This could be the start of something beautiful. Or maybe we’re just struck by how much attention Sony is giving beyond its PlayStation ecosystem (sort of – more on that in a moment). Either way, we’re sure to welcome an expanded selection of PC gaming peripherals and hardware from a major manufacturer, which is what this decision boils down to.
“The market has grown with increased interest in gaming with the spread of esports tournaments and the advancement of gaming entertainment. With Sony’s strong history of high-end audio and visual technology products, we believe this new range will provide even more options for those looking to upgrade their current gaming systems.” said Yukihiro Kitajima, Head of Games Business and Marketing Office, Sony Corporation.
Sony InZone M9 and InZone M3 Gaming Monitors
Sony kicks off the PC side with five new products, including two enticing monitors and three headsets. All appear to have been designed for the PlayStation 5 and they’re all compatible with Sony’s latest generation game console, so in that respect Sony is still playing both sides of the court. It’s understandable, though, given that PCs and consoles are more alike than different these days.
The two monitors include the InZone M9 and the InZone M3. The top-of-the-line M9 is a 27-inch display with a 4K IPS panel that features full local dimming (96 zones). It also features a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms (gray-to-gray) response time, 95% DCI-P3 color space coverage, DisplayHDR 600 certification with a maximum brightness of 600 nits and VRR support (it’s a G-Sync compatible display).
The InZone M3 is also a 27-inch display, but with 1080p resolution matched to a faster 240Hz refresh rate. This can hit 400 nits and is DisplayHDR 400 certified, while offering 99 coverage. % of sRGB color space. It also has a pair of HDMI 2.1 inputs and a DisplayPort 1.4 connector.
Sony InZone H9, InZone H7, and InZone H3 Gaming Headsets
Along with the InZone M9 and M3 monitors, Sony unveiled a trio of gaming headsets, including the InZone H9 (shown above), H7, and H3. The H9 and H7 are both wireless headsets, while the H3 is a wired solution. All three feature 360° spatial sound.
The H9 stands out from the pack by being the only option with dual-sensor noise-canceling technology. It is an over-ear headphone containing 40mm neodymium drivers with a frequency response of 5Hz to 20,000Hz.
Users will find a volume dial, mic mute button and noise cancellation button on the left ear cup, while the right ear cup houses a game/chat balance button, a power and a Bluetooth button (if not pairing the headset via 2.4 GHz). According to Sony, you can get 32 hours of battery life with noise cancellation off or 20 hours with the feature on.
Here’s how the other two compare…
“Developed from Sony’s expertise in headphone technology, the diaphragms of both the InZone H9 and InZone H7 have a unique shape that allows the headphones to reproduce extremely high-frequency sounds with great compliance, as well as authentic low frequencies for an immersive gaming experience. Ducts on the housing of the InZone H9, InZone H7 and InZone H3 control and optimize low-frequency sound reproduction for powerful bass that makes deep sounds incredibly real,” says Sony.
They look comfortable, although we obviously can’t say for sure if they actually are until we’ve had a chance to test them out ourselves.