Many game consoles have done well by providing easy access to the best gaming and entertainment available. There are even much more of these game consoles than games.
However, we can only speak of Xbox One the console that offers a pretty efficient smart home hub via the Xbox Google Assistant and Alexa integrations of its own.
But, can Alexa connect to ps4?
The PlayStation 4 console can not be directly connected to Alexa, making the console a little lazy in the smart home hub innovation.
However, with the use of additional support like Logitech Harmony hub to pair it with PS4, you can turn on the console using Alexa. In other words, PS4 users will have to first buy the hub then use it as a controller.
So yes, there is a way you can get your PS4 connected to Alexa and turn it ON with great comfort, just as you’d do when playing Xbox One.
This post has been developed to show you the step-by-step guide on how to turn on ps4 with Alexa or google assistant.
The process basically centers around integrating your PS4 with Alexa and Google Home speakers, enabling you to control the console and have it synced up with other devices such as smart speakers.
Let’s begin by setting up your PS4 with the Logitech Harmony hub
You have to first set up the PS4 with Logitech Harmony
Logitech’s Harmony Hub is currently the seamless way to connect your PS4 to other smart home devices. You can control everything with the harmony app on your smartphone, and it currently costs about $300 on amazon.
On second thought, you can control everything using the Harmony app on your smartphone which you can install from the google playstore.
The process of setting the hub is straightforward. Once you install the app, the prompts will walk you through the whole process but you will want to have it close to your PS4.
When it prompts you to search for Wi-Fi devices, you can pair it with your TV, if you use a smart TV since you can synchronize this with the PS4.
Connecting the PS4 to your Harmony devices
Now that you have paired the hub with your other smart devices, and it is of course now connected to your Wi-Fi network, it is time to add the PS4, but will be done manually using Bluetooth.
Follow the following steps to add the PS4 to the harmony devices
Go to the menu on the Harmony app, and click on ‘Dispositives.’
Then click ‘Edit devices’, and then tap ‘+ Device’ to add a new one.
Some selections will be displayed, select Entertainment device. And then type in ‘Sony’ under the manufacturer’s name, put in Sony.
It will ask for a model number which you will simply put “PlayStation 4”.
Click on ‘Add’, and then acknowledge the notes
You are halfway done!
Note that you will be asked to set up your activity by selecting the devices you want to control. But, you can add more later. Let’s go to the PS4 now.
Now, integrating the PS4 with Harmony
- Next, turn on the PS4.
- Navigate to configurations, then click Devices.
- Under device, select ‘Bluetooth settings’
- Look for “Harmony Keyboard” among the options displayed and click on it.
- You can press the pairing button on the back of the hub if the above does not display.
If you’ve done just that, then you should be set up by now. And to ensure that everything’s properly integrated, the app will give you a test run.
Since the Harmony hub works with Alexa and Google Assistant, both will be able to read all of the activities and devices linked to your account.
So to turn on your PS4, you can easily say something like “Alexa, turn on PS4” or “OK Google, tell Harmony to turn on PS4” without lifting your fingertip.
Can you use Alexa for audio from PS4?
You will probably find more of ‘turn on my ps4 with Alexa’ on the internet than using Alexa for audio from PS4. If the situation is that you just want to use it for Bluetooth audio, the answer is the negative PS4 doesn’t support Bluetooth speakers.
However, with the use of additional support like Logitech Harmony hub to pair it with PS4, you integrate other smart devices to work with Alexa and your PS4.
How to connect Alexa to ps5
So what about PS5? well, officially, there is no guarantee on the compatibility of the PS5 console and as to whether you will be able to make this integration with the new console and harmony remotes.
One thing you should know, which has been stated earlier, is there is no direct compatibility between the Sony console and the Amazon assistant.
However, we are currently exploring various channels on the possibility and will put out a fresh post of an update on this.
Truly, Sony PlayStation 4 is lagging a little in the smart home hub, unlike the Xbox One that offers pretty efficient via Alexa integrations of its own.
However, with the couple of tricks that we have been able to go through in the above article, I am pretty sure you can now get your Sony’s PS4 to slip into the setup with voice assistants.
Bottom line, we have been able to see that using Logitech Harmony hub is the most embraced and easiest way to connect the PS4 to other smart home devices including your smartphones, smart TV, and even speakers.
If at any point of the steps shared in this post, you face a little challenge, feel free to share in the comments.
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Also read: How to Connect PS4 to an old TV