As part of Sony’s plan to diversify its gaming portfolio beyond PlayStation consoles, the company unveiled the Inzone brand and a range of PC gaming headsets.
Sony has described Inzone as a new brand of gaming gear for PC gamers, starting with three headsets designed to deliver high-quality sound and 360° spatial sound. The range includes the Inzone H9 and Inzone H7 wireless headphones, as well as the Inzone H3 wired model. Available locally from late July this year, all three headsets include a flip-up flexible boom microphone for chatting with other gamers. It is important to note that all headsets are also compatible with the PlayStation 5.
Inzone H9 and H7 deliver wireless PC gaming audio experience
The main difference between the two Inzone wireless headphones is that the H9 model has noise cancellation and soft leather ear pads. This top-of-the-line headset includes multiple noise-canceling microphones to help you tune out unwanted sounds while gaming. It also uses the same dual noise sensor technology found in Sony’s popular 1000X series headphones. As a result, a full battery charge lasts 32 hours, while the H7 has a longer battery of 40 hours.
For comparison, the Inzone H7 headphones are functionally very similar to the H9, with no noise cancellation and smooth nylon ear pads instead of leather. Both headsets can wirelessly connect to a PC via a USB dongle over a 2.4GHz connection, and connect to a phone at the same time via Bluetooth.
Wired Headset and PC Hub Software
Although wired, the Inzone H3 headphones still offer many of the same audio features as the wireless versions. Using Inzone Hub PC software, each headset takes advantage of Sony’s 360 Spatial Sound for gaming, delivering virtual 7.1-channel surround sound. Sony designed the soft headband in the Inzone range to stretch evenly over gamers’ heads to provide comfort during long gaming sessions.
The full details of the Inzone helmets are as follows:
|In area H9||In area H7||In the H3 area|
|Personalized 360° spatial sound||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Noise/Ambient Sound Cancellation||Yes||Nope||Nope|
|Microphone||Two-way arrow||Two-way arrow||One-way arrow|
|Battery life||32 hours||40 hours||N / A|
|Connectivity||Wireless (2.4Ghz + Bluetooth)||Wireless (2.4Ghz + Bluetooth)||Wired|
|Pads||Soft leather||Smooth Nylon||Smooth Nylon|
Alongside the PC gaming audio lineup, Sony also unveiled the Inzone M9 4K and M3 1080p gaming monitors. Not much is known about the local release details for the displays, but they start at $529 and are expected to ship from August.
Sony is ramping up its PC gaming gear makes sense given the company is bringing more games from the console, including the upcoming The Last of Us Part I remake. The asking price for the headsets seems competitive, although the real test will be how well they perform in the wild. Watch this place.
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