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PlayStation 5 Compatible Headsets

We hope you're as excited for PlayStation 5 as we are. But going next-gen might leave you wondering if you headset is compatible. Here's a handy reference guide, with some additional info for PlayStation 5 questions specifically.


PlayStation 5 compatible headsets

  • Arctis 7P

    • No firmware update required
    • Connects wireless via USB
    • 3D audio on PS5
  • Arctis 1

    • No firmware update required
    • Connects wired to controller via 3.5mm
    • 3D audio on PS5
    • Also works on Xbox Series X and more
  • Arctis 1 Wireless

    • No firmware update required
    • Connects wireless via USB
    • 3D audio on PS5
    • Also works on any device with USB-C or USB-A
  • Arctis 3 Console

    • No firmware update required
    • Connects wired to controller via 3.5mm
    • 3D audio on PS5
    • Also works on Xbox Series X and more
  • Arctis 5

    • No firmware update required
    • Connects wired via USB
    • 3D audio on PS5
    • RGB
  • Arctis 7

    • No firmware update required
    • Connects wireless via USB
    • 3D audio on PS5
  • Arctis 9

    • No firmware update required
    • Connects wireless via USB
    • 3D audio on PS5
  • Arctis Pro

    • No firmware update required
    • Connects wired via USB or to controller via 3.5mm
    • 3D audio on PS5
  • Arctis Pro + GameDAC

    • Optional firmware update will add PS5 input mode to GameDAC
    • Connects wired via USB
    • 3D audio on PS5
  • Arctis Pro Wireless

    • Optional firmware update will add PS5 input mode to transmitter box
    • Connects wireless via USB
    • 3D audio on PS5

Optical vs. USB audio

While the PlayStation 4 uses an optical audio port, the PlayStation 5 uses USB audio.

This change might cause worry for Arctis Pro Wireless or Arctis Pro + GameDAC users who usually connect via PS4 optical.

Luckily, these and all SteelSeries PlayStation headsets (listed above) remain compatible with the PlayStation 5 via USB.

ChatMix (game vs. chat audio) solutions

The removal of the optical audio part does leave the question of game and chat audio balancing on ChatMix-enabled headsets, which allows you to balance your game and chat audio on the headset. There are 2 solutions moving forward:

  • PlayStation 5 will likely introduce game and chat audio balancing options in its user interface (stay tuned!)
  • Users can use alternate methods of getting optical audio from their TV or using an HDMI audio extractor, providing the ability to use ChatMix

Surround sound and 3D audio

PlayStation 4 used optical connectivity to provide digital 5,1 surround sound. As an upgrade, the PlayStation 5 provides superior digital 3D audio via USB. This functionality will be available on all compatible USB and 3.5mm connected headsets, including the headsets listed above, so you can rest easy!

Will my existing PS4 headset connect to PS5?

Even if you currently connect to your PS4 via optical, you can simply connect a single USB cable to enjoy both game and chat audio on PS5. Your Arctis headset, whether connected via USB or 3.5mm, will be able to take advantage of PlayStation's new 3D audio capabilities!

Will I need to update my headset for PS5?

All Arctis headsets listed above will work out-of-box with the PlayStation 5, no updates required. Depending on the headset, you'll connect wired or wireless via 3.5mm or USB.

Specifically on the Arctis Pro + GameDAC and Arctis Pro Wireless, users can choose to update their headsets to add optimized PS5 inputs to their OLED screens, but this update is optional.

What if I already own an Arctis?

An easy rule of thumb is that if your current Arctis already works with PlayStation 4, then it will be immediately compatible with PlayStation 5.

If you're not sure, refer to the guide above, or the specs of your specific Arctis headset.


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