Sony is venturing into new gaming hardware outside of its longstanding PlayStation division.
The electronics giant debuted its new Inzone gaming brand on Tuesday, 29 June, launching three new headsets and a pair of displays designed for PCs and PS5s.
The lineup of headsets, which consists of the Inzone H9, H7 and H3, virtually share the same design. They all slightly resemble Sony PlayStation’s Pulse Headset, featuring the same sci-fi-esque look and white colour scheme. The earpads, as Sony touts, are wide and soft, which optimises long-term wearing comfort.
As for their internals, all three models boast Sony’s 360 Spatial Sound for Gaming activated in the Inzone Hub PC app. This allows the headsets to reproduce spatial sound out of multi-channel audio signals, which can heighten gamer awareness and enjoy a truly immersive experience. They all also include a flexible boom mic with a mute function.
The H9 and H7 are wireless, capable of connecting via Bluetooth or the included USB dongle, while the H3 is wired.
The most expensive of the trio, the H9, even comes with noise-cancelling capabilities and ambient sound mode, the same technologies Sony incorporated in its popular 1000X series of headsets. Along with the H7, it also is capable of reproducing extremely high-frequency sounds, as well as authentic low frequencies. Both can also reflect any adjustments or setting changes on-screen via the PS5 Control Centre.
When it comes to battery life, the H9 can last up to 32 hours, while the H7 can last up to 40 hours. Both headsets include a quick charge feature that allows players to get up to an hour's worth of usage from just 10 minutes of charge time. The H3, being a wired headset, doesn't rely on a battery for power.
Sony will launch the H3 and the H7 on 1 July for S$139 and S$399, respectively. The higher-end H9, on the other hand, won't be available until 7 July and will retail for S$499.
Meanwhile, the Inzone lineup of displays, which consists of the M9 and the M3, are 27-inch monitors with IPS LCD panels.
The more expensive M9 features a 4K resolution with a 144Hz refresh rate (120Hz over HDMI), Full Array Local Dimming and a peak brightness of 600 nits. It also has a 95% DCI-P3 coverage. The M3 on the other hand tops out at 1080p resolution but ups the refresh rate to a maximum of 240Hz. It has a peak brightness of 400 nits and a 99% sRGB coverage.
Both monitors support HDR10, HLG, G-Sync and HDMI 2.1. For ports, they ship with two HDMI inputs and one DisplayPort 1.4. They also include a built-in USB hub with three USB Type-A ports.
Unfortunately, the monitors will not be available in the APAC region for now, although we're hoping this changes in the future!
Sony is venturing into new gaming hardware outside of its longstanding PlayStation division, launching three new headsets and a pair of monitors as part of its debuting Inzone brand.
The three headsets boast Sony’s 360 Spatial Sound for Gaming, which allows them to reproduce spatial sound out of multi-channel audio signals.
They'll be available in July with a starting price of S$139 for the wired model.