This post was most recently updated on November 30th, 2017
The PlayStation 4 line up is undoubtedly a wonderful gaming console. Although I sometimes feel its overhyped as the Xbox tends to offer more features for less. This is open for debate although you will agree with me that the PlayStation is one gaming console that we all love to hate. This post will comprehensively discuss all PlayStation 4 external speakers connection methods.
Why all the fuss about PlayStation 4 external speakers connection
There are a lot of fuse about connecting the ps4 to external speakers because unlike the ps3, you the ps4 doesn’t support manual audio output. In other words, you cannot use any improvised RCAs/AV cable to output from the PS4. In this article, I will list the four methods by which you can connect your PS4 to an external console. However, keep it in mind that the ps4 slim is missing one very important Audio out port. The PS4 does not support RCA analogue audio output
PlayStation 4 external speakers connection – The four methods
I will list this in no particular order. However, I will give you the pros and cons of each of the various methods. Please read carefully.
- Connect your Television to your speaker and output your audio. Your TV should use your speakers as its default audio output, though you may first need to select them from your TV’s input menu. This is the commonest means of connecting a PS4 to an external speaker. However, not all HDMI tv has an audio output port. Mine doesn’t have anyway.
Digital Audio Optical Cable: This is by far the easiest and the complete method of connecting your PS4 and ps4 pro to external speakers or sound systems. Unfortunately, the ps4 slim doesn’t support this because it has no Audio optical port. All you need is to buy a good digital audio optical cable online or offline from a computer shop. I got mine for around $9 on Amazon. The connection is seamless and easy. You will get the true raw sounds from your PS4 using this method. No distortion as long as your speakers are good. In my case, i use a Home theatre system. Please check if your home theatre is having an opt-in port. As long as you have any sound system with the optical in port, this method will work for you. For your perusal, I have some pictures of how a typical digital audio optical cable looks like and how to connect it.
3. PlayStation 4 external speakers connection-Using your original PS4 game controller
To pull this off, you need to buy an aux cable. The 3.5 mm audio cable to be precise. Yes, the exact type that comes with your wired headphones. Aux cables, also known as 3.5 millimeter male-to-male cables, are audio cables with headphone jacks on each end. You can find a 3.5 millimeter cable male-to-male audio cable at most automotive stores, tech departments, or online shops (e.g., Amazon).
Now the process of using this method
- Plug the auxiliary cable into your speakers’ “Audio In” port. This port will resemble a headphone port.
- Plug the other end of the cable into your controller.
- Turn on your PS4 and a connected controller.
- Now navigate to the settings on your PS4 console.Select Settings
- Scroll down to select Devices and press X. It’s near the bottom of the page.
- Select Audio Devices and press X. You’ll see this option near the top of the page.
- Select Output to Headphones and press X. This option is near the bottom of the page.
- If your aux cable isn’t connected to your PS4 controller, this option will be greyed out.
- Select All Audio and press X. This will ensure that all audio played on your PS4 comes through the headphone jack rather than through the TV’s speakers.
The Cons of this method
I tried this method and the total sound rendition was below par for me. MAybe my home theatre is wack lol.