PS4 non-support for PS3 DualShock is no surprise

By Alan Ng - Feb 22, 2013

If you are planning to pick up the Sony PS4 console when it is released in the US towards the end of this year, you’ll want to know the following key piece of information that Sony failed to mention during their press conference in New York earlier this week. As most of you saw, the new system comes with a brand new DualShock 4 controller and with it, brand new technologies such as a touch pad, sharing button and enhanced motion sensing capabilities.

It looks very impressive indeed and should give developers a lot more freedom and innovative ideas when they start to build games for the new console. However, there is one negative aspect involved and this is due to the fact that your existing PS3 Dual Shock 3 controller will not be supported on Sony’s new hardware.

We saw at the event that PS3 playback will come via Gaikai streaming, but it looks like users will still have to use their new Dual Shock 4 pad or PS Vita to control the games. This is obviously a bit disappointing for those that wanted to carry their pads over to the new system, but then again it is not an entirely surprising decision given all of the new tech that is built inside the PS4 hardware.

On a more pleasing note though, we can also confirm that every PS4 system is going to come supplied with a headset, since the new DualShock 4 pads come with a built in headphone jack. This is obviously a fantastic addition to the new generation of games, as it means that everyone will be able to communicate online with each other and it should enhance those games that thrive on good communications – like online shooters for example.

If you have an existing Move controller, you’ll be pleased to hear that this will still work with the PS4 so there’s no need to buy a new one. Give us your thoughts on the lack of PS3 DualShock 3 support for the new console – is this is a huge problem for you or not?

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  • Johnny

    Yeah, but will the DualShock 4 work with PS3? I have no interest in the PS4 but an upgraded controller for the PS3 would be nice.

  • drew

    i wouldn’t mention the obvious nether

  • Unknown

    So now that I know I’m getting a free headset with my new PS4, could I ditch that and use an existing headset of mine or will I HAVE to use the pre-packed one?