Official Bluetooth Headset for PS3

#1 Posted by Patchinko (885 posts) -

FYI, for people who don't have one yet and want an "official" one, Sony's releasing one and they've finalized the design and everything. You might remember it being shown off a couple of months ago with SOCOM, but the price for the bundle and price on its own is now final, and some details on the bells and whistles in it are fleshed out. Enjoy.



Hey everyone, I’m Anand Agarwal, Product Manager for PlayStation Peripherals. Two weeks ago, we informed you about the Wireless Keypad for PS3, and today we want to tell you more about the official Bluetooth Headset for PS3 that we unveiled during SOCOM Media day.

This headset will be offered in one retail version of SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation this October, as well as a standalone peripheral this fall. It features a prominent Mute button and a Charging Cradle. It will work with not only your PS3 but with Bluetooth enabled cell phones. But this is information that you already know about. Today we want to talk about some really cool features of this Headset that we have been working on behind the scenes. These features will be unlocked by the PS3 through a firmware update that is scheduled for this fall.

  • The headset will feature “High-Quality (HQ) mode” with PS3. In this mode, the headset will take advantage of advanced voice technologies and noise cancellation techniques to provide clear and wideband voice input to the PS3. The HQ mode will ensure a much better voice chat quality on the PS3.
  • HQ mode will also enable accurate speech recognition required to support or enhance ‘Voice Command’ and ‘Voice Animation’ features. Voice Command was originally used in SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs for PS2 to administer the AI-controlled teammates using the WHO, WHAT, and WHERE format (example: Bravo, Attack, Nav Point Zulu). Voice Animation refers to the in-game character mimicking you during voice chat. With HQ mode, these features can be enabled on a much larger vocabulary in select PS3 games.
  • PS3 will display an in-game status indicator exclusively for this headset that will show the headset’s connection status, battery charge level, speaker volume level and microphone mute status.
  • Tired of wearing the headset during a long multiplayer gaming session or is your headset battery running out of charge? Just dock the headset in the supplied charging cradle, and the headset will work as a desktop microphone while charging.
  • Last but not least, the headset will automatically pair with the PS3 by connecting with a USB cable.

SCEA was one of the first companies to popularize VoIP technology within a console videogame through SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs for PS2. As you can see, we have made a great effort to expand on this legacy and develop the most compelling headset for the PS3 community. We are really excited to bring it to market this fall with the SOCOM: Confrontation bundle ($59.99 MSRP) and as a standalone peripheral ($49.99 MSRP).

#2 Posted by calf_exercises (880 posts) -

man, that things looks awesome. Alot better than that peice of crap that come with warhawk. 

#3 Posted by matthimself (52 posts) -

Sweet, the design is really nice

#4 Posted by brukaoru (5134 posts) -
calf_exercises said:
"man, that things looks awesome. Alot better than that peice of crap that come with warhawk. "
Hopefully it works better too.
#5 Posted by gersan93 (139 posts) -

it's not even really a choice. if you want the headset, why not just get the bundle? it's only ten dollars more.

#6 Posted by DoctorTran (1584 posts) -
gersan93 said:
"it's not even really a choice. if you want the headset, why not just get the bundle? it's only ten dollars more."
I must agree. And that's always been the position i've taken on the game anyway.
#7 Posted by shadows_kill (3093 posts) -
gersan93 said:
"it's not even really a choice. if you want the headset, why not just get the bundle? it's only ten dollars more."
yeah that's what im doing :D

600th post :D!!!!
#8 Posted by AaronBelfast (1473 posts) -

WTF? That looks amazing. I'm excited for a headset, yea thats pretty weird.

#9 Posted by TwoOneFive (9787 posts) -

its really nice, i guess im buying socom!

#10 Posted by BoG (5388 posts) -

Wow, that is a beauty. I have one already, but it is ugly and of low quality. I could use a better one, and this looks like what I need.

#11 Posted by Otacon (2252 posts) -

Well I got that metal gear one, which isn't very good so I'll be getting this as well as Socom

#12 Posted by PufferFiz (1467 posts) -

cant wait to use this beauty when socom comes out!

#13 Posted by Patchinko (885 posts) -
gersan93 said:
"it's not even really a choice. if you want the headset, why not just get the bundle? it's only ten dollars more."
I think many people expected the bundle to be upwards of $80. The 59.99 bundle price tag is definitely appealing!
#14 Posted by Balls (574 posts) -

Well, I'll say this. I work at a Best Buy and our normal markup on Sony accessories will definitely put that thing out of reach.

#15 Posted by Patchinko (885 posts) -
Balls said:
"I work at a Best Buy"
You poor soul.

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