One year after announcing the Official PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset, Sony looks poised to deliver a successor. The latest post at PlayStation.Blog reveals that the company will release the Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset Elite Edition this fall for $149.99. Sony claims the new headphones offer a number of new features and design improvements which lead to improved audio quality and immersion.
First on that list is a technology it's calling BassImpact, which Sony says "translates bass sounds into ‘pulses’ around the earpads of the headset." The company is also promising upgraded speaker drivers that output higher fidelity audio along with preset modes that will "optimize" your listening experience for various situations (gaming, movies, music, etc.) Virtual 7.1 surround sound is again available for those who aren't satisfied with a stereo mix.
The Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset has also received a visual makeover. Gone is the retractable microphone found on the original hardware, replaced with hidden noise-cancelling mics for voice chat. A 3.5-millimeter jack expands device support to the PS Vita and your MP3 player or smartphone of choice. Finally, Sony has added a touch of gloss to the headset as well, moving away from the all-matte appearance of last year's model.
A note at the end of the blog post reiterates that a firmware update to alleviate the "sidetone" audio glitch that affects the original PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset is on the way, but no firm ETA is given. Let's just hope it arrives before Sony's latest cans hit shelves this fall.