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This is what you get inside the PlayStation 4 box

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Sony’s done a great job of keeping a lid on all the PS4 features and contents until it decides to tell the world but for once something has leaked and it’s not all great.

Let’s take a look at what you will receive if you are pre-ordering a PlayStation 4 for later this year.

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First off we see that once again we have an internal power brick which is fantastic news. We are also getting one controller, an HDMI cable and a USB cable bundled in.

So far so good.. but what is that ugly cheap looking earpiece thing?

Time for a closer look

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Look how cheap and nasty that thing looks, I was all excited when I heard that the PlayStation 4 would finally be bundling a headset but come on Sony that is the cheapest nastiest looking headset I’ve seen in a very long time.

I’m trying to think of a positive spin to end the article on… I guess they aren’t trying to kick SteelSeries and Turtle Beach out the market by releasing this? It’s something.

Last Updated: June 27, 2013

82 Comments

  1. matthurstrsa

    June 27, 2013 at 11:07

    I guess its just another way of keeping the price down.

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    • Argentil

      June 27, 2013 at 11:43

      Personally, they could have just NOT included a headset of any kind. Xbox One aren’t. I would have preferred not getting a cheapie headset. It feels wasteful.

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      • matthurstrsa

        June 27, 2013 at 11:45

        So its really just an added bonus, albeit a cheap and nasty one.

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        • Argentil

          June 27, 2013 at 11:47

          Yup, basically. This is move is very unlike Sony.

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      • Sentient_Slug

        June 27, 2013 at 12:00

        Spoilt little brat! Eat your beans and be grateful for what you get!

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      • Marc O Polo

        June 27, 2013 at 18:41

        it’ll end up like all the cell phone headsets i’ve ever gotten, in a bottom of a draw somewhere!

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  2. e1ace

    June 27, 2013 at 11:07

    I believe the stand is the only thing that isn’t confirmed.

    I’m fine with that headset – it’s bundled in for free and seems to have helped keep the console at a great price.

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    • RinceWind

      June 27, 2013 at 11:14

      Agreed. MS headset sold separately.

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      • Skyblue

        June 27, 2013 at 12:57

        That’s because with the new Kinect you don’t really even need a headset anymore.

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        • RinceWind

          June 27, 2013 at 13:06

          You do if you don’t want your wife hearing how the CoD player you just killed is going to bed her and your sister 😛

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  3. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    June 27, 2013 at 11:07

    Gavin, that cant even be called a headset. And people were moaning about the MS one……this is WAAAY worse.

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  4. Werner Morris

    June 27, 2013 at 11:07

    That’s more of an ear piece than a headset =/

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  5. Mathias

    June 27, 2013 at 11:07

    Well, it just took them one whole gen to start including a HDMI cable… Cheap bastards. All of ’em.

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  6. Charles Du Plessis

    June 27, 2013 at 11:07

    Each to their own I guess since I love the whole package. The earpiece doesn’t bother me in the least.

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  7. Tarisma

    June 27, 2013 at 11:08

    Wonder if my turtle beach headset will work with my PS4?

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    • Martin du preez

      June 27, 2013 at 11:11

      It will. Nothing in the PS4 preventing that.

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  8. Martin du preez

    June 27, 2013 at 11:10

    Probably 90% of people that will buy this already own headsets that will be fully compatible with the PS4. So it’s a nice thing for someone new to online gaming to have included in the box if they want to check out online.

    And people with their 2000k xbox360 headsets will have to re-buy when they get the ONE lmao

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  9. Callum Mclachlan

    June 27, 2013 at 11:10

    Excuse me, the headset is free, what more can you expect? The xbox has no bundled headset that I know of.

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    • Mathias

      June 27, 2013 at 11:11

      It doesn’t? Pffft, gen won.

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      • Callum Mclachlan

        June 27, 2013 at 11:13

        Ah, a learned man. Flawless logic.

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    • RinceWind

      June 27, 2013 at 11:34

      Erm, dude, yes the Xbox One DOES. It’s called the Kinect and ONLY costs you $99! LMAO! Not sure why people are moaning about a fee earpiece… Are we all that spoilt now? Just thinking about it I am now thoroughly pissed off they have NOT included the lost city of Atlantis too!

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  10. Happy Hamster

    June 27, 2013 at 11:11

    Well rather the PS4 heaset than that Call Centre Headset from xbox i would still need to pay for

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    • Sentient_Slug

      June 27, 2013 at 12:05

      Yip people seem to be forgetting that this earpiece is a free bonus to support the functionality of the controller and that the MS one is a paid product.

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  11. RinceWind

    June 27, 2013 at 11:13

    Eh? I would suggest this is why it is cheaper, by the Xbox One doesn’t even come with a headset…

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    • Deano

      June 27, 2013 at 11:15

      its has kinect with a built in mic hence the price.

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      • RinceWind

        June 27, 2013 at 11:16

        Yeah, but if you want to play at 2am and not wake the kids, you will want to use a headset/earpiece. Don’t get me wrong, the MS headset looks rather damn nice, but it is sold separately.

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        • Deano

          June 27, 2013 at 11:19

          With the look of this thing you’d need to shout as loud for it to work.
          Either way its poor showing, point at MS to justify it doesnt make it any better.

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          • RinceWind

            June 27, 2013 at 11:20

            I am not justifying it by pointing at MS. I am saying it is a freebie, so I am not complaining. And MS expects me to pay an extra $99 for my mic and sensors etc so that is not a freebie. It is a must.

          • HvR

            June 27, 2013 at 11:21

            I would rather spend R700 or R1000 bucks on a pair of Sennheizers

          • RinceWind

            June 27, 2013 at 11:22

            Or on a… Now hold onto your pants here, a g, g, GAME! lol

          • Deano

            June 27, 2013 at 11:26

            At least they giving us a choice.
            HAHAHAHA, crap or crap.

          • RinceWind

            June 27, 2013 at 11:28

            Now this is true! LOL. It is a cheap ass looking Fisherprice looking thing. But as I said. Not got a major problem with it as it doesn’t cost me $99 🙂

          • Deano

            June 27, 2013 at 12:17

            no one is charging $99 for a headset.

            MS are giving you a kinect system for 99$ that has the added function of a mic, so that makes it okay.

  12. OVG

    June 27, 2013 at 11:14

    ??

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    • HvR

      June 27, 2013 at 11:24

      Have an upvote!!

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    • Lardus

      June 27, 2013 at 11:38

      Because EVERYONE plays multiplayer over the Internet now. Nobody plays fighting games with a couple of buddies in one room anymore…oh wait – I DO! I need 2 as a minimum! GRrr!

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      • John Ambitious

        June 27, 2013 at 11:51

        According to the companies who sell consoles no one does. That’s why it’s so damn difficult to find a racing game with split screen anymore. Luckily GT5 has it.

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    • RinceWind

      June 27, 2013 at 12:22

      Completely agreed. What the hell?!

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  13. Deano

    June 27, 2013 at 11:15

    Is this a joke ? what is that ?

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  14. Deano

    June 27, 2013 at 11:16

    Once Again the Sony brigade are okay with this because its Sony.

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    • Happy Hamster

      June 27, 2013 at 11:26

      So would you use this headset or the xbox headset?

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      • Martin du preez

        June 27, 2013 at 11:27

        He’s going to use Kinect(lol)

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        • Deano

          June 27, 2013 at 12:15

          Im better off than you and your $0.05 mic haha.

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      • Deano

        June 27, 2013 at 12:19

        I’ll use my own Headset on the PS4 and throw this thing straight in the bin.

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  15. Spathi

    June 27, 2013 at 11:23

    The positive you were looking for Gavin is that you can use any headset you want with the PS4, no proprietary bullshit.

    Edit: This is also supposed to be used for voice chat, not as headphones.

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    • RinceWind

      June 27, 2013 at 11:23

      Very good point. It looks like a standard headset plugin.

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    • Concerned

      June 27, 2013 at 11:53

      Doesn’t the controller have a built in mic? What those pepper shaker holes for then?

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      • Spathi

        June 27, 2013 at 12:14

        I’m not sure if it is a speaker or a mic? I think it’s a speaker?

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        • Concerned

          June 27, 2013 at 12:41

          a Speaker would seriously just be ridiculous? Why would they waste space on a controller for this? To start beeping when the LED has almost drained your power?

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          • Spathi

            June 27, 2013 at 12:49

            I think it will convey in game sounds or certain sound effects. This is done quite good on the WiiU controller.

          • Argentil

            June 27, 2013 at 14:41

            The Transistor (Bastion) devs were talking about having the sword speak through the DS4 speaker, and have the light bar resonate with his voice. Sounds like a neat implementation.

    • Gavin Mannion

      June 27, 2013 at 11:57

      Well you can use most headsets with the consoles now.. we’ll have to see how it works out though I guess

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      • Spathi

        June 27, 2013 at 12:06

        Xbox1 is going proprietary unfortunately.

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  16. Happy Hamster

    June 27, 2013 at 11:23

    Well think about it How many console users of the 360 and ps3 generation arent using the headset for them and have gone for a turtle and tritton a while ago so hats off that sony even decided to bring a headset eventhough it might look like a flea market special its still a headset.Im sure they know most gamers have there own preference and in my opinion i believe the incl headset is for a new console gamer who doesnt posses a headset. Xboxs call centre headset which isnt included looks like a upgrade from the ugly previous version.Which we all know has problems but the old one was incl not the new one.You would have to upgrade for another piece of MS things that dont work properly

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  17. SilentMaster

    June 27, 2013 at 11:29

    what headset ?

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  18. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    June 27, 2013 at 11:37

    Well, I guess it’s so that you don’t feel like you are wasting money by going out and buying a proper headset?

    But seriously though my cellphone came with a better earpiece than that 0_o

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  19. brad coetzee

    June 27, 2013 at 11:38

    Im cool with it. Going to tape that sucker to an alice band though.

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    • John Ambitious

      June 27, 2013 at 11:52

      That’s what us real men do.

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    • Argentil

      June 27, 2013 at 14:42

      Goodbye healthy head of hair 😛

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  20. Ryanza

    June 27, 2013 at 11:47

    Cheap earpiece means cheaper console.

    If you use headphones, it goes nicely over the ear with the earpiece in the ear.

    If you like that around the ear blue tooth earpiece, then go buy one if you don’t already have one.

    If you use a headset. can you see how easy it is to unplug and throw away the earpiece.

    If you want the over the head earpiece with the mic down your throat while playing COD or FIFA on the Xbox One, then go buy one.

    Sony is giving you the simple basic model. Sony is giving you the option to use what you want. Unlike Microsoft, where you would most likely have to go buy another Turtle Beach headset.

    It’s all about ears. Can you hear me.

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    • Deano

      June 27, 2013 at 12:18

      cheap and nasty is the term that comes to mind.

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  21. DarthofZA

    June 27, 2013 at 11:47

    I love how people refer to it as a free headset. Its not free, you’re paying for it. Personally, I would rather pay R10 less and not have that earpiece.

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    • John Ambitious

      June 27, 2013 at 11:49

      Or pay R10 more to have them leave it out and spare yourself the embarrassment of owning it.

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  22. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    June 27, 2013 at 11:57

    I’m going for the bluetooth earpiece, especially one that makes me feel like James Bond.

    “schaken… noth stirrred…”

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  23. Sentient_Slug

    June 27, 2013 at 11:58

    its just a bonus, they are obviously not going to throw in an R800 headset, get real. Its just to support the functionality off the bat obviously. and you havent even heard the quality yet! gamers, always complaining.

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  24. Aussious

    June 27, 2013 at 12:13

    I’m sure they’le have a premium pair of headsets also available…

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  25. Alex The Cuttlefish

    June 27, 2013 at 12:15

    I hope I still can use my current headset with the PS4. Saves me the money.

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  26. FoxOneZA - X-Therminator

    June 27, 2013 at 12:17

    I hope the internals aren’t made cheap just to keep the price down. 8gb GDDR5 memory would be 75% the cost of the console.

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  27. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    June 27, 2013 at 12:23

    Am I the only one that thinks that the PS4 resembles a Wii?

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  28. FoxOneZA - X-Therminator

    June 27, 2013 at 12:36

    Sony make some fine “cheap” headphones. I have 2 of them. They are lightweight, durable and only set me back R120 a few years back. Surely Sony could have included something similar in the package.

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  29. Melasco

    June 27, 2013 at 12:38

    I’m happy with it… I play my audio over my big speakers and will only use the ear piece for chat…. Imo, it’s perfect for that purpose… Not sure what else people expected?

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    • Gavin Mannion

      June 27, 2013 at 13:06

      Pretty much expected a call center headset.. like the one that came with the Xbox 360 or the official Xbox One thing… I still have my original one. It’s not great but it’s way better that that rubbish

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      • Melasco

        June 27, 2013 at 13:32

        Ah ok, makes sense. Yeah I dont like headsets in general, so maybe thats why I like the earpiece. I will spend the majority of my time in online games, so maybe I’ll change my mind, but for now I’ll be happy with that.

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  30. Weanerdog

    June 27, 2013 at 12:54

    Well at least you can pretend to be a presidential bodyguard or a spy, with the unbundled Microsoft set you only get to be the bending over backwards insurance guy.

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  31. Tbone187

    June 27, 2013 at 14:48

    First we complain about teenagers swearing us online and then complain about the headset used to get sworn at…wtf!

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  32. Natty Dave

    June 27, 2013 at 16:02

    it looks like the hands free things that come with cheap cell phones, but regardless, if you really don’t like it, take the money you saved by buying a ps4 over an xbone and buy and nice head set, seems like a pretty simple solution to me anyway

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  33. nicksimp101

    June 28, 2013 at 11:09

    Michael Pachter reckons that the reason that Xbox got such a large online community with the 360 was because they bundled a headset with the console. Even though it is merely an earpiece with a mic, it is better than nothing…

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