October 4, 2023

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Sony unveils the new PlayStation Pulse Elite headset and Pulse Explore headphones

Sony unveils the new PlayStation Pulse Elite headset and Pulse Explore headphones

PlayStation revealed the wireless earbuds earlier this summer, but didn’t reveal much about them other than the ability to connect them to the PlayStation 5, PC, and smartphones. Now, Sony has not only pulled back the curtain on its new PlayStation Portal remote, but has released two new audio devices for the PS5.

The wireless earbuds unveiled earlier this summer are called the PlayStation Pulse Explore Wireless Earbuds and offer “a premium portable audio experience with dual microphones and AI noise rejection capable of filtering out background sounds” along with lossless audio and a charging case. They will cost $199.99.

The new over-ear headset unveiled today is called the PlayStation Pulse Elite Wireless Headset and it delivers lossless audio and comes with a retractable microphone (not found on the already existing Pulse headset). Like the Pulse Explore earphones, they will feature AI-enhanced noise rejection capable of filtering out background sounds. It also comes with a charging hanger. The Pulse Elite headset costs $149.99.

Sony says it will share more details about the release date for the Pulse Elite and Pulse Explore audio hardware, including when pre-orders will start rolling out soon.

“The Pulse Elite and Pulse Explore will be the first PlayStation audio devices to use planar magnetic drivers specifically designed for an audiophile-level listening experience typically found in premium headphones for professional sound engineers.” PlayStation blog post is reading. “With Pulse Explore, we are thrilled to be one of the first companies to bring wireless earbuds to the mass consumer market using planar magnetic driver technology.”

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In conjunction with these devices, Sony unveiled PlayStation Link. Pulse Elite and Pulse Explore will connect directly to the upcoming PlayStation Portal Remote Play using this link. The company says that PlayStation Link offers “low latency, lossless audio, and easy switching between multiple PlayStation Link hosts such as the PS5 with a USB adapter and PlayStation Gateway”.

When using these new audio devices with PS5, the USB adapter included with each device is required for PlayStation Link. This adapter will also be sold separately as a standalone item and can be used on PC and Mac computers, making it possible to connect your Pulse Elite headphones and Pulse Explore earbuds to your PC and Mac with lossless audio and low latency.

Pulse Elite and Pulse Explore can simultaneously connect to a PlayStation Link-enabled device such as PS5, PC, Mac or PlayStation Portal and a Bluetooth-enabled device such as a smartphone.

For more, read about the PlayStation Portal that was officially unveiled today at $199.99, then check back. Detective game Top 10 PS5 Games.

Would you choose any of these new audio devices? Let us know in the comments below!