How to Use Dualshock 3


The Dualshock 3 is the most advanced controller model available for the Sony PlayStation 3 gaming console. It improves on the PS3's original controller (the SIXAXIS) by adding a vibration function similar to the previous Dualshock models. The controller can function wirelessly and doesn't require a physical connection to the console during play. It can also used to power on the console by pressing the "PS" button found between the START and SELECT buttons.

Things You'll Need

  • PlayStation 3 game console PlayStation brand Dualshock 3 controller USB cable (included with PS3 game console)

Using the Dualshock 3 controller

  • Using the USB cable that came with your PlayStation 3, plug the smaller end into the top of the Dualshock 3 controller while plugging the wider end into one of the front USB slots on the game console.

  • Once connected, press the clear button in the middle of the controller. It is marked with the PlayStation logo and is located between the START and SELECT buttons. This will power on the system.

  • Wait a moment while the controller connects to the system. Four lights will blink on the top of the controller while it registers itself with the console.

  • Once the controller connects, the light beneath the number "1" on the top of the controller should remain illuminated. This means the controller is now connected.

  • You can now use the d-pad or left analog stick to navigate the menus on the PlayStation XMB, and the buttons to select and back out of menus. The controller will also allow you to play your games.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure to keep your battery charged by connecting the controller to the console when not in use, as the Dualshock 3 has a rechargeable battery. Unlike the Sony SIXAXIS controller, the Dualshock 3 offers a vibration function, adding new levels of depth to gameplay. The controllers assign a player according to the order they were activated. If you need to change which player is which, you can do so by pressing the "PS" button during gameplay and change the controller settings there.
  • Always read the user's manual before operating any electronic device. For troubleshooting, refer to the user's manual or call the customer service number found on the device's packaging.

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