Getting together with your friends in a fun multiplayer game like Call of Duty or Fortnite is one of the best things about playing on a PS5. In fact, I have a bunch of good friends that I never met in real life. I only talked to them when playing games. If you want to make sure that you will be able to communicate with your team mates when playing on PS5, you should be pleased to know that the controller supports headphone jacks.
The PS5 controller is equipped with a classic 3.5mm headphone jack. The jack is located on the front of the controller (right below the PlayStation logo). If you have a regular pair of headphones, you can connect them to your PlayStation 5 just by inserting the auxiliary cord into the controller. Sony did a fantastic job of designing the PS5 to be as easy to use as possible. In addition, there are four more ways to connect headphones to a PS5: use the USB port, wireless Bluetooth connection, wireless dongle, and optical input converter. However, the easiest method is to use the PS5 controller headphone jack.
Having access to a microphone when playing on your PS5 is essential if you love online games, especially tactical ones like Call of Duty, where teamwork is required for success.
Do PS5 Controllers Have Headphone Jacks?
PS5 controllers have headphone jacks. The headphone jack is a classic 3.5mm, and it’s located right beneath the PlayStation logo on the controller. Since this is a 3.5mm jack, it means that PlayStation fans can connect just about any type of headphones they want. It’s important to mention that the controller headphone jack is one of the most significant improvements that the next-gen PlayStation 5 offers. The PS4 controllers do not have a built-in mic.
Back in the PS4 days, it was super frustrating not being able to access a microphone. You had to use third-party devices to make connecting headphones possible. Fortunately, this is not the case anymore, and Sony designed a great next-gen controller.
How Do You Connect Headphones to PS5?
Connecting headphones to PS5 is super simple. The only thing you need to do is connect the USB cable of your headphones into the 3.5mm jack that is located on the PS5 controller. The sound will now be playing in your headphones. My advice is to use gaming headphones that come equipped with a microphone. Therefore, you will be able to chat with your friends when playing online.
How to Fix PS5 Controller Headphone Jack Loose?
One of the most common issues you will deal with when it comes to connecting headphones jacks to PS5 controllers is a loose fit. There are 3 reasons why this can happen. The first might be a bit obvious, but you should make sure that the jack is plugged all the way. The jack from PS5 controller has a bit more resistance than other ports. So, you can try and push a bit harder without worrying that you might break it.
The second reason why the PS5 controller headphone jack might be loose is because the jack is blocked. You can take a pin and try to clean it. This shouldn’t take longer than one minute because all you have to do is move the pin around the jack. The third reason that might make your PS5 jack loose is a weird shape 3.5mm plug. The best thing you can do here is to borrow another pair of headphones from a friend and test to see if they work better. If the ones borrowed fit well, you should consider changing your main headphones to a newer model.
What Other Ways Are There to Connect Headphones to PS5?
As previously mentioned in the intro, using the 3.5mm auxiliary jack on the PS5 is not the only other method to connect headphones to the console. Here are the other ones:
- USB Port
You can use the USB port located on the PS5 to connect headphones. It’s important to highlight that the port is USB-A.
- Wireless dongle
If you don’t like wires and prefer wireless, you can choose to use a dongle. The dongle is connected via USB to the PS5 and it sends all audio to the gaming headset. You can get a premium PS5 dongle for quite a good price on Amazon.
- Bluetooth adapter
Another great option to connect headphones to PS5 is to use a Bluetooth adapter. You are forced to use an adapter because (for some reason) Sony didn’t make the PS5 support direct Bluetooth connections.
- Optical input with converter
The final method to connecting headphones to PS5 without using the 3.5mm jack is with an optical input. There are premium models of headsets that use an optical input.
I have to give it to Sony for doing a great job designing the PS5 and its controller. The PS5 controller offers a great gaming experience and with a built-in headphone jack, it’s super easy to communicate with other players when playing online or to simply keep the noise to a minimum.