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How to: Wirelessly connect a PS4 DualShock 4 controller to a Sony PS3


Since the Sony PS4’s release gamer have been able to use the newer PS4 DualShock 4 controllers on their older consoles when wired to PS3, but thanks to a new update, Sony have now added the ability to wirelessly connect your new Ps4 DualShock 4 controller to the PS3 to add additional controllers.

Thanks to the latest PS3 v4.60 update, the consoles now have the ability to support the DualShock 4 remotes wirelessly, although at a reduced capacity to the PS3 DualShock 3 remotes.

The DualShock 4 remotes will operate on a generic level with the PS3, as motion or vibration functions don’t work, and the PS home button, when connected will turn on your device, but will not access the PS3’s home menu. Additionally that certain PS3 games that require sixaxis control are currently not compatible, and the DS4 remotes Share buttons and Touch panel don’t work on the PS3.

Users will still need to wire the DualShock 4 to the PS3, to connect the controller, but the following is a step-by-step guide to connect the DS4 to the PS3:

  1. Connect DualShock 4 with wire to PS3 then turn on.
  2. Go to Accessory settings.
  3. Select Manage Bluetooth Devices, and start scanning for device.
  4. Unplug DS4.
  5. While scanning hold the PS & Share buttons on the DS4.
  6. When the light flashes quickly on DS4 plug back in and select Wireless Controller.
  7. Let registration complete and then unplug.

Once the controller is connected to the PS3, it will need to be re-connected to the PS4 before its next use.

Its not often that next gen console and tech will be backwards compatible, and the DualShock 4 working on a PS3 is far from perfect, but it’s a nice addition if people are looking to have a “retro” gaming night with the PS3 and are missing a spare remote.