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Sony confirms which PS4 hardware will work on PS5

DualShock 4 won’t be supported on PS5 games

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Many PlayStation 4 controllers and accessories, including racing wheels, headsets, and the PlayStation Move motion controllers, will work on PlayStation 5 and the games designed for the next-generation console, Sony confirmed Monday morning. But the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller will have an important limitation on PS5: Sony’s current-gen gamepad won’t be compatible with PS5 games.

On the PlayStation Blog, Sony outlined PS4 controller and accessory support on PS5. It’s mostly good news. Officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks will “work with PS5 games and supported PS4 games,” Sony said. Platinum and Gold wireless headsets, as well as third-party headsets that connect via USB port or audio jack, will work on PS5. And PlayStation Move controllers will work with “supported PS VR games on PS5.”

The DualShock 4 and officially licensed third-party PS4 gamepads will work with supported PS4 games running on PS5, Sony said, but not for software developed specifically for PS5. Why? “[We] believe that PS5 games should take advantage of the new capabilities and features we’re bringing to the platform, including the features of DualSense wireless controller,” Sony said.

The DualSense controller for PS5 was unveiled in April. The successor to Sony’s DualShock line will include haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and a built-in microphone array, as well as a new “Create” button that replaces the DualShock 4’s “Share” button.

Sony also confirmed that the PS4’s PlayStation Camera will be compatible with PS5, but will require an adapter “that will be provided at no additional cost to PS VR users.” Sony says it will reveal how PlayStation Camera owners can get that adapter at a later date. Sony has a new camera accessory designed for PS5 that it calls the HD Camera.

PlayStation 5 is expected to launch sometime this holiday.

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