This month, it's headsets.
In a "Day One" edition unboxing video posted Thursday, Microsoft's Major Nelson revealed that the Xbox One will indeed ship with a bundled chat headset and 4K HDMI cable.
Microsoft had previously stated that no headset would be included with the system, and that headsets for the Xbox 360 would not be compatible with Xbox One. Angry gamers saw this as Microsoft simply nickel and diming its fans, since new headsets will sell for $25.
The Xbox One headset, says Microsoft, will take advantage of the console's improved audio quality, which has three times the sampling rate of Xbox 360 voice chat, meaning clearer conversations with friends (and enemies).
Along with the surprise addition of the headset and cable, Microsoft gave a few more technical details about the system.
Most important for gamers was a revelation about the gamepad. While it works wirelessly, players who prefer wired (or those who prefer to use their Xbox controller with their PC) can plug in a micro-USB cable, which will power the device.
"You can even use the controller without batteries in this mode," said Albert Penello, director of product planning for Xbox One.
If gathering Achievements is important to you, the "Day One" bundle will also feature a redeemable code for an exclusive Achievement.
Every gadget associated with the console is the liquid black color that Microsoft has been touting -- even the power brick and HDMI cable. And while the system will still support wired internet connections, the built-in wireless support is hefty. Xbox One will recognize the A, B, G and N protocols as well as dual-band frequencies.
The Xbox One is set to hit shelves this holiday for $499 -- unless Microsoft decides to change that, too. Stay tuned.
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