It looks like Sony aren’t abandoning current generation controllers just yet. In a statement made earlier today, Sony have stated that you’ll be able to use PS4 controllers on PS5. However, that comes with one caveat. Current generation controllers, including third-party, will only work for PS4 games. Unlike Xbox, which has made sure their current controller will work on Xbox Series X, Sony will require players to use the new DualSense controller in order to play PS5 games. The company made the decision to allow PS5 games to take full advantage of the controller’s new features.
“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.”
In the same statement, Sony also answered questions about existing PS4 peripherals. Flight sticks, racing wheels, and arcade sticks will all work on Sony’s new console as will all PSVR peripherals. Third-party headsets that require USB ports will also work, as will the current Platinum and Gold wireless headsets.
This decision isn’t particularly surprising, especially after seeing a snippet of the new PS5 controller’s features. Games such as Astrobot’s Playroom look specifically designed to make the most of these features, almost like a tech demo. However, you will be able to use PS4 controllers on PS5, so there’s no need to throw away that spare Dualshock just yet.