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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).

Third-party headsets from Turtle Beach and Polk will also be available at launch when the Xbox One launches this fall at $499.99.

 

 

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Xbox One Headset Will Be Sold Separately, Won’t Come Packaged with Console

By EGM Staff | 06/25/2013 03:26 PM PT

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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).

Third-party headsets from Turtle Beach and Polk will also be available at launch when the Xbox One launches this fall at $499.99.

 

 

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