How to Connect a PS3 Controller Without a USB

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The PlayStation 3 is the first version of the Sony PlayStation to make use of exclusively wireless controllers. Although they require a USB connection to charge, PlayStation 3 controllers can connect to a PlayStation 3 without having to be plugged in. Since PlayStation 3 controllers shut off from idleness to help conserve battery power, you must wirelessly reconnect them to the PlayStation after every extended period without usage.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Pick up the PlayStation 3 controller and point it in the direction of the PlayStation 3. You must be approximately within eight feet of the device.

  2. 2

    Press and hold the circular PlayStation button in the centre of the controller to power it on and activate it.

  3. 3

    Press the "Start" button to complete the connection and automatically assign a controller number to the device.

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