Microsoft’s decision to remove pack-in headset from Xbox One hurts parents, hard of hearing

The PA Report: "The problem with using the Kinect for voice chat is that other players' voices will be coming out of my television speakers. I have no clue what they're going to say, or when. When I'm online I can't easily pause the game when a kid walks in, and there is no limit to the sort of racial, sexual, or otherwise idiotic things that people say online."

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JsonHenry1705d ago

I guess they assume people want to use the kinect for VoIP? I've used mine a few times and it works pretty good for talking. But I much prefer having the incoming voice going directly into my ear instead of through the speaker system.

abzdine1705d ago

it's great the PS4 bundle includes a headset!

HK61704d ago

Albeit a terrible in-ear one that looks like those cheap ones they bundle with cellphones.

abzdine1704d ago


you can still use your own, it's a universal jack connection.

Utalkin2me1705d ago

I don't think is a major problem. But what i do see is a problem, is not supporting current headsets.

WalterWJR1705d ago

Clearly Major nelson thinks this is not a major problem.

Cam9771705d ago (Edited 1705d ago )

Kinect is awful for voice chat. Since it comes out of your TV it can be hard to hear in some games causing the user to mess with the audio settings from the game's menu. However, it can be seen as a good thing. Hopefully more children are disallowed mature-rated games due their parents overhearing both the nature of the conversations between friends and unknown users.

Random guy:"You ******* squeaker, **** yourself!"
Parent: "Johnny, what did he say!?"
Johnny: "Nothing."
Parent: "That's the 8th time this week, give me that game!"

Kenshin_BATT0USAI1705d ago

*cue kid pulling gun on parents and shooting them according to the American Government.*

ShwankyShpanky1704d ago

Funny how they try to assuage privacy concerns about an always-on net-connected camera and mic by saying you can turn it off (via software)... and then leave out a standalone gaming headset and force you to leave the Kinect on if you want to chat in-game.

It will be interesting to see how many menus/options you need to go through to turn the Kinect off and on. It's not uncommon for companies to bury various privacy settings under layers of menus, making it more inconvenient to access if you just wanted to turn it on for brief periods.

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MarkM1705d ago

Begin to thick that we live in a world where people expect every issue or bump to be solved for them or to never have to be inconvenience for anything.

Bobby Kotex1705d ago

That sentence doesn't even make sense.

ShwankyShpanky1704d ago

Um... seems like some of the major features of the One are Microsoft's attempt to "solve" the (non-existent) "inconvenience" of having to push a power button or pick up a controller or check your TV guide (or, until recently, putting discs in the console).

Bobby Kotex1705d ago

Obvious step backward and another reason to get a PS4.

theWB271705d ago

They could have at least made prior headsets compatible if they weren't giving us one bundled with the X1.

Why o why1705d ago (Edited 1705d ago )

Wow.....I agree. Why cant the old ones work...have they modded the jack or something. Sounds a tad nickel and dime'ish to me

RavageX1704d ago (Edited 1704d ago )

So now you have to pay for an adapter to use something you already own? Geez...

MS is doing everything wrong/backwards this time around. They had better get their act together and do it soon.

Skate-AK1703d ago

Haha wow I just realized I said comparable instead of compatible.

Software_Lover1705d ago

OMFG. You cant win for losing. I'm sure the "hard of hearing" will have other measures in place. How do they hear the game dialogue and music?

Vip3r1705d ago

Why have the volume up full when you can easily just use a headset.

MS screwed up big time by not using a 3.5mm jack.

ShwankyShpanky1704d ago

Game dialogue: subtitles
Music: nice to have, but generally not integral to playing or understanding the game

I say this as someone that usually plays games with the sound muted, and use a headset when I really want to use chat.

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