Using Remote Play is the sole method available that allows you to use your PS5 controller to play PS4 Games (if you don’t have access to a PS5 console).
Here’s a step-by-step guide outlining how it’s done using a PC (these instructions also apply if you’re using one of the other specified devices).
Download the PS4 Remote Play app on your PC.
Using the PS Remote Play application, follow the on-screen directions on your PC to connect your PS4.
Next, pair your PS5 controller to your PC via a USB wired connection and link it to PS Remote Play.
Keep the Remote Play app running in the background. Now the PS5 controller is connected to your PS4 through your PC.
Things to Consider When Using This Method
It should be noted that this method is not without its issues. There are a couple of things you need to keep in mind when using it.
The first thing to keep in mind is your internet connection. This method requires a reliable, high-speed internet connection to work smoothly.
If your internet connection isn’t up to par, you’re likely to experience a lag in input between your PC and PS4 console. This is sure to put a damper on your gaming experience.
Another caveat of using Remote Play to control PS4 games with your PS5 controller is that it won’t allow you to experience the new technology of the PS5 controller anyway.
The DualSense PS5 controller is packed with advanced capabilities such as haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and a built-in microphone array.
None of these exciting new features are supported by PS4 games, meaning that you won’t get that next-gen experience you’re looking for. This begs the question as to whether this method is worth using.
On the other hand, there are perks to using your PS5 controller even if you won’t get the full experience. The PS5 controller is beautifully designed and will give you a premium feel that simply isn’t given by the PS4 controller. It also has a longer battery life, so charging will be less of an issue.