How to Enable Sound via the PS4 Controller and Use Headphones


The Playstation 4 has an extremely useful new feature that allows you to connect a headphone or speaker from the Dualshock 4 controller itself. Thanks to this new feature you are now not bound to stay within the length of your headphone’s cable and at the same time there are less chances of breaking the wires of your headphone accidentally.
However if you set up your PS4 for the first time, you will find out that there’s no audio output via the Dualshock 4 controller. This happens because, by default the audio output via the Dualshock 4 controller is set to Chat Audio only. Changing the audio output setting to All Audio will enable audio output via the Dualshock 4 controller.
For those who want to enable sound via the PS4’s Dualshock 4 controller, here’s how you can do so.

How to Enable Sound via the PS4 Controller

  • Step 1: Press and hold the PS button ( between the joysticks ) on your Dualshock 4 controller for 4 seconds to bring up the Quick Menu.
  • Step 2: Select Adjust Sound and Devices.


  • Step 3: Scroll down to Output to Headphones and change the output to All Audio.


  • Step 4: You can then adjust the volume too.

Press the PS button once again to return back to the XMB menu.
That’s it, now all the audio output will be directed towards the headphone or speaker connected to the Dualshock 4 controller. If you unplug the headphone or speaker then the audio output will be directed to your HDTV.

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    • It does affect the battery life of the DS4. But i keep a portable USB charger connected to my DS4 so the battery life doesn’t bother me during long gaming sessions.

      • Thanks for the info. Bummer about being cabled up. I often play in another room and the cable would be too long. My PS3 headset is almost dead from years of use. SO this might be my best option for awhile.

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