Creating an immersive experience for the gaming industry has been a long and sought-after goal for many people worldwide. For some, bringing gaming or streaming with a PS5 to the next level is by dabbling with the audio and soundbar world. For some, this may be the one thing you were lacking and may be the solution you were looking for.
You can connect a PS5 to a soundbar if the soundbar has an HDMI input and HDMI output/ARC port. The better way is to connect the PS5 to the HDMI input on the TV and the soundbar to the HDMI ARC/eARC port on the TV. Doing this will prevent the video from lagging and allow the PS5 to perform better.
It’s still a good idea to utilize some modern audio features like a soundbar but be sure to utilize them properly. As we discussed, creating an immersive experience has been the goal for the producer and the consumer.
How to Connect a PS5 to a Soundbar (Or Your TV)
The first thing you’ll need to know is if your soundbar has both an HDMI input and an HDMI Output/HDMI ARC port. If the soundbar does not have both an HDMI input and HDMI output/ARC, you’ll have to connect your soundbar to the HDMI ARC port on your TV and the PS5 to any other HDMI input on the TV. This is the most common way to connect a soundbar, but there is another way as well.
If your soundbar has both an HDMI input and an HDMI Output/HDMI ARC port, you can now connect your PS5 to the soundbar. First, you will need to connect the PS5 to the HDMI input on the soundbar, then connect the soundbar’s HDMI output to the TV’s HDMI ARC port.
This method can be tricky if you have a new TV that supports 4K 120Hz. There are not many TVs that can support 120Hz yet, but the downfall is that as of right now, no soundbars support 4K 120Hz passthrough.
Even a top-tier soundbar like the Klipsch Cinema 1200 (on Amazon) can only support 4k 60Hz. So in this scenario, it is best to connect the soundbar to the TV’s HDMI ARC port and the PS5 to any other HDMI input on the TV.
How to Enable Surround Sound in the PS5’s Audio Settings
The next step in maximizing your experience is to ensure you are utilizing the proper settings to use surround sound. The steps are relatively easy to follow and will guide you to a seamless experience in your next game.
As soon as you have your PS5, soundbar, and TV all connected and powered on, you can follow the steps below:
- In the settings menu on your PS5, select Sound.
- You will want to select Audio Output → HDMI Device Type → Soundbar.
- Then you can adjust speaker positions, and create a layout that matches your audio layout.
- Lastly, go down to the bottom to select the Audio Format → Dolby.
By following these quick and easy steps, you will be ready to maximize your gaming experience.
Will a Soundbar Cause Any Input Lag For PS5
The only time you will encounter any input lag is going to be when you have your PS5 directly connected to the soundbar and the soundbar connected to the TV. The reason you have this lag is because of the soundbar not being able to effectively passthrough to the TV without any delay. This can often be due to the quality of the soundbar or the age of the soundbar.
With a high-quality soundbar, 4k 60Hz is often supported and will offer a near-seamless transition to the TV display. Oftentimes, any soundbar that has an HDMI input and HDMI ARC will have no problem handling the video.