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How to Use a PS4 Controller on a PS5?

How to Use a PS4 Controller on a PS5?

When it comes to using a PS4 controller on a PS5 console, you can do it quite easily. But if you try it the other way around i.e. using the PS5 controller namely the DualSense to play on a PS4 console, the general consensus is that you cannot. Here are a couple of workarounds.

The DualSense controller is objectively heavier in features than the DualShock that came with the PS4. The DualSense features haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, which can provide a more immersive gaming experience. That means, the controller can provide more precise and nuanced vibrations to simulate different sensations, such as the feeling of walking on different surfaces or the recoil of a weapon. 

Adaptive triggers, on the other hand, can adjust the resistance of the triggers to provide more tactile feedback, which can be used to simulate actions like pulling back a bowstring or accelerating in a racing game.

The question is, can you use the DualSense on a PlayStation 4 gaming console?

Sony says you cannot use a PS5 controller on a PS4 console

DualSense on a PS4 is not officially supported by Sony, so you may encounter some compatibility issues or other problems. However, many gamers have reported success in using the DualSense with their PS4 consoles.

What are the limitations of directly connecting a PS5 controller to a PS4?

While the DualSense controller was designed specifically for the PlayStation 5, it is possible to use it with a PlayStation 4 console. However, there are some limitations to its functionality when used with the PS4.

To use the DualSense with a PS4, you’ll need to connect it to the console using a USB cable. Once the controller is connected, the PS4 should recognize it and allow you to use it to play games. However, some of the new features of the DualSense, such as haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, will not work on the PS4.

Additionally, the touchpad on the DualSense will function as a button on the PS4, rather than a touch-sensitive surface. The built-in microphone and Create button will also not work on the PS4.

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How to use DualSense on PS4 with the help of the PS Remote Play app?

  1. Download and install the PS Remote Play app for PC or Mac on your computer.
  2. Turn on your PS4 and ensure it is connected to the internet and logged into your PlayStation Network account.
  3. Open the Remote Play app on your computer.
  4. Click on the “Sign In to PSN” button and follow the instructions to log in to your PSN account.
  5. Once you are signed in, click on the PS4 icon on the right to attempt to connect to your PS4 console.
  6. Connect your DualSense controller by plugging it into your computer using a USB-C cable.

That’s it, enjoy your game!

How to use the PS5 controller on PS4 with a Titan Two Adapter?

If you don’t have a device that supports Remote Play or prefer to avoid any potential input lag from streaming, there is another option available: the Titan Two by ConsoleTuner. This device acts as a middleman and can be purchased separately.

To use the Titan Two, simply plug it into your PS4 console and connect your DualSense controller to the adapter using a USB-C cable.


So, as it turns out, there is no direct way of using the PS5 controller on the PS4 console with full effect. You’ll need these workarounds. But imagine, you have a PS4 and a PS5 controller lying around, how sad it would be if you couldn’t play with them at all!