One of the best things about the PlayStation 5 is its backwards compatibility with the PlayStation 4. This allows you to play PS4 games on your PS5 (both disc and digital if you have the disc-based PS5 model), as well as use your PS4 controller when playing these PS4 games.
However, the PS4 controller is not the only accessory available for the PS4, including the PS4 headset. This has led many to ask, do PS4 headsets work on PS5?
Do PS4 Headsets Work on PS5?
If you do not want to buy a PS5 headset since you already own a PS4 headset, there are, thankfully, multiple PS4 headsets that you can use with your PS5. The official PS4 Gold Wireless Headset and the Platinum Wireless Headset being one of them.
Well-known third-party headsets designed for the PS4, such as the Turtle Beach Stealth 600/700, also do, in fact, work with the PS5.
If you own a different third-party PS4 headset, then in most cases, it should be compatible; however, this isn’t always the case. So you’ll want to be sure to look up that headset’s specific compatibility to see if it can be connected.
However, it’s important to note that the companion app will not be compatible with any PS4 headset when using it on the PS5, including Playstation’s official PS4 headsets.
How to Connect the PS4 headset to Your PS5
We’ll discuss how to connect the official PS4 headset to your PS5. These two PS4 headsets are called the Gold Wireless Headset and the Platinum Wireless Headset. Additionally, as mentioned above third-party headsets designed for use with the PS4 may be usable, and should be able to be connected via an audio jack or via its provided USB dongle.
The Platinum and Gold Wireless Headsets for PS4 come with a handy USB dongle, and plugging them into your PS5 is a pretty simple affair. Both the Digital Edition and Standard Edition of the PS5 have four USB ports in total. On the front of the PS5, you have a USB Type-A Hi-Speed slot, and below it, there’s another USB port, though this is a USB Type-C Superspeed slot. On the back of the PS5 are two USB Type-A Superspeed slots. Despite any differences between these ports, they all have a transfer speed of 10GB/s.
These USB ports have different strengths, such as the USB Type-C port being ideal for external storage solutions, though an external storage device can be used on any one of these ports. Meanwhile, when connecting the USB adapter that comes with your Platinum or Gold Wireless Headset, you can choose to plug it into whichever USB port you like, as ultimately, the performance of the USB adapter will be roughly the same no matter which port you use.
Once the USB adapter is connected to the PS5, and the PS5 is powered on, the PS5 should immediately pick it up. You will see it recognized by a symbol in the top-right corner of the screen. This symbol represents a PS4 headset, and the remaining battery life of the headset will also be shown next to it. As you push certain buttons on the headset, such as the mute/unmute button, the status of the headset should be updated on-screen as well. However, the UI on the PS4 will be somewhat different than what is shown on PS5, which shows all the relevant information at once.
What to do If Your PS4 headset isn’t connecting to your PS5
The first thing you’ll need to ensure is that your PS5’s audio output is actually set to your PS4 headset. To do this, go to Settings, then navigate to Sound and click on it, then select the Audio Output tab, and select Output Device, and ensure it’s set to your PS4 headset.
If you are trying to use the headset companion app with the PS5, take note that this is not actually possible, as it is not compatible. A major factor in why this is the case is that the PS4 headset companion app has been taken down by Sony from the PlayStation Store. So, while you may be able to use the PS4 headset companion app on your PS4, you cannot actually download it to your PS5. This is a major inconvenience, as this companion app allowed developers to easily provide presets for certain games to work with your PS4 headset.
Another common fix is to simply unplug your headset’s USB Dongle from the Console and reboot your PS5 by simply turning it off and back on again.
Is it worth sticking with a PS4 headset?
When it comes to why someone does not want to update a certain product, there are a handful of key elements that inform their decision. For example, if you are comparing the Gold and Platinum PS4 headsets to the Sony Pulse 3D headset (the official PS5 headset). The headset is not exactly that much more feature-rich than the PS4 headsets, at least not to the extent that it is a must-buy. The truth is, however, that the headset is actually of a comparable price.
If you are stuck having to choose between buying or otherwise using either the PS5 or PS4 headset with their PS5. Using the PS4 headset is only really advised if you can either not find a PS5 headset, or because you already own either the Platinum or Gold model. After all, if there is no drastic difference between the three headsets, buying a PS5 replacement for your PS4 headset may well just be a waste of money.