'Headsets? Where we're going, we won't need headsets.' That's the stance Microsoft is taking with regards to its Xbox One console, confirming that the next-gen system won't come with a personal microphone included in the box for online multiplayer chat. It has Kinect to do that job.
"Xbox One does not include a pack-in headset accessory," said a Microsoft rep 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."
Anyone who's gamed online with someone using a Kinect will probably tell you that it's far from a pleasant chat experience. Maybe the next-gen peripheral will do a much better job of things, but that still means that any chat you hear in a game will be pushed through the speakers.Eurogamer
points out that the Xbox One uses proprietary headphone jacks, meaning you can't just use any old microphone. Microsoft has yet to set a price on its Xbox One headsets. The PlayStation 4 will come with a headphone mic as standard in the box, but no PlayStation Eye peripheral.