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How to use PS4 controllers with your PS5

There are a lot of reasons you might want to use a PS4 controller on your new PS5. It’s an inexpensive way to add additional controllers to your console; it’s handy for playing PS4 games on the backward-compatible PS5

The good news is that it’s possible to connect a PS4 controller to a PS5. Before starting the process, you should know one fact: you can’t use a PS4 pad to play PS5 games. This is incredibly infuriating as Sony lets you do just that when streaming your PS5 games to another device, but there we’re.

Does DualShock 4 work with PS5

The DualShock 4 controller is compatible with the PS5 console, but its functionality is limited.

You can use a DualShock 4 controller to play PS4 games on the PS5 console. However, for PS5 games, the PS5’s DualSense controller is recommended to take advantage of its new features, such as haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.

It’s worth noting that some PS5 games may not support the DualShock 4 controller, while others may have limited functionality. Additionally, the DualShock 4 cannot be used to play PS5 games through Remote Play on a PC or mobile device.

How to use a PS4 controller on a PS5

To connect the PS4 controller to PS5, you have two possible options. First of all, you can do it with a wire. After synchronizing the console and gamepad, you can remove the wire and continue playing. You can also connect the DualShock to the PS5 via Bluetooth. Let’s take a look at each of these methods.


First, let’s look at the wire method. The charging wire for your Gamepad should come with the kit. You can use it.

  • Plug your DualShock 4 controller into one of the USB ports on your PS5 using a micro USB cable. 
  • Hold the PlayStation button on your controller for about five seconds until the status light flashes. 
  • The PS5 should now ask you to choose which player will use the controller. Make your choice. 
  • Unplug the cable.

The controller is now paired with the PS5; you shouldn’t need to use the micro USB cable again. After parrying, you can turn on your PS5 with DualShock 4.


If you don’t have a wire or don’t want to use it, Sony also implemented the possibility of pairing the controller with the console using Bluetooth in Settings. To do this, you need to:


If you don’t have a wire or don’t want to use it, Sony also implemented the possibility of pairing the controller with the console using Bluetooth in Settings. To do this, you need to:

  • On your PS5, open Settings.
  • Then go to General and select Bluetooth Accessories.
  • Enter pairing mode on the PS4 controller. To do this, press and hold the Share button until you will see the light on your Dualshok start blinking.
  • Next, find the ‘Dualshock 4’ controller in the Bluetooth device list. Please select it and wait for a few moments.

After this, the light on your Dualshock 4 controller should stop blinking. You can try wiggling the sticks to see if your Dualshock works. Once connected, you will be prompted to select the account that uses the controller. The control and layout will be the same as using DualSense.

Will a PS5 controller also work on PS4?

Unfortunately, the standard PS5 DualSense controller will not work with a PS4. When users attempt to connect a PS5 controller to a PS4 console, the devices won’t be able to communicate. Even when connecting the PS5 controller with a wire, the PS4 console will remain unresponsive.

Remote Play is the only way to get your PS5 controller to work with a PS4. It’s a highly impractical way to get things to work, but it’s better than nothing:

  • Set up PlayStation Remote Play for PS4 on your PC or mobile device.
  • Plug your PS5 DualSense controller into the PC or connect to your smartphone/tablet.
  • You can now use the PS5 DualSense controller to navigate your PS4 (with highly limited functionality)

Of course, this method is not ideal because, in this case, you will encounter a significant delay and need to use an additional device to stream the image. However, this is workable if you need to do something with your PS4 and only have DualSense.

What other PS4 devices can you use with PS5?

Most peripherals and accessories designed for the PlayStation 4 are compatible with the PlayStation 5. Here are some of the PS4 devices that can be used with the PS5:

  • PlayStation VR: The PS VR headset and the PlayStation Camera for PS4 can be used with the PS5, but you will need a PlayStation Camera adapter, which is free from Sony.
  • PlayStation Move controllers: The PlayStation Move motion controllers for the PS4 can also be used with the PS5 for compatible games.
  • Headsets: Most wired or wireless headsets designed for the PS4 should work with the PS5, although some may require a firmware update or additional configuration.
  • Racing wheels and arcade sticks: Compatible racing wheels, arcade sticks, and other controllers designed for the PS4 should also work with the PS5.

However, it’s worth noting that while many PS4 peripherals will work with the PS5, not all of them will be fully compatible or offer all of the features of the PS5’s native accessories. It’s always a good idea to check with the manufacturer or research to ensure compatibility before purchasing any PS4 accessories for your PS5.



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