PlayStation 4 won't support Bluetooth headsets

USB chat headsets will work, but only after a post-launch patch.

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The PlayStation 4 will not support Bluetooth headsets for chat, Sony has confirmed to Game Informer.

Owners of previous-gen gaming headsets that use USB for their chat functions will be able to use their headsets in the PlayStation 4, but not at launch. An update will also provide compatibility for Sony's branded PULSE headsets, the company adds.

Headsets will still play game audio via the PlayStation 4's optical connector, Sony says.

Sony will issue a system update to provide this compatibility in the coming months, but would not specify an exact date.

The PlayStation 4 will be bundled with a mono headset, whereas Microsoft's Xbox One will require an adapter to allow compatibility with its proprietary microphone connector. The Xbox One headset adapter is yet to have a release date confirmed.

The PlayStation 4 will launch on November 15 in North America for $399, and on November 29 in Europe for €399/£349.

Discussion

145 comments
cnx2022
cnx2022

but SONY did state in that FAQ that their own PULSE and PULSE ELITE will be supported 

russell210
russell210

Can't be surprised, Sony has a good reputation for making false advertisements.  The broke company is banking everything on PS4, so they had to focus on attacking Xbox in price and through childish messaging focusing on "real gamers".  You won't hear a peep about their pushing any innovation (kinect bundled for guaranteed incorporation), their sad lack of any good launch day titles, their little slip-in that customers will now have to pay $50 for an inferior online service, the fact that my playstation account got hacked because their ps online is unsecure, or that their solution to everything is just to add more screens and monitors.  Vita?  Who really wants to play a game with wii graphics on a portable device that they have to specially carry around?  Sony is all smoke and mirrors.  Their idea of innovation is "we have DDR5 RAM".  A significantly smaller console at $100 less than Xbox and they are expecting to make money on it?  Wonder where your bluetooth is going...

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

nice one, sony. consumers just love it when you promise a feature, and then reveal you'll fulfill that promise sometime "in the coming months."

oh wait, they don't.

moesuir
moesuir

Sony had commented that bluetooth will work, now they are saying you'll have to wait for it to work ?

Another empty promise from Sony :(

hystavito
hystavito

I think some people might be misunderstanding this.  It sounds to me like BLUETOOTH headsets will not supported and no plans to later.  Sony's PS3 wireless headsets will be supported later, but they do not use bluetooth, they use their own USB RF receiver.

Am I correct?

Daian
Daian

Guys relax, the new Dual Shock 4 has a standard 3.5mm plug for headphones ; this article/issue is only for USB and bluetooth connections.

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

"The PlayStation 4 will not support Bluetooth headsets for chat..."

Well, that seems... shortsighted. :|

Ein419
Ein419

well thank God god i have a Bose surround sound - i just blast the roof off my house when i game.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

So they're telling me my turtle Beach tangos are worthless?

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

This is more than a bit annoying. I pretty much exclusively use my Pulse headset for sound on my PS when gaming.

cheese232323
cheese232323

if for some reason you still dont know. you can plug in any standard 3.5mm corded headset or headset/mic into the ps4 controller and it will work out of the box.

xolivierx
xolivierx

PS4 = not compatible with PS products?

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

I don't know how comfortable that bundled headset will be.I always found in-ear headsets uncomfortable.I think I'll have to buy a 3rd party headset...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

It's bundled with one, and backward compatibility is coming.  Don't see the problem.

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

I'm sure that's a downer for some. At least that earpiece is included, right?

Kiaininja
Kiaininja

I was hoping for the PS4 to up the PS3's tech by having the latest stereo Bluetooth support. Aw well :(

atlanticmoon
atlanticmoon

Martin must write the headlines for ESPN.com, too.

Derugs
Derugs

Its whatever.. I'll wait for the 2nd gen ps4 ... when they've ironed out all the bugs.  Until then ps3 still has life left in it :) 

MrMilkmann
MrMilkmann

Not a big deal, considering it comes with a headset.

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator moderator

Not a huge deal to me. Weak for those who planned on it though.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

Taco Bell giving away PS4's. Martin Gaston version: Mexican Cartels cross borders into US to deliver guns, drugs, and Playstations made by three legged chupacabras.  

chaazin
chaazin

Xbox turn PS4 on. You have never played a vita. There are so many good games for it. People like you who put in there uncredible 2 cents on things they never even touched let a lone try out before opening their mouth. Maybe that's why North America misses out on so many great games because of ignorance and lack of intelligence? Why you think you can find an Xbox one on every store shelf and not a ps4? Lack of exclusives? OK go play ryse and whatever crappy game there is for Xbox. Quality over quantity. Ps3 outlasted Xbox and will do the same this generation. Funny how the free downloadable games are a lot better than your so called exclusives. Innovation is my PC, not an Xbox. Your whole comment took away your gamer cred.

rebelformetal
rebelformetal

@russell210 First of all Sonys entertainment division is doing EXCELLENT!! I wouldn't call a company that sold 78 million consoles or that has a superior production studio "broke." How is it childish to give actual gamers what they want, which is a console that specifically is made for gaming!! Most gamers don't want anything to do with stupid gimicks like motion control or cable tv integration. 

Your just a pissed of little fanboy that is mad at MS's lack of first party library. MS's first party support is pathedic to say the least. Once people start paying for PS+ it will be just as good as XBL if not better, because now they can fund it properly! You make fun of the vita and yet MS has yet to create a hand held console....hmmm. Even if vita doesnt have a huge library of games it's better than nothing. You want to talk about smoke and mirrors? What about all the flip floping crap MS did after they try to screw all the gamers over with DRM? Every week it was a new flip flop!! Sorry, but X1 will be 2nd out of the starting gate this generation because of the $500 price point, simple as that because it's and EXTREME  deal breaker for a ton of people. 

Zoravar1991ind
Zoravar1991ind

@SSJ4Goku2 Thanks...good to know, I bought a Bluetooth headset just days before, but if the ps4 is coming with a headset, then no worries.

packman627
packman627

@Daian so Turtle Beach P11's (wired headsets) will work on the PS4?

Raymond11
Raymond11

@s_h_a_d_o reread again " Sony will issue a system update to provide this compatibility in the coming months, but would not specify an exact date."  bluetooth will not support for the current version wait for the update that will support the bluetooth headsets.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@Eagllefirestorm yea we all got this, now your just trolling to make the ps4 look bad. there no reason to post this as a comment it has nothing to do with this discussion or topic. i suggest you don't keep repeating this.  

Ein419
Ein419

@b74kd3th for now - then they will give us a download... hopefully sooner than later!

xolivierx
xolivierx

@LucentWolf i bought the Elite one last week at 100$. Good thing is there will be a patch and I won't be buying PS4 at launch.

Fursnake
Fursnake

@Derugs  

I told my PS3 I wasn't going to replace it anytime soon and it said "whatever, you hardly use me for gaming anyhow".

smoke1125
smoke1125

@SurfaceNerd what world do you live in sony did not win this gen you would have to be the biggest sony fan to think that

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

@MrMilkmann That's not a headset that is comes with. It comes with a mobile phone's earpiece/w mic and a clip for your shirt. I think you may already own one of these in your home.

Gue1
Gue1

@MrMilkmann some crappy and thin ear-bud kind of headset doesn't compares to an elegant and slick bluetooth headset with no wires and stuff around getting in the way. This is definitely a downgrade from the PS3. And not to mention that ear-buds make your ears hurt after like 30 mins of using them.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@Stevo_the_gamer I wanted to use my Pulse Elite headset which I have had for less than a year. I will have to wait I suppose.

chaazin
chaazin

*goes and plays person 4 golden, PSO2, tales of hearts, on his vita while playing war frame, blacklight retribution, kill zone, on his ps4.* What games does Xbox one have? Ryse? Xbox turn off and kill yourself.

SSJ4Goku2
SSJ4Goku2

@quickshooterMk2 I guess you miss read where I said in my previous comment, "Sony will support Bluetooth for the PS4, but only after an update patch," and the portion in the article under the update part that says," Sony told Game Informer a system update would enable bluetooth and USB headset functionality in the future." No worries, I posted it for you so you don't even have to go back and look. But just in case you desire to re-read the article on ign again, here is the link: 

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/10/10/existing-headsets-wont-work-with-ps4-at-launch


Thanks for the reply, and have a good one bro.

Daian
Daian

Don't see why not, they didn't put that plug for decorative purposes. Should be fine.

xolivierx
xolivierx

@deathstream @Thanatos2k who uses mono earbuds? nobody. They use to do that with electronics 15 years ago. That is just a lame attempt at an excuse for not having the PS4 compatible with wireless headsets. this is a last minute bandaid, and a crappy one.

krystyla
krystyla

@ominous_prime @SurfaceNerd It turned out hilarious the las days. Headline: Chinese students forced to work in PlayStation 4 factory, then this comment...

Daian
Daian

Stop trolling. Guys please report this guy so he gets banned already.