How to Set Up a New PS3 Controller

Written by nick miles
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The Sony PlayStation 3 has two controllers: the Sixaxis and the Dualshock 3. The Sixaxis follows the same design of previous PlayStation controllers but adds motion control function. The Dualshock 3 is similar to the Sixaxis but adds a vibration function. Whichever you have, follow these steps to set up your new controller.

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Things you need

  • USB cable

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  1. 1

    Plug in the controller to the PS3 via the USB cable.

  2. 2

    Turn on the PS3.

  3. 3

    Wait as the controller syncs automatically. It will be given a player number from 1 to 7, indicated by a red light on the back of the controller.

    If the sync does not occur automatically, press the PS button on the controller and the pairing will occur.

Tips and warnings

  • Once the controller is paired with the PS3, you can unplug the USB cable and use the controller wirelessly.
  • When a controller is paired with a new console, any previous pairings will be erased and will need to be replaced.

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