Microsoft has confirmed with various outlets that the Xbox One will ship without a headset included in the box. Instead, players are encouraged to utilize the Kinect’s “highly sensitive multi-array microphones.”
“[Kinect] enables voice inputs and chat as a system-level capability, both in-game and with Skype and other experiences,” a Microsoft spokesman said.
And while that’s a fine solution if you happen to be close enough to the Kinect’s microphone for it to clearly pick up your voice, what if you’re not? A headset is the only other viable option. Microsoft’s official headset (pictured below)—while not included with the One—will be available for purchase separately at launch (though a price hasn’t been announced).