When it comes to dedicated PS5 headsets, most of them range anywhere from $100 to $300; they arguably justify the price with great 3D audio and low latency, but many people obviously can't afford that. A better option is to make your current wireless headphones PS5-compatible with a Bluetooth adapter so you can stay wireless.
Not all PS5 Bluetooth adapters are created equal, however. Finding one that works for both game audio and mic audio, without noticeable lag, can be a challenge, and some headphones — like those that use 2.4GHz instead of Bluetooth — won't work with certain adapters. You can just plug your headphones into your DualSense controller, but this will significantly reduce its battery life.
So if you can't stomach buying one of the top wireless PS5 headsets to sidestep this issue, and really want to stick to your current wireless headphones, then rest assured: we've collected some of the best PS5 Bluetooth adapters available right now, focusing on what works best for the next generation of systems.
Stay connected with these Bluetooth adapters for your PS5
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Reliable audio, tricky mic
Compatible with aptX Low Latency headphones, Avantree's DG80 Bluetooth Adapter will plug into the front USB-A port and give you a respectable 40ms of latency, much shorter than traditional Bluetooth. With a 100-foot range, it should stay connected even if you walk away from the PS5. While the standard Music mode gives you excellent sound quality, you'll need to double-tap the adapter button to switch to Talk mode if you want to use your headset's mic to talk in online games, and this lowers the audio quality. It's more compact than the other best PS5 Bluetooth adapters, so it doesn't detract from the console's look.
Reliably low lag
This Bluetooth adapter from Skull & Co. connects with two headphones simultaneously, works with AptX LL for relatively short audio lag, and sticks right into the front USB-C port. So long as you're not using that plug for the PSVR 2 or your external hard drive, you're okay! It's going to sit weirdly perpendicular to the console — because it was designed for the Nintendo Switch — but aesthetics aside, it's one of the most reliable PS5-compatible adapters we've tested.
A traditional design
Another offering from Avantree, the Leaf Long Range Bluetooth Adapter, looks more like a conventional USB stick than the DG80 if you're looking for something like that. Like our top Bluetooth adapter pick, the Leaf connects to headphones over Bluetooth with AptX LL support, and has Music and Talk modes; it simply uses Bluetooth 4.1 instead of 5.0, which reduces the maximum range from 100ft to 60ft. That's still plenty of distance for 99.9% of gamers, and this adapter has the perk of lighting up in different colors to show which mode is active.
A budget option
Zamia's Bluetooth Adapter is specifically for those who want to spend as little money as possible without sacrificing too much in the audio department. While it doesn't boast the longest range, coming in at an estimated 33 feet, the adapter sports a sleek and small design, so it will fit snugly against the PS5 without looking too clunky. You'll just have to accept the lack of AptX LL, which may or may not matter depending on whether or not your headphones support the standard! It does work with A2DP, HSP, or HFP.
A newer Bluetooth standard
Most of the best PS5 Bluetooth adapters we've found use the older Bluetooth 5.0 standard, or even older. With this petite 1Mii dongle, you jump up to 5.2 and get access to both AptX HD and AptX Adaptive, as well as Low Latency. Unlike other adapters that sometimes require more work behind the scenes, this Bluetooth adapter should connect to your headphones fairly quickly, so you can dive right into playing.
See how you're connected
While this is another USB-C dongle clearly designed with the Nintendo Switch in mind, it comes with a USB-A adapter so you can plug it into the other PS5 ports if you wish. You can see whether your headphones are connecting over SBC or low-latency on the front of the adapter, to make sure you're getting the audio quality you want. And like most of the other picks, this supports dual headphone connection if you and a friend or loved one both want to throw on your Bluetooth headphones simultaneously.
What will you be picking up?
Most of the best PS5 Bluetooth adapters are (or were) also compatible with the PS4. Sony's Bluetooth compatibility thankfully didn't change all that much from one generation to the next, so the same adapters could transfer over.
Many of these dongles either only support audio or have difficulty working with both audio and your headphones' built-in mic. Thankfully, we'll remind you that the DualSense controller does have a built-in mic that you can rely on in a pinch, or else you can plug a dedicated mic into the controller. Whatever the case, you'll be able to enjoy the best PS5 games online if you prefer.
If you're specifically looking for an adapter to work with your AirPods — yes, this is an Android site, but we know what people like — make sure your adapter supports the SBC codec, which has higher latency than AptX LL but works in this case. Current picks like the Avantree, DRILI, Skull & Co., or 1Mii adapters support it.
Regardless of what Bluetooth adapter you choose, you'll likely be in good hands. With more and more PS5 accessories launching every day, you're bound to find the perfect Bluetooth adapter at some point.
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Michael spent years freelancing on every tech topic under the sun before settling down on the real exciting stuff: virtual reality, fitness wearables, gaming, and how tech intersects with our world. He's a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves running, D&D, and Star Wars. Find him on Twitter at @Michael_L_Hicks.