No, Your PS4 Controller Will Not Work On PlayStation 5 Games, But…

PlayStation just released a ton of information on whether your old PS4 peripherals and controllers will work on the upcoming PlayStation 5 console.

Let’s break it down for everybody.

  • No, your PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller will not work on PS5 games. Their official word on this: “[W]e believe that PS5 games should take advantage of the new capabilities and features we’re bringing to the platform, including the features of DualSense wireless controller.”
  • However, the DualShock 4 controller will work on the PS5 itself and can be used for supported PS4 games. Hypothetically, if you want to play 2016’s Ratchet & Clank (a PS4 game) on your PS5, you can use your PS4 controller to play that, assuming that game is supported. I mean, it should since it’s a first-party title, right?
  • Yes, your PlayStation Camera will be compatible with the PS5 console; this is for playing supported PS VR games. You will need a PlayStation Camera adaptor that will be provided at no additional cost to PS VR users.
  • Officially-licensed PS4 peripherals like arcade sticks, racing wheels, and flight sticks will work with PS5 games and supported PS4 games. So you don’t need to buy a PS5-only arcade stick if you want to play PS5 fighting games, thankfully.
  • The PS4 Platinum and Gold Wireless headsets, as well as third-party headsets that connect via USB port or audio jack, will work on the PS5. This bit may need a separate list when the console is out.
  • The PS Move motion controllers and PlayStation VR Aim Controller will work with supported PS VR games on the PS5.

This is good news for folks who want to use their arcade sticks and racing wheels for appropriate PS5 games. Also, it’s not surprising that PS5 games will require the PS5 controller; that’s just good business and gaming sense.


Author: Mr Toffee

Jonathan "Mr Toffee" Leo is a writer, editor, & all-around video game words guy for 9 years, give or take. He also did some story for games like Chain Chronicle and some podcasting on the side. Likes: bacon, Metallica, jogging. Hates: raccoons, oblivion.

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