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The latest PlayStation 4 update may have disabled your third-party mic

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The PlayStation 4 3.50 update rolled out yesterday, bringing with it a number of features that make the PlayStation 4 feel more modern. It may, however, have introduced an unwanted side effect. According to quite a few reports on the internet, the update has – perhaps inadvertently – killed support for a number of third–party microphones when used on the DualShock 4.

This is an issue that some complained of with newer models of the controller starting from the Anniversary edition, but it’s an issue that’s mostly been swept under the rug. It seems that software has now done the same, even for older models of the controller.

Both Reddit and the PlayStation forums (via neoGAF) are flooded with people who’ve suddenly found that their third part microphones no longer function when plugged in to the PlayStation’s controller.

There seems to be a solution, too – silly as it sounds. Apparently by sliding the 3.5mm connector in and out really quickly 5-10 times and then back in to the port. You’ll have to do this every single time you plug your headset in.

Electronically, the only way this makes any sense is if the DS4 measure the tiny little voltages the headsets output, and disable those that don’t match Sony’s first party ones. It’s all very odd – but enough people seem to have this problem for it to be taken seriously.

Is it some sort of bug in the firmware, or is it a deliberate attempt by Sony to push for the use of first-party headsets?

I’ve tested it out using my own third-party headset, and the mic is working fine; I even sent Darryn a message telling him how rubbish he is.

Last Updated: April 7, 2016

38 Comments

  1. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    April 7, 2016 at 12:08

    LOL even the cat felt that

    Reply

  2. Admiral Chief in New York

    April 7, 2016 at 12:09

    The PS4 updated more since it came out than I’ve downloaded driver updates for ALL my graphics cards in the last 10 years

    Reply

    • Guild

      April 7, 2016 at 13:29

      Kak man. My graphics card keeps prompting me with updates every time a new game is rolling out.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief in New York

        April 7, 2016 at 13:43

        Probably NVidia right?

        Reply

        • Guild

          April 7, 2016 at 14:12

          Is there any other kind?

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 7, 2016 at 14:31

            Yes, the proper red one that doesn’t need a driver update for every time the Earth rotates once

    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      April 7, 2016 at 13:35

  3. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    April 7, 2016 at 12:15

    I haven’t updated mine in ages, so here’s to my arrival…

    http://i.imgur.com/qQBniGj.gif

    Reply

  4. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    April 7, 2016 at 12:20

    Oh, and Header win!! That was probably after he discovered the proper version of Bohemian Rhapsody….

    Reply

  5. Dresden

    April 7, 2016 at 12:21

    Kanye my hoor?

    Reply

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      April 7, 2016 at 12:22

      Kimsobietjienader…

      Reply

  6. RinceThis

    April 7, 2016 at 12:29

    Damn Darryn, make your fucking bed…

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 7, 2016 at 12:30

      What are you, his mom?

      Wait…..don’t answer that, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS PURE AND GOOD DON’T ANSWER THAT!!!

      Reply

      • RinceThis

        April 7, 2016 at 12:30

        He was created, not born!

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief in New York

          April 7, 2016 at 12:31

          Babies are created, then born!

          Reply

  7. RinceThis

    April 7, 2016 at 12:30

    I know you won’t understand this Darryn, what with a real man saying it, but here you go. Some reasons to make your damn bed! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgzLzbd-zT4

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 7, 2016 at 12:32

      Dude, now THAT, is inspiration!

      Reply

      • RinceThis

        April 7, 2016 at 12:33

        You’re damn right it is! Though probably lost on the D…

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          April 7, 2016 at 12:34

          Me too o/

          Reply

          • RinceThis

            April 7, 2016 at 12:34

            0_O

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 7, 2016 at 12:35

            One task completed. Getting up is my first task

          • RinceThis

            April 7, 2016 at 12:35

            Pleeeeease bitch. My body wakes up, makes my bed, then makes coffee before I am even AWARE of it!

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 7, 2016 at 12:38

            Well duh. Your soulless body walks around on Auto while you’re trying to posses it.
            *RUNS!

          • RinceThis

            April 7, 2016 at 12:39

            You shut up!

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 7, 2016 at 12:39

            My wife makes the bed, and I’m reminded of how lucky I am for a few reasons:
            A.) Sleeping next to someone as awesome as her
            B.) Having a soft, warm and relaxing place to wake up in
            C.) Having woken up, and to be alive

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 7, 2016 at 12:41

            Man… A-C, that’s right in the sensitive feels….

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 7, 2016 at 12:47

            Took me some time to realize how much I have. Young Admiral was quite the dumbass (more like ensign)

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 7, 2016 at 12:51

            Yep, a young Greylingad was much of an idiot thrust into a tumble dryer and set on high speed, many many many many mistakes later one realizes just how lucky you are…

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 7, 2016 at 12:34

            You got lost on the D?

          • RinceThis

            April 7, 2016 at 12:35

            Well, he ain’t no skinny model eh! 0_O

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 7, 2016 at 12:36

            Lost on making my bed. It’s a huge bed mind you

          • RinceThis

            April 7, 2016 at 12:36

            This makes more sense! And also doesn’t make me want to dry heave…

        • Admiral Chief in New York

          April 7, 2016 at 13:01

          I watched the hole video now, just, wow!

          Reply

  8. oVg versus

    April 7, 2016 at 12:47

    All these updates. What are the patch notes? RUN ALL GAMES AT 60fps or do you still need 2 consoles to do that?

    Reply

  9. Ryanza

    April 7, 2016 at 12:57

  10. Ryanza

    April 7, 2016 at 13:05

    See what Affleck playing Batman did to our Lazygamer Batman…

    Reply

  11. Pieter Kruger

    April 7, 2016 at 13:56

    “in and out really quickly 5-10 times” No Sony, that’s not how it’s done……????

    Reply

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