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PlayStation 5 games will not support DualShock 4

Published: 13:24, 03 August 2020
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Sony have posted a number of answers to the most common questions regarding PlayStation 5's periperals and support thereof, but if you were hoping to use DualShock 4 controllers for PS5 games, we've got bad news.

Now, it would seem that DualShock 4 support would go without saying, but Sony's FAQ revealed that it doesn't when PlayStation 5 games are in question. 

And the company's response on whether DualShock 4 works with PS5 games is as follows, "No, 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."

That's not to say they won't work at all, mind you - DualShock 4 and any other officially licensed third-party controllers will work with supported PS4 games on PS5. Same goes for special peripherals like steering wheels, arcade and flight sticks, and they'll support PS5 and supported PS4 games. 

Owners of PS Move Motion Controllers and the PlayStation VR Aim Controller apparently have nothing to worry about as they'll run just fine on PS5. 

"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)", they wrote.

Nevertheless, Sony are advising users to check with manufacturers documentation prior to purchasing gear, yes even PlayStation licensed stuff, because not all of them may work for some PS5 titles.

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So, there you have it - while you'll be able to use DualShock 4 controllers on PlayStation 5, it will only be for PlayStation 4 titles. In other words, if you DualSense controller dies, you're practically downgrading to PS4 until you go and buy a new one.

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