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How to Get PS3 Sounds to Come Through Headphones

Updated February 21, 2017

The PS3 is a console gaming device produced by Sony. The PS3 is designed to be plugged into a television set, with the audio going through the TV speakers. If you want to immerse yourself in the gaming experience without waking up the neighbours, you will want to find a way to make the PS3 sound output to headphones. You can do this if you have an audio output on your TV set, or you can pair a set of Bluetooth headphones with the PS3.

Set the Bluetooth headphones up for pairing. Every device is different, so refer to the instructions. Find the four digit verification mode in the headphone instructions as well; you will need this when pairing with the PS3. The headphones may enter pairing mode simply by being turned on.

Press the power button on the PS3. Once it has loaded, select the "Settings" menu with the controller. Press the "x" button on the controller.

Select the menu titled "Accessory Settings" and push the "x" button.

Select the "Manage Bluetooth Devices" menu and push the "x" button.

Select the "Register a Device" option and press the "x" button. When the screen comes up telling you there are no devices registered and asks if you want to register a device, select "Yes" by clicking the "x" button.

Wait while your PS3 scans for the headphones. When it finds them, you will be prompted to enter the four digit verification code.

Click the "back" button on the screen until you have arrived back at the "Accessory Settings" page. Select the "Audio Device Settings" menu and press "x".

Select the menu called "Output Device" and press "x". Find your Bluetooth headphones on the list of devices, select it and press "x". The PS3 sound will now come through your headphones.

Look to see if your TV has either a headphone jack or a pair of red and white RCA jacks.

Plug the headphones directly into the headphone jack if there is one present. Don the headphones and play the PS3 as normal.

Plug an RCA-to-headphone adaptor into the RCA output on the TV, if no headphone jack is available. The adaptor should be RCA "male" on one end and quarter inch "female" on the other end. Plug the headphones into the adaptor.

Things You'll Need

  • Bluetooth headphones
  • RCA male to 1/4 inch female adaptor
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About the Author

Darby Stevenson began writing in 1997 for his high-school newspaper, the "Alsea Valley Voice," which won him statewide awards for Best Feature Article and Best Personality Interview. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from the University of Oregon.