If there’s one thing we can expect out of Microsoft as we get closer to the launch of the Xbox One, it’s the unexpected. Policy changes, backtracking, misinformation, and widespread confusion have left consumers in a bewildered state of disbelief not seen since the series finale of Life on Mars. This morning, perhaps in response to more negative backlash after the announcement that the Xbox One would NOT come with a headset, (the company’s way of encouraging more folks to get used to life with Kinect,) UK distributor Gem has sent word along that Microsoft intends to go back on that decision as well.
This news comes courtesy of Electronic Theatre, who report that the communication was passed along to retail partners preparing for the November launch of the next-gen console. Since this news cannot be counted as an official confirmation, it will remain a rumor until Microsoft provides clarification in a statement; so keep an eye out for an update by the end of the day, as I expect Microsoft will want to get a handle on this sooner rather than later.
I admit I found it incredibly strange that the Xbox One didn’t have a headset packed in to begin with. Sure, Kinect is a microphone, but that doesn’t mean I want to group chat with my Xbox buddies and their kids as they run around the house. Considering the Xbox Live community the console maker has already fostered by including a headset with most Xbox 360 bundles over the years, their two options should either be including a headset with the console, or allowing the use of 360 headsets on Xbox One (an idea for which the company says they are working on an adapter.)
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