With the PS5 having a 2020 release date, many gamers are gearing up to switch to next-gen console experiences. While new gaming consoles and technology are welcomed, the issue of functionality and compatibility always arises. For those fighting game lovers out there, Sony has made an official announcement that'll give you a lot of hope.
In an official blog post released by Sony, the company stated the following: "Specialty peripherals, such as officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks will work with PS5 games and supported PS4 games."
Some of the officialy licensed arcade sticks that will be compatible with the PS5:
However, that doesn't mean that the other arcade sticks won't be backwards compatible. It is up to the companies to update the firmware on their products or just make new arcade sticks!
This is good news for all of those gamers who are satisfied with their existing accessories and want to continue using them on newer platforms. According to the official Sony blog post, some third-party peripherals, includeing arcade sticks, will also be backward compatible with both the PS4 and PS5.
Fighting sticks aren't the only accessories that'll enjoy backward compatibility. Racing wheels officially licensed by Sony will also be used on both the PS4 and PS5 platforms. Interestingly enough, the DualShock 4 controller won't be backward compatible with the PS5 at launch.
However, many existing titles on the PS4 are expected to be playable on the PS5 upon the console's initial release. That includes many fighting games, although, a lot of PS4 titles are being re-released on the PS5, so they'll be compatible with the new generation of DualShock controllers.
The good news is that for those fighting game enthusiasts out there, you won't have to spend tons of money on new fight sticks when the PS5 launches.