Sony Takes On Turtle Beach Wireless Headsets

Dave Zatz —  May 29, 2011

With all of Sony’s recent security troubles, it’s easy to forget they produce quality consumer electronic gear. Which is probably why they’ve spilled the beans on their upcoming wireless PS3 headset. The $99 accessory, available in September, will beam game audio and provide in-game chat capabilities via a retractable mic. Unlike most PS3 gear, the headset doesn’t look to utilize the console’s integrated Bluetooth – shipping, instead, with a USB adapter to handle the wireless link. While Sony bills it as the “PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset” the cans feature virtual 7.1 surround sound. While it’s too early to comment on quality or comfort, they’ve got audio peripheral company Turtle Beach beat on price and style.

Regarding that massive Sony PSN security breach, registered users should have begun receiving email outreach offering a year of free AllClear ID identity theft protection via Debix. The first email from Sony provides a link to register your interest in the service and the follow up email will include your personal Activation Code, as shown above. I’m not entirely sure what we receive for our troubles and can’t vouch for its effectiveness, but here’s the deal:

Sony has made arrangements with Debix, a leader in identity theft protection, for Debix to offer AllClear ID PLUS to PlayStation Network, Qriocity and Sony Online Entertainment account holders in the United States. AllClear ID PLUS is a premium identity protection service that uses advanced technology to deliver alerts to help keep you safe. The service also provides identity theft insurance coverage and hands-on help from expert fraud investigators. The first twelve months of the service will be free.

6 responses to Sony Takes On Turtle Beach Wireless Headsets

  1. I signed up for that AllClear but, like you, I don’t know what it gets me. It didn’t ask for my social security number so the only thing identifying me to them is my name and address.
    And I found it odd that you need to give them at least 24 hours before you can sign into your account. What the heck are they doing, entering this stuff by hand?
    It didn’t give me a warm fuzzy that my identity is any better protected for having signed up for this.
    Maybe it’s a case of you get what you pay for.

  2. Crap I want that now. I have a flaky mic. September is a long wait.

    In game sound is ideal. I assume it can be used for movies (blu ray/dvd/VUDU) also?

  3. There is a blurb on the Sony pre-order website that says it can’t be used for blu-ray movies, so no late night movie watching (perhaps w/DVD or streaming, blurb wasn’t clear). That is a poor choice on their part IMHO. I went ahead and bought the expensive Turtle Beach one. As a casual gamer, well, its nice to have a decent salary.

  4. I’ll be getting these for sure

  5. I’m sorry OP, but I don’t know where you got the “quality consumer gear” from.

    Have you seen reviews on epinion of their wireless headset for T.V? These produce a static sound ALWAYS.

    I’ve changed mine 3 times and they keep doing it.

    Their sony walkman is also garbage… it fell from my bed (2 feet) onto a wooden floor and stopped working since…

    Sony is definitely NOT into high-quality electronics gear.

  6. I love these head phone!!! way better then turtle beach… Sometime my wireless headset get cut off. Not with this one. You can put it as load as you like. U can make voice chat loader then game play or the other way around… with 1 click u can mute every1. And it only work on game’s and maybe blue ray. normal dvd is 2.0… on computer 2.0 is all the computer can take.