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- PlayStation 4 controllers will work with a PlayStation 3 console, and when you use a wired connection, there is no setup involved.
- You can also pair a PS4 controller to a PS3 for a wireless connection, though the process of connecting the two devices is more involved.
- Not all functions of the PS4‘s DualShock 4 controller will work while it’s paired to the older system – vibration and tilt control may not function, for example.
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If you have a PlayStation 3, you have a console that may be a generation old but that still has some excellent games well worth re-playing. And you can play those games using the DualShock 4 controller from the newer PS4 system.
To use a PlayStation 4 controller with a PlayStation 3 console, the easiest approach is to simply connect the controller using a USB cable. Once the cable is connecting the two pieces of hardware, you’ll be able to play PS3 games with the controller right away.
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How to connect a PS4 controller to your PS3 for wireless use
1. Connect the controller and console with the USB cable and power both on.
2. Open the Settings menu, then go to “Accessory Settings.”
3. Click on “Manage Bluetooth Devices.”
4. Select “Register New Device” by pressing “X” on the controller.
5. Click on “Start Scanning,” and then disconnect the cable from the PS4 controller.
6. Hold the “PS” and “Share” buttons on the controller, and when the lights on the controller start flashing, plug the cable back into it.
7. Highlight “Wireless Controller” on the screen and click on it.
You should now be able to use your PS4 controller wirelessly with your PS3.