Your PS4 Controllers Won’t Work With PS5 Games

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Sony has just published information about peripheral support on PS5 over on the PlayStation Blog – and it’s not great news for those of us who are attached to our DualShock 4s.

The biggest takeaway from the blog is that PS4 controllers will not work with PS5 games. You can use them on your PS5 console, but only with ‘supported’ PS4 games. However, that doesn’t extend to specialised peripherals: officially-licensed PS4 steering wheels, flight sticks and arcade sticks will work with both PS5 and supported PS4 games.

But there’s also a caveat on that:

“Please note, not all PlayStation officially licensed or third-party peripherals/accessories may work on PS5. We recommend checking with the manufacturer to confirm whether a product will work on PS5 and specific titles.”

Basically: you definitely can’t use your standard DualShock 4 controller to play PS5 games. But you might be able to use your other PS4 peripherals to play PS5 games, though there’s no guarantee it’ll work.

Thanks for clearing that up, then.

As for why PS4 controllers won’t work with PS5 games when some specialised peripherals will? Sony wants all games to make use of the fancier features of the DualSense controller:

Will DualShock 4 work with PS5 games?

No, we 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.

If you’re 100% a solo gamer, it’s not the worst news; obviously, your new PS5 will come with a shiny DualSense controller in the box. But if you enjoy gaming with a friend or family member, and want to play PS5 games together, it means you’re going to have to stump up for a new second controller straight away.

Sony has also confirmed that not all headsets will work with PS5. PlayStation’s own branded Platinum and Gold wireless headsets will work, as will wired headsets that connect via a jack or USB. But any apps that rely on the headset companion app won’t be compatible with PS5, which will not support the app.

If you’re a PSVR user, your PS Move controllers, VR Aim Controller and PlayStation Camera will work on PS5 – but only with “supported games”. You’ll also need an adaptor to use your PS Camera, which will be provided free of charge. Exactly what that means for the future of PSVR is unclear, but hopefully more information will be published soon.

You can read the full update on the PlayStation Blog here.