This is what you get inside the PlayStation 4 box

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.

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Author:Gavin Mannion

I'm cranky, arrogant and ever so amazingly annoying but when you get to know me you will also realise I'm honest and incredibly good at describing myself... now pass me that beer

  • matthurstrsa

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

    • Argentil

      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.

      • matthurstrsa

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

        • Argentil

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

      • Sentient_Slug

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

      • Marc O Polo

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

  • e1ace

    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.

    • RinceWind

      Agreed. MS headset sold separately.

      • Skyblue

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

        • RinceWind

          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 :P

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

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

  • http://www.redeux.org.za/ Werner Morris

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

  • Mathias

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

    • Hammersteyn

      So next gen they will probably be including a proper head set.

  • Charles Du Plessis

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

    • Hammersteyn

      Same here. Never had a use for one but calling that a headset is like believing those Fritos adds where one tiny packet of chips will fill you.

      • SilentMaster

        hahahahahhahahahhahaha

  • Tarisma

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

    • Martin du preez

      It will. Nothing in the PS4 preventing that.

  • Martin du preez

    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

  • Callum Mclachlan

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

    • Mathias

      It doesn’t? Pffft, gen won.

      • Callum Mclachlan

        Ah, a learned man. Flawless logic.

    • RinceWind

      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!

  • Happy Hamster

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

    • Sentient_Slug

      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.

  • RinceWind

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

    • Deano

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

      • RinceWind

        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.

        • Deano

          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.

          • RinceWind

            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

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

          • RinceWind

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

          • Deano

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

          • RinceWind

            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

            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.

  • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

    ??

    • HvR

      Have an upvote!!

    • Lardus

      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!

      • John Ambitious

        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.

    • RinceWind

      Completely agreed. What the hell?!

  • Deano

    Is this a joke ? what is that ?

    • Hammersteyn

      I need to check my calender, seem like Sony thinks it’s April. I never use a headset but that thing is like painting a zebra and entering it into the Rothmans July. Even my Galaxy S2 game with two earpieces and that was two years ago.

      • HvR

        I do not know why they do not bundle it Sony phone headphones, those have always been decent.

      • John Ambitious

        Hammersteyn, you are on a roll today.

  • Deano

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

    • Hammersteyn

      I’m not okay with it.

      • Deano

        Your sensible :P

        • Hammersteyn

          I think the reason the “Sony Brigade” are happy is because they don’t need to buy the headset extra. Who know? Maybe it works great?

          • HvR

            NO, those horrible flat in ear piece get so uncomfortable after half an hour it feels as if cordyceps fungus is growing out of that ear.

            I’ve always preferred proper over the ear headset for full sound or hook over the ear for one side communication headset.

    • Happy Hamster

      So would you use this headset or the xbox headset?

      • Martin du preez

        He’s going to use Kinect(lol)

        • Deano

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

      • Deano

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

  • Hammersteyn

    Well I always wanted to be a spy in my own living room, whispering to people while playing online with nobody in the house noticing.

  • Spathi

    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.

    • RinceWind

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

    • Hammersteyn

      Like I said I never needed one but this is one way to get people into using headsets. So after I get tired of this secret agent accessory or if this one breaks (and it will) if I want I can get a proper one.

    • Concerned

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

      • Spathi

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

        • Concerned

          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?

          • Spathi

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

          • Argentil

            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.

    • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

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

      • Spathi

        Xbox1 is going proprietary unfortunately.

  • Happy Hamster

    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

  • SilentMaster

    what headset ?

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    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

  • brad coetzee

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

    • John Ambitious

      That’s what us real men do.

    • Argentil

      Goodbye healthy head of hair :P

  • Ryanza

    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.

    • Deano

      cheap and nasty is the term that comes to mind.

  • DarthofZA

    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.

    • John Ambitious

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

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

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

    “schaken… noth stirrred…”

  • Sentient_Slug

    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.

  • Aussious

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

  • Alex The Cuttlefish

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

  • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

    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.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

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

  • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

    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.

    • Hammersteyn

      Hey if it works it works. Guess we will have to wait for the unboxing of the PS4

  • Melasco

    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?

    • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

      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

      • Melasco

        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.

  • Weanerdog

    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.

  • Tbone187

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

  • Natty Dave

    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

  • nicksimp101

    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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