Microsoft's official Xbox One wired headset revealed

Microsoft's Xbox One console will include the Kinect motion gesture hardware and an official controller when it launches later this year, but not a headset for some reason. Now the first look of Microsoft's optional wired headset for the console has been revealed and unfortunately it looks like pretty standard stuff.

IGN's article states that Microsoft's headset will have a wideband voice codec that should improve voice chat, but no details were revealed. The image of the wired headset shows a mute button, along with + and - volume buttons, that have been placed on the controller input side. It's possible that Microsoft could release a higher end headset for the console at some point, perhaps one that uses a wireless connection.

So far, Microsoft has yet to reveal pricing for their own Xbox One headset, just like they have yet to announce pricing for a stand alone Xbox One controller. If you want a headset for the console that offers more features, there will likely be quite a few ready for the Xbox One's launch. Turtle Beach has already announced it will be making headsets specifically for the console, but no details or prices have been revealed.

Source: IGN | Image via Microsoft

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this sucks. also the headset was announced a while ago. also the controller price was already announced at $59.99 a while ago too.

greensabath said,
WIred headsets are so Original Xbox days. Where is the official wireless version.

There doesn't appear to be bluetooth support on the xbox one so it might have to be wifi direct. Are there any wifi direct heatsets out there? PS4 has bluetooth 2.1 btw, not sure if you can use any bluetooth headset, hope so.

greensabath said,
WIred headsets are so Original Xbox days. Where is the official wireless version.

I've always been frustrated that the Xbox 360 (and One, it seems) can't handle a simple generic USB connection with its partly-Windows brain. It shouldn't be hard to plug in a USB headset.

@torrenttheif - Bluetooth support would allow any wireless headset to be used, true. But the 360 doesn't have Bluetooth, and they released official Xbox 360 wireless headsets, albeit they were expensive at $60. They worked off the Proprietary Xbox 360 Wireless Ghz spectrum.

@Zagadka - I wouldn't want a cord going from my console across the living room to be tied to a headset that I'm wearing, let alone a cord going from my controller to my head. But I see your point as part of the Windows OS runs on the Xbox One.

, just like they have yet to announce pricing for a stand alone Xbox 360 controller

Almost 8 years on and they still haven't revealed the pricing of the 360 controller?...

Kinect on the 360 can be used for in game chats, but In my experience, it had a tendency to pick up on the game audio and transmit that too

bviktor said,

How about evaluate it first instead?

Don't ask for the impossible around here, some people already know it's not going to work without having tried it.

Derrr, that's usually how headsets are, other wise they'd be headphones, with mic.
Bluetooth headsets for phones only have the 1 speaker.
Not to mention it's the same way all xbox headsets have been.

RatherLargeBear said,
So they make a controller that supports stereo voice and then release a mono set? WHY?

Becuase the headset is for chat only and by using mono-headset you can actually use the other ear to hear the game-sound. ^^

RatherLargeBear said,
Well the original was mono because it didn't support stereo, derrr.
Headphones with mic are called headsets. Derrr

Good for them, derrr. I'm simply stating that most, probably 99% of headsets only have 1 speaker.

I think "cheaper" is correct. In our call center we won't issue anyone a one ear headset due to the negative physical effects. It's regular mono telephone audio but just having your ears hear very different things for a long period of time causes issues.

LUTZIFER said,
Derrr, that's usually how headsets are, other wise they'd be headphones, with mic.
Bluetooth headsets for phones only have the 1 speaker.
Not to mention it's the same way all xbox headsets have been.

My bluetooth headset has two speakers. Just sayin'.

Enron said,
Who needs a headset when you can shout at your Kinect?

If they didn't release a headset then they would have another complaint on the horizon.

coderchi said,

If they didn't release a headset then they would have another complaint on the horizon.

True that. We don't have full access to a headset, Kinect has been our only option. It does a good job of other music cancellation, but as the voices of other players come out of the tv, it's not really that helpful