A new console means new controllers.
As Sony divulges more details about the upcoming PlayStation 5 console, it has shed light on compatibility with previous hardware. In a blog post, Sony said that the DualShock 4 (the controller for the PS4) will be compatible with the PS5 – but only for PS4 games. You can’t use the DualShock 4 on a PS5 game.
That means that PS5 games will only be compatible with the new DualSense controller. “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,” Sony said in a statement. Since the PS5 will support backward compatibility with PS4’s huge library of games, you can still use the DualShock 4 for playing – so don’t throw away that controller just yet.
Additionally, Sony said that the PlayStation Camera that debuted with the PS4 will be fully compatible with the PS5 using a special adapter that Sony will be providing free of charge. The PlayStation Camera is required by the PS VR, which is also fully supported on the PS5.
The official list of current accessories that will be compatible with the PS5 includes Third-party peripherals that include racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks. The Platinum and Gold Wireless Headsets, as well as third-party headsets that connect via USB port or the audio jack, will work on PS5 (note that the headset companion app is not compatible with PS5). Lastly, both the PS Move Motion Controllers and the PlayStation VR Aim Controller will work with supported PS VR games on PS5.
ICYMI: Xbox Series X is compatible with ALL Xbox One controllers across ALL games:
🎮 Official Xbox One Controllers
✨ Xbox Adaptive Controller
💪 Xbox Elite Wireless Controllers
🤝 ‘Designed for Xbox’ third-party Xbox One Controllers and headsets pic.twitter.com/V8e2RLzxa2
— Xbox (@Xbox) August 3, 2020
In a witty response to Sony’s support on older peripherals, Xbox sent out a tweet confirming that previous Xbox One controllers, the Xbox Adaptive Controller, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller and other third-party controllers will all be fully compatible with the Xbox Series X. What’s more, the Xbox Series X controller will also be fully compatible with older Xbox One consoles, Windows PCs, Android and iOS devices, and Microsoft’s upcoming Project xCloud.
Both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X are scheduled to release later this year.