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Learn how to use the PS3 controller to play on the PC!

Many PC gamers don’t like using the keyboard. They therefore prefer a joystick . And one of the coolest in this case is DualShock 3. If you have a PlayStation 3 or if you have control over your console after purchasing a PS4, know that it is very simple to use it to play on the computer!

Even though it is not a common thing to see around, using the PS3 controller on the PC is easy. We emphasize, however, that you must follow all the steps below according to our tutorial. Otherwise, you may permanently damage your joystick .

For everything to work perfectly, have the following with you:

  • Original DualShock 3 controller
  • Windows computer
  • USB cable or miniUSB cable
  • Motion Joy drivers

Step 1: installing drivers

The first step is one of the most complicated, but don’t be alarmed. You will install necessary drivers on your PC. Among several out there, we chose the best: Motion Joy . Download the files from the software’s website and extract the only file that is in the compressed folder. It is a DualShock icon.

You will right-click on this icon. Open it as an administrator, which will cause Motion Joy to be installed on your PC. At the end of the installation, open the DS3 Tool software .

Step 2: connect DualShock 3 to PC

When we open the DS3 Tool, we verify that there is no control configured. Now what you have to do is connect the USB cable to your joystick and connect it to the PC. Go to the top menu and click on Driver Manager .

Next, if everything went well, you will see that the control is connected. If not, the MotioninJoy column will have a red X in it. This is because the program did not recognize your DualShock 3. Disconnect and reconnect the USB cable or try to rewire the controller.

Once everything is ok, click on Load Driver . You can also click on Install All . Your operating system will ask if you really want to connect the DS3 to the PC, but this is only the first time. From there, the joystick will be properly recognized by all systems on your computer.

Step 3: configuring the buttons

A very important point is to configure the buttons. To do so, click on Profiles , thus returning to the home screen. If you want to confirm that DualShock 3 is really configured, click on Vibration Testing . If the control vibrates, great! We can go to the definition of the buttons.

On this screen, see that there are 6 modes for the control. Select the one that emulates the Xbox 360 joystick and finally click on Game Controller Panel . MotioninJoy Virtual Game Controller will be ok. By clicking on the properties of this screen that will open, you can configure and test each of the buttons.

Now that you’re all set up, just open a Steam game or any Xbox 360 game to try it out. Be careful not to close the DS3 Tool, as this will turn off the control.

Can you install via Bluetooth?

Gives! If your computer has some kind of Bluetooth support, you can perfectly use DualShock 3 wirelessly. First of all, you need to follow the steps above. After that, remove the USB cable from the controller and press the PS button for a maximum of 20 seconds.

When the lights stop flashing, press Bluetooth Pair on the DS3 Tool. Now just connect the joystick again with the USB cable. Click Pair Now . Once the pairing is done, perform the control vibration test again. If it vibrates, everything is ok and you can now remove the cable.

Pay attention to some details:

  • Once Bluetooth is configured, you no longer need to connect the USB cable to the controller
  • If you are going to use DualShock 3 on the PS3 again, you will need to connect it with the USB cable on the console in order to pair
  • Even using DS3, Xbox 360 games will continue to show button tips using Microsoft console buttons as an example. You are likely to have some confusion at first.

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