PlayStation 4 firmware 1.60 adding headset support; new official cans announced

Firmware update 1.60 will boogy onto PlayStation 4 tonight, adding support for Sony's official headsets with 7.1 virtual surround sound, Pulse and Pulse Elite. Sony has also announced its new 'Gold Wireless Headset,' which will cost $100. A new companion app is coming too, offering special sound profiles created specifically for certain games.

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Firmware update 1.60 will boogy onto PlayStation 4 tonight, adding support for Sony's official headsets with 7.1 virtual surround sound, Pulse and Pulse Elite. Sony has also announced its new 'Gold Wireless Headset,' which will cost $99.99. A new companion app is coming too, offering special sound profiles made specifically for certain games.

Through the app, developers will be release sound profiles "specifically tuned to enhance a game's audio," Sony explains on the PlayStation Blog. The first game to have its own profile after the app launches this month will be inFamous: Second Son. Supporting the new Gold headset and Pulse Elite, the app will also let listeners create their own equaliser profiles. Tough luck, plain old Pulse owners.

Sony says the headset, which will work with PS4, PS3, Vita, and anything else which accepts 3.5mm audio jacks or the wireless adaptor, will go on sale "early this month." Here's a trailer showing off its features:

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    February 3, 2014 7:30 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, PlayStation 4 firmware 1.60 adding headset support; new official cans announced.

    Firmware update 1.60 will boogy onto PlayStation 4 tonight, adding support for Sony's official headsets with 7.1 virtual surround sound, Pulse and Pulse Elite. Sony has also announced its new 'Gold Wireless Headset,' which will cost $100. A new companion app is coming too, offering special sound profiles created specifically for certain games.

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      February 3, 2014 7:41 AM

      I like those. But is it wired to Vita only? Or wireless too? If it's wireless to Vita, then sold.

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        February 3, 2014 7:44 AM

        Agreed

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        February 3, 2014 8:15 AM

        It's not Bluetooth and it requires you to use the USB dongle it comes with, so no it won't work wireless with the Vita.

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      February 3, 2014 7:56 AM

      Is Infamous: Second Son the first game that will use AMD's trueaudio tech?

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        February 3, 2014 9:20 AM

        Thief should feature it also

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      February 3, 2014 8:04 AM

      I tried my logitech g930's with my PS4 and they worked great.

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        February 3, 2014 8:21 AM

        OMG can you explain how this is done?

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          February 3, 2014 8:40 AM

          nvm plugged mine in and they dont seem to work :( . Other people have had some success though, hopefully after tonights update I can use them

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            February 3, 2014 10:02 AM

            Really? All i did was plug mine in and it asked what profile was using the headset. Make sure you go into your settings and change it so all sound it coming out of the heaphones. You can also plug any headphones into your PS4 controller and use them for all sound as well.

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      February 3, 2014 8:20 AM

      I was hoping for suspend/resume :(

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      February 3, 2014 8:20 AM

      But will it work wirelessly with a PC? Because that is the only thing left to get me to buy this.

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        February 3, 2014 8:25 AM

        "You can connect the Gold headset to your PS4, PS3 or computer using the wireless adaptor for eight hours of straight gameplay."

        Looks like you're good!

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          February 3, 2014 9:27 AM

          Thanks.. now I just need a preorder link

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      February 3, 2014 10:39 AM

      Anything else coming in 1.60?

      Seems kind of lame that we go three months without a system update and then get better headset support :(

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        February 3, 2014 10:49 AM

        Waiting for our HBO go :(

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          February 3, 2014 11:45 AM

          Coming soon to ps5

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          February 3, 2014 11:47 AM

          I am shocked it still is not on the Xbox One, it is really the only streaming software I need to retire my 360 as a media player.

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        February 3, 2014 10:49 AM

        I'm hoping their firmware team is mostly grinding away on PS1/PS2 emulation.

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        February 3, 2014 11:28 AM

        hey ive been waiting since day 1 for better headset support!

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      February 3, 2014 10:45 AM

      I was just talking to Zakk about PS4 headsets. They are shiiiiiiiiiit. The inbox ones are only good enough to throw directly into the garbage. I bought the $30 ones from Sony and they suck too. The headband is pinchy on my big melon, and the mic is poop. For the all the shit wrong with the Xbox One, their pack in headset is perfectly fine.

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        February 3, 2014 11:46 AM

        Yeah I bought that 20 dollar one and it fits fuckin weird. It's like the only points on contact are the ends of it where it pinches to stay on instead of resting along the top of my head like a regular headset.

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          February 3, 2014 12:04 PM

          So has anyone found a good alternative?

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            February 3, 2014 12:28 PM

            I'm hoping this is it. I have a PS3 in my bedroom and I like to play my Vita in bed so this could be cool, plus I only has a 5.1 SS setup in my living room and this would let me blast games loud and not make my wife all murderish.

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              February 3, 2014 1:20 PM

              Oh jeez, I didn't even realize these had a mic until I watched the video. Well, shit. Maybe I'll just end up with these; I hate the in-box set. They don't even really fit my ears. =(

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        February 3, 2014 1:32 PM

        i have this one and it works really good up to a point, sounds great, the mic works well and and is very comfortable. this does bluetooth for the PS3 and for PS4 i hook it up through optical and the base uses 5GHz wifi which is crystal clear compared to my old turtlebeach ones for the 360 that constantly popped and crackled on 2.4GHz.

        http://www.turtlebeach.com/product-detail/ps4-headsets/ear-force-px4/414

        negatives:

        waiting on a patch(?) for:
        - mute button to work (currently i just unplug the cable from the controller when jen is asking me a question while i'm trying to kill dudes!
        - can't adjust the voice volume independent of the game volume like I could with my old one for the 360

        there are wheels and buttons for both, they just don't do anything. not sure if this is going to chalk up to false advertising (they did lie about xbox one support as it's audio only for xbox one if you dig and look at the fineprint) or whether they are waiting on sony to do something to make this work...

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      February 3, 2014 10:58 AM

      Fix the game 3d-bluray support and I might consider it. Is the bluray playback good so far?

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        February 3, 2014 5:06 PM

        So far I've had no problems with bluray playback but I don't like the way dvds look. For some reason I feel like they look worse than they did on PS3. Maybe I'm missing an option somewhere but I do still have my PS3, and 360 so I can just use those for dvd!

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          February 4, 2014 9:37 AM

          Oh okay just downloaded the 1.6 update and it said it also improves the dvd playback! I'll have to try it out again soon!

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      February 3, 2014 11:27 AM

      i'm kind of bummed that my turlebeach headset that said it was compatible with ps4 doesn't have working mute button or mic volume adjustment. i was hoping that one of these firmware patches would do it but it sounds like it's only for their official headset?

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      February 3, 2014 12:03 PM

      WTF so this adds bluetooth support but ONLY for those overpriced POS sony cans? I still can't use my regular BT 2.1 headset?

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        February 3, 2014 1:38 PM

        Yep, pretty shitty of Sony.

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        February 4, 2014 10:25 PM

        They're NOT BLUETOOTH. They use a USB dongle. Nowhere in this announcement was support for Bluetooth support mentioned. None of the Sony 7.1 STEREO Wireless Headsets (the original, or Pulse Elite) for PS3 ever used Bluetooth, and neither does this new set. So, no, Sony didn't add Bluetooth support.

        I don't understand why people keep demanding Sony add support for stereo Bluetooth headphones when their support for anything Bluetooth on PS3 was so spotty and poor. Mono earpiece BT headsets worked okay, but barely any games piped the actual game sounds to stereo BT headphones. Most of the time, all you got was voice chat. These official 7.1 headsets deliver both surround sound AND voice, and don't require pairing, you just plug the dongle in and turn them on. I've had the original cans since they came out two years ago and I would never be satisfied with BT stereo after using them...besides, you can plug just about any headphones into the controller if all you want is stereo sound, and the quality is pretty amazing.