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PS4 Makes Communication a Breeze with Bundled Headset

Posted by Sammy Barker

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An official press release has revealed one of the PlayStation 4’s least glamorous secrets: it will ship with a mono headset out of the box. Much like the Xbox 360, the communication device will plug directly into the new DualShock 4 controller, allowing you to discuss strategies with friends or whine about the weather. It is particularly chilly tonight, isn’t it?

As previously rumoured, the controller itself will feature a mono speaker in the centre of the unit which can be used for sound effects similar to the Nintendo Wii. You’ll be able to pipe these sounds to the headset if you prefer, preventing you from sapping the patience out of anyone else who just might happen to be in the room.

Much like the PlayStation Move, the light bar on the top of the unit can change colour. In addition to tracking depth, Sony intends to use this feature to give additional feedback to players as they play. For example, different hues can be used to distinguish different participants in a multiplayer game or to show that someone’s health is low.

Best yet, you’ll be able to recharge the unit while the PS4 system is in standby; a feature that will no doubt delight long-time PlayStation 3 owners who have been forced to wrestle with the current generation console’s inane charging methods over the past seven years. You can get a better look at the new controller through here.


User Comments (14)



rjejr said:

Wires in 2013 still seem weird.

R U still going from last night?



ShogunRok said:

So with the specs of the PS4, this controller, some camera device, and a bundled headset, I don't think the £300 rumour is going to cut it anymore!



Alpha said:

I really Hope, that it still will be somewhat cheap, if they learned maybe they will sell it for 300 euros, to sell more consoles. at that price ($465 or something here) i would definitly buy it and a game or 2. this is a must buy!



ShogunRok said:

I'm going to take a guess at £359.99 - £389.99. Keeping it under £400 stops people from thinking 'Christ that's expensive', and it's also relatively reasonable for what you're getting out of the box.



turtlelink said:

Oh no. Now EVERYONE is gonna have a mic on in online games... Gonna have to go on a muting spree now! D:



MadchesterManc said:

@turtlelink Agreed lol one of the major turn offs for me when im on Xbox Live is that everyone has a mic so you tend to have 12yo kids screaming abuse at you n trolling, most of the time for no reason. I much preferred the PS3 approach as Ive barely ever come across this issue on the PSN.



rjejr said:

@ShogunRok - I think you can do $300 if you require a "gold" account. Sony isn't going to let PS+ just go away, they are going to make it a requirement.



ohhaime said:

I don't really use Voice chat but I can really see how handy it would be to be able to plug a headset into you controller,so I appreciate that feature.
Bundling a headset should keep people from using the camera Mic and forcing people to listen their whole house.Unfortunately it still won't stop me from having to listen to/mute their own stupid selves.

I always just use my Wii in standby mode(the yellow light) to charge my controllers.



Jaz007 said:

@rjejr I think charging for online would alienate a lot of people. Especially since they are expecting it to be free.

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