The new Playstation 5 has been out for a while now, and many people are wondering if the controllers are compatible with the older PS4 console. The answer is yes! You can use a PS5 controller on a PS4, but there are a few things you need to know first. In this article, we'll go over how to connect your PS5 controller to your PS4 and what features are available.

The difference between a PS4 and PS5 controller

When it comes to controllers, the PS4 and PS5 differ in a few key ways. The PS5 controller features haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, which provide a more immersive gaming experience. The PS4 controller, on the other hand, lacks these features. In addition, the PS5 controller has a built-in microphone and speaker, while the PS4 controller does not.

The PS5's haptic feedback is created by tiny vibrations in the controller that simulate different textures and sensations. For example, when you're driving on a bumpy road in a racing game, you can feel the bumps through the controller. This feature adds a whole new level of realism to gaming. Similarly, adaptive triggers let you feel resistance when firing a gun or pulling an arrow back in a bow. This makes shooting feel much more realistic and satisfying.

Can you use a PS5 controller on a PS4 console?

You can't use a PS5 controller on a PS4 console without going through some extra hoops. The PS5 controller uses a different communication protocol than the PS4 controller, so it's not directly compatible with the PS4 console. However, you can use a PS4 controller on a PS5 console with minimal effort. The PS4 controller is compatible with the PS5 console, but it doesn't take advantage of the new features and capabilities of the PS5 controller.

The Remote Play feature will allow you to stream your PS4 games onto your computer and in turn, use your PS5 DualSense to control your PlayStation 4 from your computer.

Why Are the Controllers Not Compatible?

Most will find it strange that the Playstation 5 DualSense controller will pair with a Playstation 4 but not work.  It’s even more strange considering that a PS4 controller will work on a PS3. Sony has not made any statements as to why it isn’t compatible other than saying “The DualSense wireless controller is not compatible with the PS4 console” on their Playstation Blog.

Controller Limitation Work Around

The only solution that works at this time is using the Remote Play feature on your Playstation 4. The Remote Play feature will allow you to stream your PS4 games onto your computer and in turn, use your DualSense to control your PlayStation 4 from your computer.


Can they still be used? The answer is yes and no. The PS5 controller can be used on a PS4, but it won't work with every game. Games that are compatible with the PS4 DualShock controller will work with the PS5 controller. However, games that require specific features of the DualShock 4, like the touchpad or light bar, will not work with the PS5 controller.

If you currently don’t have a PS4 controller to use with your Playstation 4, you could always pick one up on Amazon for a decent price. Try to stay away from the cheaply made 3rd party ones.

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