Bluetooth Headset Help (PS3)

m4rkie23

Novice Member
Apologies in advance if this information is anywhere else in the forum? Ive looked but cant find the answer im looking for?

I am interested in knowing how bluetooth headsets work in relation with the PS3? (after getting....lets be honest, obsessed with COD4 :thumbsup:)

If I want to chat to team members, is a bluetooth headset the best way of doing it, and do i have to press a button to talk (i am used to PC games)??
If i therefore get a bluetooth headset, will all of the sound come out of it, or can you have the game sounds coming out speakers, and the voice coming out of the headset? or is the sound on the headset not used at all? (very confused) :suicide:

Equally, if anyone could say, here this is what you want to buy as it does this......... that would be unbelievably helpful!! :smashin:

Thanks in advance too!!!

Mark
 

m4rkie23

Novice Member
New Era, I am at work at the moment and your link is blocked, but I will check it when I get home.
Thanks beforehand anyway (and for the quick response)!!!!
I'll let you know how i get on!
 

Jay

Banned
Here you go:


Bluetooth Headset Setup Guide for PLAYSTATION 3


This is version 2.0 of this guide. All the information included is current to Firmware 2.1.

Please PM me with suggestions, new info, or questions. I'll do my best to answer.

Contents:

1. Compatibility

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Bluetooth Headsets
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USB Headsets
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Not Compatible with Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

2. Setup


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Charging and Pairing a Bluetooth Headset
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Connect a USB (wired) Headset
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Mic Test and Volume Setting
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Other Settings
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Helpful Links

3. Troubleshooting

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General Troubleshooting
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Problems When Changing Games/Maps/Servers
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Noise or Feedback
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Pairing Problems
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Voice Chat Drops
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Controller Interference
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Playstation 3 Links and Customer Support

4. Game Specific Information

5. Brand and Model Listing


1. Compatibility

The PS3 supports only one headset at a time. Multiple players on the same console will have to share.

Bluetooth:

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The PS3 uses Bluetooth version 2.0, and is compatible with all earlier versions.
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All makes and brands of Bluetooth headset should work with the PS3.

USB:

USB (wired) Headsets can also be used with the PS3.

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Any of the PS2 compatible USB headsets should work with PS3 games.
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USB headsets are required for PS2 software used on the PS3.

Not Compatible with Bluetooth Stereo Headphones:

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The Bluetooth audio signal for PS3 only carries voice chat. The game sounds and music are played through your TV or stereo receiver only.
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If you want to listen to the gameplay with headphones then they will have to be compatible with your TV or stereo receiver.



2. Setup

A Bluetooth headset has to be registered, or "paired", with your PS3 before it can be used.

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Make sure your Bluetooth headset is fully charged before you begin.
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Check your headset instructions for entering "pairing mode". Activate your headsets' "pairing mode" so it can be recognized by the PS3.
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On the Cross Media Bar (or XMB) of the PS3 go to the "Settings" tab, then down into "Accessory Settings", then down into "Register Bluetooth Device".
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With your headset in pairing mode, follow the onscreen instructions and let the PS3 scan for your headset. When your headset is found, follow the prompts and enter a pass key (if necessary- the default is usually 0000 for all brands). The pairing should now be complete.

If you're using a USB (wired) headset, just plug it into one of the ports on the front of the PS3 (the system should auto-detect a USB headset).

After pairing a Bluetooth headset, or after plugging in a USB (wired) headset, return to the XMB. Go to "Accessory Settings" and choose "Audio Device Settings".

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Your headset should appear as the audio input/output device. If not, just use the D-pad to highlight the Input line, then scroll until you see yours. Any microphone you have used with your PS3 will be listed, but only the current one will be available to select.
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Set the "Microphone Level" to 4. You can change the level any time if needed.
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Speak into the headset, and the level bar at the top of the screen should move at the sound of your voice.

There are other ways to configure the audio input and output that can be useful:

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Set the input to (your mic) and leave the output on (default)- one person can chat with the other players, and the replys will play over your TV speakers rather than into your mic. Great when sharing one console because everyone can hear the team talk.
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Set the input and output to (default)- you will hear the game sound and voice chat through your TV speakers but won't be able to talk back. Great if you don't have a headset, or if you want the room to hear the team chat.
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Set the output to (default) to use stereo headphones with your TV or receiver. Then set the input to (your mic) and you can chat while wearing stereo headphones. Keeping the mic close to your face could be a problem since both ears are already taken! You could try a USB desktop mic and see if that works. I will add info on that as it comes in.

For more help you can try these links:

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Playstation 3 Users Guide- http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/ps3/current/index.html

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Step by step picture giude (Thanks kman79)



3. Troubleshooting


General:

If you are having trouble with a headset after it is paired with the PS3, there are a few things to check first:

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Make sure your headset battery is charged and working. Be aware that some brands/models will need to be paired again after each recharge. It's not a problem, it's just the way those models work.
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The headset should be set as the input/output device from the XMB.
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For Bluetooth users, make sure there are no other Bluetooth devices in use near your PS3. Also try to eliminate any other radio frequency interference if possible.
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For USB users, make sure the connection is secure and there are no wire breaks.
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Update your console to the current available firmware.

Problems When Changing Games/Maps/Servers:

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When you start another round, a new game, or change maps, the headset suddenly no longer works. You'll know because the voices start playing through your TV speakers. This is usually just a connection loss, like a phone call hanging up. Tap the "call button" on your BT headset and it should re-connect.

Noise or Feedback:

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A screeching noise when you talk you are experiencing feedback. Turning your TV down should help.
* Lowering the headset volume can also help. Go to Accessory Settings/ Audio Device Settings (where you test your headset) and you can set the mic volume there. Level 3 is a good start. If people have trouble hearing you then you should raise to Level 4 or Level 5.
* If you hear an echo when you talk try turning the earpiece volume down on the headset. Many BT headsets have their own volume control.

Pairing Problems:

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If the PS3 cannot locate your headset, make sure that your headset is in pairing mode before you start scanning. The headset instructions will tell you how to set yours to pairing mode.
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If your headset is missing from the device menu after you re-start your PS3, you will have to pair again. Many headsets will only "remember" one device at a time, so you may have to register again after using your headset with a phone.
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If your headset appears on the Audio Device menu but is "grayed out" or not selectable, it is not connected. Make sure the headset is charged, and that it is on in standby. I should connect automatically when the Audio Device menu is selected. Tap the call button on the headset if it does not connect, or click on the Connect Bluetooth tab on screen.
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Make sure no other Bluetooth devices are in use nearby.

Voice Chat Drops:

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Most in-game voice chat drops are simply network lag. Usually they go away after a short time, so be patient. In extreme cases you may have to leave a game and return to reset the chat function.
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If you use wireless internet, a low signal strength can make voice chat malfunction. Make sure your wireless signal is as strong as possible to your access point.
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Sometimes a headset will quit after changing discs to another game. Go to accessories and select your headset again.
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Make sure no other Bluetooth devices are in use nearby.

Headset-Controller Interference:

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If your controller loses contact every time you turn on your headset, they might be interfering with each other. Changing the controller port assignment might help. To change the controller port assignment, hold down the PS button while in game. The settings screen that comes up will give you the option to change the controller port. This will have to be set each time you restart your PS3.
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And, as always, make sure no other Bluetooth devices are in use nearby.

Playstation 3 Links and Customer Support:

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Playstation 3 Support Page- all the official manuals and tips in one place. You can also contact customer support via email from this page.
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Contact by phone: 1-800-345-SONY (7669) 6am to 8pm Pacific Time Mon-Sat. 7am to 6:30pm Sun.


4. Game Specific Infomation

Call Of Duty 4

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COD4 uses open mic, meaning you just have to turn your mic on and talk.
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You'll know if the game recognizes your mic in the online lobby. There is an icon next players that have a mic, and the icon lights up when someone speaks.
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*Open Mic Etiquette* Every sound you make is going out on the mic so try to be polite. Chewing gum or eating is a bad idea with open mic games. If the sound from your TV is activating your mic then turn your TV down.


Warhawk


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Hold L3 to talk. You will hear a sound when the mic opens, and the small icon next to your name in the upper left will light. You also hear a sound when the mic closes. When a teammate speaks, an icon will light next to their player name, above their avatars head.
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When another game starts, or when the maps change, your mic might disconnect. Tap the "call button" when the next game starts and it should work fine.
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The retail version comes with a Jabra BT125 headset. I recommend this package because of the good value, and the quality of the game and the headset. The BT125 has the best feedback on the list below, and apparently Sony thought the same.


Resistance: Fall of Man


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There is a new update (3/20/07) that may address mic problems. They have fixed a bug that made the voice chat degrade during a long game. Check the R:FoM board for the full details.
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The first patch has changed the voice function. Now press L3 to talk in lobby and in game. If you used the "Form Party" option, the mic is open to those in your Party. You must press L3 to talk to everyone else.

Fight Night Round 3 (PS3)- Uses an open mic, just talk no button press.

G R A W 2

Madden NFL '08-

Madden NFL '07-

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Voice chat works in-game only. There is no voice chat in the pre/post game lobbies.
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There is a "mute" key built in the controls. L3 will mute your headset. If the screen icon is red then your mute is on and you can't talk. If your icon is green then you're good to go.



MotorStorm-


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Mics are "open" meaning you don't have to press a button, just talk.
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Seems like only 2 people can talk at once, so be patient.
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If the server detects lag/latency the mics are suspended temporarily (your icon should turn red?) to keep the game running smooth.

NBA 2K8- Full voice support.

NHL 08

NHL 2K8

Rainbow Six: Vegas

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There have been reports of BT headsets causing controller interference and game lag during online play. This is apparently a software problem that Ubisoft is working on, so be patient and try switching to a USB headset if you have one. Hope the patch comes soon. (thanks, redeagle28)

SOCOM (PS2)- SOCOM games will not work with your Bluetooth headset. You can still use a USB mic for SOCOM games.

Tiger Woods 2008-

Tiger Woods 2007 (PS3)- Voice chat works best if you have your mic on before starting the game.


Games without voice chat online:

Armored Core 4
Blazing Angels
Call of Duty 3
F.E.A.R.Formula 1: CE
Full Auto 2: Battlelines
Ridge Racer 7



5. Headset Brand and Model Recommendations:
(brand names are linked)

Remember: Any Bluetooth headset should work. If yours isn't on the list, try it.

Motorola

*Model H700 has an "A" and "B" version with different pairing procedures. Here's the link to Motorola FAQ to help with the issue)

ALERT: Beware of FAKE Motorola BT headsets! The fakes have a lot of problems. Think yours is counterfeit? Check the .pdf (thanks Amazon.com): Link: Motorola Counterfeit I.D. Guidebook

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HS815 v1.1
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HS810 v1.1
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HS805 v1.2
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HS655 v2.0
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HT500 v1.2
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H700 *see note above v.1.2
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H670 v2.0
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H605 v1.2
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H555 v2.0
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H350 v2.0
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H300 v1.2
* S9 v2.0
* H3 v1.2

Jabra

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JX-10 v1.2
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BT125 v2.0 (This is the headset that comes with the Warhawk bundle)
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BT135 v2.0
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BT150 v1.2
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BT160 v1.2
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BT350 v1.2
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BT600 v1.2
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BT5010 v2.0

Sony-Ericsson


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HBH-300 v1.1
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HBH-602 v1.1
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HBH-610 v2.0
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HBH-PV702 v1.2

Plantronics

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Discovery 655 v2.0
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Discovery 640 v1.2
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Explorer 330 v1.1
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Explorer 320 v1.2
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Explorer 220 v1.2
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M 2300 v1.1
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Pulsar 590A v2.0
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Pulsar 590E
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Voyager 510 v1.2

Southwing (Cingular)

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SA505 v2.0

Cardo

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Scala 500 v1.2
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Scala 700 v2.0
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Cardo S640 v1.2

Encore Electronics


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ENBTHS-011 v1.2

HR-US

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G6 Micro v 2.0

LG

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HBM 300 v.1.2
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HBM 710 v.1.2

Tekkeon


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ET2000 v.1.2

Samsung


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WEP170 v1.2
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WEP200 v2.0

Soyo


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Freestyler 500 v1.2

nXZEN


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5500 v1.2

Nokia

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BH-200 v2.0
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BH-202 v1.2
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BH-900 v2.0
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HS-26W v2.0

Wi-Gear Inc.

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iMuffs MB210 v2.0

VXI

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BlueParrot B150TK v12

Radio Shack


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Voice Star VS610 v1.1

BlueAnt

* X3 Micro v1.2

Nexxus

* Talksmart Pro 2 v2.0

BlueTrek

* X2
 

m4rkie23

Novice Member
Wow, thanks for doing that! :smashin: (can you give people awards in here :) )

Do you think that a bluetooth headset would interfere with the official PS3 bluetooth remote or is it more of a 'take-a-chance' scenario?
 

Jay

Banned
Wow, thanks for doing that! :smashin: (can you give people awards in here :) )

Do you think that a bluetooth headset would interfere with the official PS3 bluetooth remote or is it more of a 'take-a-chance' scenario?
You shouldn't run into any problems at all.
 

Dr Evilest

Active Member
I just got my headset today & had a few queries; you've answered them, thanks Jay.
 

spikecast

Well-known Member
I've got my samsung WP210 BT headset from my phone that I'm going to try..is there any way without playing online of testing it on the PS3? voice recording etc? Thanks.
 

Jay

Banned
I've got my samsung WP210 BT headset from my phone that I'm going to try..is there any way without playing online of testing it on the PS3? voice recording etc? Thanks.
Yes, here is everything you need to know :smashin:

2. Setup

A Bluetooth headset has to be registered, or "paired", with your PS3 before it can be used.

*
Make sure your Bluetooth headset is fully charged before you begin.
*
Check your headset instructions for entering "pairing mode". Activate your headsets' "pairing mode" so it can be recognized by the PS3.
*
On the Cross Media Bar (or XMB) of the PS3 go to the "Settings" tab, then down into "Accessory Settings", then down into "Register Bluetooth Device".
*
With your headset in pairing mode, follow the onscreen instructions and let the PS3 scan for your headset. When your headset is found, follow the prompts and enter a pass key (if necessary- the default is usually 0000 for all brands). The pairing should now be complete.

If you're using a USB (wired) headset, just plug it into one of the ports on the front of the PS3 (the system should auto-detect a USB headset).

After pairing a Bluetooth headset, or after plugging in a USB (wired) headset, return to the XMB. Go to "Accessory Settings" and choose "Audio Device Settings".

*
Your headset should appear as the audio input/output device. If not, just use the D-pad to highlight the Input line, then scroll until you see yours. Any microphone you have used with your PS3 will be listed, but only the current one will be available to select.
*
Set the "Microphone Level" to 4. You can change the level any time if needed.
*
Speak into the headset, and the level bar at the top of the screen should move at the sound of your voice.

There are other ways to configure the audio input and output that can be useful:

*
Set the input to (your mic) and leave the output on (default)- one person can chat with the other players, and the replys will play over your TV speakers rather than into your mic. Great when sharing one console because everyone can hear the team talk.
*
Set the input and output to (default)- you will hear the game sound and voice chat through your TV speakers but won't be able to talk back. Great if you don't have a headset, or if you want the room to hear the team chat.
*
Set the output to (default) to use stereo headphones with your TV or receiver. Then set the input to (your mic) and you can chat while wearing stereo headphones. Keeping the mic close to your face could be a problem since both ears are already taken! You could try a USB desktop mic and see if that works. I will add info on that as it comes in.
 

spikecast

Well-known Member
Thanks mate! :)
 

spikecast

Well-known Member
Just to report back that the mic works on the PS3 dashboard but doesn't appear to in Motorstorm, any ideas?
 

Digiman

Active Member
OK. Im pretty sure this hasnt been answered but fingers crossed anyway.

I'm doing a slide show and want to talk with my voice coming out of speakers. Is that possible?

Thanks in advance
 

gypsybuilder

Novice Member
Bit off topic but..
Consider bying a USB headset mate. I used to use a cheapo bluetooth jobbie but it suffered with feedback problems (whistlers on RFOM anyone?).

I now use a PS2 (out of my brothers socom game) logitech USB headset and it works very well. The mic can be repositioned and the volime adjusted with the inline controls. When you don't want to listen to the teenage screamers it can be muted or taken off and hung around the neck ready for when it's needed.

The bluetooth job had to be charged and was inevitably flat when the greatest game on earth was full-swing. I know the wireless stuff is popular but all of my mates use USB headsets.

IF you do buy USB make sure it's PS3 compatible, my Mikomi (Argos) wasn't meaning I was unable to adjust the volume.
 

reflectiveideal

Active Member
Hi, i have a Jabra BT125 headset (the one with Warhawk), but received it with no Charge Cable or manual. Can someone please advise which cable it is i need to buy to charge this (mini usb too big!) and how i can get it to enter pairing mode? Thanks in advance guys :thumbsup:
 

Moogle

Novice Member
Jono - what is 'THE' PS3 headset that you are talking about ?
I suspect it's a third party one like the Madcatz or Giotech headsets that are marketed as PS3 headsets. There are no officially branded ones as of yet.
 

theshabster

Distinguished Member
That's what I thought Moogle - I have the Gioteck version, & it works a treat.

Are there any plans for Sony to bring out an official headset, that you are aware of ?
 

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