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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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.
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.
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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