Xbox One: Microsoft looking into bundled headsets, third-party adapter confirmed

Wednesday, 31st July 2013 09:15 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One consoles may come bundled with a headset at some point down the line, following confirmation from a Microsoft exec that the possibility is being looked into.

UPDATE: I know Microsoft has pussyfooted around this one before, but here’s Penello solidly confirming that Xbox One users will be able to get their third-party head-sets working using an adapter:

ORIGINAL STORY: It follows a lot of illy buggers around whether or not the console would come with a packaged headset as standard. We now know that it won’t and the company’s rationale is that Kinect can be used as a microphone.

On Twitter, one gamer asked Microsoft’s product planning manager Albert Penello if the console would be offered with a headset, to which he replied:

So my question to you is, should headsets be bundled regardless or not? Tell us what you think below.

Thanks OXM.



  1. Bam007

    If not, at least bundle an accessory which allows you to use your Xbox 360 headset. They’ll both cost $3 to make anyway, so no loss for them.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. FrayJoker

    Makes sense. The 360 being ostensibly part of the first gen of consoles with a broad online focus, it’d make sense for the XB1 to have a mic as well. It’s not going to be any less online.

    Unless the expectation is for us to use the Kinect’s mic as a standard. Which is a fucking awful idea.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Logion

    People can’t communicate with each other if they are screaming towards the TV across the room. They should definitely bundle the XB1 with a headset.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. VibraniumSpork

    At this stage Microsft may as well have just posted “Building a new console – any ideas?” on Facebook a couple years back and submissively acquiesced to every request in the Comments section. It would have saved them so much horror and heartbreak by now.

    But yes, including the headset in the box makes perfect sense and, I’d have thought, is bound to be confirmed in the next few weeks…only thing now is to see if there’s any impact on the console price. I’m guessing no, but would love to sit back and watch the fireworks if they do.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. DrDamn

    It was one of the clever things MS did with the 360 in developing a better online community, they should make sure there is at least something basic in the box for X1.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. viralshag

    Agree with the above. Using Kinect and listening through the TV is awful now, I don’t see how that will improve. There should be a basic cheap headset (like the headset included with the 360), it just seems like a step backwards from the 360.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Fin

    “Looking into it”


    #7 1 year ago
  8. monkeygourmet

    I still think this is a measure to start getting people comfortable using Kinect 2.0 for communication.

    Also, it guarantees they will be getting as much player info harvested from a very early stage.

    Obviously, if they sell it without Kinect 2.0 or add a headset too the package, this will be proven completly wrong, I just can’t see them missing this oppertunity at the moment.

    All those new customers talking to their Xbone, making movie choices on Netflix, searching on Bing.

    With Kinect, MS will be able to harvest such information as; Where do people pause movies to take a break? What adverts can be used to target people etc… etc…

    Kinect is a vital part of this advertising data harvesting and the headset doesn’t really serve this purpose.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. bradk825

    I do think a headset should be bundled. No loss to me either way as I use Turtle Beach anyway, and have an XO Seven on pre-order, but for all those who don’t want to have voice come throught their TV speakers, which just isn’t the same, it’s good to have a headset.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. MCTJim

    Just give me an adapter that makes my PX5′s work with the new system..I get the whole new port thing etc, but at least pack in an adapter to make current gen headsets work…if not, then I guess I will wait for TB to make one.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. bradk825

    @10 I suspect they are, just from some things they’ve said here and there, I think TB will make an adapter as well.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. viralshag

    @8, “All those new customers talking to their Xbone, making movie choices on Netflix, searching on Bing.

    With Kinect, MS will be able to harvest such information as; Where do people pause movies to take a break? What adverts can be used to target people etc… etc…”

    What makes you think when that happens on a console, PC or cable/satellite box now that isn’t being tracked?

    #12 1 year ago
  13. MrWaffles

    Microsoft strategy: “we will only include this if enough people whine”

    Also, I’m curious as to how many times the press release will mention the word VALUE this time around, bet they’ll go crazy.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. fearmonkey

    @13 – Yeah it seems that way doesn’t it.

    MS no longer seems to innovate as much as give in to what consumers want. This was the first company to include ethernet, hard drives, and a bundled headset and the new Xbox One doesnt have it?

    Seriously, it’s like someone at MS is actually trying to make MS look bad. Those $24.95 headsets don’t need to be included, a cheaper headset would be fine. better yet, MS should have put bluetooth in the box so people can use their headsets they already have. It’s hard to believe that a next gen system doesn’t have what a cheap $20 cell phone has these days.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. graffik

    “XBOX Sit!”

    “XBOX Roll over!”

    “XBOX Play dead!!!”

    “Goood Boy :-)”

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Lengendaryboss

    Oh boy… ;)

    #16 1 year ago
  17. MCTJim

    least its going to be done

    #17 1 year ago
  18. MrWaffles

    @8 is on the money.

    They can’t backtrack on the (artificial) kinect requirement, nor the lack of headset.

    Look, Microsoft wants your grandma to buy an Xbox One, and they are thinking “shit, if we bundle a headset these morons will thinkl you must use it and ignore kinect”, so their research department is holding them back, regardless of what core gamers and forum-lurkers have to say.


    #18 1 year ago

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