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Do you hear what I hear?

| On 28, Jun 2013

If you tear open your Xbox One box this November and are looking for a headset to be included, you are going to be out of luck.

According to Microsoft the new Kinect is all you will need when it comes to communicating on the Xbox One. Of course if that doesn’t suit you, an Xbox One compatible headset will be sold separately on release. That’s a bit of a letdown considering we’re already spending $500 on the console. The Xbox One will have a proprietary audio port, making current 3rd party headsets useless for chat on the new console. In a recent statement, MS had this to say to GameInformer

“The Wireless Controller has been redesigned to allow for higher data transfer speed between the controller and the console,” a Microsoft representative told us. “This also required creating a new expansion port design for headsets and future controller add-on devices which is different from a standard audio plug input.  Xbox plans to develop solutions in the near future to allow consumers to connect many brands of wired gaming headsets to the Wireless Controller for gaming and chat audio.”

While I don’t know how well the new Kinect will work, it can’t possibly be worse than the current version when it comes to chat. That doesn’t mean I actually want to use it for that purpose. As an avid FPS player, I know instantly when a “Kinect mic” player has entered the lobby. I don’t need to hear your dog barking, sisters crying, and your mom telling you what’s for dinner all at the loudest possibly volume in my ears. I wear the mute button out on people like that.

 

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I, like so many others, would prefer an actual headset to hear and chat on the console. If you are looking for a familiar name, Turtle Beach did announce that they have been working with Microsoft and will have a line of high end headsets compatible with the Xbox One. As for Astro, you will be able to output audio on the current headsets but there is currently no adapter to allow chat on the new console.

“Xbox plans to develop solutions in the near future to allow consumers to connect many brands of wired gaming headsets to the Wireless Controller for gaming and chat audio,” an Xbox representative told IGN.

There is still plenty of time before launch but I can’t blame gamers for worrying about how they will hear their games and their friends on the Xbox One. Don’t give up hope on your current headsets gamers. Microsoft is hearing our cries for answers and is working towards a solution. The new port on the Xbox One is designed to faster data transfer speeds which will allow for better quality audio. We have to look at this advancement as a positive for us in the future.