How to Use a PS3 Controller on a PC

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Published by Jonathan 11 years ago , last updated 3 weeks ago

UPDATE:

Since the introduction of Windows 7, the original set of instructions that appeared on this page no longer work. Never fear, though — nerd culture abhors a vacuum, and some enterprising coders have stepped in to provide a new solution. Follow along with the steps below to learn how to use a PS3 controller on PC.

1. Download MotioninJoy

Motion in Joy is a Chinese company that makes a relatively straightforward utility for using PS3 controllers with PC’s. Your first step is to download their client from GameFront’s fast, free servers.

Click here to download.

2. Unzip and Install the program
The expanded archive will create an .exe file with the same filename. Run it.

3. Run “DS3_tool” and plug in your PS3 controller
When the installation completes, there’ll be a check-box prompting you to run “DS3_tool,” the Motion in Joy client. Leave it checked when you exit the installer. When the program opens, you should see this screen:


When you plug in your PS3 controller to the USB port, Windows will recognize it, and begin installing drivers. This is misleading — even though the installation completes, and the controller shows up in the Device Manager, it will not work.

4. Load the driver
From the screen pictured above, click on “Load driver.” At this point, Windows security will ask you to verify that you want to allow the driver installation process to continue. Since the new versions of Motion in Joy include signed drivers, this step is easier than it used to be. Assent to the installation and you should see a rapid series of messages in the DS3_tool window, pictured below:



If you can’t find the “Load driver” button, or you accidentally end up in a different part of the DS3_tool utility, click on “Driver Manager” to return.

5. Configure the controller
With the driver loaded, your next step will be to configure the controller for use. Click on the “Profiles” tab, pictured below. In order to take full advantage of the DualShock 3′s twin analog sticks and many buttons, you’ll want to select “Playstation 3,” as shown in the picture. Once you’ve selected that setting, hit “Enable,” then “Vibration testing.” If you’ve followed these steps correctly, you should feel your controller vibrate. Motion in Joy also provides a convenient “Game Controller Panel” button, which whisks you directly you to the Windows controller calibration utility. You can use it to ensure that all of your controller’s buttons are functioning correctly. 


6. Et voila! Enjoy gaming with your PC-connected PS3 Controller!
Some addition configuration and button-mapping may be required to get it working with your game of choice

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[Ed. Note: The below instructions do not work for Windows 7 machines]

One industrious modder out there has created a simple program so you can use your PS3′s SIXAXIS controller on a PC like a game pad. Here’s what you’ll need to do:


1. Download this archive and install the filter driver (libusb-win32-filter-bin-0.1.10.1.exe).
2. Unpack ps3sixaxis_en.exe
3. Plug the SIXAXIS into your PC.
4. Run ps3sixaxis_en.exe once.
5. Push the PS button on the SIXAXIS once if it doesn’t see it straight away.


Unfortunately, the motion sensing features aren’t possible on the PC (not yet as least). But still, this is pretty easy way to net yourself a free usable game pad.

Via Gamer’s Block

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