If you have a PS4 console and you want to connect a Bluetooth speaker to it, the easiest way to do that will be to connect the speaker to your PS4 controller via a 3.5 mm auxiliary cable. However, this method is not the only way to connect the Bluetooth speaker to your PS4. There are still other ways you can do that, especially when you do not have an aux cable.
So, how do you connect your Bluetooth speaker to the PS4 without the aux cable? There are two ways to do that. If you do not have an aux cable, you can connect your Bluetooth speaker to PS4 by using either an optical cable or an audio extractor. PS4 slim does not support optical cable so you can only use the audio extractor if you use a PS4 slim console.
At the moment, you cannot connect a Bluetooth speaker directly to a PS4 console via Bluetooth connections. Although this is kind of a drawback with PS, it is necessary since speakers that are connected to PS4 via Bluetooth connections often interfere with the overall performance of gameplay on the console.
This means that cable connections seem to be the only way out, so read on for details on how you can connect your Bluetooth speaker to the PS4 using the audio extractor and optical cable.
How Do I Connect Bluetooth Speakers to PS4 Without Aux?
As you can see, you can still connect your Bluetooth speaker to your PS4 even without the aux cable. You’ll have to resort to other cables such as the optical cable and the audio extractor if you want to do that.
This also means that your PS4 console should have the optical cable port and the HDMI ports on it to allow you access to the console.
When it comes to the cables that you’ll be using for the connections, you should ensure that you buy quality ones so that you’ll encounter any problems during the connections.
I’m going to show you some things to look out for when you want to buy the audio cables.
How to Buy The Right Optical Cable
For you to buy the right optical audio cable, you should at least know what an optical cable looks like.
The optical cable has an end with a very unique feature. The end of the cable has an outer hexagonal mouth with an inner small pin.
This cable can be very difficult to come by even at some electrical shops, so you may want to explore the internet for it.
When browsing the internet for it, make sure the features of the cable match the port on your PS4 console.
If you do not know where the optical cable port is on your PS4 console, you can find it at the backside of the console in the company of many other ports. Just look for any port that looks hexagonal in shape.
If you have a PS4 slim console, you’ll not find the optical cable port since it really doesn’t have one. You may have to use the audio extractor for your connection.
How to Buy the Right Audio Extractor
An audio extractor is one gadget that comes in handy when you are a PS4 slim console user. It basically does is to isolate the audio signals from the PS4 console to your speaker.
The only downside here is that the audio quality is not as good as it would have been from the console directly.
Similar to the optical cable, you should know what it looks like in order for you to be able to buy the right one.
The audio extractor usually has two HDMI ports which are located at the front and back sides of the extractor.
The extractor also has ports where you can connect either 3.5 mm cables, RCA, or optical audio cables.
You can buy an audio extractor from your local electronics shop or simply browse the internet for one.
When you want to use an audio extractor, double-check to see the type of input port your Bluetooth speaker has so that you can use the appropriate cable for your connection.
For example, if your Bluetooth speaker has an optical cable port then you will want an audio extractor that also has the optical cable.
How to Connect Bluetooth Speakers to PS4 Using Optical Audio Cable
As you may have realized, the optical cable connection is not suitable for you if you use a PS4 slim console. But if you use the PS4 fat, this method is ideal since it gives you the best audio quality when you compare it to the audio extractor.
If you want to connect your Bluetooth speakers to your PS4 console, you can follow these steps:
- Identify the optical cable port at the back of your speaker and then plug one end of the audio cable into it. Some Bluetooth speakers do not come with optical audio ports. In that case, you can use an optical to RCA adapter and connect the audio cable to the analog ports via the adapter.
- Identify the optical audio port on the PS4 console. This port is normally located on the left side of the console. When you locate it, plug the other end of the cable into it.
- Turn on the PS4 console using the PS button or the controller and then sign in to your profile.
You should begin to hear the audio of your PS4 on the Bluetooth speaker.
How to Connect Bluetooth Speakers to PS4 Using Audio Extractor
Since the audio extractor originally comes with two HDMI audio ports, you’ll need two HDMI cables in order for you to connect the Bluetooth speakers to the TV.
If you’ve bought the right audio extractor, it is time to connect it to your game console and the speaker.
Let’s take a look at the steps that you should follow in order to connect your Bluetooth speakers to the PS4 console via an audio extractor.
- Look for the HDMI port on your PS4 console and plug one end of the HDMI cable into the port.
- Plug the other end of the cable into the audio input HDMI port on the audio extractor.
- Locate the audio output HDMI port on the audio extractor and then plug one end of the second HDMI cable into that port. Plug the other end into the HDMI port on your TV.
- The audio extractor will typically have a 3.5 mm, RCA or optical cable. Determine the type of input port on your Bluetooth speaker and then connect the appropriate cable on the audio extractor to the input port on the speaker.
- Turn on your PS4 console using the controller and sign in to your profile.
If you are playing games or watching movies, you should begin to hear the audio of your PS4 on the speaker.
The absence of an aux port or cable on your PS4 console or Bluetooth speaker should not be a hindrance to getting the best audio on your Bluetooth speaker.
You can connect your Bluetooth speaker to the PS4 using other means.
If you use a PS4 slim console, your best bet is to use an audio extractor to route the audio signals to your speaker.
However, for a PS4 fat console user, you can use either the optical cable or the audio extractor. Bear in mind that the audio extractor somehow reduces the output audio quality a bit, so you may want to use the optical cable instead.
Finally, make sure you buy quality cables for your connection. If you have a hard time getting these cables at your local store, browse the internet for online purchases.