How to Use the PS3 Remote on a PC

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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Windows-based computers can control what occurs on their screen by using a Bluetooth remote with the Windows Media Center program. This enables the video being presented to be remotely controlled while being viewed on the computer screen or a television set. The Sony-made PS3 remote for the PlayStation 3 video game console would make an excellent remote for using with the Windows Media Center program, but cannot work natively with a Windows-based computer unless a special software driver is installed. This will let you use the PS3 remote to control all aspects of the computer.

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Things you need

  • Windows-based computer
  • Bluetooth
  • Web browser
  • Windows Media Center
  • PS3 remote
  • PS3 Bluetooth Remote Application driver

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  1. 1

    Download the PS3 Bluetooth Remote Application driver to the desktop of the computer (use the link in the Resources section).

  2. 2

    Go to "start," "Control Panel," "Bluetooth Devices." Click on "Add" to add a new Bluetooth device. Hold down the "Start+Enter" keys on the PS3 remote simultaneously. Release the keys after about 20 seconds have passed.

  3. 3

    Click on the "My device is set up and ready to be found" box in "Bluetooth Devices." Click on "Next" to go to a new window.

  4. 4

    Click on "BD Remote Control" in the window that appears. Click on "Next" to go to a new window. Select "Don't use a passkey." Click on "Next" to close the window.

  5. 5

    Press and release the "PlayStation" key on the PS3 remote to sync the PS3 remote to the computer.

  6. 6

    Double-click on the PS3 Bluetooth Remote Application driver on the desktop of the computer. Follow the prompts to install the PS3 Bluetooth Remote Application driver.

  7. 7

    Restart the computer after the installation has been completed.

  8. 8

    Run Windows Media Center. Now you can use the PS3 remote to control the functions of the PC.

Tips and warnings

  • Back up the Windows-based operating system before installing the PS3 remote driver. This will let you restore the computer to the state it was in before the driver was installed if you wish.
  • Please note: The software driver is not sanctioned by either Sony or Microsoft and could lead to unexpected problems with the Windows-based operating system.

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