You won’t be able to use your existing PlayStation 4 controller to play PlayStation 5 games. You will, however, be able to utilise the DualShock 4 for backwards compatible software. Writing as part of a wide-ranging FAQ on the PlayStation Blog, Sony explained 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”.
For those of you who missed it, the DualSense obviously adds a number of new features, including haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and a built-in microphone array. It’s currently unclear whether you’ll be able to use the PS5’s controller on the PS4, or whether you'll be able to use the DualSense for backwards compatible games. We'll check in with Sony and update if we get clarification.
As for additional peripherals, such as steering wheels and arcade sticks, the Japanese giant explained: “Specialty peripherals, such as officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks, will work with PS5 games and supported PS4 games.”