Sony announced a PlayStation 4, PS4, system software update, version 1.60, which will go live on Feb. 3. The PS4 firmware update includes official headset support as well as a few other improvements and Sony also introduced the Gold Wireless Headset.
The PS4 1.60 system software update adds official headset support and the patch will be available for download “late tonight,” according to Sony’s blog post. The firmware update lets gamers use PULSE and PULSE – Elite Edition wireless stereo headsets.
John Koller, vice president of marketing for home consoles and handheld platforms, said in the blog post, “We know you’ve been patiently waiting for this update, which means PS4 owners will now be able to enjoy an enhanced gaming experience with 7.1 virtual surround sound and crystal clear voice chat with our official PlayStation headsets. PlayStation headsets are created for PlayStation gamers, by gamers – and designed to truly provide the audio that game developers intended. It’s truly how games were meant to sound.”
As part of the v1.60 firmware update, Sony also announced the Gold Wireless Headset which retails for $99.99. The headset will go on sale in the near future and includes 7.1 virtual surround sound support, a noise cancelling microphone and custom faceplates. The new headset and the PULSE Elite headset support the Headset Companion App that will be available for download later in the month.
The Headset Companion App lets gamers download new game modes from developers and preset and custom audio modes. Sony says the first game mode will be for “inFAMOUS Second Son” and the new audio mode was developed by Sucker Punch.
While Sony has not announced the full list of features to be included in the PS4 version 1.60 system software update, Chris Owen, community manager for PlayStation Europe, commented on additional features that will be added in the patch. On Twitter, Owen said the update will also include general stability improvements and a mute camera feature but could not confirm if these features will be included in the U.S. update.
Fans were pretty happy about the update on NeoGaf but wanted more features to be added by Sony. Some users believe there will be another PS4 firmware update that coincides with the Japan launch on Feb. 22. Among the most anticipated features are media playback updates, such as DLNA/MP3 support, and the suspend/resume mode.
The full list of features for the v1.6 update will be included on Sony’s System Software Updates page when the firmware patch goes live. A video for the Gold Wireless Headset can be viewed below.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.