It's been a couple of months since the PS4 landed in the hands of gamers, and as promised, Sony is preparing to release a new system software (v1.60) that introduces native support for the Pulse and Pulse – Elite Edition wireless headsets.
The software will push out tonight and will accompany a new Headset Companion App which allows gamers to download new audio profiles for their Pulse headsets for certain games. There is no word on what other fixes and enhancements we will see in this software update, but we're not expecting all that much.
Update: Euro PlayStation community manager confirms "general stability improvements and ability to mute camera" as well, via twitter.
Sony also revealed a snazzy new PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset which features 7.1 virtual surround sound, custom audio modes, a noise cancelling microphone, customizable faceplates, etc. for just under $100.
PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset trailer:
Read on for the announcement.
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) today announced the upcoming release of system software update 1.60 for the PlayStation 4 (PS4) system, which will add the anticipated support for PULSE and PULSE – Elite Edition wireless stereo headsets. Beginning late tonight, once the 1.60 update is available, PS4 owners will be able to enjoy an enhanced gaming experience with these headsets, which offer 7.1 virtual surround sound and crystal clear voice chat.
Along with the added support for the existing official headsets, SCEA in early February will introduce the new Gold Wireless Headset for PlayStation, offering 7.1 virtual surround sound, custom sound profiles created by developers for PlayStation titles, and other features – all for $99 SRP. In addition, SCEA will release the free Headset Companion App, compatible with both the PULSE – Elite Edition and new Gold Wireless Headsets, on PlayStation Store. The app allows gamers to download the custom and game-specific audio modes created by developers.
“Audio is a critical part of the overall gaming experience, and because our headsets are made for PlayStation gamers, by gamers, you’ll truly hear the action the way it was meant to sound,” said John Koller, vice president of marketing at SCEA. “We’re also excited to introduce our new Gold Wireless Headset, which provides the actual audio experience that game developers created.”
The Gold Wireless Headset for PlayStation provides seamless and intuitive console integration with on-screen indicators. Supported devices include PS4, the PlayStation 3 (PS3) system and PC/Mac, which utilize the wireless adapter, as well as the PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) system and mobile devices, which can be connected with the included 3.5mm audio cable. The Gold Wireless Headset delivers audio immersion through developer-created game modes, starting with a custom sound mode developed by Sucker Punch for their highly anticipated PS4 exclusive inFAMOUS Second Son. Additional features include:
- 7.1 virtual surround sound
- Custom audio modes via the new Headset Companion App
- Hidden noise cancelling microphone
- Rechargeable battery delivering eight hours of straight gameplay
- Portable, folding design and travel pouch
- Customizable faceplates
For more information about the PlayStation 4 system, the upgrade to system software v1.60, the Gold Wireless Headset and the new Headset Companion App, please visit www.us.playstation.com orwww.blog.us.playstation.com.
Official PS4 specifications:
Single-chip custom processor
CPU: x86-64 AMD 'Jaguar' 8 cores
GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon™ based graphics engine
Hard Disk Drive:
Optical Drive (read only):
I/O and communication:
Super-Speed USB (USB 3.0)
Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth® 2.1 (EDR)
Digital Output (optical)