Xbox One – Lack of Headset in Bundle Due To Kinect


Although the Xbox One in-the-box-contents were revealed a few weeks ago now, the whole kit at launch in the box will include an Xbox One console, Kinect Sensor, Xbox One Controller and an all important HDMI cable. If you have a ‘Day One Edition’ then your controller will have small branding and you get one Achievement. There is not a wired headset in the console box for any edition for the following reasons as explained by Microsoft to Ars Technica.

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.

Gamers who have already experienced the robotic-like tones of using Kinect on the Xbox 360 to chat with will hardly be thrilled by this news having no confidence that Kinect for Xbox One will offer an improvement on the chat features. The benefits of a headset separate chat from game background noise and sometimes in a room with friends or family – do you want them to hear your full conversations, do they want to even hear your conversations?

The Xbox One wired headset is available to buy separately (not yet priced) adding another expense to the £429.99 price tag for the console and Kinect.

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