Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has officially confirmed that third-party peripherals licensed for PlayStation 4 will continue to work on PlayStation 5.
The statement will come as great news to those in the racing game world, who were fearing a repeat from one generation ago. When the PS4 came to market, it no longer supported external devices that the PlayStation 3 had supported. For many this meant their expensive steering wheels were little more than decoration, and required a significant investment to continue their activities on PS4.
As the 2020 launch of PS5 hoved into view, fans became concerned that this situation could arise again. Many of GTPlanet’s members wondered if they needed to set aside more than just the as-yet unrevealed purchase price of the console to carry on playing their chosen racing games.
Speaking on the official PlayStation blog, Isabelle Tomatis from SIE’s PlayStation VR, peripherals marketing and licensing division, assuaged those fears. Tomatis confirmed that officially licensed PS4 racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks would continue to work on PS5, both with new PS5 games and supported PS4 titles:
Which existing PS4 peripherals/accessories will work on PS5?
- Specialty peripherals, such as officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks, will work with PS5 games and supported PS4 games.
- The Platinum and Gold Wireless Headsets, as well as third-party headsets that connect via USB port or audio jack, will work on PS5 (the headset companion app is not compatible with PS5).
- The DualShock 4 wireless controller and PlayStation officially licensed third-party gamepad controllers will work with supported PS4 games.
- Both the PS Move Motion Controllers and the PlayStation VR Aim Controller will work with supported PS VR games on PS5.
That should mean that players will only need to pick up a console and a copy of Gran Turismo 7, and carry on where they left off with Gran Turismo Sport — and DIRT 5 players should be able to use the same setup on both PS4 and PS5 versions of the title. It will nonetheless be worth checking to see if third-party devices will function on PS5 and with specific titles.
Update: Fanatec, Logitech, and Thrustmaster have all confirmed that their officially licensed PS4 wheels will all continue to function for PS5.
While the DS4 controller will continue to work for supported PS4 games on PS5, it won’t work with PS5 games. You’ll need to keep the new DualSense controller to hand if you’re planning on switching between PS4 and PS5 titles.