How To Connect Alexa To PS5, PS4 And Xbox One

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You probably have a number of devices that you use to play your favorite games if you are like most gamers. You might have an Xbox One and a PS4 – or you may be a PC geek who enjoys playing games on the PlayStation 5.

There’s a good chance Alexa can be connected to your gaming console, no matter your level of gaming.

This blog post will show you how to connect Alexa with PS5 and other gaming consoles. Keep reading to find out more.

Are You able to connect your PS5 to Alexa?

Yes, Alexa can be connected to PS5. The process is not difficult, but it can be a bit tricky. Don’t worry, Alexa can be connected to PS5 so you can still enjoy gaming. After connecting Alexa and PS5, here’s what you can accomplish.

You can ask Alexa to turn on your PS5 or launch Fortnite on your PS5. Connecting your PS5 and Alexa to your console is a great way for you to enjoy your gaming experience in a more intuitive and immersive manner.

PS5 Is Not Alexa Compatible

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First, let me tell you that PS5 isn’t compatible with Alexa. Sony PlayStation cannot take voice commands, unlike Xbox Series X. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t make things work. Let’s take a look at the simplest tips and tricks to connect Alexa and PS5 to elevate your gaming experience.

Connect Alexa to the PS5

You can connect your PS5 directly to Alexa with a few hacks. An HDMI CEC is required to perform all these hacks.

HDMI CEC

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HDMI is the high-definition multimedia interfacing. It’s a port or cable that allows high-definition video and audio to be transferred from one device to the next. HDMI CEC is an exclusive feature for TVs. This allows your TV to control other devices, and vice versa.

No matter if your TV supports Alexa, you will still need an HDMI CEC in order to connect PS5 and Alexa. Here are the steps to activate HDMI on your TV.

  • Go to Settings
  • Select System
  • Click HDMI to activate it

Your TV will automatically turn off HDMI. To connect Alexa to PS5 you need to turn on HDMI on the TV. This will automatically turn on your gaming console every time the TV is turned on.

Alexa Compatible TV

You can simply turn on the HDMI if your TV is already compatible. Your PS5 will activate whenever Alexa turns on the TV.

Smart Infrared Hub

It is small and inexpensive. This device converts home devices into smart ones. Smart infrared hubs connect to all of your devices, eliminating the need for remote control. This hub can be used to connect with any Alexa-compatible TV.

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How do I connect Alexa and PS4?

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A Harmony hub is required to connect PS4 and Alexa. This device turns your smartphone into an remote control for all of your devices. The Logitech Harmony hub is my favorite. You can integrate 8 remotes with uncountable apps to your smartphone. It’s affordable at $149, making it very budget-friendly. These are the steps to connect your PS4 with Alexa.

Harmony Hub:

  • Go to devices, select Edit devices
  • Click on +device to select the Entertainment category
  • In the model name, fill in “Sony” as the manufacturer and then type “Playstation 4” in the “Playstation 4” field.
  • Click on Add
  • When asked to create an Activity, tap “Yes”.

Playstation 4

  • Go to Settings
  • Choose Bluetooth settings
  • Select “Harmony keyboard” and the pairing button on your Hub.

Alexa App:

Install Harmony’s skill in Alexa and enable it.

Other options

You don’t have to spend money on a Harmony Hub. An HDMI CEC can be used following the same steps as for PS5.

Connect Alexa to Xbox One

These are the steps to connect Xbox One and Alexa.

Alexa App

Alexa can be connected directly to your Xbox.

  • Open Alexa app
  • Select Add Device
  • Follow the instructions on screen and select Xbox

Or

  • Log in to your Microsoft Account
  • Go to the Alexa App
  • Click “More”, and choose “Skills and Games”.
  • Search for “Xbox”, and it will be enabled
  • Alexa will search for your Xbox device, then click “Continue”.

Xbox Gaming console

  • The Xbox button is located on the console.
  • Select “Settings” from “Profile” or “System”
  • Select “Devices & connections”
  • Click on “Digital Assistants” to select “Enable digital assistants”
  • The Xbox button can be pressed on the remote control of the game console.
  • Go to “Profile and Systems”.
  • Choose “Settings”.
  • Go to “General”.
  • Choose “Power mode and start-up”
  • Select “Instant On”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs

How do you pair Alexa and PS5?

There are typically three ways to connect PS5 to Alexa. The first is to connect PS5 to Alexa using an HDMI CEC. This allows you to control the PS5 via voice commands. You can also connect your Alexa-compatible TV to your PS5 by purchasing an HDMI CEC. To pair Alexa and the PS5, you can also use a Smart Infrared hub.

Is it possible to connect Alexa and Playstation directly?

Unfortunately, you can’t. Sony hasn’t added any feature to the Playstation 4 and 5 that allows Alexa to be connected. You can still control PS5 via HDMI CEC or other options.

Can I connect Echos as PS5 speakers?

Yes, you can. You can pair Echos with a PS5 speaker by placing them closer together. If the devices are not close enough, PS5 might not be able to find the Echo.

Conclusion

Alexa and PS5 are incompatible To marry them, you would need to think outside the box. The first step is to have an HDMI CEC. The type of TV you own will determine the next steps.

However, the console will still need to be opened each time the TV is turned on. The hacks above will provide a fair gaming experience.

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