Here is a closer look at the Xbox One headset

Earlier today, we got the first look at the Xbox One after Major Nelson unboxed the new console that will be shipping later this year. One item that many had been curious about and not seen in detail previously, was the headset that will be included with the new console.

For those of you with an Xbox 360, you will know that voice communication is a key part of the online gaming experience, especially when you can link up with your friends and you mute the annoying tweens. So, what does the Xbox One have in store for delivering those smooth vibrations to your eardrums and are there any differences from the previous generation?

The new headset has been updated from the Xbox 360 edition to redesign the mute and volume up/down buttons of the headset that affixes to the controller. Along with a few other cosmetic changes, such as a more squared off look, as opposed to the more rounded design of the Xbox 360, the headset retain the basic shape and layout that Xbox users are accustomed too.

Other than that, it’s a basic headset that for the console with mono-output and the standard black spongy material to cover the speaker.

If you want to see the console get unboxed, head on over to this post to watch the video.

Source: Major Nelson

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Personally, I'd rather have the Chat Pad. My XBox 360 controller broke yesterday and entering any searches using the scroll and select method was just painful. I hope they announce one soon after release along with a media remote.

If you have a device that can load the Smartglass app, give that a try. It might not be as convenient as the chatpad, but it's a hell of a lot better than the OSK

Rumors are it's going to be a click on multitouch screen this time around (which would also enable smartglass like functions for people without tablets). Can't wait to see if true.

Sraf said,
If you have a device that can load the Smartglass app, give that a try. It might not be as convenient as the chatpad, but it's a hell of a lot better than the OSK

I used my Lumia 920 yesterday to get to what I wanted, but it just wasn't the same when I have to put down my controller, get my phone, launch the app, wait for it to sync, get to the controls, and then enter what I want.

@Thief000 That's probably the best solution, but I'm going to miss the physical buttons.

Drewidian said,
Personally, I'd rather have the Chat Pad. My XBox 360 controller broke yesterday and entering any searches using the scroll and select method was just painful. I hope they announce one soon after release along with a media remote.

You can use most any usb keyboard. Even wireless ones. They usually work fine and are more comfortable (for me) than the chat pads.

shinji257 said,

You can use most any usb keyboard. Even wireless ones. They usually work fine and are more comfortable (for me) than the chat pads.

I hear you and I even tried it with one of those mini bluetooth KBs, but I just don't want to have put down my controller every time I have to use it. The Chat Pad was just really convenient.

Drewidian said,

I hear you and I even tried it with one of those mini bluetooth KBs, but I just don't want to have put down my controller every time I have to use it. The Chat Pad was just really convenient.

Sir... (or Ma'am depending) you have yourself a fair and well thought out argument.

+1 back at you.

Glad they are including it w/ the console now. But really, I don't know what's all the fuss is about a WIRED headset. I want to know about the wireless version (or third party wireless ones if MS doesn't make a first party one this time). I don't like having a headset tethered to my controller.

I know Turtle Beach has shown surround sound headphone sets it is releasing for the Xbox One. But I am more interested in just a regular wireless headset.

Having it in the box - considering it probably costs them 20p to make - is important. Take a look at PSN vs XBL. What % of people on PSN have mics compared to on XBL? A much lower %. That's because with the Xbox, everybody has a Mic which they can use - with the PS3, you didn't unless you specifically went out of your way to buy one.

@Brian, well, that was true w/ the 360 vs the PS3.

But even without the headset, everyone still has a mic w/ kinect. I'm not saying I prefer to just use the kinect mic, but it's there

That's not the same though - sound will come out of the TV which makes it muddled. If somebody has a headset they'll be much more likely to actually talk strategy, etc in games.