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DualShock 4 to Work with PS4 Games on PS5, New Next-Gen Accessory Details Revealed

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Sony has clarified which PlayStation accessories will be compatible with the PlayStation 5. The news comes from a FAQ update on the PlayStation.Blog, confirming that a number of PlayStation 4 devices will work on PlayStation 5 in some way. The most notable tech making the generational jump is the DualShock 4 controller, which will be compatible with supported PlayStation 4 titles but not with PlayStation 5 titles. Sony clarified why next-gen games will favor the DualSense instead of the DualShock 4, saying it believes “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.”

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We already knew that PlayStation 5 would support Sony’s PSVR headset thanks to details from Lead System Architect Mark Cerny from last year, but today’s update also confirms that the PS Move and the PSVR Aim controllers will work as well. The PlayStation camera will work on the new console, too, though you’ll need a special adapter — which will be provided at no additional cost to PSVR users — to operate it.

Other accessory highlights include the confirmation that officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks, flight sticks, and other similar peripherals will work with both PlayStation 5 and supported PlayStation 4 titles. Sony’s Platinum and Gold Wireless headsets, as well as USB port and audio jack headsets, will also be supported come next-gen.

Sony just announced that more PlayStation news will be delivered in this week’s State of Play presentation. The company indicated that the event will not contain any major PlayStation 5 updates.

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