Headset won't be bundled with Xbox One

By Ural Garrett , Updated Jun 27, 2013 11:19 AM EDT
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Microsoft's Xbox 360 launch in November of 2005 came in two flavors - the basic and the pro that feature a revised headset reflecting Xbox Live's redesign among other things.

When the Xbox One is released later this year, it'll come bundled standard with Kinect 2.0 but forgo an Xbox Live headset.

The news comes as rumored came into fruition through a Twitter conversation between Official Xbox Magazine and Microsoft's Xbox Support account when asked if a headset would be included.

Ars Technica would receive an official statement from Microsoft lending truth to rumors and focusing more attention on Kinect 2.0. 

"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," wrote Microsoft. "For gamers who prefer a headset, we have a variety of offerings that you can find on the Xbox Wire." 

Kinect 2.0 has the ability to filter out TV noise and pick up quite voice commands from around the room. 

Along with third-party headsets from Turtle Beach and Polk that'll retail up to $200, Microsoft hasn't revealed a price for its headset peripheral. According to reports, data transfer rate will be dramatically increased meaning better audio capabilities. Xbox 360 headsets won't be compatible with Xbox One's controller but Turtle Beach's headset will feature an adapter attachment. 

Sony's Playstation 4 will include a mono earbud headset with each console.

In other news, Microsoft also revealed it's Xbox One Play & Charge Kit similar to the Xbox 360 unlike the Playstation 4 controller that will have recharging abilities akin to the Playstation 3. Recharging can be done during gameplay or in standby mode and will happen in under four hours. Xbox One's controller will use a micro USB connection and wireless through Wifi Direct technology. 

Xbox One will retail sometime in the fall with a retail price of $499. 

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