Nearly fouryears into anewconsole generation, the PlayStation 3 is all but extinct. Gamers have few reasons to break out their PS3 (unless they need an oversized paperweight). Still, if you’ve got a gameworthy PC, those old DualShock 3 controllers can be put to gooduse. With a few minutes and a Mini USB cable — whichcurrently costs less than $2 on Amazon— you can sync your PlayStation 3 Controller with your PC. If that interests you, we’ve thrown together the guide below, so you can ditch the mouse and keyboard for something a bit more traditional.
Something to keep in mind: Since you’re technically using the Xbox 360 drivers to interact with the PS3 controller, games will likely display an Xbox control scheme. So when a game wants you to “press X,” you’ll want to hit the Circle button instead.
At this point, your DualShock 3 is ready to go. However, if you’re so inclined, you can fine-tune your controller through various applications included with the ScpToolkit.
Windows 10 can be picky with controllers. Microsoft’s operating system is, unsurprisingly, designed to work withXbox One accessories and the Xbox Live ecosystem: It isn’t naturally suited fora Sony device, especially an outdated one. While the ScpToolkit circumvents most of the issues users may face when using the DualShock 3 on their PC, there may be errors during the installation process. Thankfully, there is a workaround to enable driver installation, should the process not go smoothly. It may be wise, however, to back up important files before proceeding, even if theprocedureisn’t necessarily dangerous. Youwill be changing Windows startup settings, after all.