Are you the type of gamer who loves the crisp clear sound that a nice pair of headphones deliver, but hate being unable to wear your headset for multiplayer chat? Well, Sony has just revealed a new peripheral that combines the functionality of both, and also connects with your PS3 for status updates on battery life and volume level.

Unveiled today by Sony, this official PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset is the perfect peripheral for gamers who love the aural experience of a video game, but can’t find the room to install a home theater system. Featuring both 7.1 virtual sound and a built in microphone, this headset combines the necessary team communication functionality with the need to hear every footstep and explosion.

Priced at $99.99 the PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset connects via a USB dongle to any PS3 console which will, once the headset is connected, then give the player updates on battery life and sound controls. Essentially, if you want the same status updates you receive about your controller to occur for your headset, this is the one to pick up.

Aside from volume controls and a mute button, this stereo headset doesn’t do much to differentiate itself from the pack, and since it is not yet available there aren’t any user reviews to evaluate just how good the audio experience is. And if you are looking for either high quality audio or just a bluetooth headset, this might not be the optimum product for you.

Still, at under $100, and with the added PS3 functionality, if you were planning to pick up both a set of headphones and a mic, this can kill two birds with one stone. The look is simple yet elegant, like many Sony devices, and the microphone even retracts to avoid embarrassing explanations of why your headphones have a mic attached to them.

Unfortunately there is currently no release date revealed, but more information should be on the way soon.

Will you be picking up the official PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset? What brand/type of headsets have you preferred to use in the past?

Source: PlayStation Blog

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