Microsoft has stepped up to explain why Xbox One won't ship with a headset, suggesting that Kinect's microphone will handle that side of things without the need for an extra peripheral.
Yesterday's news raised a few eyebrows, but Microsoft were quick to remind consumers that voice communication is built into the Xbox One system in a fundamental way. “Xbox One does not include a pack-in headset accessory," a spokesperson restated to Ars Technica.
“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.”
The current Kinect sensor is capable of acting as a voice chat microphone, though quality is questionable at best.
We can see the logic behind encouraging players to interact with the newly-redesigned motion control peripheral, since it's a core part of the experience, though many punters are wondering why £429 couldn't stretch to a plastic headset with mono sound.