everything on their end which gets pretty obnoxious, and you can also hear their TV, and also yourself echoing, which is enough to make you want to throw your system out the window.
The idea of more open kinect mics during multiplayer is truly terrifying...
They can talk about noise cancellation and everything. The bottom line is, that only works on consistent sound. We will be hearing tons of kids screaming, crying, moms yelling at kids and wives yelling at their husbands in the background. This is going to be terrible. You will have to mute everyone in a lobby everytime you play a game. Its bad enough now with people using kinect 1.0 mic and hearing all the garbage we hear. This is going to be annoying. And yeah, people can mute the kinect, but people don't even do it now and they have that same option! Not to mention, did anyone think of this, how in the heck are you supposed to use it as a mic and say commands for games that use them at the same time?
Just get a PS4. Simple as that.
As Microsoft gets me interested in the Xbox One, they do something to mess it up again. How do they just keep making me want a PS4, when I never really wanted a Sony console to begin with? If they don't clean up, they will be right back in the mess they were in in May.
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are you serious I don't evan have an headset and I use a Kinect whats up with that I need a new headset for this game system
So I guess my girlfriend and I are supposed to just yell over each other at our kinects in the living room to try and talk to our friends until I decide to fork over MORE cash for headsets? After paying for two xbox ones and ps4's along with games I'm not really gonna be in the mood to fork over another couple hundred bucks for some decent headsets. Just bleeding people for every nickel and dime. Which sucks because I've always been a huge supporter of Xbox especially the online gaming.