How to Make a PS3 Wireless Controller Connect to a Receiver

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How to Make a PS3 Wireless Controller Connect to a Receiver
PlayStation 3 controllers connect wirelessly to consoles to eliminate the hassle of cables. (Junko Kimura/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The PlayStation 3 console uses wireless controllers that eliminate the need for cables when playing games or watching movies. The unit has a built-in wireless receiver that captures the controller's signal, allowing you to take the controller anywhere you want in a room. There are two ways to connect a PS3 controller to the wireless receiver. The automatic way is recommended if you are using the controller for the same console regularly. Use the manual method when you bring the controller to friends' houses frequently or use different consoles.

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Things you need

  • Wireless PS3 controller
  • USB cable with mini-B connector
  • PS3 console

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  1. 1

    Power on the PlayStation 3 console.

  2. 2

    Connect the mini end of the USB cable to the mini USB port on the controller.

  3. 3

    Connect the other end of the USB cable to one of the USB ports on the front of the PS3 console.

  4. 4

    Wait a minute while the console syncs to the controller. A green light will flash on both the console and the controller. Disconnect the controller from the console when the light stabilises. The console is now wirelessly synced to the controller.


  1. 1

    Power on the console as normal.

  2. 2

    Connect the controller to the console using the mini-B USB cable. The mini part connects to the controller while the standard part connects to the console.

  3. 3

    Press the "PS" logo button in the centre of the controller. Green lights will flash on the console and the controller as it syncs. The syncing is complete when the light stabilises, and you may disconnect the USB cable.

Tips and warnings

  • The little red light at the top of the controller indicates the controller's number (Player 1, Player 2 and so on.) The numbers are arranged by the order that the controllers were synced to the console. You can connect up to seven controllers at once to a single console.

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