Sony’s InZone gaming monitors and headsets are for more than just PS5 gamers
Games with contrast-rich details and environments, like Returnal, shine with the M9’s full-array local dimming.The rear LEDs can change color within the M9’s on-screen display, but it doesn’t support effects — just solid colors.The H9 only come in this bl

Games with contrast-rich details and environments, like Returnal, shine with the M9’s full-array local dimming.
Sony InZone M9The rear LEDs can change color within the M9’s on-screen display, but it doesn’t support effects — just solid colors.

The H9 only come in this black and white colorway.
Sony InZone H9This toggling audio switch does what you expect it to.

Like its monitors, Sony has a unique angle with the H9 that other hardware makers haven’t tried, to my knowledge. PC players can install its InZone companion app along with Sony’s 360 Spatial Sound Personalizer to get a more customized spatial audio profile. Oddly, doing this requires you to take pictures of your ears, and yes, Sony claims that doing this will actually improve your audio. In my brief hands-on test of the feature, I didn’t notice a difference, but I’ll be sure to test it more thoroughly for the review.

Sony has one other wireless headset, the $229 H7, and a $100 H3 wired gaming headset. The H7 has a slightly reduced set of features, but it retains the design and dual wireless connectivity. You won’t get noise cancellation, though axing that feature boosts the battery life to 40 hours per charge. The H3, on the other hand, delivers decent sound performance, but it’s more pared back in terms of styling compared to the H9 and H7.

Sony releasing its own gaming monitors wasn’t exactly on my bingo card for 2022, or, well, ever — not that it hasn’t tried before. But its new InZone hardware looks and feels like fully realized ideas coming to fruition. As to whether Sony plans to iterate yearly on these products, as its competitors do, remains to be seen. But what’s coming out in 2022 feels relatively future-proofed. Stay tuned for the final reviews coming soon.

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