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Will you need to buy yet another new arcade stick to play next gen fighting games on the PS5? Sony offers an answer

It's not time to retire them just yet

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • October 23, 2020 at 4:59 p.m. PDT • Comments: 25

The launch of the new console generation is just a few weeks away at this point for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, but there's still plenty of questions people have about the upcoming hardware with one in particular sticking out for the fighting game community.

Arcade sticks are huge monetary and time investments for fighting game players, so of course there'd be concern about whether or not existing PS4 sticks would work on next gen titles like Guilty Gear Strive and Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate on PS5. There's a fairly concrete answer to that.

The PlayStation Support page regarding backwards compatibility on PS5 contains a section dedicated to controllers and peripherals which specifically mentions arcade sticks.

Sony confirms in the listing that PS4 sticks will indeed work on PS5 native games as well as backwards compatible PS4 titles, so the Razer Panthera or Hori Real Arcade Pro. 4 Kai you have lying around now will do just fine for the transition to next gen. There may be a small exception, however.

"Specialty peripherals, such as officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks, will work with PS5 games and supported PS4 games," reads the support page section.

The one wrinkle present comes in with the "officially licensed" line which means that some custom builds or other modified controllers may not work on PS5, especially if they're based on DualShock 4 parts.

"Specialty peripherals, such as officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks, will work with PS5 games and supported PS4 games"

Outside of those specialty peripherals, the DualShock 4 itself is not compatible with PS5 games though they can still be used to play PS4 games on the system.

Players may recall that PS3 arcade sticks and controllers did not work natively with the PS4 though that was quickly bypassed with a developer-created driver to add backwards compatibility, and luckily almost every major fighting game included the feature this generation.

Though it does now specifically state otherwise, PS3-only sticks will almost certainly not work on PS5. It will be interesting to see if they may still be viable for PS4 titles on the new hardware, however.

Xbox players haven't really needed to worry about this feature's inclusion since Microsoft quickly announced that Xbox One controllers would work natively on the Xbox Series X seemingly without limitations.

Arcade sticks for the Xbox 360 did not work on Xbox One.

So far, PS5's fighting game selections with MK11 and Guilty Gear Strive offer free upgrades from their PS4 counterparts along with cross generation online play options — something that Xbox is championing as well through Smart Delivery.

It's an extra good thing that older sticks will work considering there's not really an official PS5 version announced as of yet though Hori is releasing the Fighting Stick Alpha designed for the Xbox Series X|S.

The PlayStation 5 is scheduled to release on November 12 in North America and other select territories for $500 USD or $400 for the digital only version of the console. A global launch will happen a week later on Nov. 19.

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