Microsoft Decides To Include A Chat Headset With The Xbox One Bundle


This morning on Xbox Wire, Major Nelson unboxed one of the first 20 Xbox One consoles fresh off the production line. Along with seeing the day one edition up close and personal, a few tech specs were peppered in. Most of them were already known, but there was one major surprise that came out of the retail box. The Xbox One is shipping with a chat headset, which directly contradicts the companies past stance on the matter, yeah, it’s happening a lot these days.

Microsoft has reversed many of it’s less popular policies in the past, but the addition of the chat headset was something we were genuinely surprised to see. Reports suggest that Microsoft has already shaved as much off the MSRP as possible to stay competitive with Sony‘s PlayStation 4, which still retails for $100 less than an Xbox One. The addition of the chat headset is going to drive the BOM (bill of manufacturing) up slightly, which lead to our, and probably most people involved in the games industry’s surprise. Another bit that wasn’t mentioned earlier is that the Xbox One controller will retain one of it’s predecessors features. When the micro-USB cable is connected to the controller, the internal radio shuts off, and you can use the controller without batteries.

The Xbox One reputation is starting to turn around a bit, there’s no telling whether the damage that was done early on will ultimately stick, or not, but it’s important that Microsoft is working to rectify it. Here’s a brief rundown of the tech specs:

  • HDMI In
  • HDMI Out
  • Digital Optical Audio (TOSLINK)
  • Kinect Port (different than the original Kinect)
  • USB 3.0 x 3
  • RJ-45 (Ethernet)
  • Security slot to lock and tether your Xbox One
  • 500GB HDD, loads via slot
  • Quick start guide

Here’s what you’ll find in the box:

  • Xbox One controller (launch model has custom branding that says “Day One 2013” and a chrome D-pad)
  • Chat headset (three times the sampling rate of the 360)
  • Kinect 2.0
  • 4K HDMI cable
  • Power supply
  • Xbox One console


Fun stuff aside, it looks like things may be starting to come together for the Xbox One launch. Something that’s still troubling to ourselves, consumers, and publishers alike is the omission of a launch date. Hopefully Gamescom will provide that bit of information.

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Dylan Zellmer

Dylan splits time between games journalism, designing video games, and playing them. Outside of his deep involvement in the games industry, he enjoys It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Shameless, A Song of Ice and Fire, fitness, and family.
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