Both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X will not have an optical audio out port. While Microsoft already announced this change back in April, Sony has yet to reveal the back of its next-gen console.
The news actually comes from headset manufacturer Astro, which was discussing its range of products for next-gen. Astro showcased an HDMI-to-optical splitter for PS5. The unit takes the audio signal out of HDMI, and offers 4K passthrough for video. Astro says the adapter supports HDMI 2.1 and HDCP and doesn’t introduce lag.
Destructoid did a detailed breakdown on which Astro headsets will work with which console, and what tricks, cables and adapters will be required to keep you chatting and hearing your games.
It is a little troubling that this information is being provided by another party and that Sony hasn’t felt the need to share this in all the time since the PS5 was announced. With release being mere months away, it is the perfect time to help people prepare their peripherals and setup ahead of time.