How to Configure Your PS3 Controller to Your Games

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The PlayStation 3 (PS3) supports a variety of controller and controller accessories. All wireless PS3 controllers must be "paired" (the PS3 term for synchronised) to the console before they can be used. After pairing the controller, most games allow you to configure the PS3 controller and change control options to make the experience more comfortable. Changing controls never impacts the game. And, if you don't like the new configuration, you can always switch back to default controls.

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    Pair the Controller

  1. 1

    Attach the USB cable that comes with the PS3 to either USB port on the front of the PS3. Connect the controller to the USB cable.

  2. 2

    Press the "PS" button on the centre of the controller. The four lights on the shoulder of the controller will flash temporarily. When the flashing stops, the pairing is complete.

  3. 3

    Disconnect the controller from the USB cable to use it wirelessly. If it needs charged, you can leave it connected.

    Configuring the Controller

  1. 1

    Start the game you intend to use with the controller.

  2. 2

    Select the "Options/Settings" or similarly titled option on the game's main menu. You can also access the Options/Settings menu in-game by pressing the "Start" button.

  3. 3

    Configure the settings to get the control options you want. Most games allow you to adjust the analogue stick and motion control sensitivity, change the functions of buttons and disable the vibration.

Tips and warnings

  • All PS3 controllers work with PS2 and PS1 games downloaded from the PlayStation Network Store. Although most older games include the same controller customisation options as PS3 games, not all games allow you to remap controls or support PS3-only features like motion controls.

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