UPDATE: Xbox One consoles will not include bundled headsets

Thursday, 4th July 2013 13:51 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One consoles will not come bundled with headsets, contrary to report that surfaced earlier today. It was claimed that Microsoft’s UK product distributor confirmed the inclusion today.

UPDATE 2: MCV confirmed that the Xbox One will not include a bundled headset, before saying that the source changed their statement to “no comment.” So we’re back to square one folks.

UPDATE 1: OXM has just tweeted the following:

We’re still waiting to hear back from Microsoft on the matter.

ORIGINAL STORY: Electronic Theatre claims it was told by Microsoft’s official UK product distributor Gem that Xbox One consoles will now include bundled headsets.

The news follows Microsoft’s original headset reveal, which said the peripheral was not included with consoles as Kinect doubles up as a microphone. The move caused the company further backlash from fans.

We’ve asked Microsoft for comment to see if the above is actually true. Stay tuned.

Thanks Eurogamer.



  1. manamana

    Good. Next step: no Kinect.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. noamlol2

    #1 it will happen

    just keep on bitching on them forums and they will remove it too

    #2 1 year ago
  3. The_Red

    Ok, this is getting silly. Ms does something stupid. Defends it to death while its apologists do the same. Then they do a 180…

    #3 1 year ago
  4. BraveArse

    I’m starting to get dizzy with all this turning around. Blimey.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Lloytron

    Crikey, they’ll change the name next.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. ps3fanboy

    another give-in… what have they sacrificed now to squeeze this freebie in there?.. have they sacrificed some of the ram,cpu or use even less quality components from taiwan instead of china.. that is the question.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. noamlol2

    #they didn’t safrifice nothing because that headset cost to manfacture is less then a dollar since it’s all cheap plastic with wires

    #7 1 year ago
  8. TheKeyPit

    +1 for MS if it is true.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Ge0force

    Seems Microsofts new strategy is doing whatever Sony does, plus more. This may actually work.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. ChunkyLover112

    lol, as if I needed more reasons to buy Xbox One :)
    Microsoft doesn’t even need any more PR until, Sony and PlayStation will do that for them, all for free.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. N2O1990

    Yeah only MS build there console in China…oh wait

    #11 1 year ago
  12. ChunkyLover112

    ps3fanboy doesn’t know shit. She’s just a sad, sad fanboy :-)
    Please choke on a dick :-)

    #12 1 year ago
  13. DGOJG

    Next week’s headline: “Xbox One To Include Free Kitten”.

    @12 You leave ps3fanboy alone, he’s hilarious!

    #13 1 year ago
  14. bradk825

    I didn’t really care about the bundled headset, but it’s nice to see I have the option. Normally I just use my TB anyway, but maybe I’ll use this for XBL arcade games where the sound doesn’t matter as much.

    I really hope all the bitching doesn’t lead them to unbundle the Kinect. Developers making exclusive to XB titles are not going to invest in adding motion and voice to control pad games if they are limiting their audience to 30% of the customers on one console by doing so. Unbundling the camera gave PS4 a pricing advantage, but that’s a short term win. When it comes to getting companies to invest in features for the camera, they’ve shot themselves in the foot big time.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. polygem

    …Who´s bad?

    #15 1 year ago
  16. LordDjinn

    Microsoft to promise a brand new recruit in the human escort services, please buy the xbox one.

    um… no..

    #16 1 year ago
  17. ps3fanboy

    @12 ChunkyLover112, the butthurts must be big now for you xbot, when micro$hafts shat all over your xbone with the ads. looks like micro$haft can afford to include cheap ass plastic headset noaw, LOL!

    #17 1 year ago
  18. LordDjinn

    Oh God, Ps3fanboy, your typing is an eyesore.. please spell the damn words right or something, my God..

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Moonwalker1982

    Oh….so its probably not true? For me it doesn’t matter because i will use my Turtle Beach headphones, but it was a stupid move not to include it. Kinect as the mic might work in some games, but when you are playing say BF4, friends talking to you and the sound on high volume…you won’t hear them.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. CyberMarco


    He should ask his wife for help…

    #20 1 year ago
  21. LordDjinn

    @CyberMarco I was about to say who the hell would mar- then i remember where i work and now i bite my tongue. CyberMarco, you sir deserve a digital cookie.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. CyberMarco


    #22 1 year ago
  23. dravenkaze

    Bloody hell Microsoft change your mind on everything just copy Sony ffs

    #23 1 year ago
  24. VibraniumSpork

    Microsoft’s penchant for back-pedalling is getting cringeworthy now…their marketing and production teams must be getting so frustrated and embarrassed by all this. I imagine quite a bit of work’s been done at varying levels of the business, all of it in accordance with that original plan that would have appeared set in stone for months/years leading up to E3. A few weeks later and everything’s changed. Whether or not all this flip-flopping will affect thing one when it comes to Sales I can’t say, but it does make Microsoft look more like a weak-willed follower than a bold industry leader. I’m still on the fence about picking up an X1 further down the line (I’m down for PS4 at launch) but this kind of thing – even though it ensures me a free headset – somehow repels me more than it charms. Grow some Goddamn balls, Microsoft.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. dravenkaze

    Lets take bets on a name change to xbox720 maybe they are upset people call it the xbone

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Moonwalker1982


    Yeah…cause Sony never ever did that, right? Oh snap!

    #26 1 year ago
  27. LordDjinn

    Sony ruined the Ps3 launch, now look at what they are doing for the Ps4 launch, Microsoft, as a company you are down right embarrassing..

    #27 1 year ago
  28. Silent Killer01

    Ok, next step we get the Kinect removed and sold separately and the price drop to $399.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. ninetailedsage

    lol why does everyone think the kinect 2.0 will work like the original when it comes to the mic have you not seen the audio filtering it does?? i mean cmon people do some research

    #29 1 year ago
  30. Joe Anderson

    Confirmed as not coming with the headset now.

    #30 1 year ago
  31. Silent Killer01

    Looks like ps3fanboy is trolling again. :(

    #31 1 year ago
  32. Tecknologee

    @ps3fanboy: You’ve been commenting on almost every Xbox One article I’m reading so far in vg24/7. When will you GTFO and get a life? Geez you are a cause for a migraine right now.

    #32 1 year ago
  33. TrickyAudio

    I’ve never known something to be so confusing to so many. Are we sure Microsoft actually announced a new console, yeah?

    It wasn’t just a new version of Microsoft BOB or anything?

    #33 1 year ago
  34. ps3fanboy

    @31,32 oh please shut your cake hole… its micro$hafts that make the blunders, i am here for the joyride. and i am sure you two xbots will follow suit and be the first in the line with your pitchforks, if this was sony.

    #34 1 year ago
  35. CyberMarco

    @34 If you don’t have anything to add in the conversation why even bother? It’s clear that all you do is troll around the site.

    Just to ease you of your duties, I’m just another xbot butthurt, right?

    #35 1 year ago
  36. MCTJim

    Just make the adapter, include it and it will be fine. I just want my TB X5′s to work so I dont have to use the Kinect mic.

    #36 1 year ago
  37. noamlol2

    tease me and then so no huh M$?

    you know this kind of behavior is the main cause why i’m going for the PS4

    cause who know, one day you decide to bring back that draconian DRM back

    and i won’t be a fool.

    #37 1 year ago
  38. dravenkaze

    What a big fail xbone is ….news just in xbone now comming with no controller thats an extra 100 $

    #38 1 year ago
  39. bradk825

    This is what’s happening with the current reporting in gaming, it’s getting ridiculous. Someone thinks they heard something, and they publish it within the hour to be the first to break the news, and then force the gaming company to answer to it. Stop reporting unconfirmed things! Journalists used to care if they were reporting facts or not.

    #39 1 year ago
  40. Moonwalker1982

    Looks like PS3fanboy has a sidekick with Dravenkaze, dude don’t talk such ridiculous gibberish.

    Microsoft should include that adapter that they are making to make 360 headsets work on X1.

    #40 1 year ago
  41. super3001

    journalism. look it up vg247 you need some lessons.

    try verifying your rumours once in a while an you might not look so stupid

    #41 1 year ago
  42. Dave Cook

    @39 You know, I actually hold my hands up on this one. I reported it after seeing Electronic Theatre and Eurogamer reporting it, and I should have waited for Microsoft to reply. Normally I would do this, but it was a lapse on my part.

    Sorry for the confusion.

    #42 1 year ago
  43. Eregol

    Nothing to apologise for Dave. It’s news, and you reported it. Eurogamer still don’t have it listed as a rumour, and have only just altered their headline to include the update.
    You’ve been faster than others that’s for sure.

    #43 1 year ago
  44. Dave Cook

    @43 People just like to see game writers fail, like jackals waiting for a wounded animal to come along so they can tear it apart. I hate times like this, but then I remember tomorrow’s another day.

    Live and learn etc.

    #44 1 year ago
  45. super3001


    dont want writers to fail. dont be such drama queen

    I just want level headed objective reporting and less OMGOMG THE SKY IS FALLING BLAME SOMEONE QUICK!!!!!!

    #45 1 year ago
  46. Dave Cook

    @45 I wasn’t addressing you.

    #46 1 year ago
  47. Ireland Michael

    @45 > makes overdramatic generalisations & criticisms in every post
    > proceeds to accuse everybody else of being drama queens

    My head and my desk are becoming intimately acquainted right now.

    #47 1 year ago
  48. super3001


    I assuse ONE PERSON of drama. read properly fuckwit

    bang head harder do us all a favor

    #48 1 year ago
  49. manamana

    Lol@45 got PWND!

    #49 1 year ago
  50. super3001


    not at all

    #50 1 year ago
  51. ps3fanboy

    @42 Dave Cook, no no no… you did the right thing you should definitive not wait with revealing important micro$hafts news. in the trenches of the console wars you have earned a medal for your bravery, i and camp sony are proud of you :)

    #51 1 year ago
  52. bradk825

    @Dave Thanks for adressing it. I’ve just been frustrated by a lot of the stuff out there lately. There’s been a lot of misreporting about Next-Gen, which has slowed down a little with the death of DRM (there were about 100 versions of that story depending who you read) but it’s still happening. Sorry if I came off jackal-like, I didn’t mean to. Just expressing frustration.

    @47 I enjoyed your observation.

    @48 Please construct sentences, it makes it easier on the rest of us. Dave’s whole article is full of sentences, punctuation and even paragraphs. Perhaps you could extend the same respect.

    #52 1 year ago
  53. fearmonkey

    Super3001 is a MS fanboy, he is Ps3fanboy’s mortal enemy. Everytime there is a MS article with possible negative outlook, he is there.

    Dave, ignore the jerks, you and the rest of the staff do a great job, and these negative comments are just there because right now its hard to be an Xbox fan, they have have to lash out at something.

    #53 1 year ago
  54. Lengendaryboss

    Its strange that these so called “mortal enemies” never tangle with each other, but tangle with anyone but them.

    #54 1 year ago
  55. Lord God King

    Oh look you’re back again, guess you’re not “working” then.

    “i and camp sony”? what are you some kinda propaganda machine for sony? LOL

    Just because sony comes with all these promises doesn’t mean they’ll keep their word.

    We can only know for sure when the consoles are released and everything will be in practice. alot of things can happen ti’ll then.

    And also why do you call yourself “ps3fanboy”? People who do that usually troll, but you’re serious. So you must be a little kid then? And the “office” you work at is your bedroom at your parents house?

    #55 1 year ago
  56. Lengendaryboss

    He has a wife and drinks fine wine, but that could all be in his head :P

    #56 1 year ago
  57. Lord God King


    haha, probably :D

    #57 1 year ago
  58. GK15

    This was posted an hour ago

    #58 1 year ago
  59. Gekidami

    ^ Look at their source.

    #59 1 year ago
  60. bradk825

    @53 My comment had to do with the current state of journalism and had nothing to do with it being hard to be an Xbox fan, which I disagree with anyway, unless you count being fed up with rumours and half-truths being reported as facts by most web sites.

    This particular issue was fairly minor, but there are many examples out there of things being reported one day and “updated” the next. Look at the Zimmerman 911 call. It was reported that he used a racial slur, and all we got to hear day 1 was the NBC spliced version. Then the real call came out for all to hear and there was no slur, and the context was completely different. The damage was done, and the trial remains focused on race to this day despite evidence from the 911 call that Zimmerman had NO idea what race the kid was before making the call.

    There was a time when the biggest scandal of those events would be that a large number of journalists told several lies, but today that’s just fine, at least they “updated” the story, it’s not really their fault.

    Except it’s not ok, because misinforming people is unacceptable when you’re trusted by many to report the truth, and a complete retraction should never be reduced to an update in our thinking.

    Again, the article above was a relatively minor issue, but the trend itself I view as a major issue. Not everyone sees the retractions or chooses to believe them, as evidenced by the Zimmerman trial.

    #60 1 year ago
  61. MylesMontes

    great than i am not going to buy Xbox One.
    Company Of Heroes 2 Glitch

    #61 1 year ago

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