updated 08:55 am EDT, Tue September 2, 2008
Sony intros PS3 headset
Sony Computer Entertainment Japan announced on Tuesday the specs and launch information for its Bluetooth Wireless Headset designed for gaming use on Sony's PlayStation 3 console. As reported earlier, the headset will launch at the same time as SOCOM: Confrontation and will also be available as a bundle with the online first-person shooting game. The headset will fit on either ear, and automatically pairs with the PS3 via Bluetooth 2.1+EDR thanks to the included USB cable, provided the host system has the latest software update installed.
A noise-cancelling feature can be activated when the headset is set to a high quality mode. The headset also incorporates a mute button and Sony says its built-in lithium ion battery life is rated at eight hours of talk time. Charging is done via the included cradle, which connects to the PS3 or computers via a USB cable. Like Sony's wireless controllers, the headset's status can be brought up on the screen.
The HSP and HFP hands-free Bluetooth profiles are supported by the headset, which lets it serve as a full-fledged cellphone earpiece up to its maximum range of 33 feet.
The headset will debut in Japan on October 30, priced at the equivalent of about $46. Bundled with the newest SOCOM title, the price will be set at about $74. An announcement regarding the headset's release for North America is expected in the near future.