The Pulse Elite headset, currently the only other wireless audio device that works with PlayStation Portal, arrives in February.
Sony has revealed when you’ll be able to snap up the only two wireless audio devices that will work with its PlayStation Portal handheld any time soon. The $200 Pulse Explore earbuds will hit markets including the US, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand on December 6. The $150 Pulse Elite headset will arrive in most markets starting on February 21, Sony says.
Pre-orders for both products, as well as extra PlayStation Link USB adapters, will open on November 9. You can lock in an order for the earbuds, headset or adapter on PlayStation Direct or at other select retailers.
The company claims it will deliver low latency, lossless audio. Sony says it’ll be easy to switch between PlayStation Link devices, such as the PlayStation Portal and your PS5 (which can only connect to the Pulse Explore or Pulse Elite with the help of a USB adapter).
The earbuds and headset both include Bluetooth. Multipoint support means you can connect them to your PS5 or Portal and your phone at the same time, so you can answer a call while playing the likes of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. However, there’s no Bluetooth option on the PlayStation Portal, Sony’s PS5 remote play handheld that’s arriving on November 15. As such, you’ll need to either use the device’s speakers, plug a wired headset into the 3.5mm jack or connect a Pulse Explore or Pulse Elite.
For the time being, those are the only two devices that will support PlayStation Link. According to IGN, Sony eventually plans to allow third-party makers of audio devices to use the standard in their products.
Low-latency, lossless wireless audio is certainly nothing to sniff at. However, Sony’s decision to refrain from offering Bluetooth support in the Portal and instead nudge consumers toward an expensive headset and earbuds that use its proprietary tech is disappointing…