When the PlayStation 5 was announced, Sony also announced several new peripherals like the DualSense Controller charging station, HD Camera, Pulse 3D Headset and a Media Remote. With all these updated peripherals, it begs the question: what peripherals from the current PS4 generation are compatible with the PS5?
In a PlayStation Blog post, PlayStation VR, Peripherals Marketing and Licensing at Sony Interactive Entertainment Isabelle Tomatis answered this very important question. For the most part, PS4 accessories will work on the PS5 as long as the games support. Headsets, PS Move Motion Controllers and the PlayStation VR Aim Controller will work on the PS5.
Perhaps most controversial, though, is that the DualShock 4 will not work with PS5 games. As Tomatis states, “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.”
This decision has created stir in the community, given the massive user base already owning and loving the DualShock controller. However, it’s pretty standard for controllers to only be compatible with its generation as the controllers can’t necessarily match the game play style of next generation games. One of the few exceptions is the GameCube controller, but that has also survived largely because of a loyal fanbase to the Smash Bros. series (and the lasting legacy of Smash Bros. Melee).