Once proud buildings crumble to their foundations; dark smoke covers a hellish landscape where only fear and paranoia can grow. It’s not a post-apocalyptic video game – it’s the launch of a new generation of consoles. With Microsoft planting their always-on DRM flag before Sony made their plans known, the Xbox One manufacturer left the door wide open for the PlayStation 4 to be seen as the gamer’s refuge from corporate control.
As evidence that Microsoft is having serious problems controlling their message, reports earlier this week confirmed that the Xbox One would not be sold with an included headset. Now official word from Microsoft implies that although previously-owned Xbox 360 headsets would not be compatible with the new console, the company is currently working to create an adapter for those making the upgrade.
The news that Microsoft would not be bundling a headset with the console at retail – a move that arguably cemented the bustling Xbox Live community’s success with the Xbox 360 – raised plenty of eyebrows, even if the move was motivated by a desire to lower the $499 price tag.
Some analysts already argue that the console is too expensive as it is, but sacrificing core features (on top of the always-on functionality Microsoft has abandoned, for now) is a poor strategy. Understandably, concerned fans took to Twitter to demand answers from Microsoft, who responded with some surprising news. Take a look:
@craigfellows We are working to develop an adapter for current wired headsets to connect. More details as we approach launch. ^PS— Xbox Support (1-5) (@XboxSupport) June 26, 2013
Although the Tweet may not be the concrete confirmation of an adapter that some will demand, it seems Microsoft is working to avoid the most painfully obvious issues that consumers will have. It remains to be seen if this amounts to anything prior to release, but for now, it’s clear that no one except Microsoft has a the full picture where development and manufacturing is concerned.
It’s for these reasons that we would once again remind fans to exercise patience; console launches are as filled with empty promises as they are well-intended ones, and a questionable announcement is no reason to assume the worst. Outcry has worked to some extent already, with Microsoft changing their plans due to consumer feedback. But what this news proves, if nothing else, is that both Sony and Microsoft have told the public very little in the grand scheme of things.
How do you feel about Microsoft’s plan to offer an adapter for existing customers? Is it a necessary move to continue their success in online multiplayer, or have Xbox users already been sold on personal headsets, whether included or extra charge? Give us your thoughts in the comments.
We’ll keep you updated on all your Xbox One news as it’s released, with a launch planned this November.
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