The Xbox One has been disappointing for many gamers who have been loyal to the Xbox franchise and were planning on spending their money on the latest console from Microsoft. This negative reaction stemmed from the news that the next-gen system would be packing a complicated DRM system (which has now been removed), online check-in requirements, and a $100 hike in price over its main competitor, Sony's PS4.
Even more discouraging news has come forth just a few days ago, this time regarding the included accessories with the Xbox One. For the $499 price tag, you get an advanced Kinect bundled with the console, but unfortunately Microsoft has decided to cut out the included Xbox One headset from new console purchases and the accessory will be sold separately. The $299 Xbox 360 Pro model has always included a basic headset for online voice communication, whereas the $200 base model did not. The pricing of this headset is now known at this current time, but it is a lacking feature especially since the PS4 has been confirmed to include a headset with each console purchase when it ships this fall.
Here is what a Microsoft representative had to say on the matter:
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.
What do you all think about this decision? Do you think the Kinect will be an adequate solution for the headset accessory? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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