PlayStation Pulse Explore headphones will be available on December 6, giving holiday shoppers just enough time to grab the low-latency wireless earbuds for $199.99, Sony revealed Monday. The headphones will be the only Bluetooth headphones on the market compatible with the PlayStation PortalSony’s next portable gaming device this holiday season.
The Pulse Explore headphones are available for pre-order starting Thursday, November 9 at 10 a.m. ET. The lossless headphones connect to the PS5 via PlayStation Link, a USB adapter that comes with the headphones. The Pulse Explore can switch between your PlayStation devices, phone or computer and features an AI-enhanced microphone with noise rejection trained to isolate your voice and remove unwanted sounds.
The high price of the Pulse Explore comes with professional audio resolution. Headphone functionality planar magnetic drivers, a technology typically reserved for studio-quality listening equipment that is often not used in consumer headphones. These speakers produce tighter, more controlled sounds with less bass distortion.
Users can enjoy 3D audio in supported PS5 games to use three-dimensional audio signals in their headphones, “positioned with an incredible degree of precision,” according to Sony. The Pulse Explore earbuds feature a battery life of 5 hours, with an additional 10 hours included in the charging case.
The Pulse Elite headphones, an over-ear Bluetooth model with 30 hours of battery life, will be released on February 21, 2024 for $149.99. It is also available for pre-order on November 9.
Sony’s duo of headphones are the only wireless option for the PlayStation Portal, which releases on November 15. There’s a 3.5mm audio jack for wired listening, but no Bluetooth functionality outside of PlayStation Link. The PlayStation Portal Remote Player will only be usable inside your home when connected to your PS5.
Sony has been busy with hardware releases this year with the new Thinner PlayStation 5 with 1TB of storage available in November. The thinner console seems to have a problem because it requires an internet connection to connect its disk drive.