While the PlayStation 5 offers compatibility with the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller, there are a few exceptions that users should be aware of.
While the PlayStation 5 has released in select countries, Sony’s new console will be available worldwide in just a couple of days. The console ships with a new DualSense controller, putting an end to the long-running DualShock controllers used on past systems. However, the PS4’s DualShock 4 controllers will work on the PS5 – but there are some exceptions to know about.
Speculation started before the PS5 launched that the PS4’s DualShock 4 controllers would work on the system. This was mostly due to the fact that the PlayStation 5 is backwards compatible with most PS4 games. Prior to launch, Sony revealed that DualShock 4 controllers would work on the PS5 – but only with PS4 games being played on the new system. Unfortunately, anyone who wants to use the PS4’s controller to play PS5 games on the new console are out of luck.
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This is mostly due to the way the PlayStation 5’s new DualSense controllers work. They have new features like adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, which the older DualShock 4 controllers just can’t support. So, it makes sense that the controllers wouldn’t work on actual PS5 games, since many of them (like Astro’s Playroom) take advantage of these mechanics. The technology just doesn’t exist to support these new features on older controllers like the DualShock 4. However, there are still a couple of ways to use the PS4 controller on a PS5.
Which Games Work With The PS4 Controller On PS5
The PS4 DualShock 4 controller works with any compatible PS4 games on the PlayStation 5. It will work exactly like it did on the PS4. Since the DualSense controller has had some reported issues, especially charging problems, the DualShock 4 may even be the preferred controller when playing any backwards compatible PS4 titles.
The PS4 DualShock 4 controller also has to be used when playing PSVR. Because all PSVR titles are currently on PS4, it means the older controller has to be used. However, a PS Move controller will work with VR titles on PS5 as well. A DualShock 4 or PS Move controller are currently the only two ways to play PSVR on the PlayStation 5. However, Sony has hinted at introducing new VR to the PS5 soon at an unspecified date, but the DualShock 4 will most likely still have to be used for older PSVR titles.
So, while PS4 controllers are compatible on the PS5, it isn’t as simple as using the DualShock 4 and DualSense controllers interchangeably. It will fully depend on what version of any given PlayStation game people are playing. For now, though, the PS4 controller is completely compatible on PlayStation 5 with PS4 and PSVR games.
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