Trying to use a PS3 Dual Shock as a PC gamepad

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Trying to use a PS3 Dual Shock as a PC gamepad

Postposted on Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:00 am

I vaguely remember trying to help a buddy do just that, becuase he was jealous I bought a 360 controller for my PC. I don;t think it went very well.

Has anyone here gotten it to work successfully? I gave my good friends kids my old Logitech Dual Action, but it acts pretty wonky in same games. They've got a spare PS3 Dual shock laying around, and I found three USB->mini-usb cords, so in theory, would it work>?
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Re: Trying to use a PS3 Dual Shock as a PC gamepad

Postposted on Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:09 am

works nicely, though games will generally treat it like an xbox 360 controller (get used to 'x' being 'a' and whatnot).

basic steps (gonna assume you can google a bit):
1. install motionjoy (for the drivers only)
1a. do NOT use motionjoy's utility to actually use the controller - that thing is total online only adware garbage
2. install 'better ds3' (you can stick that sucker in your startup queue and never think about it again)
3. enjoy

better ds3's site probably has some detailed instructions if you need. dualshocks are great PC controllers, especially because they have excellent d-pads. personally, i've moved on to dualshock 4 for PC (DS4 xinput tool does the trick on that end), but DS3 served me really well for years.
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Re: Trying to use a PS3 Dual Shock as a PC gamepad

Postposted on Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:47 am

You could try just plugging them in and see if windows picks them up. For the xbox controller, all that's needed is drivers.
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Re: Trying to use a PS3 Dual Shock as a PC gamepad

Postposted on Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:08 pm

ipach wrote:works nicely, though games will generally treat it like an xbox 360 controller (get used to 'x' being 'a' and whatnot).

basic steps (gonna assume you can google a bit):
1. install motionjoy (for the drivers only)
1a. do NOT use motionjoy's utility to actually use the controller - that thing is total online only adware garbage
2. install 'better ds3' (you can stick that sucker in your startup queue and never think about it again)
3. enjoy

better ds3's site probably has some detailed instructions if you need. dualshocks are great PC controllers, especially because they have excellent d-pads. personally, i've moved on to dualshock 4 for PC (DS4 xinput tool does the trick on that end), but DS3 served me really well for years.



I got the controllers to work (at least, partially). I ended up following the Win8 directions (turned out I was missing the local files). This family has no internet at the moment, so once you bring up the motionjoy tool, you click "local", load the driver, and then select if you want it act like a PS1/PS2/DS3 controller, and an option for it to emulate a 360 controller (which most games expect). The problem is it works fine for a bit, but then randomly just stops working. I ended up telling the kids to either find a compatible bluetooth controller (everytime they turned the PS3 on while I was working, the DS3 would associate to it), or to save up $50 and buy a 360 controller for the computer with the dongle, so they could use their wireless 360 controllers with the laptop.

I use a wireless 360 with my rig, and have zero problems, so that's probably their best bet. I got the puppy dog eyes, and "Please buy it for us, Uncle Hz!", but that long since wore off on me. They get money for chores, so they need to save it up, and I'll drive them to a store, or order it off newegg for them after they give me the cash.

Hilariously, the youngest one is content to just use the keyboard, so more power to him. :P
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Re: Trying to use a PS3 Dual Shock as a PC gamepad

Postposted on Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:17 pm

Instead of just the 50 dollars you can also look for deals at gamestop or pawnshops even. That may help with the price range. I got the 360 controller just for games on the PC and that is what I did. It's not alot, but every little bit off helps in my opinion.
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Re: Trying to use a PS3 Dual Shock as a PC gamepad

Postposted on Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:33 pm

toki wrote:Instead of just the 50 dollars you can also look for deals at gamestop or pawnshops even. That may help with the price range. I got the 360 controller just for games on the PC and that is what I did. It's not alot, but every little bit off helps in my opinion.


Mind if I asked what you paid? That way I can tell her kids how much they need to save.
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Re: Trying to use a PS3 Dual Shock as a PC gamepad

Postposted on Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:43 pm

Hz so good wrote:
toki wrote:Instead of just the 50 dollars you can also look for deals at gamestop or pawnshops even. That may help with the price range. I got the 360 controller just for games on the PC and that is what I did. It's not alot, but every little bit off helps in my opinion.


Mind if I asked what you paid? That way I can tell her kids how much they need to save.


It depends really on where you get it really. The condition of the controller and so on. If you get it from Gamestop, it would probably be in the best condition of all the choices, so anywhere from 5 to 10 dollars off the original cost. So basically you would still be getting a brand new controller for 5 to 10 dollars off the original price, which I think is still pretty good.
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Re: Trying to use a PS3 Dual Shock as a PC gamepad

Postposted on Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:03 pm

toki wrote:
Hz so good wrote:
toki wrote:Instead of just the 50 dollars you can also look for deals at gamestop or pawnshops even. That may help with the price range. I got the 360 controller just for games on the PC and that is what I did. It's not alot, but every little bit off helps in my opinion.


Mind if I asked what you paid? That way I can tell her kids how much they need to save.


It depends really on where you get it really. The condition of the controller and so on. If you get it from Gamestop, it would probably be in the best condition of all the choices, so anywhere from 5 to 10 dollars off the original cost. So basically you would still be getting a brand new controller for 5 to 10 dollars off the original price, which I think is still pretty good.



It's for two boys aged 9 and 7 years old, so the cheaper, the better, as far as they're concerned. :)

I still can't believe their mom lets them play games on her laptop, since they have a PS3 and a 360, but that's her call...

Thanks!
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Re: Trying to use a PS3 Dual Shock as a PC gamepad

Postposted on Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:39 am

look at a logitech f310? i bought mine on ebay for maybe $17 back in march, replaced my old dual action, and if i flip a switch it's seen as a dual action for older direct input stuff if needed, 99% of the time it's a 360 controller. a shame the f510's were discontinued and sell for high enough $ :-? but rumble isn't entirely necessary for me

was the next best thing to waiting for a 360 wired pad to drop into a $20-something range from it's normal price before i felt like getting one... so far, it works fine for everything unless the game isn't setup right for random reasons.

essentially being the same controller i had for 9 years? I'm hoping it lasts as long as i had the older controller, being a manufacturer refurb item this time.
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Re: Trying to use a PS3 Dual Shock as a PC gamepad

Postposted on Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:09 am

I ended up giving up on using the Dualshock 3. It works briefly with BetterDS3 and Motioninjoy. It works for about 5 seconds in a game (Hell Yeah!, for example), then it just vanishes. When I go back to the tools, they say "waiting for connected controller".

Shame MS doesn't sell the USB dongle by itself for the wireless 360 controllers, since the kids have 3 of those already for their console, but I guess they'll just have to save up their chore money (or beg mom and dad until they cave in) to get the controller and dongle.

I've had one for 3 years now, and it works like a champ. Never had a single issue. Originally, I gave them my old Dual Action gamepads by Logitech, but you have to use work arounds to get them to work in most modern games, and since the kids are little, they have zero patience for that.


Thanks anyway for the help, folks!
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Re: Trying to use a PS3 Dual Shock as a PC gamepad

Postposted on Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:57 pm

This is what I use to get my PS3 controller working on my PC: http://forums.pcsx2.net/Thread-XInput-W ... Controller

It might take some messing around to get it working, especially since the MotioninJoy drivers are installed (they'll have to be removed manually). It also requires that a bluetooth adapter be dedicated to it, so you can't use other BT devices without a second adapter.

Alternately, it looks like you can get a knock-off 360 wireless adapter for around $10 shipped on ebay. I have no idea how well they work though.
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Re: Trying to use a PS3 Dual Shock as a PC gamepad

Postposted on Mon Sep 01, 2014 2:14 pm

Melvar wrote:This is what I use to get my PS3 controller working on my PC: http://forums.pcsx2.net/Thread-XInput-W ... Controller

It might take some messing around to get it working, especially since the MotioninJoy drivers are installed (they'll have to be removed manually). It also requires that a bluetooth adapter be dedicated to it, so you can't use other BT devices without a second adapter.

Alternately, it looks like you can get a knock-off 360 wireless adapter for around $10 shipped on ebay. I have no idea how well they work though.




Thanks! Any recommended bluetooth adapter? Best buy sells the rocketfish and insignia ones for ~$20, but those two companies don't have the most stellar reputations in the universe. I tried using the USB cables, but those are half the problem, I suspect.
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Re: Trying to use a PS3 Dual Shock as a PC gamepad

Postposted on Mon Sep 01, 2014 4:30 pm

The SCP drivers that were recommended are top notch. Sadly, I discovered them as my wired 360 controller was on it's way from Amazon, because I was helping my friend to get his DS3 working and did not want to recommend motionjoy.

Never use motionjoy, it's a really bad program and gives nothing but trouble, all because they want ad revenue, and they are terrible coders.

Anyway, if you use the SCP drivers here: http://forums.pcsx2.net/Thread-XInput-W ... Controller (same link that was provided a few posts up), and if you properly install them, then it's basically the exact same thing as a wired 360 controller. I have both and can use the DS3 and 360 pad interchangeably, with the same functionality: Plug and Play.

I can't vouch for how well they work with Bluetooth because I use a USB with mine, but basically once you install these drivers you simply plug in your DS3 and it works as if it were a 360 pad, no need to fuss about with a program every time you want it to work, the service runs in the background and requires no input from you once it's installed.

Just make sure to uninstall both the motionjoy drivers and the motionjoy program itself before installing these.
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Re: Trying to use a PS3 Dual Shock as a PC gamepad

Postposted on Wed Sep 03, 2014 1:58 pm

MEATLOAF2 wrote:The SCP drivers that were recommended are top notch. Sadly, I discovered them as my wired 360 controller was on it's way from Amazon, because I was helping my friend to get his DS3 working and did not want to recommend motionjoy.

Never use motionjoy, it's a really bad program and gives nothing but trouble, all because they want ad revenue, and they are terrible coders.

Anyway, if you use the SCP drivers here: http://forums.pcsx2.net/Thread-XInput-W ... Controller (same link that was provided a few posts up), and if you properly install them, then it's basically the exact same thing as a wired 360 controller. I have both and can use the DS3 and 360 pad interchangeably, with the same functionality: Plug and Play.

I can't vouch for how well they work with Bluetooth because I use a USB with mine, but basically once you install these drivers you simply plug in your DS3 and it works as if it were a 360 pad, no need to fuss about with a program every time you want it to work, the service runs in the background and requires no input from you once it's installed.

Just make sure to uninstall both the motionjoy drivers and the motionjoy program itself before installing these.



I did everything you suggested, and got the SPC drivers installed and working. Problems is, the kids dad, or their scumbag step-uncle made off with the usb cables, so SCPServer is just sitting there waiting for them to connect the controllers.

And the kids need the laptop for school, but their deadbeat dad makes off with it to watch porn at his girlfriends house (while he's also cheating on her). I wish gravity would just selectively forget about them, and fling them off into the cold depths of outer space.

I'm about ready to give up, and tell them to just buy a damned wireless 360 controller fort the PC, so they can get the USB Dongle, and just use their existing 360 controllers.

Such a PITA to go all the way over there to work on it to help the kids out, and their damned relatives "borrowed" the laptop and the cables. I'd kick their ass, if I knew they wouldn't wipe the floor with me.... *GRRRR*
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Re: Trying to use a PS3 Dual Shock as a PC gamepad

Postposted on Thu Sep 04, 2014 3:41 pm

This is the bluetooth adapter I use: Link

Any adapter that supports bluetooth 2.0 (with EDR) or better should work, but some don't. I set up a different system with an IOGear branded Broadcom adapter, and it would stop working if its driver was installed from Windows Update.


Alternately, just get some more USB A to mini B cables. Monoprice has 10 foot cables for $1.31 (plus shipping).
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Re: Trying to use a PS3 Dual Shock as a PC gamepad

Postposted on Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:03 pm

Melvar wrote:This is the bluetooth adapter I use: Link

Any adapter that supports bluetooth 2.0 (with EDR) or better should work, but some don't. I set up a different system with an IOGear branded Broadcom adapter, and it would stop working if its driver was installed from Windows Update.


Alternately, just get some more USB A to mini B cables. Monoprice has 10 foot cables for $1.31 (plus shipping).



Hey, thanks! I'll get that one on amazon for them. I kept asking questions of the sellers at newegg, and the staff at bestbuy, and nobody could tell me if their adapters worked with Windows 8, or supported EDR. Basically just got shrugs and "I dunno".
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Re: Trying to use a PS3 Dual Shock as a PC gamepad

Postposted on Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:18 pm

Hz so good wrote:Shame MS doesn't sell the USB dongle by itself for the wireless 360 controllers, since the kids have 3 of those already for their console, but I guess they'll just have to save up their chore money (or beg mom and dad until they cave in) to get the controller and dongle

uh, yes they do, that's how I got mine: http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-360-Wireless ... 000HZFCT2#

I'm not using it, so if you want to front shipping I can just send you mine. Send me a PM if you're interested.
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Re: Trying to use a PS3 Dual Shock as a PC gamepad

Postposted on Thu Sep 04, 2014 5:57 pm

tu2thepoo wrote:
Hz so good wrote:Shame MS doesn't sell the USB dongle by itself for the wireless 360 controllers, since the kids have 3 of those already for their console, but I guess they'll just have to save up their chore money (or beg mom and dad until they cave in) to get the controller and dongle

uh, yes they do, that's how I got mine: http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-360-Wireless ... 000HZFCT2#

I'm not using it, so if you want to front shipping I can just send you mine. Send me a PM if you're interested.



Huh... I was unaware. Well, at least not when I had to buy the controller and dongle 3 years ago.

I'll ask their mom how she wants to handle it. I wasted $10 on USB cables for the DS3s (and a crapload of time trying to get betterDS3/Montioninjoy/SCP to work), so I'll let her pay for it. I'll PM you when she gets back in town tomorrow or saturday.
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