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Using a PS4 Controller on PS5

With announcement of the brand new PlayStation 5 DualSense controller, you might be wondering if your current PS4 DualShock 4 controller will also work on the new console.


Today, PlayStation introduced DualSense, the controller that will accompany the Playstation 5.

While many expected the PlayStation 5's controller to follow the same naming scheme of its predecessors and be named DualShock 5, the new DualSense naming suggests a controller than is quite a bit different than the PS4 controller that most of us are used to.

What's the difference between DualShock 4 and DualSense?

The DualSense inclues updated haptic feedback as well as "adaptive triggers" that can allow a game to increase the tension of the L2 and R2 buttons. What this amounts to is a controller experience that feels more immersive in your hands, with more believeable vibrations and tension.

The DualSense controller has a slightly different angle of the hand triggers and subtle updates to the grip. It also adds USB-C charging and a built-in microphone in addition to the existing speaker, so you always have a mic handy, although Sony recommends an actual headset "if you are planning to chat for a longer period".

The DualSense PS5 controllerSource: PlayStation

Because of these changes, you may be hesitant about the new features, shape, and feel of the DualSense controller. Or maybe you just want to ensure that you don't need to purchase a 2nd DualSense controller to in order to play multiplayer games.

Will your existing PS4 controller be compatible?

Tentatively, yes. While your DualShock 4 PS4 controller will lack the new features (discussed above) of the DualSense controller, Sony has traditionally been good about backwards compatibility. PS4 games will all be backwards compatible on PS5, as should your DualShock 4 controller.