Best answer: Yes, if they were officially licensed by PlayStation, then your third-party PS4 controllers can be used on the PS5 to play PS4 games.
- Officially compatible: Razer Raiju Ultimate (opens in new tab) ($186 at Amazon)
- Go with the real deal: DualShock 4 (opens in new tab) ($65 at Amazon)
- Very hard to find: PlayStation 5 (opens in new tab) ($500 at Amazon)
Can I use third-party PS4 controllers on PS5 ?
Sony has previously explained how PS4 peripherals and devices will work on the PS5. You can use the DualShock 4 on PS5 but only for playing backward compatible PS4 titles such as The Last of Us Part 2. If you want to play new PS5 games such as Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, you'll need to use the DualSense controller.
Third-party PS4 controllers can similarly be used for playing PS4 games on PS5 but you'll need to stick to officially-licensed controllers. If the packaging doesn't indicate it was officially licensed for the PS4, it might not work with the PS5.
In our PS5 review, PlayStation lead Jennifer Locke noted that the improvements brought by the DualSense are impossible to move away from and provide a greater sense of immersion in PS5 games.
PS4 controllers on PS5 Are there any solid recommendations?
The Razer Raiju Ultimate is one of the best PS4 controllers and you can still find it in stock at Amazon right now. It's officially licensed and should work for playing backward compatible PS4 titles. Outside of that, we'd recommend just going with a standard DualShock 4 if you want to ensure compatibility.
PS4 controllers on PS5 What about other accessories?
The PS5 is currently available, though finding one in stock to buy is proving extroardinarily challenging right now. A full slate of new PS5 accessories are also available and are usually easier to find in stock.
Customize to your liking
The Razer Raiju Ultimate is a bit pricy but if you want a high-end, officially licensed third-party controller to use on the PS5 with PS4 games, this is the one to go for. You can customize it by swapping out thumbsticks and more.
Not quite next-gen
Compatible only with PS4 games
Sony has revealed that the DualShock 4 will be compatible with PS5, but only with PS4 games through backward compatibility. It makes sense given the new features on the PS5 DualSense, but it's still a bit disappointing.
Sign up for notifications
The PS5 is truly hard to find since its launch in November 2020, but a few retailers are letting fans sign up for notifications so they don't miss out. PS5 games should be able to support ray tracing and have more realistic lighting effects than ever before.
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