The official Bluetooth Headset for the PlayStation 3 is a great accessory but it's time for an upgrade, don't you think?

The new version will start hitting retailers this month and sell for $49.99 (the cost of the older version). Detailed at the PlayStation Blog , this nifty new headset offers a dual-microphone design, auto-pairing via USB cable, in-game headset status indicator, an easily accessible microphone mute button, and the requisite charging cradle, which can also be used as a desktop microphone. Lastly, Sony says "it's the only device to offer High-Quality (HQ) mode," which boasts perfectly clear voice chat. Ah, but that's only the beginning; besides, none of the aforementioned is all that surprising, right?

Okay, well how about the sleek redesign (the device is now 30% smaller), built-in noise cancellation for filtering out ambient noise, and "the improved mobile phone feature support allows you to use features such as three-way calling and call waiting." This overhauled headset will keep on going for six hours, too. It's compatible with devices with Bluetooth 1.1 or higher and if you play online a lot, this is probably a must-have item.

But maybe you'd be satisfied with the old one until you can unwrap your new headset as a holiday gift.