Headset not included with Xbox One

Xbox One doesn't include a packed-in headset accessory, Microsoft has confirmed. The tech titan told Ars Technica that the next-gen consoles' official monaural headset, which plugs into an Xbox One controller much like its 360 predecessor, is sold separately.

For comparison's sake, PS4 comes bundled with a monaural earbud and in-line microphone. On the other hand, it doesn't come with the Kinect equivalent PlayStation Eye (sold separately for $60), while Xbox One packs in its camera-and-microphone device. Microsoft has stressed Kinect's ability to isolate voices from background noise and positioned it as a all-in-one solution for video and audio chatting.

If you'd prefer your whole living room doesn't hear the mind-boggling awfulness of Xbox Live voice chat, however, you're welcome to buy your own basic headset or (likely pricier) officially sanctioned third-party model.

The official Xbox 360 headset costs $20 if it doesn't come in your preferred bundle, so we'd expect its successor to retail around there.


  • PolarBearsInHeat - June 26, 2013 7:07 a.m.

    bad call msoft, bad call
  • mothbanquet - June 26, 2013 3:34 a.m.

    Bah, Xbox grumble grumble MS moan moan, etc.
  • MadMan - June 25, 2013 8:39 p.m.

    HOLY SHIT!!!! This might bring an end to the slews of random preteen shit heads talking about my mom!!! At least temporarily.
  • NinjaPopsicle - June 29, 2013 2:24 a.m.

    It won't at all. The Kinect is the go-to accessory for the XBO, as you have no choice but to use it. I'm sure the only reason this exists is to somewhat satiate those that refuse to let go of the old model, while also milking a few bucks out of said few. Using the Kinect for chat on 360 was terrible compared to the headset (with the Kinect, people could actually hear my new refrigerator kick its fans on), not to mention the peripheral itself. I had my Kinect connected for about 2 months before I disconnected it and tossed it in the closet. The fact that it is now mandatory is an instant turn-off for me, as I see it as completely useless aside from a few gimmicks depending on the game. Just like it is now, I'm sure a few exclusive games will actually use it to potential (Dance Central, although very fun, is literally the only game that comes to mind), while cross-platform titles will only "benefit" from a couple of gimmicks that were forced to be included just to make the Kinect seem useful (like Skyrim Shouts or giving orders in ME3). Honestly, I just don't get how the Wii/Wii U (I don't own either, btw) can still be touted as forcing gimmicks via motion control/touch screen while MS is not, even though they now force motion/voice control by making Kinect a mandatory part of the "Xbox Experience". I'm willing to bet that the claims of "just face it toward a wall" or "put something over the camera" eventually won't work as it will (either immediately or later) become necessary that the new Kinect will have to see your face at all times in order to keep you connected to Live.
  • theguyinthecloset - June 25, 2013 6:23 p.m.

    in any case people online are anoying so I mute them and I talk with my friends (Xbox live party or Team Speak) while I play.
  • theguyinthecloset - June 25, 2013 6:20 p.m.

    Does it use the same plug as the 360 one? Because if so it would make sense to not bundle it together because more than 50% of the buyers will already have the 360 one.
  • LoboMau - June 25, 2013 6:51 p.m.

    No, it does not,
  • raz00157 - June 25, 2013 7:15 p.m.

    There is no accessory from the 360 that will work with the One
  • shawksta - June 25, 2013 5:50 p.m.

    Don't care I love my turtle Beach Headset and im using it for everything, doesn't have to be Voice chat
  • raz00157 - June 25, 2013 5:46 p.m.

    Another nail in the coffin. Unfucking believable. I will stick with my 360 until they fuck that up to.
  • antiAntag0nist - June 25, 2013 5:33 p.m.

    Meh, doesn't bother me much. MS hasn't included a headset in the box with a new console for a while now. I also don't talk much during online games anyway.
  • Tjwoods18 - June 25, 2013 5:30 p.m.

    It begs the crap out of me that both Sony and Microsoft are taking a step backwards when it comes to headsets. This is 2013, and you mean to tell me that people are suppose to fit that cramped little Xbox one headset around their heads? For the big headed people in the world, that hurts/ leaves an imprint when left on for extended periods.
  • LoboMau - June 25, 2013 3:45 p.m.

    I don't get what's the problem. It really seems that people complain about everything even about peripherals that have been rendered near useless. Kinect has a built in microphone. As for the speakers, one can always connect the headphones directly to the tv ,or indirectly via adapter. There you go problem solved . The other way is to mute those who are making noise (something one already does even with a headset).
  • Sliet - June 25, 2013 3:25 p.m.

    ...heh..hehehe....hehehuehahahahaha...hahahahahahaha....haha....hahahaha... (Please enjoy my most concise, constructive post at Games Radar)
  • PatHan-bHai - June 26, 2013 10:58 a.m.

    Thank you.
  • Redeater - June 25, 2013 3:24 p.m.

    Glad I'm going the PS4 route this time. The ridiculous amount of douchebags playing music or having movies on during lobby/games was ridiculous. Now that Kinect is mandatory I imagine this problem to be ten fold worse. MS can talk all they want about Kinect isolating noises. I don't buy it. I have been on the other end of a chat with a person using the first connect and it was bad. MS fed us so much bullshit about the first one I'm not willing to give them another chance.
  • Tjwoods18 - June 25, 2013 5:27 p.m.

    In a MGO lobby on PS3, idiots kept on playing Michael Jackson songs. Thank god, it allowed to individually mute certain people.
  • GoldenEagle1476 - June 25, 2013 2:41 p.m.

    Hopefully my turtle beaches will work on there.
  • ParagonT - June 25, 2013 2:52 p.m.

    Don't believe so.
  • jnzooger - June 25, 2013 3:15 p.m.

    You won't be able to use them at launch, but MS has said they are working on a solution to use any headset on it.

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