Microsoft senior director of product planning Albert Penello has indicated that the company could yet reverse its decision not to bundle a headset with each Xbox One console. Earlier this week the firm began pricing Xbox One peripherals, including the console’s official monaural headset, which will cost $25 and plug directly into an Xbox One controller much like its 360 predecessor.
Microsoft has previously stressed the ability of Kinect, which will come as standard with every Xbox One, to isolate voices from background noise, positioning it as an all-in-one solution for video and audio chatting. However, this hasn’t gone down well with some consumers, and Microsoft has taken note, according to Penell:
@bad_ass_females We've heard the feedback. Looking into it.July 29, 2013
Penello also expressed enthusiasm for a fan-suggested Spectator Mode on Xbox One:
@BunyanMan That's a great idea. I know we've dreamed about something like that. Lots happening now to get to launch, but you never know!July 29, 2013