Easy Steps To Connect PS3 Controller To Your Computer





All the gamers out there have been trying really hard looking for a way to connect ps3 controller to pc. Now as many of us might have switched to ps3, but there is still a significant number of people that still use their pc to play games. The good news is that you can connect your ps4 controller to pc in order to play more efficiently. Flexible and induced with more features by Microsoft, ps3 controller has been a blessing in the realm of games.

But as we saw that the Xbox connected with the PS3 easily, but to connect ps3 controller to a PC you need a few extra steps. The ps3 controllers called Dualshock 3, and to be honest people have at times struggles while connecting it to pc.

Now the question that might arise in the mind of non-gamers is why bother about connecting ps3 controller to pc when you can try many other controllers in the market. The reason behind this is that other pc controllers do not have i.e. pressure-sensitive analogue buttons. This article will help you solve your queries regarding how to connect the ps3 controller with pc, so you can play games on twitch and steam without using your keyboard and mouse. 

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How To Connect  PS3 Controller To PC?

Along with the USB cable, DualShock controller and a pc, you need to install the following files:

  • ScpToolkit
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 runtime
  • Microsoft DirectX runtime

Even though these might feel time-consuming, this is the only way to connect the ps3 controller to pc. The above application facilitates the procedure of connection of ps3 to your computer. Also, if you have Windows 7 then you also need to install the Xbox 360 controller driver. 

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How To Connect Ps3 Controller To PC

  1. You need to unpair your dualshock 3 controller if it is paired with the playstation. To do this, switch it off from the power source otherwise you face syncing problems during the procedure.
  2. With the help of the mini cable that we suggested earlier, connect your dualshock 3 to your computer. Also, if your computer does not support the in-built bluetooth, then you can also plug the wireless bluetooth dongle to your laptop.
  3. Download the scptoolkit setup.exe and run it on your computer. This will automatically download all the files therefore all you need to do is to keep following the prompts.
  4. But, if you are a Windows 7 user, then you need to download and install Xbox 360 controller drivers.
  5. Now, coming back to the scp toolkit, once it gets downloaded on your computer, tap on the big green button that is present above the run driver installer on the new window screen that pops up.
  6. In the next window that appears, check the boxes with options: Install DualShock 3 driver and Install Bluetooth driver. Check box the ‘Install bluetooth driver’ only if you have a bluetooth dongle connected to your computer.
  7. The next step also continues in the same window. You need to uncheck the options in the window: Install DualShock 4 driver and install bluetooth driver. For the latter one, you need to check whether your bluetooth dongle is plugged in or not. If it is not, then you can skip the ‘Install bluetooth driver’ option.
  8. Continuing in  the same window and under the same options, you will see Choose DualShock 3 controllers to install options beside the half arrow. Click on the half arrow and choose the ps3 controller from the drop-down menu.
  9. If you have connected a bluetooth dongle, tap on the option beside the arrow that says: Choose DualShock 3 controllers to install and from the drop-down menu you can choose your bluetooth device.
  10. Tap on the install option and when the whole process is done, click on install.

Once you have done all this procedure, you do not need to connect ps3 to pc manually because it automatically starts working when you have completed the above installment procedure. 

How To Connect Ps3 Controller To PC With MacOS?

With macOS, you have a comparatively simpler and a quicker method to connect ps3 controller to it as some of the drivers that are needed for the procedure are already present in macOS. Here are the steps:

  1. Reset and unplug your ps3 controller.
  2. Turn bluetooth on by tapping on the apple icon and going to system preferences and bluetooth.
  3. With the help of the USB cable, connect your controller to mac.
  4. Hold and press the ps3 button on the controller until you see red flashing lights on it.
  5. Now unplug it from mac.
  6. In the system preferences, click on the + icon and then tap on the bluetooth setup assistant.
  7. Type 0000 for the access code and click on accept.
  8. Close the assistant window now and in the system preferences option choose the playstation 3 controller in the bluetooth list.
  9. There will be a small gear icon present, select it and click on ‘Add to favorites’ and ‘Update services.’
  10. Switch off the mac’s bluetooth and wait.
  11. Turn on the bluetooth again and wait and your pc controller will now work on mcOS too.


These were two methods with which you can connect ps3 controller to pc. It might be a long method but once you have set up everything, it will work forever. 

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