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.
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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.
Another offering from Avantree, the C81 is a respectable Bluetooth adapter for your PS5. It offers support for aptX low latency, FastStream, aptX, SBC codecs. The C81 uses Bluetooth 5.0, so you’ll be able to move up to 100 feet without worrying about losing your connection. If that’s not enough, it also includes a USB-C to USB-A converter just in case you’re using it with a device that doesn’t have a USB-C port.
Analog mic compatible
Not only is this USB Bluetooth transmitter simple to plug and play, but it also offers a wide range of codec selections. The transmitter offers support for APTX HD, APTX AD, APTX, and SBC. More importantly, it also includes a 3.5mm attachment that allows you to plug in your analog mic for voice chat while still using your Bluetooth headphones.
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.
If you’re like most gamers and have more than one console then the HomeSpot Bluetooth Audio Adapter is an extremely useful gadget. Although it might be designed primarily for the Nintendo Switch, it’s compatible with the PS5. It supports aptX and dual aptX Low Latency codec; best of all, it also comes with a built-in mic.
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 is Android Central's resident expert on fitness tech and wearables, with an enthusiast's love of VR tech on the side. After years freelancing for Techradar, Wareable, Windows Central, Digital Trends, and other sites on a variety of tech topics, AC has given him the chance to really dive into the topics he's passionate about. He's also a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves D&D, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings.
For wearables, Michael has tested dozens of smartwatches from Garmin, Fitbit, Samsung, Apple, COROS, Polar, Amazfit, and other brands, and will always focus on recommending the best product over the best brand. He's also completed marathons like NYC, SF, Marine Corps, Big Sur, and California International — though he's still trying to break that 4-hour barrier.