How to use a PlayStation 4 controller on a PlayStation 3 via Bluetooth or USB

By: Comguy
January 12, 2015


Today I'm going to show you how to pair and use a PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller on a PlayStation 3 system. This can work through both USB and Bluetooth, though the USB method requires the controller to remain plugged in to function. It's a fairly simple procedure.

Method 1 - USB 

Simply plug the DualShock 4 controller into the console to use it through a USB connection.

Method 2 - Bluetooth

Step 1: Scan for devices on the PS3 system.

Head over to the Settings column on the the XMB and scroll down to Accessory Settings. Open it, and scroll down to Manage Bluetooth® Devices. Open that, and choose to register a new device. The system will begin to scan for nearby Bluetooth devices, and you have a short amount of time to complete Step 2.

Step 2: Set the DualShock 4 controller into pairing mode.

On the DualShock 4, hold down the Share and PlayStation button until the light bar begins to flash rapidly. After some time, the PlayStation 3 console should detect a device named Wireless Controller. Confirm to register the controller with the console.

Step 3: Test the controller

If you get to this point, everything should have worked properly. Scroll around the XMB a little bit just to test that everything is working.

Please note that the touchpad and PlayStation button don't seem to function at all- therefore, you will need a PS3 controller to access the system menu when in-game. The Options and Share buttons act as the Start and Select buttons.

Pressing the PlayStation button while the console is off will wake the system like a normal PS3 controller would.

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