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How to Connect PS4 Controller to PS3


A PlayStation 3 is a console that, while it may be a generation old, nevertheless contains some fantastic titles that are well worth re-discovering. You may also play those games with the DualShock 4 controller that comes with the newer PlayStation 4 system.

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The simplest method of connecting a PlayStation 4 controller to a PlayStation 3 system is to simply plug the controller into the console’s USB port using a USB cable. Once the connection has been successfully connected between the two pieces of hardware, you will be able to play PS3 games with the controller immediately.

In reality, one of those cords will be required in order to connect a DualShock 4 wireless PS4 controller to a PlayStation 3. However, there are more steps involved than simply plugging it in.

How to Connect a PS4 controller to your PS3 for wireless use

1. To begin, connect the controller and console together using the USB cord and turn them both on.

2. Select “Accessory Settings” from the Settings menu in your phone’s settings.

3. Select “Manage Bluetooth Devices” from the drop-down menu.

4. By pressing the “X” button on the controller, select “Register New Device.”

5. Once you’ve selected “Start Scanning,” detach the cord from the PlayStation 4 controller.

6. While holding down the “PS” and “Share” buttons on the controller, wait for the lights on the controller to begin blinking before plugging the cord back in.

7. Select “Wireless Controller” from the list of options on the screen and click on it.

You should now be able to utilize your PS4 controller with your PS3 through wireless connectivity.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why can’t I connect my PS4 controller to my PS3?

Before you begin, you must check that the system software on your PlayStation 3 is version 4.6 or higher; otherwise, the PS4 controller will not be able to be attached to the PS3. You can find out what version of the system software you have by going to Settings > System Settings > System Software. Sony’s most recent version, 4.82, is available for download.

Does ps4 controller vibrate on PS3?

You should keep in mind that your DualShock 4 will be recognized by your PlayStation 3 as a generic wireless controller, which means you will not be able to use the gamepad’s PlayStation button, touchpad, vibration features, or Six axis motion control capabilities.

Do PS3 controllers vibrate?

Only when you are fishing (and you get a bite) and during cutscenes does the rumble/vibration function on the PS3. This, in my opinion, has to be addressed. I’ve been playing games on the Playstation for years (including Final Fantasy XI), and vibration is to be anticipated while using a controller.

Why is my PS3 controller not working?

Reset the PS3 controller on your system.

Connect the controller to the console’s USB port using the included cable. On the rear of the controller, near the L2 shoulder button, you should be able to find a small hole. To reset the computer, insert an unfurled paper clip into the hole and push down on it until it stops working. To re-pair the controller with the PS3, press the PS button on the controller.