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PS4 update 1.6 release with Pulse headset compatibility confirmed for February 4

Sam Loveridge


PlayStation Pulse
PlayStation Pulse headset for PS3

UPDATE: Sony has announced that the PS4 Update 1.6 will be released tomorrow, February 4 and bring increased headset compatibility.

As of tomorrow, you will be able to use the Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset, including the limited edition GTA 5 version with the PS4.

After the update, the original Wireless Stereo Headset will also be able to communicate with the PS4 for voice chat.

The wireless headset PS4 update will allow you to experience 7.1 virtual surround sound and voice chat with Sony’s next-generation console and all its games.

Sony also revealed that a second-generation Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 would launch for the PS4 on February 10 for £79.99.

The new headset will feature 7.1 virtual surround sound, a noise-cancelling internal microphone and can be used with the USB wireless adaptor with the PS4, PS3, PC or Mac.

A 3.5mm stereo mini jack also means it can be used with the PS Vita and upcoming PS Vita Slim.

There’s also a Headset Companion App inbound, offering access to custom sound modes to enhance your gaming and movie audio experience on PS4 and PS3.

Sony Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0

Sony Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0

Original Story: Sony has reportedly delayed the PS4 1.6 update to February 22 in order to coincide with the Japan release date.

Many of you may be wondering when the PS4 1.6 update will arrive and the latest source suggests you’ll have to wait until next month to see it touch down on Sony’s next-gen console.

According to supposed PlayStation “inside sources”, the 1.6 update will arrive on February 22, just in time for the Japanese launch.

“Well it seems recently from inside sources that the update we are anticipating has a date. PS4 update 1.6 to be released on Feb 22, 2014 alongside the plan debut of PlayStation 4 in Japan. There will be talk about the headset soon but the update was pushed to the 22nd. I hope this little bit of information helps everyone out,” wrote official PlayStation Community poster ungodly0529.

The long-awaited 1.6 firmware update is rumoured to bring PlayStation Pulse headset compatibility to the PS4.

In October 2013, Sony confirmed that the PS4 would have limited chat headset compatibility at launch, with additional headsets supported through a firmware update.

Despite it being over two months since the PS4 launched in the UK and US, Sony has yet to deliver an expected release date for PS4 headset compatibility.

Currently, gamers have to use the mono chat headset included with the PS4 to communicate online with their friends, as existing Bluetooth and other third party gaming headsets will not work with the PS4 for chat.

There are no other details as to what else the 1.6 update could bring, but we expect it will mostly be bugs fixes and internal software tweaks to keep the PS4 problem free.

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January 31, 2014, 6:58 pm

horseshit - why keep me from using my SONY HEADSET on my PS4 just b/c Japan doesn't have it yet? wtf? why?


January 31, 2014, 8:04 pm

Anyone know if this update also features the CD and mp3 patch?


January 31, 2014, 8:08 pm

These are lies, ive been using my stereo headset since launch... They were specifically designed for the ps4.


January 31, 2014, 8:17 pm

I don't think you're talking about the compatibility that the article is. I think you have been connecting it with wires, the article is waiting so that you can connect it with the USB dongle. They aren't lies, you've misunderstood the article. My 'official playstation wireless stereo headset' didn't work when I plugged it in at launch (after the 1.50 and 1.51 updates) so I bought a new headset that did work. I couldn't be bothered to deal with Sony's terrible lack of transparency.


January 31, 2014, 8:24 pm

That does not make sense. We all know that upgrading the system increases network download traffic. Add that to the fact the new consoles have a day one upgrade of 300mb. Why on earth is it good sense to coincide a system update with a console launch. Not very good traffic management at all. Strange decision.


January 31, 2014, 10:10 pm

Will there ever be one??

A Torn Sock

February 1, 2014, 6:11 am

Exactly my thought, pretty lame.


February 1, 2014, 8:00 am

Some of these comments... Us Americans... So disgustingly entitled. What if we were the ones having to wait until February to even have the console. Of course everyone would be so upset. Ugh, you people make me sick.


February 1, 2014, 2:25 pm

If we had to wait, we'd bitch, and rightly so. "Us Americans" are the #1 market in the world. And it's certainly not our fault that a Japanese company launched their new product in our territory rather than theirs. Ugh, guilty apologists like you make me sick.


February 1, 2014, 3:15 pm

Where's pokebank? lol i'm taking the piss now.


February 1, 2014, 3:22 pm

Not True. I think You are the one who misunderstood the article. The article clearly states " as existing Bluetooth and other third party gaming headsets will not work with the ps4 for chat"
I have been using my turtle beach headsets for chat since launch. I plug them directly into the controller and they work better than the mono headset. I have full wireless functionality of my headsets with the exception that I have to plug them into the controller for chat.


February 1, 2014, 4:19 pm

whhhhhhat the frick....that earpiece thing is a piece of crap. There was not one person at the freaking sony design meeting who stood up and said " This earpiece thing is from the 90's why are we stepping back in time shouldn't we be moving forward with Dre Beats??" Why wouldn't a usb doggle setting already be in place. Does sony really expect me to use this piece of crap ear thing??? Umm you can't even hear someones foot steps, no surround sound. I'm not a frickin 1 eared butt pirate sony!!! I have freakin two ears!!! epic fail. and outdated. Dumb.

Mr. Twenty Ninth

February 1, 2014, 11:59 pm

i don't care about the headset as muh i am anticipating them to lift the anti-HDCP so we can record our games in full quality


February 2, 2014, 10:22 am

You can still use your old turtle beach headsets from your ps3 on your new ps4, you only need a ps4 chat lead from amazon to make them work


February 2, 2014, 4:12 pm

At lot missing in the launch release. Come on Sony get you sh.. together and get this update on. Seems fractional to me 1.52 to 1.53 and there is a lot missing. I hope they get this working as good as PS3 in the very near future. To anyone hasn't bought yet I suggest you wait


February 2, 2014, 5:18 pm

"Only works with included mono headsets" um I pretty sure my buddies and I are using turtle beach z11 and another one uses an iphone headset...


February 2, 2014, 9:05 pm

Releasing the update on the same day as japans launch is server suicide !.


February 3, 2014, 11:12 am

DON'T CARE ABOUT HEADSET SUPPORT. you can plug in any headphones into the control pad and it works. I got v-moda's with the mic built into the lead and it works. SONY DO US ALL A FAVOUR AND BRING BACK DLNA SUPPORT AND MP3 / VIDEO STREAMING FROM DEVICES TO THE CONSOLE. This is for the players? Well tell those players they don't need to worry about mp3 or dlna if they don't want to use it. Why the f is these functions missing from a next gen console???

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