Can You Use PS4 Controllers on PlayStation 5?

Are you wondering whether the DualShock 4 will work with Sony’s next-gen console? Here’s what you need to know.

If you’re a PlayStation 4 owner planning to get a PlayStation 5, you might wonder how many of your PS4 accessories will work with the new console. Thankfully, you don’t have to guess too much, as Sony has confirmed some details about cross-generational compatibility.Let’s see whether the PS4 controller will work on the PS5, along with some other important points about these accessories.

Can You Use The PS4 Controller On A PlayStation 5?

Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will support PlayStation 4 controllers, but only for playing PS4 games. You cannot play PS5 games with a PS4 controller.

If you didn’t know, the PlayStation 5 is backward-compatible with “more than 99 percent of” PS4 titles. This means that if you have the standard PS5 model with a disc drive, you can insert your PS4 discs to play those titles. And on either the regular PS5 or the digital-only PS5, you can download your digital PS4 games to the new console.

That’s not the only way to play PS4 titles on PS5. PlayStation Plus subscribers will enjoy the new PlayStation Plus Collection, which provides a selection of PS4 games that PS5 owners can download at no additional cost.

What Other PS4 Peripherals Will Work On PS5?

It’s not just the official DualShock 4 controller that will work with the PlayStation 5. The PlayStation Blog has also confirmed that the following PS4 accessories will work on the PS5:

  • Officially licensed third-party gamepads.
  • “Specialty peripherals, such as officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks.”
  • The official PlayStation Platinum and Gold Wireless Headsets, plus any third-party headset that uses a USB port or audio jack.
  • The PS Move and PS VR Aim Controller (for PS VR games).
  • The PlayStation Camera (for PS4) will work with an adapter, which is provided free of charge.

If you’re not sure whether a specific PS4 accessory will work, it’s best to check with the manufacturer.

How Is The DualSense Controller Different?

While Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Series S controllers use a near-identical design to the Xbox One’s gamepad, Sony has shaken up the controller design a bit for the PlayStation 5. The DualSense uses a similar shape to the DualShock 4 and has the classic cross, square, triangle, and circle buttons. But it also has a few new additions.

The three biggest changes to the DualSense are:

  • Adaptive triggers: For PlayStation 5 games, developers can change the amount of pressure that you need to apply on the triggers (L2 and R2 buttons) to activate them in some situations. This means that, for example, you might have to press harder to draw a bowstring as tension increases.
  • Haptic feedback: Instead of a basic rumble function that simply shakes the controller, haptic feedback is a more precise way of delivering feeling to the player. It allows the controller to vibrate in specific places and at certain intensities, so you feel a “tap” for some actions and a “crash” for others.
  • A built-in mic: The DualSense includes a microphone inside the controller. As a result, you don’t need a headset to communicate with other players.

We can assume that the DualSense controller will work with PS4 games played on PS5. However, it’s likely that the features specific to the new controller won’t work when playing PS4 games.

Your Control Options On PlayStation 5

The DualSense that comes with the PS5 will work great for all PS5 (and presumably PS4) games. But if you want the familiar feel of your PS4 controller, or want to enjoy your favorite PS4 multiplayer games, it’s nice to know that you can use the DualShock 4 controller right out of the box


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