How to Connect a PS3 DualShock 3 Controller Into an Emulator

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An emulator allows you to play a number of video games on your computer. When playing the games on an emulator, you can use either your keyboard or a controller to direct your actions. Rather than purchasing a controller for you to use specifically on your PC, you can use the controller on your PlayStation 3. This will require you to first download a PS3 driver on to your computer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open up your Internet browser. Download a PS3 controller driver from one of the two links in the "Resources" section of this article.

  2. 2

    Right-click on the downloaded file and choose "Extract to." Choose a location to extract the file to.

  3. 3

    Click on "Start" and then "Control Panel." Choose "Hardware and Sound" and then select "Device Manager."

  4. 4

    Click on "Human Interface Devices" and right-click on "PlayStation 3 Controller." Select "Update Driver."

  5. 5

    Locate the file that you earlier extracted and select "Open." Select "Games Controllers" from the "Control Panel." Plug the USB cable you get with your PS3 controller in to the USB slot found on the front on your computer tower unit or the side of a laptop. Connect the other end to the top of your PS3 controller.

  6. 6

    Press the "Sony" button on the centre of your PS3 controller. Select "PlayStation 3" on the "Games Controllers" screen. Press the buttons on your controller to ensure that they come up on the screen. Press the "OK" button to save the changes.

  7. 7

    Load up the emulator on your computer. Select the "Settings" and choose "Joypad." Assign a button to your PS3 controller to the different emulator buttons by pressing each button for the corresponding button. Press "OK" to save the changes.

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