The PlayStation Earbuds are expected to launch very soon. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the device in the United States which usually means the product is gearing up to ship worldwide.
According to the listing details, the PlayStation Earbuds will feature wireless noise cancelling, which we have already known about since its reveal earlier this year. However, the FCC also lists the included USB transceiver with the earbuds suggesting that users will need to have this plugged in to connect the unit to their PS5.
This is nothing new when it comes to Sony. The company has always opted for USB Bluetooth transceivers for headphones and other accessories. While the PS5 (and PS4) does include built-in Bluetooth, Sony locks this feature away from public use and only lets you connect controllers and the media remote to the consoles.
The Xbox Wireless Headset, for example, doesn’t have a dongle at all. Instead, it connects to the built-in Bluetooth on the Xbox Series X/S. Sony’s PS5 Pulse headset needs a dongle to function.
Sony says these new PlayStation Earbuds will feature a dual-connect ability. You’ll be able to connect them to your smartphone and console. The smartphone connection will likely piggyback off the built-in Bluetooth in these earbuds while the PS5 uses the dongle. It makes sense to use different methods to avoid the device connecting by mistake to the wrong place.
PlayStation has yet to announce the pricing and release date for these earbuds. They were announced alongside the Project Q portable remote play device. The unit leaked last week showing off the Android operating system. By the look of things, Sony might plan on launching both of these products at the same time.