Sony’s Playstation has been a staple in the gaming industry for decades, often standing out despite the competition in the industry.
While they remain the leaders in gaming, Sony has shifted its focus to adapt to modern trends – particularly in the PC sector.
The company recently revealed that it is launching its own gaming computer monitors and headsets, hoping to make its mark in the PC gaming market and go beyond the PlayStation brand.
The PC gaming lineup is called Inzone and will feature two monitors.
The Inzone M9 monitor is the pricier one of the pair and retails at $900.
Inzone M9 monitors feature a 27-inch display with 4K resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate, justifying its price.
The Inzone M3 is the more budget-friendly of the two, retailing at $530. While it sacrifices screen resolution, the M3 will have a higher refresh rate.
Sony will release the Inzone M9 in the summer, with the M3 to follow a little later in the winter.
Meanwhile, the brand will be releasing three headsets – the Inzone H9, Inzone H7, and Inzone H3.
All three headsets are available for pre-order, but Sony is yet to provide a release date.
The Inzone H9 is the high-end model of the three, retailing at $300. It is a wireless headset with noise-canceling technology and features an “ambient sound” mode that picks up on the user’s surroundings.
The Inzone H7 is the mid-range device in the lineup, pricing at $230. Although it lacks noise-canceling features, the H7 more than makes up for it with its battery life, which can run for up to 40 hours (8 hours more than the H9’s 32 hours).
The entry model, the Inzone H3, retails for $100. It is also the only wired device in the lineup, requiring a cable plug to work.
Sony’s decision to delve into the PC gaming hardware space pits it against some of the more prominently established brands like Lenovo, ASUS, and Razer. However, it also allows the company to branch out into the esports space.
“The market has been expanding with a higher interest in gaming with the spread of e-sports tournaments and the advancement of gaming entertainment,” said Sony head of game business Yukihiro Kitajima.
“With Sony’s strong history of high-end audio and visual technology products, we believe this new line will offer even more options for those looking to upgrade their current gaming systems.”