Can You Use PS5 Controller On A PS4
Can You Use PS5 Controller On A PS4

Dive into the realm of PlayStation cross-compatibility. Can you use a PS5 controller with a PS4? The quick answer is no. DualSense controllers are not directly compatible with any PS4 device. You’ll need to either stream your game on your PC or buy an adapter.

Sony’s PlayStation has long been a symbol of gaming evolution. As we moved from the PS4 to the state-of-the-art PS5, a question emerged: Can we use the latest PS5 controllers with the previous generation, the PS4?

The DualSense Controller: A Quick Overview

Sony’s PS5 introduced the DualSense controller, which boasts an array of advanced features:

  1. Haptic Feedback: Elevates in-game sensations, from gentle taps to immersive vibrations.
  2. Adaptive Triggers: Adds tension to game actions, like drawing a bow or braking a car.

Pairing DualSense with PS4: A Mixed Bag

  1. Direct Connection:
    • Via a USB cable, you can connect the DualSense to a PS4.
    • It can navigate the PS4’s menus and even play some games.
  2. Limitations:
    • The DualSense’s advanced features, like haptic feedback, aren’t supported.
    • Some games may not recognize the controller at all.

Bluetooth Pairing: A Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Initiating Pair Mode:
    • Hold the PlayStation and Share buttons on the DualSense until the light bar starts flashing.
  2. PS4 Settings:
    • Go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth Devices on your PS4.
    • The DualSense should appear as a “Wireless Controller”. Select it to pair.

Personal Experience: A Blend of Old and New

I recently tried this blend of old and new. The seamless transition from PS4 to PS5 felt nostalgic, yet futuristic. While there were some minor hitches in gameplay, the experience was overall delightful.

Considerations for Optimal Experience

  1. Game Compatibility: Always check if the game supports the DualSense.
  2. Update Firmware: Ensure both the PS4 and DualSense have the latest software.


Does the PS4 support all DualSense features?
No, features like haptic feedback and adaptive triggers don’t work on the PS4.

Can I charge the DualSense using the PS4?
Yes, the DualSense can be charged using the PS4’s USB ports.

Is there any lag when using the DualSense on the PS4?
Generally, the connection is smooth, but always ensure the firmware is up-to-date to minimize potential lag.


The PS5’s DualSense controller on a PS4? It’s possible, with some caveats. While you won’t get the full next-gen experience, it’s a testament to Sony’s user-focused approach, bridging the gap between console generations. Happy gaming!

External Source: Sony’s Official PlayStation Support Page

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