How to Use a Wireless PS3 Controller on a PC

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How to Use a Wireless PS3 Controller on a PC
Use your PS3 controllers on your PC by downloading and installing a driver. (Video game controller image by Christopher Meder from

PC gamers have traditionally preferred the mouse and keyboard or joystick for games. With more and more console games being ported to the PC, some gamers are looking to use a video game controller, since certain types of games play better with this type of controller. If you have a PS3 and are looking for a way to use the controller on the PC, you can download and install a driver that will allow you to use it as if it were a mouse.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Download the driver from the link in the References section and save it onto your computer's desktop.

  2. 2

    Unpack the file ps3sixaxis_en.exe from the .rar file using a .rar expander and save it onto your desktop. See the Resources section for a free option.

  3. 3

    Plug your PS3 controller into the computer using the USB data cable.

  4. 4

    Run the file ps3sixaxis_en.exe on the computer by double clicking on the file. Press the "Connect" button on the controller if the computer doesn't detect it.

Tips and warnings

  • The wireless PS3 controller will work with any game with joystick support.

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