Although online gaming has become as popular on PS3 as it is on Xbox 360 over the last few years, certainly during the first couple of years of the console’s life it was at a severe disadvantage. Xbox Live was in its early days a much more reliable service than the Playstation Network, and of course every single Xbox 360 owner also owned a wired headset for online chat. While PSN improved as the years went by, there has never been a bundled headset with the PlayStation 3 hardware, forcing gamers to make the additional purchase of a bluetooth set.
The next generation of consoles will be very different however. Sony has already confirmed that a mono wired headset will be included with every PS4 purchase, leaving Microsoft to once again extol the virtues of the new Kinect, explaining that its use as a directional microphone makes a bundled headset pointless. The Xbox One also uses a proprietary headphone jack on the new control pad for any wired headsets that gamers do want to use, purchased from third parties like Mad Katz.
Conversely, the PS4 uses a standard connector, leaving the only question for gamers whether or not the system will also support the wireless headsets that gamers have invested in for their current PlayStation console on their next machine. Courtesy of Polygon, we now have an answer, according to a Sony spokesman at the San Diego Comic Con, where the PS4 is on show. Great news all round then, if you have dropped $150 on a Turtle Beach headset a couple of years back and want to use it to play Killzone: Shadow Fall online this holiday season.