How to Connect a PS3 Controller to a PC

Written by james b. jones
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PC gaming is alive and well, and many who play computer games today go out of their way to buy a quality controller for their computer. This allows the player to have much more comfort in playing the game, as there's no need to figure out which of the 100+ buttons on the keyboard have any effect in the game. However, while a good number of people go out and buy one specifically for their PC, some have discovered that they have the perfect controller right in front of them, resting next to their PlayStation 3.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • PlayStation 3 DualShock 3/SIXAXIS Controller
  • USB Cable
  • PC with internet Connection

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    Connecting a PS3 Controller to a PC

  1. 1

    Plug the mini-USB port end of the USB cable into the PlayStation 3 controller while connecting the standard USB port end of the cable to your PC.

  2. 2

    Wait for Windows to report that it has "Detected New Hardware" and let Windows go through its full scan. When Windows says that it could not recognise the hardware, the scan is complete.

  3. 3

    Download the appropriate drivers for your controller, either SIXAXIS or DUALSHOCK 3 (it is written on the top of the controller). These drivers can be found on several websites by doing a Google search for "PS3 Controller PC Drivers."

  4. 4

    Unzip the driver files from the zipped folder to someplace easily accessible on the hard drive (such as your desktop).

  5. 5

    Double-click the Setup icon and follow the directions given on-screen to install the SIXAXIS drivers.

  6. 6

    Unhook the controller and reset your computer to complete the installation process.

    Configuring PS3 Controller on PC

  1. 1

    Power on your PC and allow it to boot to the desktop.

  2. 2

    Connect your PlayStation 3 controller to the PC using the controller's USB cord.

  3. 3

    Allow Windows to run its full scan once it detects the controller connection to the PC.

  4. 4

    Click "Start" and then "Control Panel" to bring up your computer's control panel.

  5. 5

    Press the PlayStation button on the centre of the controller.

  6. 6

    Click "Game Controllers" to bring up the "Game Controllers" window and select "PLAYSTATION 3 Controller" from the options.

  7. 7

    Go through each stage of the configuration set-up, setting the options for your controller the way you like.

  8. 8

    Exit out of the "Game Controllers" window, and your controller is now game ready.

Tips and warnings

  • An easier way to use a console controller on a PC is to use an Xbox 360 controller, which Windows automatically recognises.
  • If you are unsure of what you are doing, DO NOT try this. An error with installing the drivers could lead to a critical system error, which could result in you having to reinstall your operating system.

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