Headset won’t be included with the Xbox One because Microsoft wants you to use the Kinect


One of the coolest things about the Xbox 360 was that every console came with a headset. Since every Xbox 360 owner had one, it was easy for everybody to chat online when playing multiplayer games. It should be sad news to hear that Microsoft won’t be including a headset for the Xbox One.

Microsoft has stated that it will not be supplying the Xbox One consoles with headsets. Why? Because the company wants users to use the Kinect for all audio communications including voice inputs and voice chat. Bold move, Microsoft. Well, at least the headsets will be available as a separate item (no price has been announced for it yet).

To calm upset users, Microsoft has issued a statement to Ars Technica on why using the Kinect is a better option than using a traditional headset:

“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.”

Voice input is a cool thing, but using the Kinect for voice chat during multiplayer games is a step backward. With the headset, the microphone is close to your mouth, thus picking up your voice better. With the Kinect being near the TV, expect it to capture every single sound that’s coming from your room (imagine if you’re a college student with noisy roommates. What if you want to mute yourself? With the standard headset, there’s a mute button on it so that you can quickly mute your voice. Another bad thing is that when you’re playing online games, sometimes you just don’t want to hear certain players. With the headset, you can lower the volume of the voice chat by just using the volume dial on the headset. With the Kinect, I’m assuming you’re going to have to pause the game to change the settings.

If you’re planning on using the Xbox 360 headset with the Xbox One, you can forget about it, since it won’t be compatible.

Are you guys okay with using the Kinect for voice chat, or would you prefer a headset?

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