Sony announces new Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset Elite Edition for PS3, PS Vita and mobile
Announced just today, Sony unveiled the new Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset – Elite Edition ahead of E3 2012. In this latest video, the PlayStation Blog is looking a lot like QVC, selling its newest headset hardware meant to replace the old one in every way.
The new headphones will replace the old PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset first by removing the external microphone and supplementing with hidden noise-canceling microphones. You’ll no longer look like a fool with the mic sticking out while enjoying your favorite games and media.
7.1-channel virtual surround sound is replacing the 5.1-channel found in the old PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset. Pulse technology adds to the mix by creating pulses of bass in the ear pads referred to as BassImpact technology. This is meant to enhance the total immersion of the experience, so we’re told.
Upgraded speaker drivers and customizable presets round out the new audio technology from Sony. The presets will come in handy especially when switching between games of different genres, watching movies, or listening to the soothing sounds of the Journey soundtrack.
While obviously compatible with PS3 by way of the included USB dongle, there is no full sized USB port on the PS Vita or mobile phones. Instead, the new Pulse headset includes a 3.5mm standard headphone jack and cable to physically attach to those portable devices. However, they did not make it clear that the virtual 7.1 surround sound would not work over the 3.5mm audio cable due to the limitation of 2-channel analog audio.
Sony also informed of a PS3 firmware update to fix an issue created in firmware 4.10 and the added “sidetone” feature. They say the “sidetone” feature was heavily requested by the public and media, and allows you to hear your own voice in multiplayer matches. Unfortunately, the feature caused some unspecified issues with certain games. Expect the firmware update to come soon, probably close to E3.
No release date was given on the new tech, but you can expect to pay a cool $149.99.