Sony Interactive Entertainment, the Sony division responsible for PlayStation, is acquiring high-end headphone maker Audeze. according to a press release. Sony says that “the acquisition will strengthen SIE’s efforts to continue to innovate when it comes to the PlayStation game audio experience.”
Audeze will operate independently and continue to make products for multiple platforms, although Sony notes that it will “benefit from being part of the PlayStation ecosystem.” Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Sony’s press release highlights how Audeze’s headphones use “patented technologies and unique planar magnetic drivers to deliver an exceptional sound experience” for consumers and recording professionals. Sony specifically mentioned planar magnetic drivers on Thursday when it shared more details about new PlayStation audio products, including the Pulse Explore headset and Pulse Elite headset, so it’s likely that this deal has been in the works for some time.
Both headsets will also take advantage of a new technology called PlayStation Link that provides low latency and lossless audio when used with the PS5 and the new PlayStation Portal game streaming stick.