Thursday, 8 August 2013

Xbox One unboxed by Major Nelson



The much-maligned Xbox One will include a chat headset! Earlier Microsoft had indicated it would not include a headset with the next generation console.

Following Microsoft's DRM U-turn and GPU speed boost from 800MHz to 853MHz. Launch editions of Xbox One will mimic Xbox 360 with the addition of a chat headset revealed by, brand ambassador extraordinaire, Major Nelson during a QVC-inspired unboxing on Xbox Wire.

The chat headset offers "3x the sampling rate of the Xbox 360," Microsoft said. It is also described as "super lightweight"--weighing in at 44 grams. The headset also features a padded earpiece that can be worn on the left or right year, as well as a rotating mic.

The contents of the Xbox One Day One limited edition package include the console itself, the Kinect sensor, a branded Day One controller, a chat headset, 4K-rated HDMI cable, power supply and a redeemable code for a Day One-exclusive achievement.

Ironically, the black bag, used to protect the Xbox One in transit, evoked the premature demise of my original Xbox following the infamous 'catching fire' issue in 2005! Microsoft posted a cable with a trip switch to affected customers. I binned the machine and never envisaged owning another Xbox again...

Is the Xbox One pack-in enough to persuade you to pre-order? The launch titles are more intriguing than those announced for PS4, but the form factor, lack of backwards compatibility and Kinect (can be disabled) means I'm sticking with Xbox 360 S for now...