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Can you use a PS4 controller on PS5?

Whatever the scenario or predicament, there may come a time when you want to know if one of your dusty PS4 controllers can still be used with your shiny PlayStation 5 console.

Off the top of our head we’re thinking, maybe you died to an Elden ring boss too many times and your controller got smashed into a wall and died. Or maybe you have a friend over and you want to enjoy FIFA with a buddy, but you only have one pad.

Whatever the case, if you’ve upgraded to a PS5 and have a PS4 controller lying around somewhere, you might be able to save money by using that instead of an expensive PS5 pad. The question is can you?

Official PS5 Console and Controller Art

Is a PS4 controller a viable option for the PS5?

The official answer is Yesbut it has one major defect that limits its justification.

A PS4 controller can be used on PS5, but only in conjunction with PS4 games on PS5. If you put PS5 disc in and try to use PS4 controller it just won’t work, you need PS5 DualSense.

For context, you know it didn’t work because the PS5 generates the following message: “The DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller cannot be used to play PS5 games.”

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If you want to befriend a PS4 copy of FIFA 22 on the PS5? Proceed with your PS4 controllers.

How to connect and use a PS4 controller with a PS5

If you have a PS4 game that you want to play on your PlayStation 5 console, then we have outlined a simple process for you to follow.

This is our step-by-step guide to a beautiful and easy wireless connection:

  1. Start your PS5
  2. Go to in the home menu ‘Settings,’ then ‘General,’ and finally ‘Bluetooth Accessories’
  3. Now it’s time to deploy your DualShock 4 ‘connection mode’
  4. Press and hold the PS4 controller’s Share button and PlayStation button until the light on the top of the controller starts flashing
  5. Look at your TV ‘DualShock 4’ appear as Bluetooth devices
  6. Select it with your PS5 controller and press X
  7. The PS4 controller should now be paired with the PS5
  8. You can now play PS4 games on your PS5 using a PS4 controller

Hope this was helpful to you and gave you some insight into what’s possible with your old PS4 controllers that may have previously seemed redundant.

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Emma Bowman

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