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PS5 games will only be compatible with the new DualSense controller

Before we begin, let’s rip off the band-aid, PS5 games will only be compatible with the PS5 DualSense controller. We can all at the very least rejoice that the PS4 controllers will at least work for all PS4 games migrating onto the PS5.

Other accessories and peripherals from the PS4 era, however, can be expected to make a smooth transition to the PS5 as the next-generation console is introduced.

Officially licensed PS4 peripherals and accessories compatible with the PS5 on all supported games, but PS5 games will only work with the DualSense controller.

Now that we are all clear that PS4 controllers will only work for PS4 games, let’s take a look at the other accessories and peripherals.

The PS Move Motion Controllers and the Playstation VR Aim Controllers are still compatible with existing VR games and PlayStation has made a commitment to make it work with new PS VR games on the PS5. Likewise, the PlayStation Camera will work with the PS5 for its supported PS VR games. However, an adapter will be required to make the switch to the new console but this will be provided to users for free.

Any licensed or third-party headsets will work on the PS5 as they can be connected via the USB port or audio jacks. ‘Speciality peripherals’ such as racing wheels or fight sticks will work with both PS5 and PS4 games. Beware that unlicensed, third-party peripherals and accessories may no longer be compatible.

PlayStation fans may be heartbroken over the lack of compatibility between PS5 games and PS4 controllers but this is understandable, given the revolutionary nature of the PS5 controllers. PlayStation has stated, “we believe that PS5 games should take advantage of the new capabilities and features we’re bringing to the platform“.

The PS5 controller both looks and feels different. With adaptive triggers, haptic feedback technology and a built-in microphone, the new controllers have been re-designed to achieve higher levels of convenience and performance for the player. This sets the PS5 controller ahead of the Xbox Series X controller in terms of new features although the X Box Series X does have backwards compatibility with the X Box One controller.

If you haven’t already, check out the new features on the PS5 controller below.