Playstation 5 There will not be an optical audio out port like the PS4 and PS4 Pro. Sony chose not to bring optical back, like Microsoft decided with the Xbox Series X.
Not confirmed directly from Sony, as the platform holder is actually supposed to show the back of the PS5. Instead, headset manufacturer Astro told the press that its various headsets were going to work with the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
In a briefing attended by Destroids, Astro confirmed that it would introduce an HDMI-to-optical splitter on the PS5. The unit splits the audio signal from HDMI while allowing 4k posestros for video. Astro states that the adapter does not introduce any kind of reduction in signal, and supports HDMI 2.1 and HDCP.
Every headset is different, and things are usually a bit more complicated on the PS5 than on the Xbox Series X, so it’s worth consulting the links to see which of your Astro headsets will work and what new adapters ( If any) may be required. Astro’s official site should have detailed pages with similar information, but the links are dead at the time of writing.
The news is not particularly surprising; Optical audio is on its way for some time. It had a purpose, of course, that was to eject audio from HDMI, devoted to later videos. Some setups relied on being connected to both at the same time, while alternating between audio sources in the console’s own dashboard.
However, it is disappointing that Sony did not find this information important enough for communication in the months following the PS5 announcement. It is worth noting that we are just months away from release and the back of the PS5 has not been shown publicly yet.