PlayStation 5 Controller Could Be Called DualShock 5, Backwards Compatible With PS4

The name of Sony’s next-gen controller for PlayStation 5 may have just leaked, and what’s more, it might be compatible with the existing PlayStation 4 consoles.In a page on the official French PlayStation website, an FAQ lists the similarities and differences between the two PlayStation 4 models as well as the PlayStation 4 Pro. Under the section for DualShock compatibility, every PS4 console appears to be compatible with the “DS4,” or DualShock 4 as well as a mysterious “DS5.”

The new “DS5” controller, which isn’t mentioned at all in the US or UK versions of the PlayStation 4 comparison FAQ, is likely a reference to “DualShock 5,” the likely name for Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 5 controller.

If this is true, this would be the first mention of Sony’s PlayStation 5 controller outside of leaks and patents. According to patents, Sony has filed trademarks for a variety of different controller designs, including some with back triggers and others with USB Type-C connectors. Sony also recently announced a new back trigger accessory for the DualShock 4 which we previewed.

However, if the French website is to be believed, the next-gen DualShock 5 could be backward compatible with the PlayStation 4.

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It’s not exactly clear why players may be interested in using a next-gen controller for an older console model, but there may be features in the DualShock 5 that don’t exist in the DualShock 4.

There’s still a lot about Sony’s next-gen controllers we don’t know about. For everything we know about the PS5 and Xbox Series X, check out our comparison here. And for more on next-gen news check out IGN.

Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter.

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