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Can the Sony PlayStation 4 connect to Bluetooth speakers?

Maybe this will change with the PlayStation 5.

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If you’re one of those people (it’s me, I’m people) that have to have music playing at all times, you might be interested in learning about the PlayStation 4’s Bluetooth capabilities.

Beyond that, maybe you want to totally immerse yourself in the games you are playing by connecting them to your Bluetooth speakers. Either way that begs the question:

Can the PlayStation 4 connect to Bluetooth speakers?

  • Short answer: No

Sadly, your Sony PlayStation 4 does not include the ability to natively connect to your favorite Bluetooth speaker. You’re going to be stuck with using a variety of cables to play audio from your PlayStation console.

You can use an audio optical cable to connect supported speakers or go the even more complicated route of using an audio extractor.

The reason for this comes in the actual Bluetooth technology. The PS4 doesn’t support A2DP (things like Bluetooth devices) or other audio streaming capabilities. Much of this is due to the lag that would be present, making the experience just slightly off at all times.

READ MORE: Can the PlayStation 4 play Blu-ray movies?

You can confirm that your speakers do not connect with the console by going to Settings -> DevicesBluetooth Devices and searching for nearby devices. This section is mainly used for connecting to DualShock 4 controllers and a select number of headsets.

It’s a shame really, as it would be great to have the option to use your console for playing music around your apartment, or simply getting a better audio experience when playing your favorite games. Maybe we’ll see the functionality come with the PlayStation 5.

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