How To Connect PS4 Controller To PS5 Without Cable

If you have a PlayStation 5 and multiple DualShock 4 controllers for the PlayStation 4, you may wonder: Can I connect a PS4 controller To PS5 without cable? The answer is simply YES. However, there is a significant caveat. We will investigate the options.

DualShock 4 is Only Compatible with PS4 Games on PS5

Sony allows you to pair a PS4 controller with your PS5 without a cable, but you can only use it to play PS4 games locally on the PS4.

To play PS5 games, a DualSense PlayStation 5 controller is required. If you attempt to play PS5 games with a DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller, you will encounter the notice “Can’t use the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller to play PS5 games.”

Sony states in their Ultimate PS5 FAQ that “PS5 games will require use of the DualSense wireless controller, as they have been designed to take advantage of its immersive new features.”

However, there is a workaround. If you utilize Remote Play to stream PS5 games through another device (such as an Apple TV), you can use a DualShock 4 that is connected to the streaming device to play PS5 games.

How to Pair a PS4 Controller with a PlayStation 5 Without A Cable

Using a USB cable to connect your PS4 controller to your PS5 is the simplest method. Find a Micro-USB cable and connect one end to the DualShock 4 and the other end to the PS5’s USB-A port.

Once you press the PlayStation button on the DualShock 4, it will instantly power on and connect to your PS5. After that, you can remove the USB cable and use the DualShock 4 wirelessly (if the controller has sufficient power). It’s just that simple!

Steps To Connect PS4 Controller To PS5 Without Cable

To pair your DualShock 4 with PS5 without a cable (i.e. wirelessly), turn on your PS5 and browse to Settings > General > Bluetooth Accessories (using your PS5 controller).

The next step is to set your DualShock 4 into pairing mode. Ensure that the PS4 controller is totally off before proceeding. Then, press and hold the DualShock 4’s Share and PlayStation buttons until the top of the controller’s light begins to flash rapidly.

When “DualShock 4” appears in the list of Bluetooth devices, highlight it and hit X on the PS5 controller.

Your PS4 controller will now pair with your PS5 without a cable, allowing you to play PS4 games with it. Remember that PS5 games require the usage of a PS5 controller. Have fun!

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