What is PS4 DualShock 4 back button attachment?

PlayStation 4 has a user base of more than 110 million users and is still growing steadily even after the arrival of PS5. Sony is constantly improving services for the last-gen across the platform and also had launched a new attachment for the DualShock 4 controller called the back button, let’s check out its capabilities and what it brings to the table.


The back button attachment provides two extra tactile back buttons on your controller to give you an edge in your favorite games and to help you in your competitive play. With the Back Button Attachment, you can map 16 different functions to the back buttons and save up to three different profile configurations at a time. To assign the button function, you can use the high-fidelity OLED display on the back button attachment to navigate through each button combination.

Have you wondered after attaching the back buttons to your controller where you would connect your headset? Does the attachment need a charge, or does it draw power from your controller? Let’s answer some of the common questions that you may have and look into the accessory in more detail.

What are the buttons on this attachment?

The back button attachment comes with two rear buttons, which are mappable to 16 different actions such as circle, square, R2/L2, R3/L3, etc. providing you with amazing agility and maneuverability in the games. For example, after mapping the back buttons appropriately, you can boost, jump and fire at the same time without having to take your fingers away from the button, giving you a competitive advantage.

How to map the back buttons to different functions?

The back button attachment consists of a high-fidelity OLED display that allows you to navigate the button combinations on the compact digital screen and assign the appropriate button functionality with a single button press. You can save up to three different profiles preset so that you can quickly choose and switch between them for use in various games.

Where would you connect your headset? Does the back button block the audio jack?

One of the key features of the back button attachment is that it allows for Headset Pass-Through, meaning you would be able to connect all your favorite headset as you used to connect to your DualShock 4 controller without the attachment.

The back button comes with a male 3.5mm connector that goes into your controller, and in turn, the attachment provides you with a female 3.5mm connector port in its base where you can plug in your headset comfortably. Thus, it doesn’t block the audio jack functionality at all.

Will PS4 DualShock 4 back button attachment work on the PS5 DualSense controller?

No, the back button attachment is for the PS4 Dualshock 4 controller only, as the form factor is different, and the attachment is designed for DualShock 4 only. However, this may change in the future if Sony launches a back button for the DualSense controller as well. We will keep you posted if that happens.

Does the back button attachment need to be charged, or will it draw power from the controller?

The attachment draws power from the controller itself, i.e., it needs to be connected to the DualShock 4 controller to work and is not rechargeable. It makes that the attachment comes without any charging capability; otherwise, the additional battery in the attachment would have increased the weight of the overall controller, and it would have felt a little heavier while playing games, which is definitely not a good thing.

Is the PS4 back button worth it?

Definitely Yes; given the price tag of $19.99, the attachment can be a great asset for your arsenal. It may take you some time to get used to your controller after you attach the back button to it, but all in all, it’s a great enhancement. If you are a competitive player or just want to up your game a notch, you can try out the back button and allow yourself more degree of freedom in your favorite games  

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I customize the buttons and enter programming mode?

Press and hold the screen button for one second to enter programming mode. During programming mode, the profile number flashes in the center of the screen to indicate that you are in programming mode. To change button assignments, press the left and right back buttons. Scroll through possible assignments by holding down the back button.

How do I customize another profile?

As described earlier, enter programming mode by holding the screen button down for one second. To program the next profile, click twice.

How do I exit programming mode?

To save and exit programming mode, click once on the screen button.

How do I reset my back buttons to the default profile?

You can reset your attachments to the default profiles by holding down the left-back button, the right-back button, and the screen button at the same time. The reset icon will appear on the screen; continue to hold it for five seconds. Your reset will be completed when HJKL appears on the screen.

Let us know in the comments below, have you bought the back button attachment, and what is your experience with it?

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