Best answer: Though Sony has said they won’t release peripherals like wireless controllers, there are at least two third-party wireless controller systems available right now. Both companies offer truly wireless alternatives to the original controllers.
- Use the JoyRetro controller: JoyRetro wireless controller ($30 at Amazon)
- Use your own controller: 8BitDo Bluetooth adapter ($20 at Amazon)
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.
What third part options are available?
At this time, there are only two choices for wireless controllers fot the PlayStation Classic.
The JoyRetro controller is available as a controller and wireless adapter combo. Because the PlayStation was the first console to have four shoulder buttons companies can’t just use their old retro controllers on it so they have to make all new ones. The first to market may not be the best but here’s hoping it will work without lag.
8BitDo make some amazing adapters and controllers and have done so for a while now. This adapter works via Bluetooth so it gives you a huge range of controllers you can use on your PlayStation Classic, and it also works on other systems as well. This adapter will allow you to use this on a RetroPi, SNES Mini, or even just on your PC or Laptop, making it a real bargain.
The Classic hasn’t been around for too long though so it will take some time for third-party controller makers to jump on it. A lot of the sellers will be looking at how they can use their existing controllers to work with the Classic so we should see more in the coming weeks.
First to market
JoyRetro wireless controller
$30 at Amazon
This was released so recently we haven’t had a chance to review it, but if you want a wireless controller for the PlayStation Classic as soon as possible, this is the only choice.
A known brand
8Bitdo Wireless Bluetooth Adapter
$20 pre-order at Amazon
A promising wireless option
8BitDo are well known in the retro console scene. This adapter will allow you to connect to any Bluetooth enabled controller, such as Sony’s DualShock 4 controller. It’ll be available on Amazon starting Dec. 31.