Sony is slowly but steadily increasing the mix of peripherals available for PS5, and the typically reliable Insider Gaming purports to have the scoop on another product: wireless earbuds. Scheduled to release anywhere from April 2023 through March 2024, the portable AirPod-inspired accessories will allegedly pack five hours of battery life, and will come with a USB charging case like so many of their contemporaries.
According to the aforementioned publication, the headphones are being codenamed Project Nomad, with an updated wireless headset also scheduled to release around the same time. This is being referred to as Project Voyager internally. It’s said that the new cans will feature similar functionality to the Inzone H7 headset, which currently retails for around $200.
Insider Gaming hypothesises that these new accessories, along with the DualSense Edge and PSVR2 headset, will all be part of a refreshed product slate alongside a redesigned PS5 console later this year. For those who haven’t been following the speculation, it’s rumoured that a system with a detachable disc drive will be made available in 2023, streamlining the platform holder’s manufacturing pipeline – and providing customers with more flexibility when picking up the digital-only device.
This is awesome news. I will definitely get some of these if they work with iPhone
Sony already make wireless earbuds so they'll just be PlayStation branded variants I expect? Here you go, I made you this one to use instead.
Whatever, as long as they are more comfortable than the gen 3 Airpods I recently upgraded to.
@kyleforrester87 Yeah, you'd assume they'll be very similar to a product already in the Sony product mix for sure!
Will these support 3d audio i wonder. Ive got XM3 sony on ear headphones that i use with ps5 and i dunno what it is about Sony on ear headphones but they get uncomfortable in my left ear after a while.
@get2sammyb i have the Sony inzone H9’s and they are really good. A bit overpriced but still great and my friend has the H7’s and honestly they sound the same minus noise canceling and the nicer finish on the ear cups. So i don’t need these, but highly recommend the inzone series for PS5 and PC.
Will be great for vr. Gets a little unwieldy having to rock headphones with a headset imo.
Still dont get why PS5 isnt compatible with other headphones via bluetooth. My Vita could do it so it makes no sense that PS5 cannot.
I have the Sony XM4 earbuds and they are brilliant. Its ludicrous I cant connect them.
Cool. But just let me use my AirPods please, Sony. Please!
so sony just slap a PlayStation logo on stuff now and it sells. what next PlayStation branded televisions?
i'd much rather have an update that allows my airpod pros to work. They cost enough, not buying again.
Will just stick to my pulse headset
RRP £349.99..............................Ill start saving now
@Rob_230 the reason is $$$$
They want you to buy Pulse 3D headsets
Same. It makes sense from a business standpoint to capitalize on Playstation branded earbuds, but I wish my existing Bluetooth earbuds just worked naturally with the PS5
@theMEGAniggle Alas this is true and i did shell out for the pulse headset, so Sony's plan worked 😅
@trev666 haha lol they tried that back in like 2011, 2012 with playstation tv, PlayStation video, playstation video etc. It didn't work to well.
@Rob_230 Those business people over at Sony are smart huh 😂
I got the Sony WH-1000XM4's, excellent headphones but can't use them wirelessly with PS5 and now I might seriously splash out on the Pulse 3D and/or these PS Airpods for VR. I am single handedly funding their audio department
Meanwhile I've moved to studio headphones with a coiled wire for playing. It's not a Switch, it's not like I'm moving around while playing the thing. Even our VR is tethered
You know what this news would go really well with? Vita 2. Just saying...
Reading this article whilst wearing my Sony Linkbud S's.
Definitely not farfetched for them to create a PS brand set. Sounds very similar in terms of battery life etc.
No need for headphones personally for me though, as I game with a 7.1.2 sound system
(although sadly the .2 don't get used for games as PS5 doesn't support Atmos outside of bluray movies - Thank god I am a physical movie collector)
Wake me up when they announce the next generation PS handheld that can play my entire PS5 library. They would make a killing!
@trev666 They have already tried!!
(Sadly I have one)
Maybe a fridge like some other company did.
Really I would just like to be able to use my Galaxy buds.
I would buy these providing they don't go daft with the pricing, I don't really need another set of wireless buds so I sure as poop won't pay an ridiculous price, but would like them for use with the PS5.
Just me personally but I don't think buds are a good fit for gaming.
Sure with a Switch on the move they would be fine.
I suppose for PSVR 2 if they are significantly better than the bundled earphones then they might have a place.
But for home use, where you don't need portability, I just can't imagine why anyone would use these over more punchy over-ear units.
Must be a market for it though I guess, I'm sure Sony did their research.
I have the PS5 wireless headphones, and I'd more interested in a premium 1000XM5 equivalent set rather than buds.
1.5 hour battery life probably
How about PS5 allowing the use of Bluetooth headphones without the need of an added dongle?
I plan on getting the H9s for my next PC headset. It'll be the first non-Razer headset I've had in almost two decades. Can you elaborate a bit about the nicer finish on the cans? Also, what is the PC experience like? Thank you.
@Toypop I just find earbuds way more comfortable. I have a Pulse, and they are too big for my weirdly shaped head. I discovered if I wear a thick hat, they sit correctly. But then I have to wear a hat, indoors, sitting on my couch. I hate hats.
@Perryg92 I too, am wearing my Linkbud S set at the moment.
I once bought officially licensed wireless earbud for PS3... Battery would hold like 4 hours. Never again.
At the end of the day, I already found my own workaround, in that I just pair my earbuds to my LG TV.
@TheCollector316 first off Razer makes some great accessories. So you were in high cotton for sure. So the H9’s use the same material that sony uses on their higher end headphones, the H7’s use a faker more dense and warmer pad that while is still very good, you can feel on my H9’s the material just being softer and more breathable, and then has noise canceling which if i am being honest i don’t use. My wife don’t want me not being able to hear her and the 9 year old while they are awake and when they are sleeping and i am gaming late the house is so quiet i don’t need it, if that makes sense. However for your needs if you need noise canceling the H9’s are the only ones with it. However it drops battery life to 32 hours as the H7’s get like 40. Very good on both for battery life in me and my buddies opinion. The sound quality out of the box is really balanced. Which is what i like, i am not a bass fanatic like some others. You can on PC adjust more or less tho if that fit’s your style. I have mostly left them as is. Only thing i did is bring up the mid’s a bit. You will see me on here by some be label a Xbox Fanboy or whatever dumb stuff people say cause they aren’t hearing me say what they want to hear, and this might not help in answering your question, but truth is I haven’t been the biggest PS3-PS4 fan, sure i owned both and played all the great exclusives on both. But haven’t used PS as a main console in a decade. PS5 and the accessories they have along with it like the H9’s and H7’s are impressive and i find myself loving gaming on the PS5. I have higher end audio on my setup for movies and gaming, it’s around $2000 in price in audio and while when i can blast it throughout the whole house, which isn’t often, it sounds amazing, in COD i can hear everything the enemies are doing. But most days i am using my H9’s and it don’t fall off much. I mean they are that good in my opinion. Some say out of the box the H7’s are more balanced. So i included a great review that helped my buddy choose the 7’s over the 9’s and i hope it helps you. Con’s they are a little bulky in size but not heavy, only come in white if that matters to you, and has no software on the PS5, everything must be adjusted on PC. Happy gaming buddy and thanks for asking for my opinion, i hope i was somewhat helpful, but keep in mind if these aren’t for you, there are some great options out there these days.
5 hours play time seem quite poor.
Thank you for the very detailed response. I am not sure I need noise-canceling, either, so maybe I'll have to give the H7s a closer look.
@TheCollector316 honestly if you don’t need the noise canceling and knowing what i know now, if i was buying a pair right now i would get the H7’s, the padding isn’t enough of a difference, i don’t use n/c and the 7’s have 8 more hours of battery life and a slight better sound out of the box, and come in a decent amount less in price. Thats my 2 cents for what it’s worth. However these are great headphones, my other friend i never get to see since he moved to Las Vegas has the inzone M9 monitor, the 27 inch 4K one and say’s it is awesome. I might wait for a Gen 2 model of one and maybe snag it when they revise it. He’s a high end nerd like me, so without me even seeing it i believe what he told me to be true. We have almost the same setup’s so he wouldn’t be off much from what i would think of it. Inzone looks to be good from Sony, if just a touch cheaper it would do a little better, plus it’s in a crowded market, but i hope Sony sticks with the line.
I’m still using the Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0, a nicely designed set that folds to a compact size.
Soundcore VR P10's are the go-to if you want a good pair of earbuds for gaming that doesn't have the annoying BT-related lag. I picked them up because I found Sony's own Pulse headset for PS5 all but unusable. They sound great but, as a glasses wearer, they're so ridiculously uncomfortable that I couldn't wear them for more than an hour at a time.
The VR P10s are well priced, sound good, and the gimmick of being paired via bluetooth OR the included dongle works perfectly with literally anything that's got a USB-C port. Plus, you can get extra dongles for $15 and a single set of buds can be paired with up to 4 dongles swap between them on the fly.
@fournexus They tried multiple times. Not only did they do the PS3 3DTV back in 2012 (which, not for nothing, was a pretty great 1080p tv with native 120Hz refresh rate), but they also made a 720p 22" tv with a built in PS2 back in 2010 (Bravia KDL-22PX300), AND had a line of just stupid expensive TVs back in 2014 that has Playstation Now streaming built in.
@Pandalulz the buds will give you wax build up and you will eventually go deaf and need micro-suction or syringing!
I'm with you on the pulse though. It's a "cheap" headset relatively speaking and not the best for comfort. The sound isn't bad for the money I suppose, but it's heavily compromised.
That's why I'd like a premium over-ear set to rival that 1000XM5 because the pulse is poor.
My Sennheiser 598's for example are like wearing nothing at all and sound massively better.
Try on a pair of those relatively inexpensive headsets in a Hi Fi shop and you won't believe how unrepresentative and far off the mark the Pulse is.
£130 v £105 for the Pulse, yet on a different planet. Granted no wireless and no mic, but for 50% more than the cost of the Pulse, Sony could release headphones that are like comparing PS5 to PS2 in terms of how much better they are.
they really really really want to be apple
@kyleforrester87 gen 3 are terrible , feels like i got diamonds in my ear
and not in a good way like earrings
Depending on the quality of these earbuds and reviews I would think about getting them.
I am surprised ppl here dont connect their headphones to their tv's instead of buying the pulse 3D headsets. On my bravia alone I have 3 headsets connected, makes it interesting to watch horror movies with friends.
Why would you copy the apple buds. They are awful, sound terrible and are uncomfortable. Just let us use our own. I had a top pair of earbuds that I can't use!
And five hours? Mine last 9 hours.
@Jammsbro I still don't get why Sony, Earth's largest battery manufacturer can not put a decent battery in a SINGLE product they make. It's like they want to make their battery division look incompetent.
@neonpizza RE DT1990 Daaaang....you got it in one! I am TOTALLY using them with VR2! (Can't stand in ear monitors, they pop out, wiggle around, and generally end up being a pain.)
@neonpizza Yeah, I was worried about that. Actually, I use the 1990's for 2D games on a Fostex amp on HDMI breakout. I have the 1770s (closed back) which I'll probably use with VR2. I use those with Switch just fine, so not worried about power, they handle portable applications better than the 1990s
I have a set of T1 gen2s that a mouse got into the ear cup and dumped chocolate or something into....someday I have to invest in pads and rebuild them, but I've been too nervous for years to actually make sure the drivers are untouched first (I think they are, but there's a lot of external mess...) T1 isn't what I'd use for gaming though.
I'll let you know how 1770 works out (including fit over the visor, though). I know power's not an issue.
@Toypop I mean, I’ve been wearing earbuds, wireless or not for decades for everything that’s not my PlayStation. It’s a little late for it to matter now.
I think I tried on a pair of 598s maybe or something equivalent in Sennheisers at some point. The giant velour pads are luxurious, but they still didn’t fit my head quite right.
But…but I have some already 🥺 the Razer Hammerhead Hyperspeed PlayStation Edition ):
i have barbie headphones........pink with barbie princesses on the side.............it was revenge for the clock work racing roast pottos i got her for christmas....
There is no need for this product, Sony should just allow gamers to use their existing wireless earbuds and headphones. Or at the very least offer this product but also allow non Sony wireless earbuds/headphones to connect. This is environmentally irresponsible of Sony, where eventually this will become even more plastic and electronic waste in landfill then was necessary. Gamer experience, choice and the environment should come before profits and shareholders!
I’ll keep rocking the Pulse until it eventually breaks in some kind of way.
I only use cans for multiplayer games anyway (I pump audio and chat on the Pulse to maximize foot steps while being able to talk to my teammates easily).
I live alone in a mid size house trailer on rural land. I have my surround sound cranked up to the max
I would love to upgrade from my 5.1 unit (1200 watt Sony) to a 7.1 channel system, but my god at these prices for modern systems. I bought my current unit back in 2011 and it served my PS3, PS4, and now my PS5. Plus my Switch and all my TV watching.
It works flawlessly (I’ve had to replace the cooling fan twice in the control unit; thankfully Sony still makes them and they’re dirt cheap from their support site) and does what I need it to do. But it is lacking modern features. And being completely wired is an absolute pain. Versus more modern units that are either completely wireless or at least offer a wireless subwoofer.
@neonpizza I generally categorize open and closed back as just different things for different purposes. I like open back better overall, so 1990 is the objectively better one, is the ruler-flat one, and it's also much higher impedance, so it has the lower noise floor. 1770, though is an excellent, closed back with the relative midbass hump that goes with the territory. About as flat as you'll get on a closed set. But more importantly it runs off portable power nicely
I'm not running USB audio partly so my switching and screen mirroring setups switch sound properly between all the devices (switch, XB, PS), so I have the HDMI outputting uncompressed stereo and have my matrix switches break audio out into S/PDIF to feed the DAC/amp combo. For PS5, originally you couldn't use the 3D audio processing that way, but now you can, I forget how it works, but you basically set the TV output as the standard output or something like that, I set it up back in April or so. It's always weird when I switch back and forth though because the PS audio processing sounds very different from the Dolby Atmos Headphone i have on XB, (and the absolutely nothing on Switch ), so when I switch around it can feel like my head is getting sucked out of my ears. Especially when rocking Beyers with the PS5 audio processing because those high frequency spikes will bore into your brain
@NEStalgia I use soundcore by anker. Best in ear buds I've ever used. You wouldn't even know you had them in.
My ears don't agree well with earbuds, I need the big over the ear/head headphones.
Happy for the people here with smaller ears though.
@Jammsbro I'll take a look if the big cans don't work out! I've never been a big fan of earbuds. I do have some Shure 535s which with the "olive" soft tips work out better than most anything else, but, they're a little bit "much" for a VR setup, and I still don't love using them.
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