DualShock 4

Good news! For those who prefer the feel of the DualShock 4 controller that comes with the PlayStation 4 over the DualShock 3, for the PlayStation 3, you’ll be pleased to know that you’re no longer tied to using the controller on your PlayStation 3 with wires, as Sony have announced that the DualShock 4 is now compatible wirelessly with the PlayStation 3, though it does still have its limitations.

When Sony announced the PlayStation 4 last year, they revealed that the DualShock 4 controller would be compatible with the PlayStation 3, but you’d need to plug it in via USB. Thankfully though, with the recently-released 4.60 update to the PlayStation 3, you can now use a DualShock 4 wirelessly to control PlayStation 3 games! All it requires you to do is pair the DualShock 4 with the PlayStation 3 via Bluetooth.

This may be great news for some, but there’s still some limitations. For example the PlayStation button, vibration, and Sixaxis tilt controls still do not work. But you can now turn on the PS3 using the DualShock 4’s PS button, something that wasn’t possible before.

Looking for a quick how-to? Here’s step by step instructions courtesy of GameSpot:

  1. Select “Manage Bluetooth Devices” under “Accessory Settings” in the PS3 settings menu.
  2. Select “Register New Device,” then start the PS3’s bluetooth scanning.
  3. While it’s scanning, press and hold the share and PS buttons on the DualShock 4 at the same time until the light bar starts blinking.
  4. The PS3 should then detect the controller, which will appear as “Wireless Controller.’
  5. Select the controller and complete the pairing.

As you might expect, this will then pair the DualShock 4 with the PlayStation 3 and will no longer work with the PlayStation 4 until you re-pair the controller with the PS4.

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