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PS3 Controller Device Driver for PC and Mac

Idea 2278 | Posted in , by | March 18, 2010

The Dual Shock 3 is the one of the greatest controllers ever. Why not release drivers so that it can be used on a computer as well?



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Demon-Scutter  |  March 18th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

They’re already available online.


Naustradamus  |  March 18th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

not official ones and you can get into lots of issues with those ones


Wii60_DarkPGR  |  March 18th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

The sixaxis / DS3 is a horrible and uncomfortable controller, but for those addicted enough to want to use it on the PC, there should be a driver… and I mean an official one, just like the Xbox 360 Controllers have… (although don’t expect games having native support for it, unlike the Xbox 360 controller)


sega651  |  March 18th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

when you plug it into a windows computer it automaticaly installs drivers and it works perfectly.

if your having problems with mac, then go talk to apple because the problem is on their end.


johndrinkwater  |  March 18th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

PS3 Controller Device Driver for *Windows* and Mac
PCs run more than Windows…


zVariant  |  March 18th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

There are unofficial drivers online but they are a pain to implement and run. Also, Sega651 you are utterly wrong. There are no default drivers for Windows to install and the Sixaxis/Dualshock do not work with windows without unofficial drivers.


Wolfram23  |  March 18th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Wii60, just because the controller isn’t right for you, it is the favorite for many many gamers because it is comfortable for them. And whether or not everybody likes the controller, this feature is an excellent idea. +1!


DaPuffer  |  March 18th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

and the unofficial x64 bit driver for windows 7 is relly difficult to install
it would be really nice if sony releases one


MadMeat001  |  March 18th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

even if i love to play pc game with mouse and keyboard, it can be nice!


Onarum  |  March 18th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Yeah I use my original sixaxys pretty much exclusively on the pc since I got some dualshock3s, with that motion joy driver, works great but yeah, you need some knowledge to install it in x64 win7, so I voted yes anyway 🙂

what I like about the unofficial drivers though is that it allows you to map even keyboard commands to it, and the mouse x,y movement to the analogs, so you can pretty much play ANY game on the PC with it.


PCnoLikeTweed  |  March 18th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

heres an idea sony waste your time to create a driver that will have people playing games on their pc not your console ..

oh ya by the way you want make any money off of it..



SpaghettusUSA  |  March 18th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

It works with Mac OS X 10.6/Snow Leopard.


Faaeng  |  March 18th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

They are already available. I use my DS3 on my girls Macbook and my brothers PC all of the time as well as in Linux when I’m home.


Taiin  |  March 19th, 2010 at 1:46 am

The trouble with the unofficial drivers is that they aren’t signed. It’s not so difficult to get them up and running on WinXP, but for Windows & and especially 64-bit it’s a major hassle. I’ll even give Sony $5 for the driver.


hkhawk  |  March 19th, 2010 at 2:36 am

Please Sony, I love my DS3, we need some official Vista/Windows 7 64 Bluetooth drivers!


Transient  |  March 19th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

@11 There’s no reason Sony can’t make money off it. They could sell the driver for a small fee, or they could take Microsoft’s approach and sell a USB wireless receiver that plugs into your PC.

I don’t think this would negatively affect PS3 game sales. In many cases games that are on both PS3 and PC don’t come out for PC until like 6 months later. That and you can already buy game controllers for PCs, so it’s not like suddenly all PS3 gamers will switch to PC when they can use their controller on it. I don’t think the 360 suffers as a result of the 360 controller for Windows.


teekomeeko  |  March 23rd, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Good lord, yes. I’d love to have official support for my controller as a bluetooth device since some of the community-created stuff just doesn’t work. Then I could use my Dualshock 3s in Final Fantasy XIV for both PC and PS3 (just like I did for FFXI with the DS2 and third-party drivers)


Taiin  |  March 24th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

@teekomeeko – Sounds like we’re in the same boat!


Ice_Snake  |  March 30th, 2010 at 2:00 am

there is an unofficial one. I use my dual shock 3 on a N64 Emu to play Zelda


Tye-tate-ium  |  April 14th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Agree!! I’d very love to use the ps3 controller to play emulators like MAME on pc.

Just searching for a guide on how to simultaneously run 2 wireless controllers (4 would be epic!) on win7 64bit.

A few guides and drivers out there i have found but nothing i can find that covers my needs exactly and simply 🙁

C’mon Sony, you’d sell more controllers if you made some drivers for us 🙂


StabWest88  |  April 15th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

This is already possible. Just google it.


ilium_  |  April 15th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I use this one. had problems with other drivers. :\ but this one works.


unrealgamer38  |  April 15th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Have you tried tversety?

It’s really easy to use, After Installing click on It (Also make sure you’re firewall Is deactivated) then go to you’re ps3 and click “search for media servers”


inuyasha5400  |  April 15th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

there is already done……….. -_-


Mango_Scango  |  April 15th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

This is already possible, But it’d be nice to see official support


pscoolman  |  April 15th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

if you’re computer is blutooth then you can


PushinNshovinMe  |  April 15th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

This idea has already been posted, search before you post. Downvoted.


MrBeatdown  |  April 15th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

How does it benefit Sony if you are playing games on a PC? There is no reason for them to officially support a competing platform. They might as well make the DS3 360 compatible.


Ryan_Pettit  |  April 15th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

They are already unofficially able to do this. It’s not as smooth and seamless as it could be, but it does work. It’s not as nicely integrated as the Xbox 360 controller for Windows, but it definitely works.


fourtwenty2009  |  April 16th, 2010 at 10:28 am

Great idea. Tired of hacking my Windows BT Stack just to get the controller to work or pay some third part company money for a program that does this.

Come on Sony this is a great idea. Do it.


BalramRules  |  April 16th, 2010 at 10:55 am

thumbs up, but u need third party stuff to make it work, the software should just be from the Official PlayStation Websites, just like Microsoft just put theirs on for the Xbox 360 Controllers, Sony catch up


Zookey  |  April 16th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

This would be AWESOME for those of us making tech demos of games to pitch to Sony–then we could have the demo using the native controller instead of a knock off!


aleezada  |  April 17th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

What he means is a SONY certified program that will let him use the controller, similar to what the Xbox 360 controller has.


MicroNik  |  April 26th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Good idea….
Or at least with Sony computers….
My friend has to use a program to use his DS3 on his Viao..


rougegoat  |  April 30th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

possible, but unsigned. i’d love for Sony to release the drivers themselves so i don’t have to screw around with unsigned, possible unstable drivers.


Sh4F_ike  |  June 5th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

just use the motioninjoy drivers, they are the best, works perfectly, i can play street fighter 4 and loads of other games eg, dirt 2 with no issues. just select the option for emulating xbox 360 controller and thats it, your done!!


Aotar  |  June 5th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Doesn’t work flawlessly on windows 7 x64 🙁 PLEASE SONY, let us have decent PC pads too!


sgmaniac5521  |  June 12th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

ive tryed using my DS3 on my x64 vista and nothing i did worked. i resorted to buying a Pelican AfterGlow for the ps3 (which works but no DualShock or SixAxis) i would really love to have Force Feedback on my PC even if i dont play many pc games. i would even be willing to shell out ~$10 for it


Wolfram23  |  June 14th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I would love this. Hesitant to use 3rd party hacked drivers and have to either enable test mode in windows or every single time I want to use it, have to boot with unsigned driver protection disabled. Comon Sony!


drew-ross  |  June 16th, 2010 at 8:24 am

how to use my ps3 pad on my macbook pro



Oceanborn712  |  June 18th, 2010 at 7:35 am

This would be great. I’ve spent a week trying to get the unofficial drivers to properly run on my Win7 64bit and just gave up because it’s way too much trouble.

I’ve even been thinking about getting a 360 controller even though I don’t have a 360 which made me think about getting a 360… I’m sure there’s more people with that line of thought.


hakumen_wins  |  July 16th, 2010 at 7:48 am

They have one already and works beautifully. I use it daily… use the net…


somethingatt  |  July 23rd, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Great idea!

Especially for x64 systems, unofficial ways are a hassle to do and are not 100% safe!

C’mon Sony, this is 10 years too late already…


Britton1207  |  August 4th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

*puts on his flame shield*

Even if it’s Vaio only! I’ll take that!


EggySong85  |  August 4th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

this should include the PSMove


nmccall  |  August 4th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

But, but, but…you’d be supporting and spending more time with Microsoft!

BTW, +1. I hate using finicky third party adapters.


swordzmanp236  |  August 4th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Could be interesting. I’d love to use my DualShock or SIXAXIS via the Bluetooth transceiver in my notebook.

Since my notebook is a Mac that can do double-duty as a “PC”, you’ve just given me a crazy idea, so off I go to try posting it.


DarkHowl  |  August 5th, 2010 at 9:13 am

Already have drivers for the DS3 controller but if Sony could make some easier to use official ones, I’d go for that. +1


connvict72  |  August 5th, 2010 at 10:29 am

at least it would be an alternative way to charge the controller, instead of having to leave the PS3 on while the controller is connected, +1

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