- Apr 17, 2012
Huge mega-scandal! What's next?
Why is a headset necessary? It's only if you're doing multiplayer gaming and not every time.
There's a mic built in with the kinect.
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They've improved it to filter out TV audio, filter out background noise, and focus on voice. I'm not going to look up the video links though for where I saw it demonstrated. I'll let you know how it works when I get it. Although yes, I do imagine it'll sound like a speakerphone and far away.Ever experienced talking to someone using the Kinect? It sounds like the person's talking from 40 miles away. Oh, and the darned Kinect picks up the TV audio, so you have to listen to all of the bullets your brother-in-law is firing during a Call of Duty match while trying to communicate with him.
Of course, you'll also hear his dog barking from upstairs, because the Kinect picks up EVERYTHING.
That current headsets won't work screams "money grab" to me. They could have likely kept compatibility and still improved quality, if simply improving audio quality on new products was their goal. Instead, it seems like they want to make all current peripherals incompatible so our investments are essentially worthless.
I too think its a bit money grabbing - but playing devils advocate - if the xbox one becomes the centre of your living room and the 360 is relegated to another room wouldn't it make sense to create additional peripherals that weren't compatible? Saves having to go from room to room on a hunt for a headset. Same thing goes for the new controllers. Personally I would rather have everything for the two consoles separate. My investment isn't worthless as it will still get used.
I don't like the idea of having to own 2 headsets and 8 controllers. As has been mentioned, it sounds like the HDMI pass-through capabilities can be used to connect to the 360, meaning it could sit in the same room as the One and be played through it. In that case, you've got to find room for up to 8 controllers in one room. Heck, in my case, I currently own AT LEAST 6 360 controllers (2 are wired and used primarily for my PC, and one is basically worn beyond usability). I have my 360 in my room. If I get a One, it will also be in my room. Finding space for 2 consoles and 8 controllers (probably just going to get a pair this generation) will be a BIT of a pain.
I'd rather have to grab my headset from the other room when it cost $60 (wanted one that was PC-compatible), rather than have to buy another one.
I agree with you - When I upgrade my 360 will be running through the hdmi on my pc monitor so its still going to be in the same room as well - and like you I currently have a box with 3 wireless controllers, 1 wired, two headsets and my games all out of sight - that's not going to change when I get the Xbox one. Im going to now have to find space for two new controllers and a new headset like yourself.
I was just trying to give a slightly skewed take on the reality that MS think will exist when the Xbox one gets released to try and justify getting a separate headset
I know wireless controller will not work between consoles, but I wonder if wired 360 controllers will. Is their instruction set too different to be accepted by the One, or is the incompatibility with the wireless controllers solely about their wireless technology? Given that x86 PCs can receive the instructions from the 360 controllers, I'd imagine that the One is CAPABLE of doing the same, if Microsoft wants it to. Maybe using the wireless receiver for PCs could be a fix to wireless controller compatibility with the One and the 360 wireless controllers as well.
If those things aren't possible (wired 360 controllers on One or wireless receiver and wireless 360 controller on One), then I can't help but believe that they deliberately didn't want to allow compatibility to boost accessory sales.