How to Make a PS3 Controller Discoverable

Updated April 17, 2017

The PlayStation 3 gaming controller is equipped with Bluetooth technology that allows players to use the controller without the restriction of the wire. Although computers with Bluetooth capabilities are able to detect many kinds of foreign Bluetooth devices, they are not programmed to detect a foreign PS3 controller. In order to make your PS3 controller discoverable, you must have three drivers installed: Libusb32, BtSix 1.5c and PPJoy 0.83.

Download and install the required drivers to make your PS3 discoverable. The drivers include PPJoy 0.83, Libusb32 and BtSix 1.5c. The PPJoy 0.83 driver gives you the option to configure the buttons on the controller to your preference. The Libusb32 driver allows the USB ports on your computer to detect the connection of the PS3 controller via the mini-USB cable. The BtSix 1.5c driver prepares your computer to accept the PS3 controller via Bluetooth.

Install the PPJoy and BtSix 1.5c drivers by extracting all the files onto a folder in your computer. Double-click the ".exe" file extension inside the PPJoy folder to install PPJoy. Inside the BtSix 1.5c folder you will see a ".exe" file extension as well. Double-click on the file to install BtSix 1.5c.

Install Libusb32 by clicking on the icon after it has downloaded. The file is already an executable file, so simply double-click on the icon to begin the installation process. When the pop-up window appears, click the "Next' button to begin installation.

Connect the PlS3 controller to the laptop or desktop computer using the mini-USB cable that is normally used to charge the controller with the PS3 console.

Press and hold the "PS3 Home" button for two to three seconds and wait for your computer to recognise the device. If the Bluetooth connection is successful, you should be able to move your mouse cursor with the PS3 controller's joystick.

Things You'll Need

  • Bluetooth-capable computer
  • PlayStation 3 Controller
  • Mini-USB cord
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Chang Lin has been writing professionally since 2010. He has written scripts for the National Science Foundation and short films that have won awards at film festivals. Lin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scriptwriting from the University of North Texas.