September 22, 2020

PlayStation 5 will support many of your PS4 accessories

Sony has outlined the PlayStation 5's support for PS4 accessories, and it's mostly good news.

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Credit: Sony
  • Sony has outlined which PlayStation 4 accessories should work with the PlayStation 5.
  • Many controllers, headsets, and PlayStation VR products should work properly.
  • DualShock 4 controllers will work for PS4 games, but not PS5 titles.

Sony has outlined the PlayStation 5’s support for PS4 accessories, and it’s mostly good news if you’re hoping to reuse your existing hardware with the new console.

The PS5 will support “specialty peripherals� like arcade joysticks, flight sticks and licensed racing wheels with both PS5 games and supporting Ps4 titles. Sony’s Gold and Platinum Wireless Headsets, as well as third-party 3.5mm and USB headsets, should also play nicely with the next-generation system.

PlayStation VR-related peripherals should work in addition to the headset itself. The Move and Aim controllers will work with “supported� PS VR games on the PS5. The PlayStation Camera will work as well, although you’ll have to get a free adapter. More details for the adapter are coming in the future, Sony said.

Don’t expect your DualShock 4 controller to stand in for the PS5’s DualSense, however. While the DualShock and licensed third-party substitutes will play PS4 games, you’ll need a DualSense or a licensed counterpart for PS5 software. Games “should take advantage� of the PS5’s new abilities, Sony said, and that includes the DualSense’s features.

See also: What we know about PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X

The controller decision is unfortunate if you were hoping to use your PS4 gamepads for local multiplayer, but it makes sense given the DualSense’s functional changes. The adaptive triggers and more sophisticated haptic feedback could not only offer more immersion than a DualShock 4, but provide an edge in gameplay. You might be at a disadvantage if you stick with some PS4 controllers.

This isn’t a comprehensive accessory support list, and likely won’t answer all your questions. All the same, it’s clear that you’ll likely only pay extra if you need more than one DualSense controller. That’s not out of line with Sony’s history (you can’t officially use PS3 controllers with the PS4, for instance). To some extent, it’s an improvement over past generations where hardware differences often forced you to toss out many of your existing accessories.