The PlayStation Portal has been a massive success thus far, with it selling out everywhere in a matter of minutes. Needless to say, the overwhelming majority of fans are happy with their Portals.
Nonetheless, not everything is perfect with this highly anticipated accessory. Some gamers are having a hard time dealing with the fact that the PlayStation Portal wireless audio only works with a handful of Sony headphones and earbuds.
This decision is infuriating for many, as now, aside from spending on the device itself, they have to spend some extra cash on special headphones. However, there is a cheap and quick solution for this!
Use Any Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
To use any Bluetooth headphones with your PlayStation Portal, you will need a 3.5mm jack to Bluetooth adapter and connect your headphones to this device.
Once the dongle is in the 3.5mm of your Portal, follow manufacturer instructions to pair your headphones with the adapter, and you should get audio without a problem.
These adapters come in a variety of prices and range vastly in features. To make sure you get the ideal one for your use case, read the manufacturer’s product description to confirm you are getting the right device.
One good example of this is the need for a microphone. If you want to do party chat, most (if not all) of these adapters will likely not work. This is because these devices are intended for audio-only.
Here are four tips for choosing the proper 3.5mm jack to Bluetooth adapter for your PlayStation Portal:
- You get what you pay for. Cheap adapters will most likely result in poor audio quality and noticeable lag.
- Try to get your device from a reputable brand. You can determine this by product availability on prominent retailers and customer feedback.
- Read the reviews and determine if this is the ideal fit for you.
- Some customers are pretty descriptive of the lag they experience whenever using their adapter. This information could be crucial to determine if this device meets your expectations.
- Check the battery life stated by the manufacturer, and if possible, contrast it with what customers are reporting back on reviews.
- Cheap Bluetooth adapters can have poor battery life, ranging from 3 to 5 hours per charge cycle. On the other hand, more premium devices offer up to 10-20 hours per single charge. Get the one that better fits your needs.
- Pay close attention to the device’s physical size before purchasing. Some of these adapters can be quite bulky and hinder this ability to some degree.
- You can easily find this information on the retailer’s site or the manufacturer’s product description.
- Remember, the whole idea of the PlayStation Portable is it being a device you can carry around. For this reason, double-check if the device size is ideal for you and it won’t be a problem to carry around.
Thought I’d share my solution to using my Bluetooth headphones with my Portal. Some of the earlier 3.5mm transmitters posted had poor battery life (4-5 hrs). Enter the Avantree Relay premium Bluetooth 5.3 adapter. It gives close to 20 hours battery life and the sound quality is excellent.
What Headphones Natively Work with PS Portal?
If you want a native wireless option for your PlayStation Portal instead of a Bluetooth dongle, your options are headphones that support PlayStation Link. These include:
- PlayStation Pulse Elite Wireless Headset
- PULSE Explore Wireless Earbuds