Why Can’t PS5’s Connect to Bluetooth?
Before we talk you through the methods of connecting your Bluetooth headphones to your PS5, we first thought that it would be a good idea to explain to you why PS5’s can’t connect directly to a Bluetooth device. Let’s take a look:
Despite the quick speed and stylish design of a PS5, there’s one pretty big downside that knocks it off its pedestal, and that’s the fact that it doesn’t natively support Bluetooth devices. The reason why a PS5 cannot connect directly connect to a Bluetooth device mainly comes down to latency and signal interference, and is a design choice made by Sony in order to help improve the overall user experience. The good news is that you are able to connect your Bluetooth device to your PS5 with the help of a Bluetooth adapter, which brings us to our next section.
What You’ll Need:
First things first, you’re going to need a pair of Bluetooth headphones. Any pair you have will work just fine, though if you need a recommendation for a new pair, you’ll find our top picks a little further down. After that, you’re then going to need to make sure that you have a Bluetooth adapter, and you can choose between either a USB-C or a USB-A.
Which type of USB adapter you choose will depend on a few factors. Firstly, with the PS5, it’s important to keep in mind that there’s only one USB-C port, so if you’re already using it for an additional SSD, then you’ll need to pick up a USB-A adapter. Luckily, many USB-C adapters such as the Creative BT-W3 Bluetooth adapter actually comes complete with additional USB-A converters, which you’ll also find a little further down in this article.
Once you’ve got both your headphones and your Bluetooth adapter of choice sorted, you’ll then be ready to connect your Bluetooth headphones to your PS5. To do this, all you will need to do is take your chosen USB adapter and insert it into one of your PS5’s connectivity ports. After doing that, you’ll then need to hold down the sync buttons on both your headphones and adapter, which will alert both devices that you want to pair. After you have successfully connected your Bluetooth headphones to your PS5 via the USB adapter, your PS5 should then be able to recognize the Bluetooth headphones as USB audio (rather than Bluetooth), which will allow you to then have total access to the PS5’s audio options. Success!
Our Top Recommendations
Whether your current Bluetooth headphones aren’t what they used to be and you’re in the market for a brand-spanking-new pair to go with your PS5, or you simply want some the expert recommendations on compatible Bluetooth adapters, reach on for our top picks:
If you want to buy a new pair of Bluetooth headphones to go with your PS5, then a great option to consider is the COWIN E7 Noise Cancelling Headphones. Built with Active Noise Cancelling technology, you’ll be able to enjoy significant noise reduction while wearing them, which will allow you to zone into the game for a more immersive experience than ever before.
In addition to that, they also come complete with proprietary 45mm large-aperture drivers that have been optimized for deep and accurate bass response. This ensures that these headphones will be able to deliver a powerful and more authentic sound quality than other headphones on the market, all while providing you with the best value for money.
If you are using your PS5’s USB-C port for an additional SSD card or drive, then you’ll need to purchase a USB-A adapter which will ensure that you are able to insert the Bluetooth adapter into a different port on your PS5, as it only features one USB-C port.
Out of all the options on the market, the Avantree Lead Class 1 Long Range USB Audio Transmitter is one of the very best to consider, and also offers excellent value for money. Its embossed leaf design will allow for easy gripping while inserting or removing the adapter from your PS5, while its sync button offers plenty of functionality as it’s located on the side of the adapter, meaning that you’ll be able to switch it on and into pairing mode in moments.
If you’re looking for a USB-C Transmitter, you’d be making a good choice to check out the Creative BT-W3 Bluetooth 5.0 USB-C Audio Transmitter. This versatile adapter is a USB-C adapter, which means you’ll be able to insert it into your PS5’s USB-C port. However, if the port is being used for something else, you can use the included USB-A converter, which will allow you to use one of the PS5’s USB-A ports instead.
If this is your first time connecting a Bluetooth device to your PS5, or you simply want easy to follow instructions to make sure you don’t make a mistake, the following steps will clearly lay out what you need to do to effectively connect your PS5 to your Bluetooth Headphones:
Step 1: The first thing you’ll need to do is switch on your Bluetooth headphones so that you can then put them into pairing mode. If you’re unsure of how to do this, we recommend referring to the manufacturer’s instructions that can be found either on the packaging or in the user manual that will have come with them upon purchase.
Step 2: Before you do anything else, you should then go ahead and take your chosen USB adapter, and insert it into the PS5, which will allow you to successfully connect the two together.
Step 3: Then, while your Bluetooth headphones have been placed in pairing mode, the next thing you’ll need to do is switch on your PS5. After you have turned it on, you will then need to locate the Bluetooth transmitter, proceeding to hold down the transmitter button for a few seconds until you notice that the LED light on the PS5 has begun to start flashing. This means that the PS5 is also in pairing mode and searching for devices to connect to.
Step 4: After a few moments, your PS5’s Bluetooth transmitter should automatically detect your Bluetooth headphones and then proceed to automatically connect to them, at which point you will be able to start using your headphones, as they will now be connected to your PS5’s audio system.
What to do if the connection fails: If you carried this method out and noticed that the connection failed, we recommend switching your headphones and trying it out again. Sometimes, if you wait too long in-between placing both devices into pairing mode, it can cause one to time out.
A note about USB adapters: It’s important to note that USB-A and USB-C adapters will need to be inserted in different areas of the PS5. If you have decided to go with a USB-A type transmitter, then you will be able to plug it into either the PS5’s Hi-Speed USB-A port or you could choose to insert it into one of its rear-facing USB-A ports. In contrast, if you decided to select a USB-C type transmitter, you will only be able to insert it via the sole USB Type-C port that is located on the front of the PS5. Once inserted into your PS5, you’ll be able to begin the pairing process with your chosen Bluetooth headphones.