PlayStation 4 gets official headset support in new update

A new update for the PlayStation 4, which will go live tonight, will add support for Sony’s PULSE brand of headsets as well as a new one which will be coming “early this month,” according to the PlayStation Blog.

The new, PlayStation Gold wireless headset will work with your PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and computer via its USB wireless dongle. It has a microphone for voice chat and will produce virtual 7.1 surround sound for a reported 8 hours on its rechargeable batteries. It will retail for $99.99, and will include a 3.5 mm jack adapter for use as headphones in other devices, including the PlayStation Vita.

Sony said that the update will also add support to its existing PULSE, and PULSE Elite Edition headsets too.

The new headset connects to the PS4 via USB, like many third-party PS3 headsets that the console doesn’t support. I’ve asked Sony if the update will change that and will update this post should it respond.

In conjunction with the new headset and update, Sony will release a headset companion app this month that will let you tweak audio settings for games, music, and video, and “download developer-created audio modes that are specifically tuned to enhance a game’s audio.” It’s unclear what that last part means. Maybe a developer commentary mode, or a way to push sounds that would normally come out of the DualShock 4 through the headset? We’ll find out next month as InFamous: Second Son will be the first game to have a custom sound mode.

The information page for update 1.60 isn’t up yet, so the other fixes it includes are unknown. It’ll be listed here when it goes live.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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