Sony’s $200 Pulse Explore earbuds will be available on December 6

Sony has it That’s when you’ll only be able to snap up two wireless audio devices that will work with it any time soon. The $200 Pulse Explore earbuds will arrive on December 6 in markets including the US, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The $150 Pulse Elite headset will arrive in most markets from February 21st. ,

Pre-orders for both products, as well as the additional PlayStation Link USB adapter, will open on November 9th. You can lock orders for earbuds, headsets or adapters Or at other select retailers.

PlayStation Link, you’ll recall, is Sony’s own wireless audio technology. The company claims that it will provide low latency, lossless audio. Sony says it will be easier to switch between PlayStation Link devices, such as PlayStation Portal, and your PS5 (which can only be connected to the Pulse Explore or Pulse Elite with the help of a USB adapter).

Sony's Pulse Elite headphones for PlayStation 5.
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Both the earbuds and the headset include Bluetooth. Multipoint support means you can connect them to your PS5 or Portal and your phone at the same time, so you can answer calls while playing Likes. , However, there is no Bluetooth option on the PlayStation Portal, Sony’s PS5 Remote Play handheld. Thus, you have to either use the device’s speakers, plug a wired headset into the 3.5mm jack or connect a Pulse Explore or Pulse Elite.

At the moment, these are the only two devices that will support PlayStation Link. According to Sony eventually plans to allow third-party manufacturers of audio equipment to use the standard in their products.

Low-latency, lossless wireless audio is definitely worth listening to. However, Sony’s decision to refrain from offering Bluetooth support in the Portal and instead steer consumers towards expensive headsets and earbuds that use its proprietary technology is disappointing, if not surprising.

This article was originally published on Engadget

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