How to Use PlayStation 3 Controllers

Introduction

This guide aims to assist you with using your PS3 Controllers through setup and troubleshooting.

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? What would you like to do?

  1. Connect the controller via wired connection
  2. Connect the controller via wireless connection
  3. Troubleshoot PS3 controller connection issues

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This guide aims to assist you with using your PS3 Controllers through setup and troubleshooting.

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  1. Acquire the supplied USB to micro-USB cable.
    Micro USB cable
     
  2. Connect one end to the PS3 controller.
    PS3 controller showing the microusb port
  3. Connect the other end to an available USB port.
    PS3 console front showing the USB connectors
     
  4. Then, press the PS logo button on the front of your PS3 controller.
    PS3 controller showing the pS logo button
     
  5. Your PS3 controller's lights should illuminate and your controller is ready to use.
    PS3 showing lit lights
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  1. Acquire the supplied USB to micro-USB cable.
    Micro USB cord
     
  2. Connect one end to the PS3 controller.
    A ps3 controller showing the microusb slot
  3. Connect the other end to an available USB port.
    The front of a ps3 showing the USB slots
     
  4. Then, press the PS logo button on the front of your PS3 controller.
    The PS button on a PS3 controller
     
  5. Your PS3 controller's lights should illuminate and your controller is ready to use.
    A ps3 controller with the lights on
     
  6. Once your controller has a decent charge you can unplug it and use it wirelessly.
Things to consider if you are experiencing PS3 controller issues:
  • The batteries may have insufficient power. Charge your controller.
  • Check how many controllers are connected, the console can only have a maximum of 4 active controllers connected to it.
  • If the PS3 controller's buttons are not lit, try turning the controller back on. The controller has a power save feature which turns it off after 15 minutes of inactivity.
  • Other wireless connection-capable devices may have signals interfering with the controller's own signal.
  • Interference may be caused by metallic objects between the console and controller.
  • The distance may be too far. Ensure you are within 19 feet or 6 meters from the console.
  • The controller may be defective.
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