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PS4 has secret PS3 functionality

We have some surprising news for PS3 users now, and it is news that should put a pleasant smile on your faces. With many of you looking to upgrade to the PS4 this November, it looks like we have a secret bit of functionality to share with you that Sony previously hasn’t revealed themselves fully.

It isn’t the backwards compatibility that sadly looks to be via Gaikai only, but it is something that everyone will find useful. We’re not sure why Sony hasn’t made a big deal of this, but a video has emerged, confirming that you can use the PS4 DualShock4 controller to play certain PS3 games.

This is very refreshing to see, particularly after the disappointment after hearing that existing Bluetooth PS3 headsets won’t work on the PS4 at launch. Watch the clip below though and you’ll clearly see the DualShock 4 being used on a PS3 game.

One important thing to note though – it looks like it may only work when using a USB cable in a wired setup. Trying the same thing wireless doesn’t seem to work, while the author also notes that there were some issues when trying to play FIFA 14 on the Dual Shock 4 – so it could vary across games.

Still though, it’s a great option to have for those that can now make use of this in the home. We certainly didn’t know that the Dual Shock 4 could be used on the PS3 across some games and Sony definitely didn’t make this public knowledge at one of their main trade shows.

What are your thoughts on this – will you find this feature very useful or not?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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