Can You Connect an Xbox Controller to a PS5?

Yes, you will be able to connect your Xbox controller to your PS5 and use it. You will either have to use the PS Remote Play app on your mobile device or purchase and use an adapter that allows for this to work.

While the PS5 comes with its own controller, there are many out there who prefer the look and/or feel of an Xbox controller. It is possible to play on your PS5 with an Xbox controller, but it won’t be as easy as simply connecting it or plugging it in.

Keep reading this guide to learn more about how to best connect your Xbox controller to your PS5.

Key Takeaways

  • Yes, you can play some games on your PS5 with an Xbox controller.
  • The PS Remote Play app is a simple and easy way, but could lead to performance issues.
  • You can purchase and use an adapter, but some may not work or may not allow you to play certain games.

Use the PS Remote Play App

The first and likely best way to connect your Xbox controller to your PS5 is via the PS Remote Play app on your Android or Apple Device. The way to set up and use the app is simple, but we have decided to include a step-by-step guide to ensure you know exactly what to do.

These steps will be for Apple devices, but will remain incredibly similar to how it is done for Android devices, too.

Step 1: First, you need to connect your Xbox controller to your mobile device using Bluetooth. You simply press the Xbox logo button on the controller until it is flashing.

Step 2: On your Apple device, go to Settings > Bluetooth, and you should be able to locate the controller in the list of devices. Tap on it, and you will have connected your controller to your mobile device.

Step 3: Next, you need to download and launch the PS Remote Play app

Step 4: After starting the app, you will be asked to connect a controller if you haven’t already. If you have (as we instructed in steps 1 and 2), then you can move onto choosing which console you want to connect to, either the PS4 or PS5.

Step 5: Once you have selected the PS5, you will need to link your console. On your PS5, go to Settings > System > Remote Play > Link Device. It will generate an 8-digit number that you will need to type into the Remote Play app to connect to the console.

Once you have completed these steps, you should be able to control and play your PS5 with your Xbox controller. You will be able to see the gameplay not only on your mobile device, but also the TV.

One potential downside of this method is that there will often be some input lag. There can be a considerable amount of time between pressing a button and the input being recognized, which means remote play might not be the best for competitive or reflex-heavy games.

Use a Controller Adapter

Another option you have is to purchase and use a controller adapter. There are many brands and types out there, and they aim to let you use just about any controller with just about any console.

These adapters will simply plug into your controller, and with a toggle or other mechanism, will let you play on many different consoles with ease. Many of these adapters can also unlock different features and functionalities for your controller too, such as turbo setting or remapping.

There will be minimal lag, and the performance of both your controller and the game should be great.

However, there is a downside. While these adapters will work with your PS5 in many cases, they normally won’t allow you to play PS5 games. Playing PS4 games on your PS5 console will generally work, but that’s it.

So if you want to play PS5 games on your PS5, you will need to use an official PS5 controller or utilize remote play.


Here are a few common questions about connecting an Xbox controller to a PS5, along with their answers.

Can I use a wired Xbox controller on PS5?

The answer is that it depends. A wired controller should work fine with most adapters, but if you want to use the Remote Play app, you will need a controller with a Bluetooth connection. With many wired controllers not having Bluetooth, you may not be able to use one for remote play.

How can I improve the connection when playing on PS Remote Play?

The major downside of using the Remote Play app is that there will be a bit of lag in most cases. The way to improve this is to keep everything as close to your router as possible, and make an effort to have a router that uses newer connection standards like Wi-fi 6.

Final Thoughts

Whether you only have Xbox controllers, or simply prefer how they feel in your hands, you will be able to use them on your PS5. Going either the adapter or the remote play route can provide a good experience and let you play most of your favorite games comfortably.

Is there anything that you felt we should have mentioned in this guide, but didn’t? If so, don’t hesitate to let us know in a comment!

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