Listening to loud commentaries in FIFA or other PS4 games makes the game more interesting. These commentaries improve your concentration in the game and relieve your inbound stress during the game.
However, connecting Bluetooth speakers to PS4 is challenging. That’s because Sony, the company that produces the PS4, doesn’t allow it. PS4 also lacks a Bluetooth adapter making it difficult for any Bluetooth speakers to pair.
At audiosk, this article discusses how to connect Bluetooth speakers to PS4 indirectly. You’ll still enjoy playing the game with your desired volume. Read to the end to learn how to connect Bluetooth speakers to PS4.
How to directly connect a Bluetooth speaker to a PS4?
Connecting a Bluetooth speaker directly to a PlayStation 4 (PS4) is not straightforward because the PS4 doesn’t support most Bluetooth audio devices natively. This is due to limitations in the Bluetooth protocols that the PS4 supports. However, there are a few workarounds you can try:
Using a USB Bluetooth Adapter: Purchase a compatible USB Bluetooth dongle that can plug into one of the PS4’s USB ports.Attach the USB Bluetooth dongle to the PS4. Turn on the pairing feature in your Bluetooth speaker. Using the instructions included with the dongle, properly link your Bluetooth speaker to the dongle. After pairing, you should be able to use the speaker with your PS4.
Using the PS4 Remote Play App: First, download the PS4 Remote Play app onto your smartphone or tablet. Pair your Bluetooth speaker with a compatible smartphone or tablet. Open the Remote Play app and pair it with your PS4. The PS4 audio will be rerouted to your smartphone/tablet which then goes on to a Bluetooth speaker.
Connecting through the TV or Monitor: If your TV or monitor is Bluetooth enabled and already connected to your PS4 via HDMI, then you can pair that with it instead. Thus, the audio from the PS4 will travel by way of HDMI to the TV/ monitor and then wirelessly on to the speaker.
Using an Audio Extractor with Bluetooth: Buy an HDMI audio extractor with Bluetooth. Plug the PS4 into the extractor using an HDMI cable, and then connect this to your TV via another HDMI. Pair the Bluetooth speaker with audio extractor.
The use of these workarounds will certainly result in some audio latency. Besides, audio quality and compatibility may differ depending on the actual devices and adapters used.
How to use a Bluetooth adaptor to connect a Bluetooth speaker to a PS4
To hook up a Bluetooth speaker to your PS4 with a Bluetooth adapter, here’s what you do:
Buy a Bluetooth adapter from Sony’s website: Plug the adapter into your PS4’s USB port. The adapter will flash, indicating it’s ready for pairing. Turn on your Bluetooth speaker.
Insert the 3.5mm audio jack from the adapter into your PS4 controller. Under your PS4, choose Devices and then Audio devices. Option: Select Output Devices USB Headphones Output to Headphones.
How to Set Up Alexa on a PS4 as a Speaker?
To use Alexa as a speaker for your PS4 with an Echo or Echo Dot, follow these steps: Open the Alexa app on your phone or tablet. Select the Devices icon at the top right. Choose your Echo or Echo Dot. Click on Music & Books. Scroll down and tap Connect to a Device. Choose your PS4 from among the various devices. But the screen shows you how to finish making the connection.
How Do I Use My PS4’s External Speaker?
To boost your PS4 gaming with an external speaker, follow these steps for great sound:
For PS4 Pro: Get an optical cable. Connect one end of the optical cable to your PS4 Pro. Plug the other end into your speaker’s optical port Turn on your PS4 Pro. You’ll hear the sound from your speaker.
For Standard PS4: You need an audio extractor, HDMI cables, and an audio cable. Hook up the audio extractor to your PS4 with an HDMI cable. Connect your speaker to the extractor using the audio cable. Use another HDMI cable to link the extractor to your TV. Power on your PS4. Now, the sound will play through your speaker.
Which Bluetooth devices work with the PS4?
Bluetooth devices that are compatible with the PlayStation 4 (PS4) generally include:
- Official PS4 Accessories: Its own wireless devices, such as the DualShock 4 controller and PlayStation headset, are designed to work jointly with the PS4.
- Certain Third-Party Controllers: Third-party manufacturers have produced some controllers compatible with the PS4. One should first read the product description to determine compatibility.
- Select Bluetooth Headsets: Some Bluetooth headsets will work with the PS4, but not all. Sony maintains a list of officially endorsed headsets, but some third-party ones may work too. By the way, many so-called standard Bluetooth headsets won’t work because the PS4 only supports a certain subset of Bluetooth profiles.
- Keyboards and Mice: The PS4 sometimes supports Bluetooth keyboards and mice for control of the interface. Some titles even support them in play.
- PS4 Remote Play Devices: For example, smartphones and tablets supporting PS4 Remote Play can connect to the console over Bluetooth.
We must also point out that the PS4 uses a special sub-standard of Bluetooth, and not all Bluetooth devices are suitable for it. Before buying, always make sure the device is compatible with the PS4. What’s more, for optimal play and maximum compatibility, it generally is advised to use peripherals that are actually authorized by Sony as accessories for the PS4.
How to Turn Off the PS4 Controller’s Speaker
The speaker in the PS4 controller isn’t used that much, but there are some games (like GTA 5 online) it is. If you find it annoying, here’s how to turn it off:
- Press and hold the PS button to bring up the quick menu.
- Go to the Sound/Devices section.
- Then go to Volume Control (Speaker for Controller).
- To turn off your PlayStation controller, slide the volume down to zero.
At audiosk, here we have just shown how to connect your Bluetooth speaker with your PS4. It’s really simple! After getting everything prepared, you can enjoy music or games until your heart’s content. These steps close at hand, so you can look again if necessary.