The DualShock 4 wireless controller will work with the PlayStation 5 console and supported PlayStation 4 games, but it won’t work with new PS5 games, Sony announced in a blog post-Monday.
What exactly is the thing with the console?
In the post, Sony said: “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.”
Among the games in the works for the PS5: a Spider-Man game starring Miles Morales, “Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart,” “Resident Evil Village: Silent Hill,” “Gran Turismo 7” and “Sackboy: A Big Adventure,” as well as a virtual reality game called “Astro’s Playroom.”
Sony’s tentative list of supported PS5 accessories include:
- Specialty peripherals, such as officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks.
- The Platinum and Gold Wireless Headsets, as well as third-party headsets that connect via USB port or audio jack. But the headset companion app is not compatible with PS5.
- The DualShock 4 wireless controller and PlayStation officially licensed third-party gamepad controllers will work with supported PS4 games.
- Both the PS Move Motion Controllers and the PlayStation VR Aim Controller will work with supported PS VR games.
Earlier this summer, Sony released images of the upcoming console, a slightly thinner digital PS5 model that does not have a disc player.
Microsoft’s Xbox UK, for its part, tweeted early Monday to remind gamers that the “Xbox Series X is backward compatible with ALL Xbox One controllers across all games.”
The tweet came a few hours after Sony posted its accessories update for PS5.
What exactly is the news with the Xbox?
If you bought 2019 action game Control on PS4 or Xbox One and were planning to replay the game on PS5 or Xbox Series X, you won’t be getting the next-gen enhancements for free, developer Remedy revealed on Wednesday. The free next-gen upgrade applies only to the Ultimate Edition of the game, which will be available on consoles on Sept. 10 (the PC version lands Aug. 27).
Control’s Ultimate edition will cost $40 and include the main game and its two expansions, The Foundation and the upcoming AWE. The latter relates to the 2010 Remedy game Alan Wake and will tie the developer’s games together in an interconnected universe.
Officially licensed specialty peripherals, like racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks, will work with PS5 games and supported PS4 games. These are often wildly expensive, so it’s good that you’ll be able to bring some extra value out of them by using them on a new generation of games.
The company warned that not all third-party peripherals and accessories will work on PS5, so you’ll have to check with the manufacturer to make sure.