I love my PlayStation 4, despite the fact that it’s always trying to get me to broadcast my all-too-frequent vocal outbursts to whoever happens to be beating me at FIFA online. The camera is always listening, you see. Tomorrow, that’s going to change.
In the first significant firmware update since the PlayStation 4’s European launch – to Firmware 1.60, one of the main improvements is set to be the ability to mute the microphones in the camera so that my online opponents will no longer have to hear me telling my dog to stop chasing her toys around the room for a minute, I’m trying to bloody listen to this… We might also hear less crap music, fewer domestic arguments and we might even spend considerably less of our time online listening to someone else’s baby crying.
Sony has also confirmed that new headset that we’ve seen cropping up in a few places recently. Firmware 1.60 will add support for that headset and the existing Sony Pulse and original Wireless Stereo ear-warmers.
The new Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 will be available from February 10th and will set you back a fairly reasonable £79.99. In spite of what that thrilling name suggests, it’s not just a stereo headset, but features virtual 7.1 surround sound and a noise cancelling mic so your voice chat should be nice and clear. It works with PS3, PS4, PC and Mac via a USB dongle and will even work with your Vita (in stereo) using the included 3.5mm mini-jack. They fold up too, so they might fit in your bag when they’re not around your head.
There will be downloadable custom set ups for the headset available via a free app coming to the PlayStation Store and in an update to the existing PS3 Pulse management app. Certain new games will have special set ups available and you’ll be able to configure your cans to make the best of those favoured games.
Firmware 1.60 will also add some additional stability improvements but there’s no word of Bluetooth headset support just yet, unfortunately.
Source: EU PS Blog