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Can you use a PS4 controller on PS5?

Does PS4 controller work on PS5
Amaar Chowdhury Updated on by

Though the DualSense Controller that comes with the PS5 is one of the best standard controllers released with a console we’ve ever seen, there’s probably been a moment in which you’ve wondered can you connect your PS4 controller to your PS5.

With Modern Warfare 2’s impending release you might be thinking of loading up some split-screen to enjoy the game in the company of your friends, but you haven’t got enough controllers for all of you. The DualSense is a pricey controller, so it’s unlikely many of us have four of them lying around. Though, most PlayStation gamers are likely to have an old PS4 controller lying around.

We’re here to answer whether or not you can use a PS4 controller on PS5.

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Does a PS4 controller work on PS5?

The technical answer is yes, however the real answer is no. While you can connect your PS4 controller to the PS5, you’ll be heavily restricted in how you can use it.

Unfortunately, the PS4 controller will only work on games for PS4 on your PS5. This is due to Sony not wanting PS5 games being played on hardware not designed for them, though it also encourages people to invest in DualSense PS5 controllers rather than resorting to PS4 controllers.

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How to connect PS4 controller to PS5

Wireless

If you would like to play your PS4 games on your PS5 with your trusted DualShock 4 Controller, then you’ll want to follow the instructions below:

  • On your PS5 head to Settings > General > Bluetooth Accessories.
  • Enter pairing mode on PS4 controller by pressing and holding the share button until it begins to flash.
  • On your PS5 find the ‘Dualshock 4‘ controller in the Bluetooth device list.
  • Select it using your PS5 controller and the PS4 controller should now work on your PS5.

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Wired

If you don’t like faffing around with Bluetooth, you alternatively follow these instructions.

  • Plug your PS4 controller into PS5 using USB Cable
  • Choose which User you want associated with the PS4 controller
  • Unplug your controller

You should now be able to play whichever PS4 game you want with your PS5.

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PS4 controller on PS5 FAQs

Can you use PS5 controller on PS4?

You can’t use your PS5 controller on your PS5 as the two devices are not backwards compatible due to the DualSense’s USB-C drivers.

Will PS4 controllers ever be able to used on PS5 games?

It’s extremely unlikely that PlayStation will ever allow this. By preventing PS4 controllers from being used on PS5, they ensure that there is a constant demand for DualSense controllers.