The PS5 controller, also known as DualSense, is the wireless game controller for PS5.
On the surface, it seems as though gamers cannot use a DualSense with a PS4 console, considering that the PS4 is configured to work with a PS4 controller – the DualShock4.
If you are a PlayStation fan I’m sure you would like answers to these questions: can you use a PS5 controller on a PS4? Does a PS5 charger work on a PS4 controller? Then this article is for you.
Can You Use a PS5 Controller On A PS4?
Yes, you can use a PS5 controller on a PS4. However, using the DualSense controller on a PS4 is a more complicated because, as Sony stated, the DualSense wireless controller is incompatible with the PS4 console.
But, on the flip side, for PS4 games played on the PS5 console, players can use either the DualShock 4 wireless controller or the DualSense wireless controller.
How to Use a PS5 Controller On PS4?
To use a PS5 controller on PS4, you will need a PS Remote Play. The PS Remote Play allows you to stream your PlayStation games from your console to your phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, PS5, or PS4 consoles.
The following steps will show you how to use a PS5 controller on a PS4 using PS Remote Play.
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Step 1: Download the PS Remote Play App
The PS Remote Play app is free for Android, iOS, Windows, and macOS. For easy download and installation, you can visit Sony’s official link for the PS Remote Play app.
Step 2: Put Your PS4 in Rest Mode
The PS4 can be put in rest mode by pressing and holding the PS button on your controller.
Then choosing the Enter Rest Mode option from the pop-up menu, and then your PS4 will enter the rest mode immediately.
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Step 3: Set Up Remote Play on Your PS4.
Make sure your PS4 is connected to the internet, and that it’s logged in to your PlayStation Network account.
- Go to “Settings”
- Then “Remote Play Connection Setting”
- Click “Enable Remote Play”
- Go back to “Settings”
- Select “Account Management”
- Then select “Activate as Your Primary PS4”
- Click on the “Activate” option to enable Remote Play to automatically connect to and stream from the PlayStation 4 marked as your primary PlayStation 4
- Finally, go back to the main Settings screen
- Select “Power Save Settings”
- Select “Set Features Available in Rest Mode”
- Enable “Stay Connected to the Internet”
- And lastly, click on the “Enable Turning on PS4 from Network” options, in order to start Remote Play while your PS4 console is in rest mode.
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Step 4: Connect Your DualSense Controller to Your Device
Connect your DualSense controller to your device via Bluetooth or USB-C cable.
Step 5: Launch the Remote Play App
Open the PS Remote Play app on your device to get it up and running.
Step 6: Configure Setting Preferences
You can tweak the settings to select the graphical options you prefer. Click the “Settings” button on the main screen to select any of the following resolutions:
- High (720p)
- Standard (540p)
- Low (360p)
Step 7: Sign in to Your PlayStation Network Account
Make sure to sign in to the same PSN account as the one you would use on the PS4 as this will link the Remote Play app with your PS4.
Once connected, you can use the PS5 controller linked with the Remote Play app to remotely control your PS4. Note that the application may take a few minutes to find your PS4.
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Connecting PS5 Controller and PS4 Console
With the official release of the PS5 and its DualSense controller, gamers have tried to connect the DualSense to the PS4 console.
These gamers use the USB cable method and Bluetooth method, with no success. Many gamers gave up, assuming that there was absolutely no way to connect the previous generation console with the newer peripheral.
This article not only confirmed that there is indeed a way to use the PS5 controller on the PS4 console but also how it can be done using PS Remote Play.
With PS Remote play, compatibility is achieved, albeit with limitations.
Also, as seen in the article, the DualShock 4 only works with PS4 games on PS5 while the DualSense works for both PS4 games and PS5 games on the PS5 console.