How to connect PS3 Controller to your Android mobile?

How to connect PS3 Controller to your Android mobile?

The PlayStation 3 or PS3 is a home video game console developed by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is the successor to PlayStation 2, and is part of the PlayStation brand of consoles. It was first released on March 23, 2007, in Australia.  The PlayStation 3 competed mainly against consoles such as Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles.

The console was the first PlayStation to integrate social gaming services, including the PlayStation Network, as well as the first to be controllable from a hand held console, through its remote connectivity with PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita.

On September 29, 2015, Sony confirmed that sales of the PlayStation 3 were to be discontinued in New Zealand, but the system remained in production in other markets.

How to connect PS3 Controller to your Android mobile?

How to connect PS3 Controller to your Android mobile?

There are two ways to pair your PS3 controller with your Android mobile, along with their compatibility limitations and other requirements.

While PS3 controllers do have Bluetooth functionality, they don’t seamlessly connect to other hardware like newer controllers. Both the original Sixaxis and DualShock 3 versions of the PS3 controller are specifically meant to connect to either the PS3 or the PSP Go. Connecting to other devices takes some setup and requires workarounds.

There are two ways to pair your PS3 controller with your Android mobile, along with their compatibility limitations and other requirements.

PS3 Controller

While PS3 controllers do have Bluetooth functionality, they don’t seamlessly connect to other hardware like newer controllers. Both the original Sixaxis and DualShock 3 versions of the PS3 controller are specifically meant to connect to either the PS3 or the PSP Go. Connecting to other devices takes some setup and requires work arounds.

The DualShock 4, which has a wider range of Bluetooth compatibility, is only available with the PlayStation 4 console. This is why you will need to use software and cables to connect your PS3 controller to your Android mobile.

PS3 controller games

Using Sixaxis Controller you need rooted mobile, USB on the Go adapter, PS3 controller, PC and a mini USB Cable. Sixaxis Controller is the go-to app for those looking to pair their PS3 controller and Android mobile device. In terms of pairing apps, it has the widest range of compatible devices.

As the app requires root access, since rooting Android voids your device’s warranty. Be careful, you could also brick your phone or make it vulnerable to security threats.

If your device has a locked bootloader such as HTC devices, you will first need to go through the process of unlocking your boot loader before you can root your phone. Once you’ve done this, you can get started with Sixaxis Controller.

You can download Sixaxis Controller for $2.49

Sixaxis controller for games

Since Sixaxis Controller is a paid app, it’s recommended that you use the free Sixaxis Compatibility Checker app first to make sure it will work on your mobile. In the compatibility checker, you simply need to press Start to check whether your mobile is compatible. The app will also state whether your phone is rooted or not. If your phone is not rooted, it can’t perform the check and the Sixaxis Controller app will not work on your phone.

If you’ve rooted your phone, the app will do a compatibility check. You will know whether your phone is compatible if the app is able to provide your phone’s Bluetooth address. It also shows a dialog box that confirms compatibility.

Besides rooting your phone, extra setup is required for your controller too. You need to make your PS3 controller compatible with the Sixaxis app by preparing it using a PC tool. The option suggested by the app’s developers is SixaxisPairTool.

Sixaxis app

Install this tool onto your PC and run it as an administrator. There is a Windows version, as well as a macOS and Linux controller pairing tool. The simple program provides you with a small dialog box stating the Bluetooth address of your controller’s master device. It also has a space that allows you to change the master device. Type your phone’s Bluetooth address as provided by the compatibility checker in this box and continue. The program will then install the correct drivers needed for your controller.

You may run into issues with this portion of the pairing process. Sometimes SixaxisPairTool does not run, with an error saying that libusb0.dll is missing.

One workaround for this is to go into the folder where you installed SixaxisPairTool and enter the x86 directory. Here, rename libusb0_x86.dll to ibusb0.dll. Then copy this file, along with libusb0.sys, to the same folder where SixaxisPairTool.exe resides.

You should also access the Device Manager (right-click the Start Button) and uninstall the device named HID compliant game controller under Human Interface Devices. If you can get the program to run, but can’t install the drivers, you can use SCP Toolkit as an alternative driver installer. Now move onto the mobile app portion of the pairing process.

When you pair controller through Sixaxis Controller App make sure the app has superuser permissions on your mobile before you start. Simply press the Start button in the Sixaxis Controller app and the app will then do a series of checks to make sure you have the correct drivers.

By pressing the Pair Controller button, you’ll be able to check that your phone’s Bluetooth address is now the controller’s master address. If you were unable to properly pair the controller with SixaxisPairTool, the Pair Controller function will do this for you—as long as you have the correct drivers installed. You can check to make sure everything is working by pressing buttons and moving the sticks around—the app should respond by moving its selections according to your buttons. Now start up a game that allows game pad input and have fun

Connect PS3 Controller to your Android mobile using Sixaxis Enabler

Connect PS3 Controller to your Android mobile using Sixaxis Enabler

Here no root is required and all you need is an Android mobile, USB on the go, adapter, PS3 Controller, and Mini USB cable Its extremely limited compatibility, especially with older devices, makes this method only usable with certain phones. Since the app doesn’t require rooting your device, your phone or tablet must already have the correct firmware support for PS3 controllers. The brands which most commonly work with the app include Samsung Galaxy and Nexus phones. Some LG flagships are also compatible.

Like Sixaxis Controller, Sixaxis Enabler is also a paid app. You can download the Sixaxis Enabler ($2.49)

The app doesn’t require you to root your device or need any special permissions. Follow the screen instructions At the top of the app, you can see its status. When it says Detecting Sixaxis, attach controller, you should do just that.

Once you’ve connected your controller and switched it on, you’ll receive a prompt asking whether you want to allow the app to access your device. Simply select OK and the app will begin syncing.

If your device is compatible, the status of the app will change to Sixaxis enabled. You can then move the controller’s joysticks and press buttons to make sure that the app registers these movements. If it works properly, lines of input code will appear as you interact with the controller.

If your device is not compatible, rooting will not fix this unless you add a custom ROM that has the proper firmware updates. In our testing, an HTC One M7 worked with Sixaxis Controller while rooted, but was not compatible with Sixaxis Enabler.

There are various other newer controllers and dedicated Android mobile controllers to connect PS3 controller to your Android mobile to play games.

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