Images of the Xbox One’s first-party headset have emerged and it’s not too far from the system that shipped with the Xbox 360.
That image you see at right is the Xbox One’s official headset. It’s a monoraul device that features a “unidirectional microphone” and “wideband digital audio.” Both of these terms are efforts by Microsoft’s marketing team to make utterly standard features seem somehow more special.
In the realm of new, arguably impressive features, the headset does include a few. According to Gamespot, “players will be able to access mute and volume controls without taking their hands off the controller.” Further, Microsoft claims that the headset comes equipped with a large battery that should keep it charged for an extended period of time. When it does run out of juice, the battery can be recharged in as little as four hours, either during gameplay or while your Xbox One is “off.”
The company has chosen an interesting moment in which to debut this headset, as it’s currently busy justifying the $499 price point it announced for the Xbox One at E3 2013. With Sony’s PlayStation 4 priced at a comparatively frugal $399, Microsoft has been backed into a corner, forcing Xbox division head Don Mattrick to defend the decision.
“We’re over-delivering value against other choices I think consumers can get,” Mattrick claims. “Any modern product these days you look at it … $499 isn’t a ridiculous price point. We’re delivering thousands of dollars of value to people, so I think they’re going to love it when they use it.”
With those words in mind, we invite you to please visit the comments section below and enjoy airing your thoughts on the Xbox One’s headset.