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How to use PS4 controllers with your PS5 explained

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, and the information below will help you to understand how to connect and disconnect your spare DualShock 4 pad.

Before starting the process, you should be aware of one fact: you can’t use a PS4 pad to play PS5 games. This is especially infuriating as Sony lets you do just that when streaming your PS5 games to another device, but there we’re.

How to use a PS4 controller on a PS5

1. Plug your DualShock 4 controller into one of the USB ports on your PS5 using a micro USB cable. 

2. Press and hold the PlayStation button on your controller for about five seconds until the status light flashes. 

3. The PS5 should now ask you to choose which player will use the controller. Make your choice. 

4. Unplug the cable. 

The controller is now paired with the PS5 and you shouldn’t need to use the micro USB cable again. 

The most important limitation of using a PS4 controller (DualShock 4 or third-party) on a PS5 is that even after connecting it, the controller will only work with PS4 games that you play on the PS5. You can’t play any native PS5-only titles with a PS4 controller. If you try, you’ll simply see an error message that advises “PS5 games can’t be played using the DualShock 4.”

You will now be able to play on your PS5 with an older DualShock 4 controller. However, this will only be limited to backward-compatible PS4 games. Again, if you’d like to play PS5 games using a PS4 controller on a PS5 console, you need to use the Remote Play method.

This means that the compatibility of PS4 controllers on your new console will only go so far. Perfect to play your ‘older’ videogames, I would say. So feel free to disconnect that old PS4 console from the television once you’ve upgraded. You will no longer need to use it.

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 with each other. Even when connecting the PS5 controller with a wire, the PS4 console will remain unresponsive.

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

  • Set up Remote Play for PS4 on your PC using these instructions
  • Plug your PS5 DualSense controller in the PC
  • You can now use the PS5 DualSense controller to navigate your PS4 (with highly limited functionality)

Why won’t PS5 controllers work on PS4

After all, you can also use PS4 controllers on a PS3 with no extra setup needed. However, that was because DualShock 3 to DualShock 4 was only a small evolution. The DualSense controller on the PS5 can be called a revolution.

The controller name gives it away: the PS5 controller isn’t called DualShock 5 for a reason. Sony is starting a new generation of controllers here. There are some drastic changes to the fundamentals. Gamers should play Astro’s Playroom (the game you get with your console purchase) to experience the differences.

Hope the information above was helpful for you.



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