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How To Connect Bluetooth Headphones To A PS5
Here's how to connect wireless Bluetooth headphones to the PS5; plus, see our picks for the best PS5 Bluetooth adapters.
Bluetooth headphones are one of the handiest accessories to have around, allowing you to connect wirelessly to your phone, laptop, and any number of other devices. But when it comes to connecting Bluetooth headphones to the PS5, things get a little tricky. Unfortunately, Sony's consoles don't let you connect Bluetooth audio devices directly. This is frustrating considering the large number of people who want to use their favorite pair of headphones with their brand-spankin' new console, but thankfully, there is a workaround. If you've ever wanted to pass on a gaming headset in favor of Bluetooth headphones, this guide is for you.
How to connect Bluetooth headphones to the PS5
First, you'll need a pair of Bluetooth headphones, such as the AirPods Max or our personal favorite, the Creative SXFI Air. Any will work, so as long as you love them, you're good to go. Secondly, you'll need a Bluetooth adapter, either USB-C or the more common USB-A. With the PS5, there's only one USB-C port, so if you're using that for something like an external SSD or hard drive, then you'll want to snag a USB-A adapter. Thankfully, some USB-C adapters like the Creative BT-W3 Bluetooth dongle come with USB-A converters.
Once you've got both of these items in order, you can connect your Bluetooth headphones to your PS5. Just insert your selected adapter into one of your PS5's ports, then hold the sync buttons on your headphones and adapter. It may take some time to get right, but once you're connected, you're good to go. The PS5 will recognize the Bluetooth headphones as USB audio, and you'll have access to the full suite of audio options, including 3D audio.
What about using Bluetooth headphones on Xbox?
Unfortunately, if you're looking for a way to use Bluetooth headphones with the Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One, you'll need to seek different options. Microsoft's consoles don't support all USB audio devices, which means you won't be able to use any of these adapters with the console. 3.5mm adapters can work if you plug them into your Xbox controller, but they're unwieldy, and when you can use most Bluetooth headphones with a 3.5mm cable, you're better off just doing that.
You can see a few of our picks for the best PS5 Bluetooth adapters and headphones below. We've selected a variety of options, but while there are definitely some perks to certain Bluetooth adapters, you'll be happy with any one of them.
For more audio recommendations, check out our guide to the best PS5 gaming headsets for 2020 and beyond. Bluetooth headphones are excellent when it comes to audio quality, but gaming headsets are made specifically with--you guessed it--gaming in mind. They provide you with a high-quality microphone for chatting with other players as well as dials for mixing your chat and game volume. Both Bluetooth headphones and gaming headsets are great options for the PS5, so make sure to choose the best one for you.
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