Sony would develop wireless gaming earbuds especially for the PS5. Codenamed Project Nomad, these in-ear headphones could bring a premium audio experience to a much smaller size on console.
Sony is the maker of some of the best headphones currently on the market, a pedigree that lends credibility to Insider gaming (opens in new tab)‘s reports on new earbuds in the works. Battery life has been quoted as being expected to last five hours, which is similar to what you can expect from the Apple Airpods when using spatial surround sound, which is also supported by the PS5.
As expected, the product is planned to use USB C, which means it can be easily charged from the front port on the PS5 to console. As with some of the best earbuds, such as The WF-1000XM4 from Sony And WF-1000XM3Project Nomad seems to be able to charge through the case for fast charging away from the cable.
Aside from the end of FY23, no concrete release window has been given, meaning we could see an announcement anytime from April this year to March 2024. The move makes sense on Sony’s part, given how the PlayStation parent company has stepped up in its audio efforts in recent months.
It’s not just a push in the back best PS5 headsets from the side of the manufacturer, but also a branch into the realm of the best pc gaming headsets, also with the Sony InZone series. On the premium side, the Sony InZone H9 has attempted to bridge the gap between both platforms, offering more versatility than the Pulse 3D headset.
Few details have been shared about exactly what fast charging can be expected from Project Nomad in terms of performance. We could get anything from a rebranded version of the WF-1000 line to something more specialist that could include the great Tempest 3D AudioTech in the small form factor.
Ultimately, the price and features of this new product will determine the success of Sony’s attempt to break into the world of best gaming earbuds on PS5. There’s certainly the pedigree and proven track record to make Project Nomad work if it’s ever officially announced. For me, the greatest potential strength of the project is how it could work PSVR 2 as an ideal complement to the upcoming virtual reality headset.