Microsoft has already thrown the gauntlet down, allowing all Xbox One accessories to work on the Xbox Series X. Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) on the other hand is leaning hard into the concept of generations. Some PS4 accessories will work on the PlayStation 5, but not everything will fully translate over.
In a post on the official PlayStation Blog, SIE Senior Director Global Marketing Isabelle Tomatis explained exactly which accessories would work and when. Right upfront, the DualShock 4 controller will work with supported PS4 games, but it won't work with PS5 games because Sony believes PS5 games should support DualSense controller features.
"No, we believe 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," said Tomatis.
Officially licensed third-party controllers will work like the DualShock 4, so you'll only be able to use your Astro C40 or Scuf Vantage with PS4 games.
Everything else on the list is more compatible than the controllers. Officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks will work on PlayStation 5 games and supported PS4 titles, meaning you won't need to spend another $500 on a Logitech G29 Driving Force. The Platinum and Gold Wireless Headsets and any third-party headset that connects via USB port or audio jack will work on the PS5, though the headset companion app will not.
Finally, the PS Move Motion Controllers and the PlayStation VR Aim Controller will work with PlayStation VR games on PS5. Likewise, the PlayStation Camera will transition over, and Sony will offer a free adaptor to allow the camera to work on PS5.
The key word in many of these cases is "supported." Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will be backward compatible with certain PlayStation 4 games. Senior Vice President of Platform Planning and Management at PlayStation Hideaki Nishino explained that the company is currently testing games for compatibility, starting with the most popular PS4 games based on play time.
"We recently took a look at the top 100 PS4 titles as ranked by play time, and we're expecting almost all of them to be playable at launch on PS5," said Nishino before. "With more than 4000 games published on PS4, we will continue the testing process and expand backwards compatibility coverage over time."
None of this is surprising, as Sony has been very clear about pushing the generational divide. "We have always said that we believe in generations," PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan told GamesIndustry.biz. "We believe that when you go to all the trouble of creating a next-gen console, that it should include features and benefits that the previous generation does not include. And that, in our view, people should make games that can make the most of those features."
We know what games are coming to PlayStation 5 and we know what it looks like, but we're still waiting on a firm release date and retail price. This week, Sony is running another State of Play stream, though the company has already stated that there won't be any major PS5 announcements there.