How to Hook Up Two Mics on One PS3

By Marilla Mulwane
Talk to online gamers through headsets hooked up to the PS3.

There are two types of "mics" for the Playstation 3, and those mics have different versions as well. Microphones let you talk or sing into them; the PS3 reads your words and the game reacts to them. Microphones are included for games such as "Rock Band". Headsets have a microphone and headphones. They allow online players to talk and hear each other. Both microphones and headsets come wired or wireless, and some headsets have Bluetooth technology for use with other electronics. Hooking up two microphones or headsets is possible, but they might not have full functionality. The steps for hooking up two microphones or headsets depends on if the controllers used with them are wireless or wired.

Microphones With Wireless Controllers

Turn off the PS3 console completely. Plugging the microphones into the console before turning it on guarantees the console reads the microphone.

Plug one microphone into the first USB port on the front of the PS3. Wireless microphones have a small USB stick while wired microphones are attached to the USB by a cord. Repeat with the second microphone and the second USB port.

Turn on the PS3 console. Press the PS button on the wireless controllers to turn them on.

Headsets With Wireless Controllers

Plug one headset into the first USB port of the console. Wireless headsets have a USB stick and wired headsets are connected by a cord.

Press the power button on the wireless headset to turn it on. Wired headsets do not have a power button. Wait for the power light to turn green.

Repeat the steps with the second headset. Press the PS button on the wireless controller to turn it on.

Wired Controllers

Plug the 4-way USB adapter into the first USB port on the front of the PS3 console.

Plug the wired controller into the first USB port on the adapter. Plug in a second or third controller, if necessary.

Plug the headsets or microphones into the remaining USB ports on the adapter. If more space is needed, use the last USB port on the front of the console. Turn on the headsets, if necessary.

Tip

Wireless Bluetooth headsets without USB connections must be paired with the PS3 before using. Go to "Manage Bluetooth Devices" from the main menu. Follow the directions provided to register the headset with the PS3.

Warning

The console may not read the microphone if you plug it in while the console is on. If the console does not read the microphone, unplug it, wait a few seconds and try again. The PS3 console only supports one headset at a time. You can hear sounds through the headsets, but not talk with others. Only one user account is signed in at one time, making multiple players using separate headsets on one console impossible.

About the Author

Marilla Mulwane has been writing professionally since 2005. She has published a fantasy novel for young adults and writes articles on literature, pets, video games and tattoos. Her poetry has been featured on the website and products for the nonprofit organization HALos. She graduated from the State University of New York, Oneonta with a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing.