The good news is that you can connect your AirPods to your PS4 or PS5 with the right adapter and a little bit of how-to knowledge. 

Finding the Right Adapter

When you begin looking for an adapter, make sure to read the reviews. Many of those that claim to work with PlayStation do not, while some that say they only work with Windows work just fine on the PlayStation. Success seems to rely on the adapter using a 3.5mm jack for the PlayStation controller and a USB adapter in the console itself. 

How To Connect AirPods to PS4

The PlayStation 4 has two standard USB ports on the front of the console for accessories. One of these is typically used to charge the controller when its battery is low, while the other may be used for a peripheral device like the PSVR headset. You need one of these two USB ports, as well as the 3.5mm jack on the controller. After you do this, you should hear the background music of your PlayStation through your AirPods. You can also choose whether to output all audio through the AirPods or just Chat Audio.  Once you have the right adapter, the process is simple. You’re essentially tricking the PlayStation into recognizing your AirPods as a Bluetooth headset rather than a set of AirPods. If you’ve tried to connect AirPods to a PlayStation 4 in the past, then you know that while the system will recognize AirPods in pairing mode, it will fail on the last step of the connection. 

How To Connect AirPods to PS5

You can connect your AirPods to your PlayStation 5 the same way you would your PS4. The main difference is that the PlayStation 5 has a single USB port on the front, while the others are all USB-C.  After this, you should be able to hear your PlayStation audio through your AirPods. You can use it for both sound output and input. 

Using AirPods With PS4 or PS5

If you’re a frequent gamer, consider investing in a proper gaming headset. Until then, you can use your AirPods if you already have a set. They have great audio quality on both the input and output fronts and will be more than enough to give you an edge in your favorite games. Just make sure you have the proper adapter to make it work the way it’s intended to. 

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