How to Connect Headphones to the PS3

By Meaghan Ellis

Connecting headphones to a PS3 is not as simple as inserting a headphones adapter into a headphone jack. Unfortunately, there is no headphone jack for the PS3, so an alternative connection is required. Connecting headphones requires a minor configuration process that can take anywhere from five to 10 minutes, if you have all of the necessary accessories on hand.

Things You'll Need

  • Set of headphones
  • Audio input connector
  • PS3 A/V supplied cord
  • HDMI connection cord

Initial Setup Process

Step 1

Plug the PS3 A/V supplying cord to the upper inlet port at the back of your PS3 gaming console.

Step 2

Insert the HDMI cable into the available port directly below the A/V supplying cord port.

Step 3

Connect the two output cables to the PS3 audio converter port. (Hint: These cords are red and white.)

Step 4

Plug the headphone jack into the end of the audio converter, opposite to the output cables.

PS3 Sound Settings Configuration

Step 1

Power on the PS3 gaming console.

Step 2

Go to the PS3 sound settings, using the gaming console controller, and select the "Audio Output / SCART / AV Multi" settings at the bottom of the Sound Settings list.

Step 3

Exit out of the Sound Settings and access the PS3 Video Settings.

Step 4

Choose HDMI as your video connection type.

Step 5

Close out of your configurations and Sound settings, and test the configuration to ensure the headphones work properly.