Microsoft reverses stance on Xbox One headset

All models of new console will come with a headset as standard

Microsoft has reversed another of its policies for the Xbox One, and will now include a headset with all versions of the console.

The reversal was revealed - though not acknowledged - by Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb in an unboxing video for the Xbox One's Day One edition. Though the Day One edition is a special version of the console only available at launch, Hryb confirmed that, "both the Day One and standard editions of the console include [a] mono-chat headset."

The new headset has been improved over the Xbox 360 for both comfort and audio quality.

Initially, Microsoft did not intend to pack-in a headset, though it was going to sell them as separate peripherals. Instead, in a statement issued to the press, it placed emphasis on the functionality of the new Kinect.

"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."

Thanks, Ars Technica.

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Rodney Smith Developer 5 years ago
just kinect to go...
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 5 years ago
Microsofts stance is: We fucked up, lets just copy SONY instead.
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Caleb Hale Journalist 5 years ago
Before long, Microsoft is just going to be sticking PS4s in Xbox One boxes.
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Andrew Watson Tools Programmer 5 years ago
I can't wait to be screamed at by angry 10 year olds!
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago
All this adding features and sudden "Lookit!" fixes remind me of the immortal words of Herbert Lom's Chief Inspector Dreyfus from one of those Pink Panther movies: "Every day and every way, we're getting better and better!" (when indeed, he wasn't)...

Well, some folks will appreciate this, so it's all good (this week)...
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 5 years ago
This is a good one because I never intended to use Kinect as my mic just like I don't use my current one as my mic. Now all Microsoft needs to do is drop the price tag by $50 and everything will be almost back to normal. Yes I realize the PS4 will still be $50 cheaper but that amount(roughly the cost of a new game minus $10) won't matter to most people.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Jace on 10th August 2013 3:05am

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Adam Campbell Game Manager, Azoomee5 years ago
People scoff but all these changes could make the new Xbox a more desirable console for many. It is having an impact on public perception already.
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Paul Acevedo Games Editor, Windows Central5 years ago
Microsofts stance is: We fucked up, lets just copy SONY instead.
More like they're copying themselves. After all, the Xbox 360 was the first console to come with a headset at launch. It would've been a huge shame to take a step back from that by not including one with the Xbox One.

Of course, the reversal was inspired by gamer outcry and the obvious value proposition of the Playstation 4, but still.
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