Sony has got the premium, mid-range and budget audio listeners covered with the WF-1000XM5, Linkbuds S and WF-C700N earbuds respectively. Console gaming is also on their radar with the announcement of the PlayStation earbuds earlier this year but will it be enough to challenge the likes of Razer, Asus ROG, Roccat or Turtle Beach?
Tapping this segment of the growing market is in Sony’s scheme of things as they’ve just released the InZone Buds. The gaming-centric wireless earbuds are designed keeping in mind the low latency and extended gaming sessions on mobile devices, as well as PC and gaming consoles via a dedicated USB-C dongle.
To attend to the specific needs of competitive gamers, the InZone WF-G700 earbuds tout a massive 12-hour standalone battery (with ANC turned off) and 24 hours in the case, courtesy of the Bluetooth Low Energy (LE Audio) and a new smart chip. They have a very low latency of 30 milliseconds for in-game tactical advantage in first-person shooters. 360 spatial audio is another feature that’ll keep gamers interested in these earbuds.
To get the most life-like immersive experience, you’ll have to use the Sounf Field Optimization with the 360 Spatial Sound Personalizer smartphone app. This customizes the audio delivery by analyzing the ear canal using feedback microphones to measure the sound inside the ear canal. The user can totally personalize the spatial listening experience thereafter.
Long gaming sessions are a certainty, so the earbuds are very comfortable for lengthy use since they weigh 8.2 grams in total. The included set of four ear tips ensures you get a comfy experience wearing them. For gamers who are audiophiles too, the earbuds should fare well since they come with the same Dynamic Driver X architecture as that on the premium WF-1000X series. However, keep in mind they are tuned for delivering gaming-optimized audio and should do well in situations where ANC and ambient modes are needed.
The IPX4-rated InZone earbuds are currently up for pre-order for a price tag of $200 in white and black color variants. These are the more premium gaming earbuds you can own if you are looking for a pair that’s better than the current options for a competitive edge.