How to connect PS5 controller to PS4 console: Use your DualSense with the PlayStation 4

It is actually possible! Here’s how to connect a PS5 controller to your PS4, with a fair bit of faff…

by Rob Leane

If you’ve managed to somehow buy a PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition, you might currently be wondering whether you can use your PS5 controller on a PS4 – and if so, how do you connect the Dualsense to your PlayStation 4?

After all, we know that the PS4 controller works with the PS5 (only for PS4 games, though), so it stands to reason that you might want to use your PS5 controller with your PS4 from time to time.

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Keep on reading and you’ll find out how to connect that PS5 controller to your PS4…

How to connect PS5 controller to PS4

Can you use your PS5 controller to play games on your PS4? The answer to that question is yes, although it’s a bit more complicated of a process than you might have hoped.

As the YouTuber Octorious uncovered in the video below, it is possible to use your PS5 controller with a PS4 by using a PC as the middleman. Follow these steps, and you’ll be able to play on your PS4 using a PS5 controller:

  • First of all, download the PS Remote Play app onto your PC or laptop
  • Following the prompts on your PC, use the PS Remote Play app to connect up with your PS4 console
  • Using a USB cable, connect your PS5 controller to your PC and link it up to the PS Remote Play app
  • Once the Remote Play app is up and running, you should be able to use the PS5 controller (which is still connected to your PC) to control your PS4

If you’d like to pick up some more tips about connecting your PS5 controller to your PS4 through the magic of Remote Play on PC, check out this video below.

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Should I connect my PS5 controller to the PS4?

If the DualSense controller is your only option, and you don’t have a DualShock or other PS4-compatible controller lying around, then it’s probably justified to use the PS5 controller on the PS4.

However, using the PS5 controller on the PS4 won’t really give you that next-gen experience. Its Haptic Feedback and Adaptive Triggers would function as if you are playing a PS4 game on the PS5- in that they don’t work. Plus, given the DualSense is allegedly prone to drifting after approximately 417 hours, we’d recommend saving that time for PS5 games in the future.

If you’re in the position of owning a PS4 but not a PS5 and need a new controller, we’d probably recommend not picking up a DualSense for now, either.

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Why isn’t there an easier way to use a PS5 controller on PS4?

In its official FAQ page about the PS5 console, Sony asked itself the question, “Can I use the DualSense wireless controller with my PS4 console?”

Sony’s own response to that question looks like this: “The DualSense wireless controller is not compatible with the PS4 console.”

That’s why you have to faff around using the Remote Play app if you want to control your PS4 with a PS5 controller.

For now, then, there’s no easy way to just plug your PS5 controller into a PS4, but we’ll be sure to let you know if that changes. And we’ll have to make do with Remote Play in the meantime!

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Rob Leane