PS3 headset going solo, Confrontation beta delayed

Sony-developed peripheral available as stand-alone purchase for $49.99; SOCOM open test bumped to Sept. 5 for preorderers, Sept. 12 for Qore subscribers.

As it did last year with Incognito's multiplayer-only PlayStation 3 exclusive Warhawk, Sony will be offering a Bluetooth headset with Slant Six's online shooter SOCOM: Confrontation. As the headset was specially built in-house by Sony, it comes as little surprise that the publisher also has plans to release the peripheral as a stand-alone product alongside SOCOM this fall.

Roger, bravo two-niner, we've got an in-bound headset, over.

Sony said today that gamers who don't pick up the headset as part of the $59.99 SOCOM: Confrontation bundle can purchase the peripheral individually for $49.99. As previously announced, the device will be compatible with other PS3 games as well as Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices.

Detailing some of the finer points of the Bluetooth-enabled device, Sony noted today that the headset features a high-quality mode option, which when activated will attempt to improve sound quality through "advanced voice technologies and noise-cancellation techniques." Sony's device also recognizes a variety of voice commands for use during in-game situations, and will also double as a microphone when docked in its charging cradle.

In other SOCOM news, gamers expecting to enter Slant Six's open multiplayer beta were in for a rude awakening this week, when the previously announced testing period failed to initiate. As related via the developer's site, that open beta window has officially been pushed back a few days, and will now begin for preorderers on September 5, with Qore subscribers furloughed until a week later. Slant Six notes that the delay won't shorten the testing period, as it is now expected to run through October 5.

For more on SOCOM: Confrontation--which is expected to release October 14--check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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143 comments
division_9
division_9

Man its sexy, for someone like me it doesnt have much use since the PlayStation eye comes with a built in mic.

xXJ0N0K3RXx
xXJ0N0K3RXx

Nikefreak = its actually 3 mms slimmer than the 30 headset but the same length i think that is what he meant with that statement

mrkame16
mrkame16

Is this game good or what?? im still waiting for a review. I want the headset but is the game worth it...these games need to be reviewed earlier.

juan99692k6
juan99692k6

i bought the eye camera for ps3 and i don't use a bluetooth no more you could just talk to the tv ...well kinda of. ha but it has been a relieve since i don't have to use the bluetooh in my ear no more. and having to run to charge it neither. i payed bout $29.99 for the camera it has a built-in mic

nikefreak
nikefreak

irongobbo = Not bulky like the 360 one? This is about the same size as the 360 wireless headset, and similar ear attachment. Why bother with that statement when it makes no sense?

Rhen_Var
Rhen_Var

Well I can understand why they are selling them seperate. I mean not everyone wants the headset, people who already have one can already compromise with their current ones. So making the Headset optional was a good ideal. As for the beta...just don't delay the full game release >_>

irongobbo
irongobbo

that is a nice head set, not bulky like the 360 one, but if there was something for a cheaper price i would be realy nice. I hope Mad Catz makes one that WORKS this time, then maybe it would be cheaper

z0mbifier
z0mbifier

can someone please PM me a beta code? where can i get one?

jogunther
jogunther

You guys seem like you might want to stay more informed. I've played every version of socom online. And when I get the beta I better not be diappointed.

akiwak
akiwak

a friend game me his beta code for Socom and i've already played some matches. I hope that the end product is not like the beta. I don't want to wait 10 minutes for a match to upload once all the players are ready. The characters looked a little cartoonish IMO. This doesn't change my mind of getting the game/mic combo because that is a great deal. I'm more interested in the mic than this game sorry please don't hate. I loved playing the Socom games through story mode but never took the experience online.

coold_steam
coold_steam

i bought the first episode of qore ,can i download the beta or not??

FrankenLife
FrankenLife

Their servers are flooded right now. They didn't set up enough bandwidth to handle all the people. I have the BETA but I am having the hardest time getting into a game.

sphinx-shadow
sphinx-shadow

to bad for the beta i guess good things happen to those who wait.

DEWMAN08
DEWMAN08

Thats a slick looking mic.

wahsu_1
wahsu_1

Cool, its either this one for me or the MGS one.

Sammojo
Sammojo

The warhawk headset was, to be frank, quite crap. The sound was alright most of the time, but there was no noise cancellation, and the speaker was cheap. Better than nothing I guess though. $50 for a headset is typical of a company like Sony. SOCOM better be a good game.

MightyJordan
MightyJordan

I just wish the price would have been the same over here. I would be more than happy to pay up the $10 extra if I get a game to go with it!

Nickolai1979
Nickolai1979

"Who in their right mind would pay 50$ for the headset alone when you can get it and Socom for just 60$. I'm going to be a smart guy and get the bundle which is a much better deal than the stand alone headset." Exactly my thinking.

CrusherForce11
CrusherForce11

Who in their right mind would pay 50$ for the headset alone when you can get it and Socom for just 60$. I'm going to be a smart guy and get the bundle which is a much better deal than the stand alone headset.

solidkratos816
solidkratos816

who would want to buy it seperately. I'd rather get the game and the headset for a convenient price (which is what i am going to do. Cant wait.)

briansevenfive
briansevenfive

@ holteEnder4Life what do u want it to look like the ps3 has bluetooth and they want sumthing small to fit just over your ear and its obvsly going loook like the one for cell phones

xXRorschachXx
xXRorschachXx

I think the headset is really sexy. Im waiting for that one, which is why i currently dont have one. Some magazine, i think EGM, said that the headset performed really well. And as far as the beta, cant wait.

Socom4life14
Socom4life14

some headset u have to ell out loud in order for others to hear u . i hope this isnt one of those headset

HolteEnder4Life
HolteEnder4Life

why did they make it look like a phone headset? i dont wanna look like an M3 driver. ill stick with my usb one thanks @ G-Legend: its for squad commands in SOCOM and endwar, not making your char speak, and most games wont support it, a good feature though

akiwak
akiwak

I must say I find the game w/headset to be a pretty sweet deal. I was going to hold out on buying the game but the headset has me sold. I have a wired headset because I don't get any of the background noice, static, or humming that I use to get with the old wireless one I had. *makes his way to nearest game shop*

hybrid3214
hybrid3214

damit why the hell dont they just release it right now it doesnt make any sense. but then again not much sony does makes sense whatever.

G-Legend
G-Legend

"Sony's device also recognizes a variety of voice commands for use during in-game situations..." What does that mean are you saying if I say something for like COD4 like FRAG OUT! it will do the same in-game?

navstar29
navstar29

its funny if you want multiple headsets or even just the headset alone your better off getting the bundle and selling the game somewhere, considering the games probably still gonna be in wraps you could probably sell it for 30 bucks. Although I plan to buy SOCOM (and the headset) and can't wait for the 12th, beta through qore, bring it on.

Wezker619
Wezker619

people who are complaining about the price, you guys are nubs. Just go preorder Socom with the headset. You act like your getting ripped. The game by itself is 39.99 the same as Gran Turismo Prolouge. Its 59.99 for the headset and the game and its 49.99 for just the headset. I preorderd the 59.99 Socom and Headset deal. Going on the beta tommorow. Quit complaining about the price. Socom is the ruler of Playstation Online and is going to own PSN.

Nineball2112
Nineball2112

[quote] hybrid3214 Posted Sep 4, 2008 7:36 pm PT ok so when is the headset coming out by itself???? i need a date if anyone can tell me thanks.[/quote] It says [quote]the publisher also has plans to release the peripheral as a stand-alone product alongside SOCOM this fall.[/quote] No, there isn't anything more specific than that. So, I'd say sometime between now and winter to narrow that down for you.

hybrid3214
hybrid3214

anyone gonna answer my question??

mikewalsh69
mikewalsh69

eh is that for real??? 50 for just the headset when you can get the game for an extra 10. god lord that's stupidly dear. i'm still gonna buy the headset with game but that price is just incredible.

Jman251
Jman251

I bought a Motorola blue tooth earlier in the year, but I'm going to pick up the Socom bundle with headset and use the Motorla as a backup.

Kane04
Kane04

what the hell??? 49.99 for the stand alone thing? are they thinking they are sell any? really this should come with the PS3 when you buy it...

hybrid3214
hybrid3214

ok so when is the headset coming out by itself???? i need a date if anyone can tell me thanks.

PureDante
PureDante

necronaux: Game without headset is 39.99$ The game with headset is 59.99$ because they obviously want more ppl to buy socom!

OmegaNemesis28
OmegaNemesis28

How do I subscribe to Qore. I dont see an option for it on PSN. I can only buy.

necronaux
necronaux

Did I read this right? Game with headset is $59, headset without the game is $49? Is the game available without the head set and what is it selling for?

K_A_R_X
K_A_R_X

Cool!!! Can't wait to play it with WARHAWK!

gamemaster004
gamemaster004

Im not really an army shooter type of person, but that headset might make me one.. Sone keep surprisind me with the simple pleasures that make being a gamer worth living! Either way if I do get the game that saves me $49.99. LMAO

Ace77765
Ace77765

:cries: It hurts so much i wont have the ps3 by the time it comes out but rest assured I will be picking all of this up when the time comes and I will be joining the socom brethren soon

Ace77765
Ace77765

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Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Why wouldn't you use the "high-quality mode option" all the time then??

CookieGoat
CookieGoat

Damn, to bad it's SOOO pricey when you don't like socom and aren't buying the bundle >_>

Irishmandkg
Irishmandkg

I love the fact that xbox fanboys are trying to bash all the games coming out for the ps3. They are just upset by the fact that microsoft has no real games coming out besides...uh...gears 2 and fable 2...wow. And the fact that Micro$oft will once again most likely kill the 360 and leave millions of owners with no options other than to get the next xbox. So xbox fanboys get out of the sony games and go play with your 7 year old friends on halo or gears of war..because those are sooooo much better than socom and killzone 2 and resistance..lol

Timstuff
Timstuff

I have the Jabra headset that came with Warhawk. For a cheap entry level mic, it works nicely, although the official Sony one looks a lot sexier. I may end up buying it and start using my Jabra with my phone.

CuSztOm16
CuSztOm16

well i wasn't planning too...BUT it looks like imma have to actually pre-order Socom:Confrontation. All those functions on a Bluetooth for only $10 when getting this game...doesn't get better than that :D