The Sony PlayStation 4, also known as the PS4 might have been replaced by the new PlayStation 5 but they are still very relevant thanks to the sheer number of units sold even in the past year. And with PS5 being hard to find, the PS4 is still a great console if you need one.
One thing that has puzzled people when it comes to PS4 is how to connect speakers to PS4. When it launched, I too had trouble getting speakers to work easily with the PS4. So if you are facing the same problem then you have come to the right place.
This article will guide you on how to connect speakers to PS4. It is easy and simple. There are a few methods that you can use to connect speakers to your PS4. Just make sure to follow all the steps and you will have your speakers connected to the PS4 in no time.
Sony has provided us with a total of 4 ways we can connect external speakers to our PS4. These are:
- Via an Optical Audio Cable
- Using a 3.5mm Audio Cable
- Via Bluetooth
- By Using and Audio Extractor
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How to Connect Speakers to a PS4
How to connect speakers to a PS4 using an Optical Audio Cable
This is the way Sony intended you to connect speakers to your PS4 so it is very straightforward. This method only works for the original PS4 and the PS4 Pro. The PS4 Slim doesn’t have an optical audio port so this method will not work with it.
To connect speakers to your PS4 using an Optical audio cable, follow these steps.
Step 1 You will need an optical audio cable so get one from online or at stores with electrical components too. If your speaker doesn’t have an optical audio jack, then buy an optical-to-RCA adapter.
Step 2 Now plug the optical audio cable into the PS4 and the speakers respectively. The optical audio port will be available at the backside of both devices. Step 3 Now turn on your PS4, you will be able to hear the PS4 startup music through your speakers if you can then increase the volume.
How to use a 3.5mm audio cable to connect speakers to a PS4
People often think that connecting an audio cable to a PS4 is a tough job, but in reality, it is not, it is simple and fast. You won’t be directly connecting the audio cable to the PS4 but rather to the PS4 controller. You can connect a 3.5 mm audio cable to your PS4’s DualShock controller to get a seamless audio connection.
You will need a 3.5 mm AUX cable, speakers, a PS4 DualShock controller, and obviously your PS4 for this to work. 3.5 mm AUX cables are easy to find and don’t cost much. You can get them online or at a nearby local vendor and you will find plenty of uses for them so it is better to have one lying around always.
This method will also work with all PS4 models. Follow the below steps to connect speakers to your PS4 using a 3.5 mm audio cable.
Step 1 Once your PS4 is set up connect one end of the 3.5 mm cable to your DualShock controller and the other end into your speaker.
Step 2 Once you have connected them both, you will need to set up the speaker. For this open the settings menu of your PS4. Here, you will see a Devices option, choose it using the X button.
Step 3 Now click on the Audio Devices option inside which you can see an Output to Headphones option. Click on it.
Step 4 Now, you will be given two options to choose from, All Audio and Chat Audio. Select the All Audio option using the X button if you want to connect speakers to your PS4.
Step 5 Press the PS button on your Dualshock controller. Sound from any media viewed/played on the PS4 will play through the speakers connected to the controller rather than the TVs speakers.
So that’s it, your PS4 is connected to the speakers through your Dualshock controllers. You can now enjoy audio from games and more through the speakers.
How to Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to a PS4
You can connect Bluetooth speakers to your PS4 using the above method. For this, you will need a 3.5 mm cable connected to the speakers from your Dualshock Controller, so it is not actually Bluetooth.
Nonetheless, Bluetooth speakers will work too. Follow these steps to connect a Bluetooth speaker to your PS4.
Step 1 Turn on your PS4 and set it up.
Step 2 Turn on your Bluetooth speaker.
Step 3 Use the 3.5 mm cable and connect one end to your PS4 and the other to your Bluetooth speaker.
Step 4 From the settings turn on All Audio like before. Step 5 Choose any game or audio file on your PS4 and play it, the audio will now emanate from the speakers. You can now enjoy your PS4s audio from your favorite Bluetooth speaker.
How to Connect Speakers to PS4 using an Audio Extractor
Audio extractors can be used to connect speakers to devices like TV, DVD players, game consoles like PS4, and more. Follow these steps if you want to connect speakers to your PS4 using an audio extractor.
Step 1 Get an audio extractor that is compatible with your speaker and TV. You will also need an extra HDMI cable.
Step 2 Connect the PS4 using an HDMI port to the audio extractor, make sure you plug into the Audio In port on the audio extractor.
Step 3 Now connect the other HDMI cable between your TV and the audio extractor.
Step 4 Now connect your speakers to the audio extractor using a compatible audio cable.Step 5 Now, turn on your PS4 and you should be able to hear the PS4 menu music through your speakers.
BONUS: How to connect PS4 to speakers through your TV/Monitor?
This is an easy way to connect speakers to your PS4. This method will work with all PS4 models which also makes it the most popular way speakers are connected to PS4s. For this all you need are, an HDMI Cable, an output monitor with a 3.5 mm audio jack, or a TV with HDMI support, PS4, and speakers.
Step 1 Turn on your PS4 and connect it to your TV/Monitor using an HDMI cable.
Step 2 Now set up the speakers. For this, you can connect them to the monitor using the 3.5mm audio jack or you can use the 3.5 mm audio jack on the TV. Alternatively, if your TV and speakers are compatible with other forms of audio connectivity standards like optical audio and more, then you can connect using the same.
Step 3 Now to set up the speakers so that the PS4 will directly output to it. Power on your PS4, and open settings. Click on the Devices option and in here choose the Audio Devices option. Here you can reroute your PS4s audio setting and set it to output with your TV.
Step 4 Since your TV’s default audio output is its inbuilt speakers, make sure to go into the setting and choose the external speakers you connected for audio output.
Once all these steps are done, your PS4 will directly output to the speakers. All the audio from your PS4 will now output from your speakers.
Does the PS4 have an AUX port?
Yes, the PS4 has an AUX port at the back of it but it is not for audio. Most people including me when the PS4 first launched thought that the AUX port on it was for audio output but that’s not the case. The AUX was designed to work with the PlayStation Camera, which sadly never got famous enough. So you can’t connect speakers to the AUX port on the PS4.
Can I use USB speakers on PS4?
Yes, you can use USB speakers on PS4. You can connect any type of speaker you want to your PS4 as long as it has a 3.5mm port. You need the 3.5mm port so that you can connect the speakers to your PS4 DualShock controller. You can also connect any speaker to your Tv/Monitor and use your PS4 with it.
How do I add speakers to my monitor?
Some monitor models come with audio ports like a 3.5 mm jack that you can use to connect speakers. All you have to do is connect the monitor to the source using an HDMI cable which will pass through audio signals from the source. You can now connect the speakers using the 3.5 mm audio jack on your monitor and use the speakers for sound.
Connecting a speaker to your PS4 is not a straightforward affair, but at the same time, it is not hard like some people make it out to be. You can use almost any kind of speaker for your PS4, provided the speaker should have a 3.5 mm audio jack for input or it should be compatible with your TV/monitor.
To connect a speaker to your PS4 and use it for audio output, choose any of the methods above and follow the steps and you will be golden. You can enjoy audio from games, movies, shows, and music from your PS4 with your speakers for high-quality sound output.
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