Can I use a wireless controller with PlayStation Classic?

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Best answer: Not out of the box. According to Sony, the PlayStation Classic does not support any peripheral hardware, including controllers. As of the time of writing and publication, third parties have yet to develop or announce any wireless adapters that are compatible.

Best Buy: PlayStation Classic ($100)

Why can’t I use wireless controllers?

Though the PlayStation Classic supports smartphone AC USB adapters as a power source, a spokesperson for the company told IGN that "peripherals for the original PlayStation or later platforms are not supported on PlayStation Classic, which is designed to work with the bundled controllers."

Simply put: You can’t use wireless controllers straight out of the box because that’s just how the PlayStation Classic was designed. However, that doesn’t mean adapters won’t arrive at some point in the future to change this.

After Nintendo released the NES Classic and SNES Classic, both of which only included wired controllers, third-party hardware companies got to work on creating wireless controllers for them. It’s safe to assume that this will be the case once hardware manufacturers get their hands on the PlayStation Classic as well. We’ll update our article accordingly with whichever adapter on the market is your best option when and if they become available.

How long will I need to wait for adapters to enter the market?

Going from trends in the past, you shouldn’t have to wait too long after the PlayStation Classic initially releases. It’s not guaranteed, but companies have created wireless controllers up to a week before the consoles even launched, as was the case with the NES Classic. At most, I would estimate you’ll see wireless controller adapters for the PlayStation Classic hitting the market within a few weeks or a couple of months after its launch on Dec. 3, 2018.

I’d keep an eye on stores like Nyko or Hori that specialize in selling peripheral accessories like these.

PlayStation Classic

Renewed enjoyment

$100 at Best Buy

Simple support

The Classic packs a lot of nostalgia, but it does lack support for peripheral hardware without the use of adapters. If you absolutely need a wireless controller, you might want to reconsider your purchase.

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November 20, 2018 at 09:08AM