PS4 Audio Settings for Headset

You can’t beat the PlayStation 4 for its graphics and audio options. Gamers, therefore, rely on headphones to enjoy their gaming experience. However, connecting your favorite headphones to the PlayStation 4 is complex because this console officially supports a few of them.

Set up the PS4 headset audio settings.

If you want to connect your PS4 to your headphones, you need to know how to do it. In this article, we will discuss all the possible methods of connecting audio output PS4 to headphones.

PS4 Audio Settings for Headset

PS4 Audio Settings for Headset

You can choose the audio that is output to your compatible headset. You can choose to output all audio or just chat audio.

  • First Select Sound and Screen.
  • Then Select Audio Output Settings.
  • Click on Output to Headphones.
  • The default setting is Chat Audio.

How to set up PS4 audio settings for headset?

There are several ways of connecting your headphones to the PS

You can use an audio cable, or you can use the Bluetooth connectivity option. But there’s a catch when connecting Bluetooth headphones to the PS

Okay, so here’s the deal.

Method 1: Connecting the Officially Supported Bluetooth Headphones

Connecting Bluetooth headphones is a two-step process.

First, you need to connect the Bluetooth headphones to your PS4 using the Bluetooth setting on your PS4.

Then, you need to pair the Bluetooth headphones with your PS4.

In order to get started, press and hold the power button for about 10 seconds. Once you have turned on your Bluetooth device, press and hold the pairing button on your headset for about 5 seconds.

To get to the ‘Settings’ menu on your PS4, first press and hold the ‘Options’ button on the PS4 controller. Then, you’ll see a list of options, including ‘Settings’.

In the ‘Settings’ window, you will choose the ‘Devices’ option. This will open the ‘Devices’ window, where you can see a list of devices connected to the PS4 console. You can also add new devices here.

When you’re looking at your console, the ‘Bluetooth Devices’ option will appear in the ‘Devices’ window.

The next window will display the list of devices that are currently connected to your PS4 via the Bluetooth facility.

When your Bluetooth headphones aren’t showing up on the PS4, wait a while, and then try again.

As your device appears, select the device and press the circle button on the controller. Follow the on-screen instructions.

If the console asks you to register the device, enter the necessary information to complete the connection.

This method will work for only those headsets that are compatible with PS4. If you own such headsets, then this method will work for you. Otherwise, you can try the next methods.

Method 2: Connecting Bluetooth Headphones via Male-to-Male Audio Cable

If you have a Sony Bluetooth headset, it may not work with the PS4. In this case, you need a 3.5mm male-to-male audio cable to connect it.

Bluetooth headphones typically have an audio jack, as we all know. If your headset has an audio jack, follow these steps.

You’ll find the ‘Settings < Devices’ option on the PS4 console menu by following the two steps in the first method.

After that, choose the ‘Audio Devices’ option in the ‘Devices’ window.

Connect the other end of the male connector to your Bluetooth headphones and plug one end of the male connector into the controller’s headphone jack. One end should be plugged into the PS4 controller’s audio jack and the other end into the headphones’ audio jack.

Once you have connected the headphones to the PS4, you’ll see the following message on your screen that your Headphones are successfully connected to the console.

This feature is an automatic setting that has been activated by default. It automatically recognizes when a new headset is connected to the controller and changes both the ‘Input and ‘Output Devices’ to ‘Headset Connected to Controller.’ If you want to make this setting work for any new headset that you connect, you need to manually change these settings.

Turn on the “Switch Output Devices Automatically” option in the Audio Devices window.

You can also set up your PS4 to automatically change the volume when you plug in your headphones. If you wish, you can also configure some other settings. Scroll down to find out what the best audio settings for PS4 headsets are.

You don’t need to plug in the male connector to your controller if you’re using a separate microphone and a separate controller. Instead, you’ll plug the USB end of the 3.5mm jack dongle into a USB port on your controller and another into the headset.

Method 3: Connecting the Wired Headphones

The CTIA standard is the best standard for connecting wired headphones to your smartphone. The standard is most common in newer smartphones. With these headphones, the microphone connector is located on the 1st ring (base) of the jack, and the ground connector is located on the 2nd ring.

Connecting the standard OMTP headphones to PS4 will result in low-quality audio, so you will either need an OMTP to CTIA adapter or a CTIA headphone.

If your headphones are OMTP-based, then you’ll first connect the converter, and then plug it into your PS4. However, if your headphones are CTIA-based, then you won’t need a converter.

Follow the instructions from method 2 (except step number 3) to configure your wired headsets with PS4.

What are the Best PS4 Audio Settings for Headset?

Once you have followed one of the three methods, you will be able to connect the headphones to your PS4. So, let’s see how to configure your audio headsets for your PS4 based on your needs now.  

Changing PS4 Audio output Headphones and TV

If you want to listen to the audio from your speakers and you just want to use the mic of your headphones, then switch the ‘Output Device’ setting to ‘TV or AV Amplifier.

Note: To go to the ‘Output Devices’ option, you can follow the first 2 steps of Method 2.

Configuring the Microphone Settings

There are some headphones that come with microphones, and you may need to configure them after connecting them with PS4. Follow these steps if you’re in a similar situation.

Follow steps 1 and 2 of method 2 to get to the ‘Audio Devices’option.

Next, click on ‘Adjust Microphone Level’ and adjust the slider while wearing the headphones.

Place the slider wherever you find the best settings and enjoy your gaming experience.

Configuring the Game Audio and Chat Audio

When you connect headphones to PS4, the console will play all the audio from the headphones. If however, you want to listen to the chat through headphones and the game audio through speakers, then select the ‘Output to Headphones’ option in the ‘Audio Devices’ window and then select ‘Chat Audio’.

Configuring the Audio Settings for Live Streaming

Here are the steps you need to take to configure the audio settings for live streaming.

Scroll down to the ‘Sharing and Broadcasts’ option on the main ‘Settings’ page. In the ‘Settings’ window, select ‘Sharing and Broadcasts’

Within the new window, make sure that the ‘Include Microphone Audio in Video Clips’ and ‘Include Microphone Audio in Broadcasts’ options are checked. Choose the ‘Audio Sharing Settings’ option under the ‘Sharing and Broadcasts’ window. Check the boxes next to ‘Include Microphone Audio in Video Clips’ and ‘Include Microphone Audio in Broadcasts’.

To enable your live stream to be heard, you must enable the ‘Share Party Audio’ option. Otherwise, you will be talking to yourself in your live stream.


If you’re having trouble with headphones, this guide should be able to help you out. Just make sure you’ve checked the manual and the user manual before buying any headphones.

If you’re still having trouble connecting your headphones, please comment down below and we’ll do our best to help you.

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