How to Charge a PS3 Controller with a PC

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How to Charge a PS3 Controller with a PC
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The PlayStation 3's controllers feature a built-in wireless system, and they are quite an upgrade over previous PlayStation controllers. The PS3's "Sixaxis" controller offers motion-sensing capabilities, and the "DualShock 3" controller adds a rumble feature along with the motion-sensing technology. These controllers come with a built-in lithium ion battery that offers about 20 hours of gameplay on a full charge. You can use your PC to charge your PS3 controller when it runs low on power.

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Things you need

  • PlayStation 3 USB cable

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  1. 1

    Turn your PC on. The PS3 controller will require a power feed from the PC in order for it to charge.

  2. 2

    Find an open USB port on your PC. A USB port looks like a small rectangular slot and will usually be on the front or back panel of your computer.

  3. 3

    Plug the larger, rectangular end of the PlayStation 3 USB cable into the open USB port on your PC. This cable will have the larger USB plug on one side, and an oddly-shaped mini-USB plug on the other side.

  4. 4

    Plug the mini-USB end of the PlayStation 3 USB cable into the PS3 controller. If the controller is off, four red lights on the top of the controller will flash red; this means that the controller is charging. If you're using the PS3 controller while it is charging, only one light will flash.

  5. 5

    Wait about two hours before you unplug the controller from the PC. Your PlayStation 3 controller should be fully charged.

Tips and warnings

  • Press the "PS" button in the middle of the controller when you are playing a game to see how much battery charge you have left on the controller. This will appear as a little icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.

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