Does PS5 Controller Work With PSVR: How to connect DualSense to VR headset

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The DualSense controller is one of the most highly praised design innovations of the new generation of consoles. With the great features it holds - haptic feedback, adaptive triggers - lots of players have been asking whether the PS5 controller is compatible with the PSVR headset. With Sony having confirmed plans for next-gen PSVR, have they made the new controller compatible with the original PSVR? Let's find out.

Does the DualSense PS5 controller work with PSVR?

According to Sony, the PS5 console does support PSVR games. But in the small print, they state that:

For the best PS VR experience on PS5 we recommend using a DualShock 4 wireless controller

While this doesn't state that the DualSense won't work, it does make it pretty clear that you won't be getting the optimum experience for the PSVR. Most, if not all, of the games were designed before the DualSense existed. This means they won't have been designed to benefit from any of the features of the new controller.

But more definitively, the DualSense was not designed for motion-sensing games. In other words, any game that needs to track your movements, will not work with the DualSense controller. In most cases then, a DualShock controller will be needed. So is that the end of the story? Well, not quite.

DualSenseRed PS5 controller battery levels
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There's the culprit!

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The exceptions to the rule

While you can play PSVR on your PS5, for the vast majority of games the DualSense controller won't work. But in certain situations, it will. If you are looking to play a game that only uses the PS camera to track your movements, then you can use the PS5 controller. PSVR uses blue light to track the DualShock, and it can't track the DualSense controller. But games like Skyrim VR (in gamepad mode) Resident Evil 7 VR, and Dirt Rally, don't need this feature. They won't benefit from the features of the DualSense, but they will be playable.

So there you have it. It isn't a perfect solution, but with the new PSVR on the horizon, Sony will be keen for people to adopt the new tech, rather than keeping the older version. It will also be designed to take advantage of all the features of the PS5 in a way the original PSVR just can't. In the meantime, you can still enjoy your PSVR on your PS5. You'll just be better off using a DualShock controller.

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