Bose tipped to launch first QC35 II Gaming Headset

Bose tipped to launch first QC35 II Gaming Headset
(Image credit: Bose)

Bose looks set to launch a gaming headset based on its ever-popular, noise-cancelling Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones.

Expected to be called the Bose QC35 II Gaming Headset, it looks very similar to the current Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones but comes with a detachable boom microphone for wired gaming use.

A video showing the Bose QC35 II Gaming Headset was dug up in the most recent Bose Connect app update for the Google Play Store. The update file, decompiled by 9to5Google, revealed both footage of and multiple references to a Bose QC35 II Gaming Headset as well as its codename 'Tibbers' - a reference to the League of Legends game.

Bose headphones gaming headset on the way

(Image credit: Bose)

The video shows how a boom microphone will slot into the underside of one of the earcups and, while it may well be simply a USB connection, the footage shows a plug shape which will not fit current models of the QC35 IIs. In other words, it doesn't look like the microphone will be sold as an upgrade for the standard versions of these cans. This is, of course, only a sketched video, and these kinds of details are, obviously, open to change.

What does seem more certain is that the microphone will only work as a wired option and will automatically shut down the Bluetooth functionality of the headphones once slotted in. The headphones will stick with the full set of remote controls as seen on the current QC35 IIs and also feature voice assistant functionality too.

No word on launch date, pricing or anything official from Bose but, with this level of detail in the app update, it doesn't look like we'll have to wait too long.


Dan Sung

Dan is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi? and his job is with product reviews as well as news, feature and advice articles too. He works across both the hi-fi and AV parts of the site and magazine and has a particular interest in home cinema. Dan joined What Hi-Fi? in 2019 and has worked in tech journalism for over a decade, writing for Tech Digest, Pocket-lint, MSN Tech and Wareable as well as freelancing for T3, Metro and the Independent. Dan has a keen interest in playing and watching football. He has also written about it for the Observer and FourFourTwo and ghost authored John Toshack's autobiography, Toshack's Way.