This guide contains information on how to produce surround sound on the PlayStation 5 in movies and games.
How to activate surround sound
5.1 and 7.1 audio can help you identify where certain enemies are in relation to your character and provide environmental sounds for a more immersive experience. You can also output 5.1, 7.1 and even Dolby Atmos audio for Blu-ray discs on your PS5.
How to set up surround sound for a sound bar or home theater system
The PS5 supports 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound, whether you are using an AV receiver with dedicated speakers or a soundbar system with rear satellites. It does not support Dolby Atmos in games or apps like Netflix, although it does allow Dolby Atmos binary streaming for Blu-ray playback. (See next section.)
The surround parameters you choose will depend heavily on your setup: the formats supported by your TV and your audio system, the way they are connected, etc. While we can’t delve into every combination of equipment, we can point you in the right direction.
Head to Settings> Sound> Audio output and change the type of HDMI device to AV amplifier. (If you’re using a soundbar with surround speakers, you’ll still want to select the AV amplifier instead of the soundbar, as the latter option doesn’t seem to offer surround output.)
Once you’re done, you should see some new settings available below, allowing you to set the number of speakers you have. Once you’ve done that, you can select Adjust Speaker Positions to tell your PS5 where these speakers are relative to your listening position. This will help the PS5 to better identify sounds as you move around the game.
Finally, at the bottom, set the audio format (priority) to Linear PCM if your PS5 is connected directly to your receiver or soundbar via HDMI. If your PS5 is connected to your TV, with your TV sending audio to the speakers through Optical or HDMI ARC, you may need to select Dolby or DTS here for surround to work, as other connections may not have the bandwidth for uncompressed LPCM in more than two channels.
How to set up surround sound and Dolby Atmos for DVDs and Blu-ray discs
If you have a PS5 with a disc drive, you can also watch UHD DVDs, Blu-rays, and Blu-rays on your home theater system. disk.
If you can’t hear surround sound, press the Options button on your controller to bring up the menu, and then select the button with three dots. Scroll down to Settings and change the audio format to Bitstream. After that you should find that all surround sound is working fine including Dolby Atmos. You should only need to do this once and your PS5 will correctly play surround sound on future discs.
How to set up virtual surround sound on headphones
If you are using headphones or gaming headsets, there are two ways to achieve virtual “surround” effects when playing.
If your headset offers its own built-in virtual surround function, you can activate it at any time. This usually involves flipping a switch on the headset itself or pressing a button on a USB adapter connected to the headset. However, the quality of the surround effects can vary from headset to headset and may not be as good as the PS5’s new built-in 3D audio.
You can enable Sony 3D audio on any headphones connected to the PS5, although it will not work if you connect your headphones to your TV or receiver, only if you connect them directly to the PS5 via USB or via the headphone jack on the controlle. (Sony has announced plans to add 3D audio support to the TV speakers in a future update.) To enable 3D audio, go to Settings> Sound> Audio output, scroll to Headphones section and toggle the Enable 3D audio switch. .
To get the most out of 3D audio, select Adjust 3D audio profile and follow the onscreen instructions. Highlight each of the options and select the one that sounds closest to ear level, this will ensure that the PS5’s algorithm is matched to how your ears perceive sound in 3D space.