When you got your PS4 console, you probably also got the DualShock 4 controller. The DualShock 4 is fantastic because it has a lot of features that you won’t find in earlier versions of controllers.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could also use your DualShock 4 on your PS3? Sure, a lot of people keep saying that the DualShock 4 and PS3 just aren’t compatible but the truth is you just need to be able to connect it wirelessly.

Why Should You Use Your DualShock 4 On Your PS3?

Your PS3 may be a bit old but it still has a lot of games that are worth re-playing. If you think you had fun using your old controller, just wait until you try pairing your DualShock 4 to your PS3.

Due to the enhanced features of the DualShock 4, you are in for a big surprise when you start playing your old games with it.

There was a PS3 website that wrote about how the DualShock 3 was sort of a medieval finger torturer. With the new version which is the DualShock 4, you won’t even feel any strain on your hands as you play for hours.

Here Is How You Pair Your DualShock 4 To Your PS3

There are two ways to connect your DualShock 4 to your PS3. You can pair your controller with your PS3 but there is a pretty big chance that it won’t function correctly. With that, in this article, we are going to talk pairing your controller wirelessly to the PS3 which is considered to be the effective method among the two.

Wirelessly Pairing Your DualShock 4 To Your PS3

  • The first thing you need to do is connect the PS3 console and the DualShock 4 controller with the USB cable. You also need to make sure that they are both powered on.
  • The next thing you need to do is open the settings menu and then select Accessories Settings
  • And then you click the Manage Bluetooth Devices
  • Press the X on the controller to select the Register New Device option
  • If nothing happens after that, you have to do the process all over again
  • If successful, you can proceed to choose the Start Scanning option
  • Right after that, you can already disconnect the cable from the controller
  • Hold and press the PS and Share button until you see white lights flashing. When this happens, you can plug the cable in again
  • Highlight and click the Wireless Controller that you see on the screen

And then that’s it! You have successfully paired your DualShock 4 with your PS3 console wirelessly.


When a new PlayStation version enters the market, the first thing that comes into mind would be to purchase the latest unit. Why wouldn’t you? After all, PlayStation usually has a lot of new cool stuff that any gamer would enjoy.

But let us not forget that the previous versions were pretty good too. You may think that your PS3 is not as fun as your PS4 but that’s only because there are some aspects of the older version that held you back from playing the game the best way that you can.

Take the controller for instance. The controller might be just one tiny aspect of a game but that it can impact your gaming so much. If your old controller is hard on the hands then this can give you a pretty hard time giving your best in a game. Pairing your new controller with an old PlayStation helps you realize how much fun you have missed just because you were using a different controller.

After all, it is part of being a gamer to experiment about different ways to enjoy a particular game.

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