Strange News: Xbox One Won’t Ship With Headset

I have to admit, I don’t quite understand the following news from Microsoft. I’m hoping someone can explain it to me, because it doesn’t make any sense outside of getting people to spend more money.

In a press release yesterday, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that the Xbox One will not ship with a headset. The headset has been called a “must-have” accessory for people who like online gaming but unlike the Xbox 360, you’ll need to drop some cash to get your hands on it. At this time, no price point has been set.

So what are you supposed to do? Well, Microsoft will push you back towards the new Kinect sensor that comes out of the box saying, “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.” Unless something has changed in terms of how the sensor works, using the Kinect sensor will pick up all sounds around you for everyone to hear, so if you’re someone with people, animals, or kids around, it’s going to make for a terrible experience not only for you but everyone else you’re playing with. Frankly, it doesn’t sound like a good idea and makes headsets extremely important.

I know it’s a simple thing, but this bit of news stings a bit after the goodwill they tried to show last week in trying to appease the majority by reversing their policies.  Meanwhile, not only does Sony’s PS4 come in at $100 less, but it does come with a mic packed in out of the box. I just don’t understand the reasoning behind this one.

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