The fact that Sony came out and fixed everything the PS3 was lacking has pleased many people. In addition of making the PS4 an easy machine to develop on, Sony shocked the gaming world by delivering a $399.99 price for the PlayStation 4. One of the many PS3 complaints was the lack of a headset included in the box; of course Sony offered a few “additional cost” options a few years later such as; the wireless Bluetooth headset and the Wireless Stereo Headset. However, the fact that the Xbox was able to fit that small part into its box still left many gamers baffled by Sony’s weird and anti-consumer friendly decisions.
Now comes the next generation of gaming and it clearly appears that the tables have turned. Sony learned its lesson and they have basically built a ready-to-go gaming machine without any confusing features for $100 cheaper than the competition — aka Xbox One. So what happened? Microsoft nailed it with Xbox 360 in terms of accessories included in the box. This time around, Microsoft has clearly taken a page out of the old 1996 PS3 marketing book and started using it early into this new generation. Not only is the Xbox One $100 more expensive ($499.99) than the PS4, but the whole DRM fiasco seemed to have hurt the gaming giant’s message to consumers. And still, no headset included with the Xbox One.
Kinect is the future! As lame as that may sound, it’s probably true. However, The fact that Microsoft is forcing gamers to us Kinect as their default communicator while playing online games, may not be a good idea…yet. Earlier today Microsoft informed IGN that they might have a converter that will allow you to use your old Xbox 360 headset with your Xbox One.
“Xbox plans to develop solutions in the near future to allow consumers to connect many brands of wired gaming headsets to the Wireless Controller for gaming and chat audio. The Wireless Controller has been redesigned to allow for higher data transfer speed between the controller and the console. This also required creating a new expansion port design for headsets and future controller add-on devices which is different from a standard audio plug input.”
After hearing that news, it is clear that the Xbox One team is regrouping somewhere in Washington. Microsoft had a plan from the get-go and what they initially offered was too ahead of its time. Yes, we are not ready for the Xbox One’s technologies just yet. Perhaps we will look back one day and realize that Microsoft was right all along, (like the Sega Dreamcast? Maybe Not.) Today there has to be a system that is as easy to use as a PS3, Xbox 360, and an iPhone or iPad. Our current world is so attached to these simple to use technologies that having Microsoft introduce things out of the norm (like Kinect as your only online communicator) is something that needs to gradually be implemented.
Sony is keeping its marketing old-school with the PlayStation 4, sure it’s a new powerful gaming console, but Sony’s marketing approach this time around is an old-school approach that always works — “The customer is always right approach!” Oh and that missing headset on the PS3? Yeah, it’s included now; an in-ear headset now comes with every PS4. Sure it looks inexpensive, but hey at least it comes with a headset.
All Playstation 4 consoles including the bundles below come with a headset.