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If you bought a PS5, you may be surprised to learn that you can use the PS4 controller on the new console as well.

This can be useful if you don't want to spend extra money on the new DualSense controller or if you just want the old familiar PS4 controller want to continue using it. In this article, we explain how to use a PS4 controller on a PS5.

What do you need to use a PS4 controller on a PS5?

Before we get started, here are the things you need:

  • A PS4 controller
  • A PS5 console
  • A USB cable
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PS4 controller connecting in 3 steps

Follow these simple steps to use a PS4 controller on a PS5:

Step 1: Connect the controller to the PS5 with a USB cable

Connect the PS4 controller to the PS5 with a USB cable. Plug one end of the USB cable into the PS5 console and plug the other end into the PS4 controller.

Step 2: Press the PS button on the PS4 controller

Press the PS button on the PS4 controller to turn it on. You can now use the PS4 controller to control your PS5.

Step 3: Disconnecting the USB cable

When you finish playing your game, you can disconnect the USB cable to charge or store the PS4 controller.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions we get about connecting a PlayStation 4 controller to a PS5.

Can I use the PS5 features with a PS4 controller?

Yes, you can use PS5 features with a PS4 controller, but some features of the PS5 may not work with the PS4 controller. For example, the PS5 DualSense controller has haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, which are not available on the PS4 controller.

Can I use a PS4 controller for PS5 games?

Yes, you can use a PS4 controller to play PS5 games, but not all games are compatible with the PS4 controller. PS5 games designed specifically to take advantage of the DualSense controller's new features may not work properly with the PS4 controller.

Should I buy a new controller if I buy a PS5?

No, you don't have to buy a new controller if you buy a PS5. You can still use your PS4 controller to play games on the new console. But if you want to take advantage of the PS5 DualSense controller's new features, you'll need to buy a new controller.

Can I use a PS5 controller on a PS4 console?

No, you can't PS5 controller use on a PS4 console. The PS5 controller only works on the PS5 console.

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