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Thursday, 19 February 2015

How to use a PS3 Controller on Windows, Chrome OS, Android, and iOS

OK, now it is time to get serious. Recently, I've decided to go a step further in gaming and purchase a PS3 controller. I don't even own the console! So how did I do it? Well here you go.

Windows 7 64-bit: http://forums.pcsx2.net/Thread-XInput-Wrapper-for-DS3-and-Play-com-USB-Dual-DS2-Controller?pid=186161

  1. Instead of using Better DS3 and MotionJoy, I've chosen a less bloated and more automatic way. This is it, after set up, it's literally plug in USB and play as if it's an XBox 360 Controller! Note I haven't tested out the Bluetooth feature on Windows yet.
  2. Recommended games: Street Fighter X Tekken and Super Smash Bros Brawl in Dolphin emulator.

Chrome OS: http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/doodles/gamepad/gamepad-tester/tester.html

  1. Surprisingly, Chrome OS automatically detects your PS3 controller and it's usable from the start. It even automatically pairs the controller with your machine so you can connect via Bluetooth! That can be annoying due to the fact that a PS3 controller only accepts one master at a time.
  2. See the above slink to test it out. There are some games in Chrome store with controller support as well like Cracking Sands Racing and Save the Day.
  3. If you are in Developer Mode, you can install Crouton, ZSNES, and the like.

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dancingpixelstudios.sixaxiscontroller&hl=en

  1. On Android, things are pretty simple as well. With the above app, you can connect via Bluetooth and choose which master device to pair it with. It includes some nice extras like touch emulation for games without controller support.
  2. Unfortunately, this program needs to take over your Bluetooth connection and disconnects me from my Pebble & headphones. Root is required.
  3. An alternative way to connect your PS3 controller is via an OTG cable. Just connect a mini USB cable to the controller and OTG cable to the phone. Then you're good to go as if it's a native gamepad. This method does not require root.
  4. Recommended games: GTA San Andreas and Guns Girl (touch profile).

iOS: http://cydia.saurik.com/package/com.orikad.controllersforall/

  1. Now this is where things get complex. On iOS, you must be jailbroken and install the above Cydia app. Then follow the instructions below to make it work.
  2. Settings > BTstack > make it the active Bluetooth stack > open a supported game > press the PS button on your controller > voila!
  3. Unfortunately, it is very buggy and frequently disconnects for me. Also, not all MFi-compatble games are supported, so you'll need to do some hunting. Like the Android equivalent, you cannot use any other Bluetooth devices simultaneously.
  4. Recommended games: Bastion and Muffin Knight

I hope you learned something new! Until next time, ciao.

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