Xbox One free headset debate goes on

It looks like Microsoft are still currently undecided as to whether or not to include a free headset with the Xbox One. Sony has already confirmed that they will be offering a headset with the PS4 out of the box, but at the moment Microsoft are content with letting Xbox One buyers use the bundled Kinect camera as a means of chat input.

Not everyone is happy about this though, as it would generally result in audio chat coming back out of the TV speakers and it could be a rather unpleasant experience indeed if you are stuck on a Call of Duty Ghosts server with 12 year olds kids. After initially confirming that the Xbox One wouldn’t be shipping with a headset, we thought a u-turn may have been coming as you can read about in this previous report.

However, it now appears that the rumor was inaccurate and the Xbox One still won’t be coming with a free headset. Gamers have been trying to send the message to Microsoft via Twitter that this needs to change, and it looks like feedback is starting to hit home. This Tweet which you see here comes from Microsoft’s product planning manager Albert Penello, who replies to a user that the company are ‘looking into it’ – when again asked about bundling a headset.

With Sony offering a headset with the PS4, you would think that Microsoft should really offer one as well if they want to earn further praise from consumers after the infamous DRM reversal. We still have some months to go of course until launch, so there’s plenty of time for Microsoft to announce something. GamesCom 2013 is just around the corner as well don’t forget.

Do you think Microsoft will ultimately give in and include a headset with every Xbox One console? Give us your thoughts on this below.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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