Sony Electronics is launching a new gaming hardware brand called InZone this year. The line of headphones and monitors is specifically designed for use with Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Windows PC games. And those products match, for better or worse, the white-and-black aesthetic of the PS5 with a T.
The timing of Sony’s interest in PC-specific hardware makes sense as more PlayStation exclusives move from Sony Interactive Entertainment to PC.
There are currently two gaming monitors in Sony’s InZone lineup, the M9 and M5. The M9 is a 27-inch 4K monitor with a 144 Hz refresh rate, while the InZone M5 has a 240 Hz refresh rate at 1080p resolution. Both models feature HDMI 2.1 and USB-C ports and support for variable refresh rates – just like the PS5 does – but only the more expensive M9 offers full-array local dimming, which improves picture quality by delivering better contrast. The M9 will cost $899 at launch, while the M5 will cost $529.
Sony touts special interoperability features for these gaming monitors when connected to a PS5. The M9 offers automatic HDR tone mapping, which automatically matches the appearance of HDR color, and it automatically switches the picture mode depending on whether you’re playing a game or watching a movie.
Two wireless InZone headsets also come from Sony – the top-end InZone H9 and the H7, both with 2.4GHz wireless and Bluetooth connectivity – in addition to a wired headset, the H3. They are noticeably larger and more robust than Sony’s existing wireless Pulse 3D headset for the PlayStation 5. Sony says the wireless headsets will have 32 and 40 hours of battery life, respectively. The H9 costs $299, while the H7 costs $229 and the H3 costs $100.
Sony said in a press release that the monitors will be available this summer from Sony.com and other retailers. The gaming headsets are currently available for pre-order on the Sony website.