Will the DualShock 4 work with the PlayStation 5? What to know about controller compatibility

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

With Sony — and gaming in general — there always seems to be a catch, right?. The PS5 was going to be fully backwards compatible, until it wasn’t. There was only going to be one model at launch, until there wasn’t. And you were going to be able to use all of your PS4 accessories — until you weren’t.

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On Aug. 3, Sony offered some clarification for the future of the DualShock 4 on the upcoming PS5. 

Will the DualShock 4 work with the PS5?

The answer is — kind of.

Sony announced that the PS4 first-controller will work with the PS5, but not on upcoming PS5 games. This makes sense, considering the all-new DualSense controller is going to add capabilities not currently possible with the DualShock line of controllers.

From the PlayStation blog post:

“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”

Meaning, you’ll be able to still play PS4 games using the PS4 controller, but you won’t be able to play PS5 games on it. Simple enough.

What PS4 accessories work with PS5?

According to Sony, here’s what will work with the PS5:

  • Specialty peripherals: Fight sticks, steering wheels and things of that nature will work with PS5 games.
  • Sony’s Platinum and Gold Wireless Headsets, along with third-party headsets that plug into the USB port.
  • The DualShock 4 and officially licensed third-party controllers will work with PS4 games, but not PS5.
  • The VR controllers will all work with PS5.
  • The PlayStation camera will also operate with the next-gen console.