DualShock 4 will not work with PlayStation 5 games

Sony have detailed which current PlayStation 4 peripherals will work on PlayStation 5 and although you will be able to use a Dualshock 4 to play backwards compatible PS4 games on the PlayStation 5 you won’t be able to use for PS5 games.

“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,” said Isabelle Tomatis, from PlayStation VR, Peripherals Marketing and Licensing a blog post.


It has also been revealed that although the PlayStation 4 camera will work, but it will need an adaptor that Sony will provide for free.

“PlayStation Camera will work with PS5 for playing supported PS VR games. It will require a PlayStation Camera adaptor that will be provided at no additional cost to PS VR users. More details on how to get the adaptor will be announced at a later date,” stated Sony.

We also got our first wild stab at the pricing for the PS5 and its family of accessories when French retailer Carrefour listed them with some suspiciously low prices. Surely these are placeholder, no?

They also listed a number of other peripherals that may or may not work.

  • 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.

The PlayStation 5 will come with the new DualSense controller and there is good news if you hate the the bold black and white design of the controller and console. During his preview with the new DualSense controller Geoff Keighley spoke to PlayStation Worldwide’s marketing boss Eric Lempel who gave us a lot of marketing fluff, but also hinted at different colour schemes.

Geoff asked Eric if alternative colour schemes would be available and he replied “We’ll talk about it at some point.”

Source: PlayStation.com

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  1. Really really wish they would release the DualSense controller early with ps4 compatibility. My latest ds4 (4th one I think) is starting to show its age.

  2. Isn’t haptic feedback the only new feature for the controller? Seems a bit much if its just for that. Plenty of time for a u-turn though, remember when the Xbox One “required” Kinect?

    • It’s got a built in mic. And there’s something about the triggers. And a light that shines in your face instead of at the TV.

      So not just all about the special rumbles.

      I doubt they’ll change their mind though. They didn’t let us use the PS3 controller on the PS4, did they?

      • No, but the PS4 didn’t support PS3 backwards compatibility, whereas the PS5 does. I’m not saying it should therefore be a given, but it’s an extra 50 quid (or more perhaps) if you want additional controllers.

      • It must be partly (or mostly) to sell spare controllers, which is understandable and not something they can just some out and say, so this is an awkward press release! I also love the ‘may or may not support’ bit, brilliant.

    • It’s mainly haptic feedback (which is a combination of the adaptive trigger resistance and the more sensitive vibration motors), and the built in microphone and some other things.

      They are all things that you should be able to disable in the menus for accessibility.

      • So nothing really that critical, other than being a better ‘experience’ would you suggest?

  3. Here, I’m inclined to understand Sony’s decision. Everyone gets a PS5 controller with the console anyway, and I think it’s expected a bit much not to require PS5 controllers to use the new console.
    And it’s fair to let people play PS4 games with PS4 controllers on the PS5. So, e.g. I’ll still be able to play Rayman Legends with all the family with my four PS4 controllers.
    This will, however, be more of a requirement for more special, accessible controller options, which are not likely to be there at launch of the PS5, e.g. for people with motor impairments. But, I hope Sony covers this with the announcement that ‘special peripherals’ will work also with PS5 games.

  4. The need for a camera adapter is a wrinkle i was not expecting – let’s hope it can be rolled out easily to all who require it. I wonder how that will work? I understand they can’t just include one with every PS5 as that would be an unneccessary expense but it will be annoying if you purchase a PS5 and then have to wait a week or so for an adapter in the mail so you can use PSVR.

    • After not even considering it for years, I’ve just discovered the PS4 camera is really just a USB3 camera. Obviously the connector on the end is different, but it’s just USB3 wired to an odd connector. (With 2 wires used for USB2 not connected)

      So all it needs is a little adaptor that connects the weird connector on the camera to a USB connector.

      And I wouldn’t be surprised if they did include them with the PS5. If there’s 6m+ PSVR users, and a large number of those are likely to upgrade to a PS5, along with anyone who hasn’t got a Fancy Hat but does have the camera and might want to use it with a PS5, that’s a lot of adaptors to post out to people for free. Bundling it in with every PS5 might well be cheaper.

      Also, it avoids the problem of people having to wait for it to arrive if you have to order after you’ve got the PS5.

      • I was thinking it would be something like that, ie proprietary usb->usb. But you’re right, it might be better to include it in the box initially, and then probably stop including it once the PSVR 2 releases.

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