Microsoft Reveals No Headset for Xbox One Box as Kinect Takes its Place


Microsoft’s upcoming next generation gaming platform, Xbox One, will not come with a headset when it will become available in November. The Redmond-based company opted to be more subtle in releasing information about Xbox One accessories like the mono headset, and confirmed that a bundle will not include a headset during the release.

The current Xbox 360 S bundles come with a basic wired headset. Microsoft’s move to exclude a headset in the new Xbox One bundle apparently is a way to promote the new version of Kinect sensor that should be included in an Xbox One package.

“Xbox One does not include a pack-in headset accessory. Each Xbox One includes the new Kinect sensor, with a 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. For gamers who prefer a headset, we have a variety of offerings that you can find on the Xbox Wire.”

For chat purposes, Xbox One users will be able to talk to their friends using the advanced Kinect sensor. Recent E3 event showcased the capability of the device to capture even soft voice commands. Hard core Xbox users are yet to test the full capability of the device though, especially during heavy sessions of multiplayer chat.

Also, as with other rumors of incompatibility issues, Xbox 360 headsets will not work with the new Xbox One controller.  But Turtle Beach revealed that with the right hardware, an Xbox One headset can be connected to an Xbox 360 controller to give the same functionality as the regular Xbox 360 headset. This means that Xbox users who are not planning to shell out for another headset may have a more affordable way to continue using their current Xbox 360 headsets. An Xbox One bundle will cost $100 more compared to PlayStation’s $399 price.