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The Best Thing About The DualShock 4 Has Barely Been Touched Upon

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Matt Gardner
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The Best Thing About The DualShock 4 Has Barely Been Touched Upon

And We're Here To Rectify That!

The Dual Shock 4 review is coming a little later today, but before that goes live, here's one of the very best things about Sony's next-gen controller: you can stream the system's audio out through the DS4's 3.5mm headphone jack.

We've all been there: maybe you're getting in some late night gaming while your better half is asleep. Perhaps you live in a block of flats with really thin walls and psychotic neighbours. Maybe your housemates are really loud, or the guy upstairs insists on playing Tom Jones on loop, and you want to sink yourself deeper into your gaming experience by plugging in some earphones and blocking out the background noise.

The best thing about the PS4 is that you don't need a fancy headset to do that, or to scrabble around the back of your TV or monitor with extender cables and all sorts of leads. Remember those slightly busted but super comfy headphones you've been using to watch Netflix in bed? They'll work just fine. We've tried Creative earphones, a couple of Tritton headsets, a rubbish non-branded VOIP headset, and a set of cups from a doctor named Dre through the DualShock 4, and they all brought the visceral aural landscape of Killzone to life in immediate fashion.

All you have to do to set it up is hold down the PS Button locate in between the two analogue sticks, and head to Device Settings whereupon you can adjust both the levels for speaker volume and also choose to play all audio through your headphones should you wish.

Of course, doing so will probably make that sub-10-hours battery life dwindle a little quicker, mind.

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GetsugaTenshoS  Nov. 22, 2013 at 15:10

You missed the best part which is if you have a phone headset or earbuds where the mic and audio use the same jack then you can use them on the Dualshock 4 for both game & chat audio and speaking to people.

I'll be using a pair of iPhone 5 earbuds with it myself. It'll be nice just to be able to throw just about anything at the control pad and have it work.

Anarchist  Nov. 22, 2013 at 15:56

You missed the best part which is if you have a phone headset or earbuds where the mic and audio use the same jack then you can use them on the Dualshock 4 for both game & chat audio and speaking to people.

I'll be using a pair of iPhone 5 earbuds with it myself. It'll be nice just to be able to throw just about anything at the control pad and have it work.


Really? That is pretty sweet. That should make it way easier to make third parties to make peripherals for them. Unlike MS's proprietry connector (that I can't get an adapter for my XPS500's for.... grr)

MattGardner  Nov. 22, 2013 at 17:19

It is pretty sweet. As soon as I'd slung this up, I tested it out with my Tritton Kunai PC headset, and it worked a treat. Have added that into the review.

r3tract  Nov. 22, 2013 at 21:00

I'm not a fanboy - I am getting both! - but Sony really has thought about everything from a gamer's perspective in a way that Microsoft really hasn't, in this round of the console wars!

This is a brilliant piece of information I hadn't heard about before now.

Last edited by r3tract, Nov. 22, 2013 at 21:01
stevienotts  Nov. 22, 2013 at 22:09

i was using this feature 20 years ago on my Panasonic 3DO, i will admit it wasn't wireless but it had an extremely long cable

Last edited by stevienotts, Nov. 22, 2013 at 22:10
imdurc  Nov. 26, 2013 at 04:30

The Wii U gamepad also has this feature :)

Anarchist  Nov. 28, 2013 at 11:36

I'm not a fanboy - I am getting both! - but Sony really has thought about everything from a gamer's perspective in a way that Microsoft really hasn't, in this round of the console wars!

This is a brilliant piece of information I hadn't heard about before now.


I'm going to be facetious here (what, me?) and say that Sony didn't 'think' of anything. They just copied what MS came up with nine years ago and were kicking themselves for all those nine years because there was nothing they could do.

While I do not like the proprietary connector on the ones pad, I can understand its reasoning. I've never heard voice chat quality as good as through the cheap throwaway headset they provide with it. Just a shame they were too stupid to release an adapter or any actual proper headsets that use it anywhere near launch...

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