Sony is releasing a redesigned version of its Gold Wireless Headset for PlayStation 4, and it finally works with the company’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) device.
The headset was announced yesterday and will replace the old model. While it can wirelessly connect to your console, an optional 3.5mm audio cable also links it to PSVR. Better yet, the shape and form of kit has been redesigned to better accommodate the VR device, which can get in the way of normal earphones thanks to the ring that rests around the top of the user’s head.
Elsewhere the Gold Headset features over-ear cushions, 7.1 virtual surround sound audio and noise-canceling hidden microphones for online chat. It’s set to go on sale in the US and Europe in the next few weeks for $99. There’s no mention yet on if the company might also redesign its Platinum headset, which features 50mm speaker drivers.
Audio is critical to providing immersion in VR, as games need convincing spatial audio to match their 3D visuals. PSVR does include its own earphones in the box (which handily fit inside the head ring in the newest version of the kit), as well as its own integrated microphone, though they’re not on par with earphones like these.