Sony’s own PlayStation branded headsets are some of the best you can buy for the PS4 right now, and one of the fresh announcements from September’s PlayStation Meeting was a new, higher tier device, the Platinum Wireless Headset. Originally planned for release before the end of this year, it’s now been delayed until January 2017.
PS4’s Platinum Headset, originally scheduled for holiday, is now slated to launch worldwide in January. Thanks for your patience! pic.twitter.com/8YY16i4yVf
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) 28 October 2016
There’s a distinct premium over the Gold Wireless Headset you can currently buy for around £65, with preorders placing it at £129.99. For that extra money, there’s a much classier design, which ditches the moulded rubbery look in favour of a metal headband with suspension strap, and shinier earcups with more clearly defined buttons. While it hooks into the same system software and audio profiles and virtualises 7.1 audio, it features 50mm drivers instead of 40mm, and there’s an array of microphones that allow for noise cancellation – it’s not 100% clear if this is just for chat audio or also affects what you yourself are hearing.
The problem is that Sony haven’t really made any of that clear. Until I started digging into it and reading between the lines, I was struggling to see where that doubling in price was being justified.