Today, Sony announced the launch of InZone, a new gaming brand mainly for PC gamers. At the same time, it released a few products such as two monitors and three headsets.
Frankly, Sony has been talking about this brand since 2019. “We are entering the gaming gear industry with monitors and headsets at an exciting time, since gaming and esports have gotten even more popular over the last few years,” Kazuo Kii, Sony president of home entertainment and sound products told The Washington Post. “We are leveraging Sony’s high-quality display and audio technologies to deliver products that will allow gamers to immerse themselves into their gaming world.”
As a latecomer to the PC gaming market, Sony plans to win the favor of players through competitively priced products. There are two Sony InZone series gaming monitors, named InZone M9 and InZone M3. The M9 is a 27-inch 4K display with a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms grayscale response time, and 80,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The InZone M3 has a 1080p resolution and a 240Hz refresh rate. Both models have HDMI 2.1 and USB-C ports, as well as variable refresh rate support. But only the higher-end M9 offers full-array local dimming, which improves image quality by offering better contrast. The M9 is priced at $899, while the M5 is priced at $529.
Sony says the aforementioned gaming monitors offer special interoperability features when connected to the PS5. The M9 offers automatic HDR tone mapping, which automatically adjusts the appearance of HDR colors, automatically switching picture modes depending on whether you’re playing a game or watching a movie.
Sony InZone Headsets
At the same time, Sony launched two InZone-branded wireless headphones, the InZone H9 and H7. Both support 2.4GHz wireless and Bluetooth connections. The H9 supports noise cancellation. They both have a flip-up boom mic that’s noticeably larger and sturdier than Sony’s existing Pulse 3D wireless headset for the PlayStation 5. Sony says the wireless earbuds have a battery life of 32 hours and 40 hours, respectively. All three earphones support 360-degree spatial sound, which can be customized using an app to take a photo of the ear. The price of the H9 is $299, while the price of the H7 is $229, and the price of the H3 is $100.
The monitors will be available at Sony.com and other retailers this summer, and the gaming headset is currently available for pre-order on Sony’s website.