Can you use a PS4 controller on PS5? Well, yes, technically, though not to any great degree and with a whole load of frustrating limitations - you'll definitely want a PS5 DualSense controller instead if you can get one, as the PS4 controller only works with very specific games in mind - and you can probably guess which ones. Still, if you've got a PS4 controller lying around, it can still work for you in the right circumstances. With that in mind, here's everything you need to know how to use a PS4 controller on PS5 and what you can do with it.
How to use your PS4 controller with PS5
To use a PS4 controller on a PS5 you just need to pair and sync it with your console - plug it into your PS5 via a charging cable and press the home button to activate it. It's that easy, you can then unplug the cable and continue using it wirelessly. However, as we'll explain in more detail below, you can can only play PS4 games on PS5 with a PS4 controller.
What can you play with a PS4 controller on PS5
While you can use a PS4 controller on PS5, you can only play PS4 games on PS5 - you can't use a DualShock 4 to play PS5 games.
That's because of all the PS5 specific features according to Sony: “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,” says Sony in a statement on the PlayStation blog. This also extends to "PlayStation officially licensed third-party gamepad controllers" too.
If you do sync up a PS4 pad with your PS5 and try and play a PS5 game you'll get the a warning saying "PS5 games can't be played using the DUALSHOCK 4".
Thankfully, the benefits of using the PS5 controller are seriously worth it. You'll just need to buy a second if you want to play co-op or simply have a spare to switch out.
Can you use a PS5 controller with PS4?
Sadly, the simple answer is just no. A PS5 controller cannot be used with a PS4. Even if you try plugging it in, the PS4 will simply just not recognise it as an input device.
You can however use a PS5 pad on PC.
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