Microsoft has announced that the recently revealed one-ear mono headset will not be shipped with the Xbox One. The company has said that the improved Kinect 2 microphone is more than fit for purpose; meaning users won’t need a new headset. Microsoft have gone to great lengths to ensure that Kinect 2 is capable of filtering out TV and background noise, whilst able to picking up even the quietest of commands. That said, it remains to be seen how well these features actually work and whether they’re good enough to replace a standard headset.
Firstly, the headset has been designed to maximize comfort for the user. The new design is more angled, with a slim microphone protruding on a boom. Surprisingly, the headset doesn’t appear to be horizontally adjustable, although users can still rotate the earpiece vertically. Perhaps we can conclude from this that Microsoft is trying a 'one size fits all' style. Currently no price has been given for the headset, likely something that will be released at a later date.
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. For gamers who prefer a headset, we have a variety of offerings that you can find on the Xbox Wire.
In other news, Microsoft has announced the new Play and Charge kit for the Xbox One. The shipped Play and Charge kit is designed to remove the need for AA batteries. The controller will have the option to either run hard-wired using the USB micro cable, or wireless using the charged battery packs via the Play and Charge kit. Furthermore, Audio quality has increased when using a headset, thanks to an increased data transfer rate built into the new controller; with controller has evolving over the course of 200 prototypes and hundreds of hours of testing to try and achieve the 'perfect controler', but I disgress.
In conclusion, do you think Microsoft has made another mistake by not shipping the headset? Let us know in the comments below.