PlayStation 5 Games Won’t Support DualShock 4 Controller

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Were you expecting to play PlayStation 5 games using your beloved DualShock 4 controller? That’s not happening. According to a blog post from Isabelle Tomatis (PlayStation VR, Peripherals Marketing and Licensing, SIE), PS5 games will only work with the next-generation DualSense controller.

“…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,” wrote Tomatis.

It isn’t clear whether there’s some sort of technical limitation, but this is kind of disappointing, especially in light of the fact that Xbox One controllers will be fully supported on the Series X. DualShock 4 users will, however, be able to continue using them for PS4 titles.

Here’s what PS4 peripheral/accessory support looks like on the PlayStation 5:

  • Specialty peripherals, such as officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks, will work with PS5 games and supported PS4 games.
  • The Platinum and Gold Wireless Headsets, as well as third-party headsets that connect via USB port or audio jack, will work on PS5 (the headset companion app is not compatible with PS5).
  • The DualShock 4 wireless controller and PlayStation officially licensed third-party gamepad controllers will work with supported PS4 games.
  • Both the PS Move Motion Controllers and the PlayStation VR Aim Controller will work with supported PS VR games on PS5.

Sony warns that not all officially licensed or third-party peripherals/accessories will work on the PS5, however. The PlayStation Camera will also require a special adaptor to function on the new console.

“It will require a PlayStation Camera adaptor that will be provided at no additional cost to PS VR users,” Sony explained. “More details on how to get the adaptor will be announced at a later date.”

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