While a PS5 price or pre-order details are yet to be confirmed by Sony, the company has revealed what PS4 accessories will work on the PS5. According to a post by Isabelle Tomatis of PlayStation VR, Peripherals Marketing and Licensing at SIE, a substantial number of PS4 accessories will work with the PS5. These include everything from the insanely popular DualShock 4 controller to more bespoke offerings like arcade and flight sticks. Here’s what you need to know.
PS5: which PS4 accessories will work?
- 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.
Tomatis’ post notes that not all PlayStation officially licensed or third-party accessories will work on the PS5. So you should check with the manufacturer if it will work on the PS5 before buying.
Can you play PS5 games with PS4 controller?
No. Sony claims 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.”
Will PS5 games work with PS VR?
According to Sony the PlayStation Camera will work with the PS5 for “playing supported PS VR games” perhaps suggesting that PS5 games will ship with some form of VR support. A PlayStation Camera adaptor will be provided to PS VR owners at no additional cost. Details on how this would work will be announced later on. That said, it will be interesting to see how Sony implement this in markets where PS VR is rarely available like India. PS VR support for the PS5 was revealed last year in an exclusive interview with Wired.
Hopefully this would mean wider PS5 backwards compatibility with PS4 games, something Sony is yet to tackle head on as Microsoft has with Xbox Series X.
Sony is preparing to ensure that PS5 pre-orders start at the same time the world over. In addition to this, it is considering options such as partial upfront payment in markets where possible with the rest of the amount paid at launch. Multiple retailers in Europe and Asia speaking to The Mako Reactor under the condition of anonymity state that PS5pre-order planning is in progress and Sony is enforcing strict rules to ensure game stores cooperate. These include no early PS5 pre-orders that we reported about earlier.
Furthermore, Sony is insisting on unified presentation of PS5 store listings as well our sources tell us. For example: if a customer in Paris is looking to pre-order a PS5, they should see the same product pages with features and listings as a customer in Malaysia or Singapore. While this is par for the course for some companies, it’s interesting to see Sony take the same approach globally though it is to be expected considering it restructured last year with this in mind.
In addition to this, the company is also mulling over the possibility of letting retailers take partial upfront payment as a deposit amount and has been asking stores what this figure should exactly be. However it is wary of going ahead with this as with past console launches, the announced full price has changed at launch due to import duties, taxation, and other factors. It has been consulting stores on how to prevent a situation like this that could present the company in negative light.
India PS5 pre-orders
That said, if you want to pre-order the PS5 in India it appears that only four retailers are going to get it. No independent retailers or large format stores like Croma or Reliance Digital appear to have any PS5 listings at the moment. It will be interesting to see if more stores stock the PS5 at launch in India. While we have asked Sony if it would be exclusive to these outlets, there’s been no reply to our request for comment just yet. With supplies expected to be limited, we don’t expect most Indian game stores to stock the PS5 officially at launch in the country. During the PS4 launch, BIS rules ensured that initial supply was inconsistent at best and the PS4 Pro had stock shortages for nearly a year since its India release date. Throw in the current political tensions regarding China that have impacted some aspects of the games business, we won’t be surprised to see some of the volatility hit the console space if this continues.
Where to buy the PS5 in India
- Games The Shop: the specialist retailer has the PS5 listed for pre-order registration. Considering its parent company E-xpress works with Sony in terms of distributing and selling digital codes for the PS Store and PS Plus, it’s a safe bet that it would have stock in time for launch.
- Amazon India: the e-commerce giant has always had a decent foothold in the games space in India in terms of volumes and scale. Outside of its Xbox One launch, the company has never really delivered on day one deliveries for games. Most notoriously with FIFA 16, 17, and 18 all being delayed. Perhaps it would fare better with the PS5.
- Flipkart: the Walmart-owned company was one of the earliest proponents of online sales. However it hasn’t been as aggressive as it used to be (which is a good thing when you consider how mismanaged past efforts have been). Hopefully it handles the PS5 launch efficiently.
- ShopAtSC.com: SC is short for Sony Center, which is Sony’s retail chain with a huge offline presence. Going online is a smart move if Sony decide to leverage its Sony Centers for delivery making it a strong option for PS5 pre-orders.
Previously, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said the company wanted a global PS5 launch and all of this points to Sony trying to make it happen. This is more than what can be said of Microsoft. Although Phil Spencer is aware that not launching outside of the US has hampered the Xbox brand we’re yet to hear a word regarding Xbox Series X pre-orders in India or otherwise. Hopefully this will change with the Redmond-based company’s rumoured August event.