When the Xbox One eventually lands at retail in November of this year (not for us here in South Africa though; we’re in a later roll-out plan) it will do so without a headset for voice chat. That seems a little odd considering practically every version of the Xbox 360, save for the 4GB model, shipped with one. Microsoft has said that they’re not including one this time because Kinect will cover that base for you instead.
“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.”
One of the offerings he’s referring to can be seen in the header image. If you aren’t a hermit and therefore maybe need a headset so as not to piss off everyone else in the house, then you’ll have to buy one. And before you even think about reusing your Xbox 360 headset, Microsoft has changed the plug design for the Xbox One controller, which means you have to spend more money.