Take a stroll through the halls of /r/Battlestations and it won’t be long before you discover a range of gaming PC setups that also include the latest gaming consoles. PC gaming monitors that pair well with high-end consoles isn’t a new idea, but Sony is taking the opposite approach with its latest “Inzone” accessory. Technically, these are PlayStation 5 accessories that just so happen to work with your PC too. The launch collection features two wild-looking monitors and a trio of headsets.
The Inzone monitors pick up the style of the PS5 very clearly, with large sections of curvy white plastic offset by black trim. The built-in kickstand is also… let’s call it “unique”. A huge central pillar slopes from front to back, adding several inches of depth just behind and in front of the screen. The panel can move up and down the inclined plane, which means that moving it forward also moves it down and vice versa. If that’s not to your liking, the monitors can be used with standard VESA mounts, and there’s a bit of RGB lighting on a strip on the back.
The monitor is available in two variants, both 27 inches. The higher-end Inzone M9 offers 4K resolution and 144Hz on its IPS panel with a response time of 1ms, while the Inzone M3 runs at standard 1080p and 240Hz. Both include support for Nvidia G-Sync and the PS5’s similar VRR mode. Inputs include two HDMI 2.1 ports, a single DisplayPort 1.4, USB-C (no word on wattage for charging laptops), triple standard USB-A ports, and a headphone jack. The monitors can switch between inputs in the usual way, but when connected to a PS5 they automatically activate automatic HDR sound mapping and dynamically switch between cinema and game modes depending on the content.
The Inzone M9 will cost $900 when it launches, which is a bit pricey but in line with Sony’s somewhat ambitious market position. The Inzone M3 costs $530.
But what if you want your head to be perfectly equipped for your PS5 too? Sony offers you three headset designs, the Inzone H9, H7 and H3. The top-of-the-line H9 is wireless with virtual surround sound, noise cancellation and ambient voice detection, features inherited from Sony’s high-end Bluetooth headphone designs. The cans include 40mm drivers, 32 hours of battery life and physical controls, as well as dual 2.4GHz USB and Bluetooth 5.0 audio. They’re going to cost a very steep $300 when they hit the market.
The slightly less forgiving Inzone H7 has the same features as the H9, minus noise-cancellation, which also boosts battery life to 40 hours. It costs $230. The wired version of the headset is the H3, also without noise-cancelling (and with a black plastic boom mic instead of white), which costs a much more palatable $100.
The Inzone headsets will launch on July 7 for the usual retail suspects, with the monitors arriving in a more nebulous “summer 2022” time frame. All of them will be supported with the release of a new Inzone Hub driver pack and settings software for Windows.