How to Route All Audio Through the PlayStation 4 DualShock Controller

There comes a time in every person’s life when they just need to play a game without disturbing someone else. But who wants to mute the game, losing potentially crucial details? Many modern games rely almost as heavily on audio as video at this point, so muting really isn’t an option. The good news is that there’s a way to send all audio to the PlayStation’s DualShock controller with headphones attached.

The following tutorial was done on a PlayStation 4, but it should also apply to the PlayStation Pro (for those of you lucky enough to have one of those bad boys).

First, connect your headphones to the port in the bottom of your DualShock controller. Then, from pretty much any screen—in game, on the home screen, wherever—long-press the PlayStation button on the controller to open the Quick Menu.

From here, scroll up to the “Sound/Devices” section and click into it.

The first option here (outside of volume controls) is “Output to headphones.” Click that.

Two options show up: All Audio or Chat Audio. Choosing the former will mute the TV audio output and instead send all audio to the headset that’s attached to the DualShock controller. Boom.

There, now you can play games without missing any audio details (and arguably get an even more immersive experience), all without bugging whomever it is you’re trying not to bug in the process.

Cameron Summerson is a die-hard Android fan, Chicago Bulls fanatic, metalhead, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at HTG, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, spinning legs on the bike, chugging away on the 6-string, or being disappointed in the Bulls.