PlayStation 4 Controller Now Works Wirelessly With PlayStation 3

The DualShock 4 is now compatible without a wire with the last-gen system, although there are still some limitations.

When the PlayStation 4 launched last November, Sony made the DualShock 4 controller compatible with the PlayStation 3 if it is plugged in via USB charge cable. With recently-released update 4.60 to the PS3, you can now use a DualShock 4 wirelessly to control PS3 games. A post on Reddit details the new feature, which simply requires you to pair a PS4 controller with the PS3 using Bluetooth.

Unfortunately, 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, which was not possible before.

You can see the step-by-step guide to pairing a DualShock 4 with a PS3 below.

  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.

This will not turn on both a PS3 and PS4 simultaneously if the consoles are close together. The controller must be re-paired with the PS4 before it can be used.

Will you use the DualShock 4 for your old PS3 games? Or will you stick with the DualShock 3 for all your PS3 gameplay? Let us know in the comments!

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DrKill09
DrKill09

I still hate the placement of the start and select buttons.  They should've ditched the damn touch pad, too.  And the triggers STILL aren't right.

DarkWolfx12
DarkWolfx12

Oh my god, yes!!!!! finally I can use my DS4 with PS3. I didn't want to buy a PS3 controller again, like what for if its at the end of its lifespan.

Latiran
Latiran

Handy if you need another controller for multiplayer i suppose but don't particularly feel like forking out €60/$60 for a new one.

I wonder if Microsoft will do something similar with the Xbox One controller? we shall see.

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

what? I had no idea this was a thing... and here I thought I was hip because I use my DS4 on pc...

Bowser05
Bowser05

As soon as they implement vibration and sixaxis, I'm pretty much going to permanently retire my PS3 controller. Well played Sony.

timmzy27
timmzy27

F*** yeah, gonna play Minecraft with Dual Shock 4!

shiss27
shiss27

I like your style Sony!

jcsmcfc
jcsmcfc

I just tried this. The PS4 controller works fine on the PS menu but as soon as I load up GTA V it stops working. Maybe some teething problems?

turak123
turak123

Personally I would rather see it the other way round. I know the DS3 is lacking the touchpad, but you can get away with it on most games (though this means Sony admitting the touch pad isn't essential, so fat chance of seeing that happen!).

Whilst on the subject, it would be nice to see the bluray remote to become compatible with the PS4... though realistically I doubt that'll ever happen as well

wallacom
wallacom

Great news now I can throw away that garbage DS3.

majere613
majere613

Good start, but I'll be happier when I can use my perfectly good Ps3 fight stick with my Ps4.

herviross_2
herviross_2

I'm unable to get my DS4 controller to work wirelessly with my PS3. I manged to register my DS4 on my PS3 just fine, but after 3 seconds the DS4 loses connection with my PS3. Pressing the PS button on my DS4 activates the controller, but once again, I only have control for about 3 seconds before losing connection. Does anyone know why this is happening?

ClusterBlaster
ClusterBlaster

My PS3 controller goes haywire sometimes while playing as if the buttons are stuck from inside. Might just buy a PS4 controller & be future proof until I get the PS4 in a years time.

dmblum1799
dmblum1799

Does the chicken dance... The one thing I didn't totally like about ps3 was the controller, preferred the xbox one on my PC.


But I heart the PS4 controller - tight and fits like a glove. Hopefully it works with Dark Souls 2.

crymore_noob
crymore_noob

For some reason, I prefer Dualshock3 over 4. Maybe my hands are too small? I will be 100% ok with Dualshock3 with replaced R2/L2 triggers.


motopramaus
motopramaus

Yet it still doesn't work "wired" with the PS4 which i find baffling.


For those who don't know (because very few seem too) the DS4 is only charging with the USB cable on PS4 (yet works wired on PC and PS3) and sends no data via USB to the PS4, always wireless, laggy and i get interference all the time, in fact there's a huge thread on the Sony forum about it.


Just add USB "wired" mode to the PS4 sony, why on earth wouldn't you allow this ?

silverwolfj
silverwolfj

This is awesome, from the moment I grabbed my DS4 for the 1st time I felt it as a part of myself. It's so comfortable I don't want to use any other controller. Great job Sony I trust you'll continue to work for us gamers!

Richie_Kotzev
Richie_Kotzev

Hey Sony!! We don't need new controller on last-gen system. we Need last-gen system functionality on New-gen!!!  we want ALL the ps3 features on the ps4. we want to customize, we want to watch videos, we want to store our own content. so stop trying to feed us some small stuff just to pretend you're doing something for us. Do something really meaningful to us!!

Daveof89
Daveof89

I don't have a PS3 anymore, and I'm still waiting on the PS4, but I don't get it. Why would you want to use the PS4 controller with limited functionality and the hassle of syncing to the system you want to use when you could just keep using the PS3 controller you already own with full functionality? 


Mind blown...

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

I've been using this since the update, a wise move from Sony. PS3 will give that controller more use than the PS4 right now :)

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

eh i dont really like the ps4 controller, not fan of the touch pad it has really hate the damn lightbar too.  and the analog sticks have really shitty rubber coating too , bout only thing i like is the fact i can connect my headphones to it.


I will pick ps4 one prices go down though

Martyr77
Martyr77

Thanks Sony this is awesome.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Well time to pick up the DS4. Now bring some great PS4 games so I can pick up the PS4 aswell...

KBABZ
KBABZ

Also worth noting that the controller STILL doesn't work on any Insomniac Games titles.

neowarrior793
neowarrior793

well im happy with this, i used my ps3 for nearly 4 years now and the left joystick is slightly damaged to make me move forward in games (kinda annoying) so to use my ps4 will help loads. (tho last time o used it i couldn't map r2 and l2 on fallout nv so is that fixed?)

nintendians
nintendians

nah, I'll still use a ps3 controller for ps3, less hassle than this setup.

refloaded
refloaded

Still can't play Gta 5 on the ps3 with it sooo I'm not impressed at all

gremdude1
gremdude1

What a whiner. Get an Xbox one then geez!

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

@Bowser05 Yeah I've also gotten more inclined to want my DS4 over the DS3 but the only plus for the DS3 is the battery life...

mattman127
mattman127

@jcsmcfc Any games that require a wireless controller (Fifa, GTA 5, Max Payne 3, etc.)


RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@jcsmcfc Some games sadly don't work with this update yet.

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

@dmblum1799 The game I wanted to use it for...

Edit: Yup it works!

grymor90
grymor90

@motopramaus thats a load of crap. I have used my ps4 controller wired since day one. It has never not worked.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@tsunami2311 All what you said was my starting thoughts with DuelShock 4.


But once you've used it for a good session it's hard to side with another PlayStation gamepad. It really is that good. Highly recommended it over DS3.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@DiamondDM13 Yeah, they better.  Xbone is getting Master Chief Collection as well as Halo 5: Guardians with rumblings of a new Gears game on the way.  All that in addition to Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive, and Scale Bound, 

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@KBABZ What are you talking about? It doesn't work with the Resistance Series?

motopramaus
motopramaus

@grymor90 @motopramaus It's not sending data through the cable Einstein, it's only charging the controller. The controller is still working over bluetooth with or without the cable.............did you even read my post or just jump in a bit early ?


Plug in the cable, go to settings - devices and turn off the controllers bluetooth........... won't work. Sony have already confirmed it's wireless only, there's a whole community trying to resolve this issue. Head over to ControllerMax.

gremdude1
gremdude1

So nothing good on the Xbox one then huh? Thanks for the update! Plus your post has nothing to do with the topic

KBABZ
KBABZ

@DiamondDM13 Correct, it doesn't work with any of the Ratchet & Clank games either (not counting the HD Collection games).

gremdude1
gremdude1

Hmmm, get a PS2 if you want a wired controller. Hook it up to a CRT TV and welcome to 1999

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@tsunami2311 @RSM-HQ Indeeed, each his or her own. 


Not sur cheaps the word I'd use; definitely lighter than DS3.

motopramaus
motopramaus

@gremdude1 And don't forget the PS3 and Xbox 360 both supported USB mode as well. Just the PS4 that doesn't mate..................

motopramaus
motopramaus

@gremdude1 Or maybe an Xbox One, or a high end PC. I have those as well. Beautiful lag free wired gaming.


PC gamers never use wireless keyboards or mice, all high end PC peripherals are wired.