Can You Use a USB Splitter on a PS3?

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Can You Use a USB Splitter on a PS3?
A USB hub is not just for your computer or camera. Use it with your PlayStation 3. (four way usb image by leafy from

Owning a Sony PlayStation 3 usually involves connecting several USB-enabled devices into your game system, including controllers and the PlayStation Eye webcam device. This can be a problem for owners of the PS3 Slim, which contains only two USB ports. But you can buy a USB hub, or splitter, to accommodate more plugged-in devices.

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Hub Functions

If you want to connect more than two controllers or other devices into your PS3 Slim, or if you have used up your older model PS3's USB ports, purchase a USB hub. Some hubs have splitter cables with a port on each cable; others are bigger and rectangular in shape and feature several ports, plus an AC power adaptor that plugs into a wall. Plugging a hub into a PS3 allows one USB port to support multiple devices.

Can You Use a USB Splitter on a PS3?
The more devices you plug in, the more USB ports you'll need. (black and blue game pads image by Warren Millar from

Using a Hub on Your PS3

Games such as "Rock Band" require at least four USB ports, so one connected USB hub is necessary to play. If you're using the PlayStation Move, a type of motion-based controller, the player will need to plug in the PlayStation Eye. Two-player PlayStation Move games can use at least five devices connected at once to the PS3, making a USB hub invaluable.

Some games require four or more devices to plug into a PS3.
Some games require four or more devices to plug into a PS3. (video game control pad image by Paul Hill from

Choosing a USB Hub or Splitter

Choose a powered USB hub that plugs into a wall outlet, reducing the power strain on your PS3. Also, make sure the hub supports USB 2.0, which has a much faster data transfer rate than USB 1.0. Hubs are available at electronics stores, most department stores and through online vendors.

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