Xbox One Chat Headset Pictured, Not Standard Issue

Microsoft's slower and pricier alternative to PlayStation 4, the Xbox One, won't include a Chat Headset as part of the standard equipment. It would have to be purchased separately. The Chat Headset, a monaural headset for voice-chat during multiplayer gaming, popularized by Call of Duty 4, came in the box of previous-generation Xbox 360 Pro console, which retailed for $299. The Xbox One starts $200 higher than that, at $499. In a statement released to ArsTechnica, Microsoft said:

Xbox One does not include a pack-in headset accessory. Each Xbox One includes the new Kinect sensor, with a highly sensitive multi-array microphones designed to enable voice inputs and chat as a system-level capability, both in-game and with Skype and other experiences.

Microsoft released the first press-shot of the Chat Headset for Xbox One, which reveals a sleek black mono-piece, with few audio controls on its docking port. Unlike Xbox 360's headset, the new one appears to be completely digital, with a USB connection to the controller.

In comparison, the $399 PlayStation 4 includes a basic mono earbud with cable mic, which plugs into the controller. It's analog, but gets the job done, and is included in the package.

Source ARS Technica
Channels Audio, Gaming
Topics Microsoft, Xbox 360, Sony, PlayStation 4, Xbox One