Sony, the PS5 Should Be Compatible With Bluetooth Audio Devices


Sony, the PS5 Should Be Compatible With Bluetooth Audio Devices

This is just absurd at this point, but Sony has made odder decisions, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the PS5 didn’t support it. Just saddened.

Have you ever come across that fun error screen on the PlayStation 4 that says it isn’t compatible with Bluetooth audio devices? Well, nothing new. Actually, this is a feature and not a bug, and for reasons beyond my understanding, the PS4 doesn’t support Bluetooth audio well uptil now. Oddly, Sony’s own DualShock 4 controller had Bluetooth support before Xbox’s did, so this lack of support seems strange in every manner. I don’t want this same issue to trouble the PS5.

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Sony is no stranger to the Bluetooth market, much similar to every other tech company out there. What makes this condition more absurd is that the PlayStation 4 supports other Bluetooth devices, but even Sony’s own Bluetooth headsets aren’t harmonious with the console. That’s just silly. It’s not something so simple that an update or patch could fix it — hardware would have required to be built into the PS4 for it to work — but this should have been assumed in 2013, or at least have been corrected in later console revisions like the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro. Though in all impartiality, Xbox One does not support Bluetooth audio without an adapter also.

For all that Sony and PlayStation do well, they also do other things quite poorly. It only took them till 2019 to let users change their PSN names. You still can’t give digital games. PlayStation Now is an awkwardly worse value than Xbox Game Pass. PS4 doesn’t really have native backward compatibility. Etc, etc. You get the idea.

This state isn’t new by any means. It’s been an issue since the PS4 launched, but I personally didn’t understand how much of a joke it was until I was exploring the topic last week. Although I could find reports of people being able to link Bluetooth headsets wirelessly, I could never confirm which brand or model worked. So actually, from what I could gather, you need to do a blood sacrifice and pray to the PlayStation gods, and just wish your headset connects. May be it won’t. But it might. Who knows. Sony definitely doesn’t seem to.

For all that Sony does well, it also does other things quite poorly.

We know that the PlayStation 5 will support 3D audio, which is a huge advantage in and of itself. 3D audio is all about following real-life sound waves from all directions in a 3D environment. Even sans Bluetooth, games will become more immersive than ever with respect to the audio used. But this doesn’t mean that Bluetooth audio is an attribute that should once again be left out.

For now, Sony hasn’t established whether the PS5 will support Bluetooth audio devices. You could argue it would seem strange, even surprising, for it not to. You could have also said the similar thing for the PS4, for that matter. I’ve stopped trying to understand Sony’s mindset when it comes to choices like these because they make no sense.

Given Sony’s relative radio hush about the PS5, it could be some time before we hear what the final specs are. It was extensively rumored that Sony would hold a February event, but that obviously hasn’t happened. Sony has also since pulled out of GDC and PAX East due to coronavirus fears.

It could be some time before we hear what the actual specs are.

I’m not silent about what I think Sony needs to do to stay forward for this next generation. Power and games are important, but they’re not everything of a console. It’s the small features, like Bluetooth audio, in combination with services that add up to create a better product.

I’d imagine it’s possible that the PlayStation 5 will support Bluetooth audio, but there’s also a chance it won’t. But I can’t say that for sure, which is extremely disappointing.

So this is my formal request: Sony, please add in Bluetooth audio support on the PlayStation 5. Make our lives easier.





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