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You can use your DualShock 4 with your PS3 wirelessly

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Since the dawn of time, you’ve been able to use the infinitely more comfortable DualShock 4 from the shiny new PlayStation with the same numerical suffix  on the older console, but only if you happened to plug it in via USB. It was handy for a dash of multiplayer gaming if you happened to have two sets of each controller and wanted the most out of LittleBigPlanet or PlayStation All-Stars. There were, of course, caveats. Now, the cable is optional.

A new system update has enabled the PlayStation 3 and the Dualshock 4 to pair wirelessly. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Connect DS4 with wire to PS3 then turn on.
  2. Go to Accessory settings.
  3. Select Manage Bluetooth Devices, and start  scanning for device.
  4. Unplug DS4
  5. While scanning, hold the PS & Share buttons on the DS4.
  6. When the light flashes quickly on DS4, plug it back in and select Wireless Controller.
  7. Let registration complete and then unplug.

Of course, the same caveats apply; the touch pad won’t work, and neither do any of the Sixaxis motion control, PS button or vibration functions, but they’ll still be great for getting 4 player action in Sonic and All Stars racing, LittleBigPlanet or any of the other fun multiplayer games that you’d need a handful of controllers to play.

What I’d really love is the reverse; I’d love to be able to use my old PS3 controllers on the PS4; especially for a dash of Towerfall Ascension multiplayer craziness. That game is free today as part of your PlayStation Plus subscriptions, and it’s still some of the most multiplayer fun I’ve had this generation.

I’d also really love official support for the DS4 on PC, with Xinput intact. DStool works well enough, but official support would be most welcome.

Last Updated: July 2, 2014

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