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Xbox One's 'must-have' wired headset sold separately

Jordan Mallory

The Xbox One will not include a wired headset when the console hits store shelves this November, Microsoft has informed us. The headset, which Microsoft describes as "a must-have for fans of online gaming," has no announced MSRP as of press time. Historically, most versions of the Xbox 360 included a headset, save for the Core and Arcade SKUs.

"Xbox One does not include a pack-in headset accessory," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement. "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."

Meanwhile, the PlayStation 4 , priced at $100 less than the Xbox One, will include a headset in the box when it ships this fall, a Sony representative has confirmed with Joystiq.

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