Headphones have always been one of a PC gamer’s best friends, but little by little headphones are gaining ground. Not everyone wants the closed feeling of a full headphone, and some people are looking for something easy to use on the go, as well as on their battle station. Wireless headphones are an especially lighter alternative to the traditional case, keeping your head relatively free. And this pair will allow you to listen to two different sources simultaneously.
Multipoint connectivity for wireless devices is not new, but most implementations do not allow all of them to be used at the same time. Instead, they might require manual switching or doing things like connecting to your phone when it gets a call. But according to GizmodoGenki’s new Waveform headphones let you do a little more than that.
The company behind Genki, Human Things, dubbed this new functionality DualStream. It would allow you to play a game on your PC, while making a phone call, and both would be broadcast over the same set of wireless buttons. For those who want to free their PC from other processes while gaming, this can be very useful, especially for gaming on the go. Another use case could be using Zoom while listening to music, for example. The important part here is: two devices, one set of headphones, at the same time, wirelessly. But there is a bit of a catch.
Charging case for buttons can be connected to audio devices via a cable, whether it’s an audio jack, USB C or lightning. This works like a dongle that allows most devices to send a signal to the Waveform headphones, even if they don’t have their own wireless capabilities. This is how Genki’s new headphones are able to deliver two streams at the same time, one of them has to be through this adapter.
It’s a little disappointing initially, knowing you can’t just natively Bluetooth two devices when that seems like a big part of this product’s premise. However, the case is small, and connecting it to something like a PC or laptop probably won’t be much of a problem. It also extends functionality to many more devices than just a normal Bluetooth mode, although it could also mean that some wireless functionality doesn’t work normally. Ultimately it still feels like a step forward PC Dongle and Bluetooth Solutions.
Waveform buttons are currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, but given that Human Things has a good track record on the platform, it’s not as red flagged as it could be. Plus, it’s where you get some of the weirdest and most interesting PC peripherals, like this one. palm controller. The company also said it already has the chips to start manufacturing, so we hope delays won’t be an issue.
You can currently get one of the entry-level promises for $199, which is an expensive set of headphones, but given the unique functionality it might be worth it.