Report: Microsoft to now include headset with Xbox One [Update: It won't]

Update: It now appears that the listing was in fact in error, according to MCV, and that Microsoft still has no plans to bundle a headset with the Xbox One.

Original Story: Microsoft may be making yet another change to its Xbox One release plans. Previously, the company said it would not include a headset with the upcoming game console but now a new report indicates that a wired headset will be included after all.

The report comes from Electronic Theater, which claims it received the information from Gem, which is the official distributor for Xbox products in the UK. The article did not indicate that the console's price would rise as a result of adding in the headset. At E3 2013, Microsoft said it would sell a stand alone wired headset, shown above, for the Xbox One but did not indicate a price for the product.

Microsoft has been hyping the fact that its Kinect sensor, which is also included with all Xbox One consoles, would be the primary way for owners to chat online with other Xbox One gamers. However, many hardcore gamers has expressed the opinion that they would also like to have a headset included with the console.

A couple of third party companies, most notably Turtle Beach, have already announced plans to release headsets specifically for the Xbox One. Microsoft said in the past that current Xbox 360 headsets could not work on the Xbox One but recently the company indicated it was in fact working to create an adapter for those Xbox 360 headsets to work on the new console.

Source: Electronic Theatre | Image via Microsoft

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Ridiculous it won't come with one, the pricing on these will also be ridiculous and while I cannot say for certain, who knows how cheaply made they will be since it's not like the Xbox 360 headsets were ever long lasting headsets.

now trending - neowin articles with subject title that will be square-bracketed / negated later. what a freakin hoot. lmfao.

Probably won't buy the original Xbox One headset, but how much more will it cost MS to give out free headphones? I mean seriously. First a no used game policy now this, especially when Sony is including free headphones+mic? These cheap money making tactics aren't impressing me by any means.

I had about 4 original xbox360 headsets and I somehow lost them or broke them or whatever, I haven't used a headset on Xbox live for years. I get the appeal though as with Kinect only, all audio for chat will come through the TV, that would be annoying

Edited by -T-, Jul 5 2013, 3:24am :

-T- said,
I had about 4 original xbox360 headsets and I somehow lost them or broke them or whatever, I haven't used a headset on Xbox live for years. I get the appeal though as with Kinect only, all audio for chat will come through the TV, that would be annoying

Jonny no mates?

I don't play FPS on consoles so I guess I've never needed it. Usually communicate via messaging on mobiles or whatever, dunno why we do that, just the way we always have

I really don't understand why people want this included so badly. You can now talk directly to the XBox... No headset required...

For the same reason PC gamers use headsets: clarity and so that everyone around them doesn't hear the conversations going on.

M_Lyons10 said,
I really don't understand why people want this included so badly. You can now talk directly to the XBox... No headset required...

I believe it's the perception that talking to the Kinect / open air mic won't work (too much background noise / not clear / loud enough). If Microsoft can demonstrate this isn't an issue, this debate will become moot. If it can't, technology not progressed enough then MS may be over hyping a specific kinect feature.

Have ms demo the feature in a room with other people taking, background tv / music, etc and show how well it works to calm fears.

They have already demonstrated this. They had loud music playing, while a person calmly made a command that was recognized. It can also detect mouth movement and match it with the sound, enabling isolation.

The real problem is if you don't want people around you to hear what your friends / team mates are saying. But fortunately headsets are still available for those who prefer them.

akav0id said,
Someone commnicating through the kinect on the 360 is terribly annoying, and I mute anyone that does

I do as well. Let hope next generation won't have this problem.... right.

I miss the fact you could bend the old microphone boom. The mic was either to close or far when it wasn't bent and people couldn't even hear me at times. Some times I like to casually talk and other times I might cheer and shout. Now your stuck with less flexibility. I guess that's what you get for adding usb and push buttons.

tytytucke said,
I miss the fact you could bend the old microphone boom. The mic was either to close or far when it wasn't bent and people couldn't even hear me at times. Some times I like to casually talk and other times I might cheer and shout. Now your stuck with less flexibility. I guess that's what you get for adding usb and push buttons.

The wired one would require the "eat the mic" position and crackle on every modern controller. I'ver actually spoken to Microsoft support about it and they pretty much stated it provides BASIC audio communication - no defence of the product at all. Wireless one is very good by comparison (and I guess it would have to be).

If true then that $500 for the system gets you even more, I bet this official headset will hit retail at some crazy $40 or $50 price tag. I mean the controllers are $60 already.

OK, time for a stupid question:
Does the headset plug into the console, or the controller. Naturally I would think the console, but since the controls for the headset are located at the plug, the controller would make more sense...

AlexLangley said,
I don't know anyone that uses Google.

Well then (and I mean this in the nicest way but..) you must not go out much. I don't think I know a single person who doesn't use Google.. both in work, and in my personal life.

Well you now know me on Neowin. And I use Google. There's your first Google user

Albert said,
wow. a free headset. ooooooh ...

You can try and play it off like it's no big deal, till we find out that it's price at retail is $40 or $50.

GP007 said,

You can try and play it off like it's no big deal, till we find out that it's price at retail is $40 or $50.

great logic there. /s

do you think some people just post on stuff basing there opinions of the title without reading anything?

I think MS must of realised other people in a persons house do sleep so headset is best way to not wake anyone up unless you start screaming on voice chat hahaha

Ditto to you?

They never said they were not going to make one, just that it would be an extra add-on not included in the box.

trihawk7 said,
Wells that stupid, I can't use my gaming headset from my 360 to the One now... =(

What?!

but recently the company indicated it was in fact working to create an adapter for those Xbox 360 headsets to work on the new console.

I can't think of many consoles that have had peripherals work from one generation to the next so it's hardly surprising that this wouldn't work out of the box.

I'm sure some people will find a way to find the negative in this, IMO if this is true then it shows once again, MS is reacting to the masses complaints in what seems a positive manner.

I'm sure some people will find a way to find the negative in this, IMO if this is true then it shows once again, MS is reacting to the masses complaints in what seems a positive manner.

No, if anything it'll just show that Microsoft has a PR problem. Surprise surprise.

skiver said,
I can't think of many consoles that have had peripherals work from one generation to the next so it's hardly surprising that this wouldn't work out of the box.

I'm sure some people will find a way to find the negative in this, IMO if this is true then it shows once again, MS is reacting to the masses complaints in what seems a positive manner.

PS Move will, and the official headsets will too.

skiver said,
I can't think of many consoles that have had peripherals work from one generation to the next so it's hardly surprising that this wouldn't work out of the box.

I'm sure some people will find a way to find the negative in this, IMO if this is true then it shows once again, MS is reacting to the masses complaints in what seems a positive manner.

Quite a few Sony accessories work from generation to generation or even backwards compatible. Nintendo are quite good for it also.

greenwizard88 said,

No, if anything it'll just show that Microsoft has a PR problem. Surprise surprise.

its been like that for a while....

xendrome said,
What?!

but recently the company indicated it was in fact working to create an adapter for those Xbox 360 headsets to work on the new console.

But you shouldn't have to get an adapter, this just sounds like something Apple would do. "We don't like being universal, so have our proprietary connector/charger".

Aergan said,

Quite a few Sony accessories work from generation to generation or even backwards compatible. Nintendo are quite good for it also.

Indeed, I used my PS2 USB headset on my PS3 for quite some time until a suitable replacement came about.