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Guide: How to Connect the DualShock 4 Wirelessly to the PS3

Posted by Sammy Barker

Your flexible friend

While the DualShock 3 is a perfectly serviceable input device, it lacks the refinement of the PlayStation 4 controller’s more ergonomic shell. As such, you may be cursing Sony’s classic peripheral when you return to your PlayStation 3 backlog – but fortunately, there is an alternative. While the DualShock 4 has always been compatible with the Japanese giant’s previous generation console, you had to have the peripheral plugged in – but due to a recent firmware update, that flaw appears to have been fixed. Here’s what you need to do.

1. Connect your DualShock 4 to your PS3

Use the USB cable provided with your PS4 (or a replacement) to connect your DualShock 4 to one of the PS3’s USB slots. This should allow you to control the console when plugged in, but we’re going to tell you how to unlock wireless access.

2. Scan for a Bluetooth device

With the controller plugged in, scroll to the ‘Settings’ section of the XMB, twirl the menu down to ‘Accessory Settings’, and select ‘Manage Bluetooth Devices’. You’re going to want to ‘Register a New Device’, so select that and click on ‘Start Scanning’.

3. The tricky bit

While the system’s scanning for new devices, carefully unplug your controller, and push the PlayStation and share buttons simultaneously. You will want to make sure that your controller is not paired with your PS4 while you do this to avoid accidentally turning on your next-gen console. When the light flashes on the top of the controller, quickly replace the cable, and your PS3 will pick up a new ‘Wireless Controller’. Select it to complete the registration process, and then you’ll be able to play your games with the DualShock 4 without a cable attached. Simples.

It’s perhaps worth mentioning that this solution still doesn't provide full compatibility, meaning that features such as the PlayStation button and motion controls aren’t currently supported, but you’ll need to make up your own mind about whether you want to sacrifice such functionality for the improved triggers and analogue sticks that the DualShock 4 provides.


User Comments (13)



Scollurio said:

Does it offer full functionality (that of a Dualshock 3 that is). Because... this is epic. Been waiting for this!



ztpayne7 said:

Does this mean that the controller can't be paired with the ps4 for as long as you use it with the ps3?



biosphere76 said:

would rather use a DS3 on the ps4. Can someone tell me who has bought a ps4 this year, if Sony have improved the quality of the controllers sticks... Peeling materials etc.



get2sammyb said:

@Jaz007 @Scollurio No, you won't get rumble, SIXAXIS, or use of the PS button.

@ztpayne7 I think you can, but you're going to want your PS4 unplugged while you're doing it as there's a good chance you may end up turning that on as well, which could lead to all sorts of headaches.



ztpayne7 said:

@get2sammyb yeah I messed around with it a bit. The best option i found was to unplug the ps4 and then go through the menu. It also helps to have a dual shock 3 handy. The that way you don't have to plug the dualshock 4 back in quickly and can focus on letting it connect.



tbm0987 said:

almost went out and got a ps4 controler......... till no ps button....... so close.



EyeDeeNO76 said:

I don't know... I do like the DualShock 3 more durable thumbsticks. I have the same DS3 that came with PS3 80gb even put a new lipo battery in a year ago.



mikey85 said:

Just registerd my ds4 with the ps3 wirelessly. Goin to play some lou. Does anyone know wether it will be okay switching back to my ps4 or could it mess the ds4 up in anyway.domt want to have to buy another ds4 because i did this

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