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Can you Use PS4 Controller on PS5?

Can you control your PS5 with a Dual Shock 4? Find out here.

Updated: Apr 21, 2023 10:49 am
Can you Use PS4 Controller on PS5?

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Have you ever wondered if its possible to use a PS4 controller on a PS5? it’s a question that plagues anyone who has purchased themselves a slice of next-gen wonder.

With the fancy PS5 Dual Sense controllers costing so much, a lot of people are hoping to save on secondary controllers by using DS4s instead.

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However, there are one or two complications surrounding the question that make the answer less than simple.

Read on to discover if you can use your old controllers on your new system, and how you go about doing it.

Can you Use PS4 Controller on PS5?

DUal Shock 4 product shot
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While the simple answer is: ‘yes, you can use a PS4 controller on a PS5’, in truth, it’s a bit more complex than that. You can attach a Dual Shock 4 controller to a PS5 quite easily with a sync cable, however, you will find its pretty limited in what it can do.

You can’t play any PS5 games with a PS4 controller for some reason. It’s likely that it’s something to do with Sony insisting that you need the special features of the Dual Sense to get the intended experience. That said, there’s a chance that there’s a legit reason for not allowing DS4s on PS5 games.

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Still, you can at least control PS4 games with your controller, so if you want to play any of those in chouch co op mode then you won’t have to splash out to do it.

You can also technically get around this limitation by streaming your PS5 via another device, which technically allows you to use a DS4 to play PS5 games. Using a service like PlayStation Remote Play allows you to play your PS5 titles with a Dual Shock 4 like you always wanted.

How to use a PS4 Controller on a PS5

If you don’t mind the limitations too much and still want to use your DS4 on your PS5, then you can follow these very simple steps to do so.

  • Connect your Dual Shock 4 controller to your PS5 with a micro-USB cable.
  • Select the account that you wish to sync with the controller.
  • Unplug your cable and test if your buttons are still working.
  • From now on, you should be able to reconnect your controller by pressing the ‘PlayStation’ button on your DS4.

After that, you should be able to use the controller on your PS5 freely. Just remember, you won’t be able to enjoy all the games in your library, only the PS4 ones.

Can you Use PS4 Controller on PS5 FAQs

Can you play PS5 games with your PS4 Controller?

No, the Dual Shock 4 will only work with PS4 games.

Do PS5 Controllers work on PS4?

No, you cannot control a PS4 with a Dual Sense PS5 controller.

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