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Are you excited for the next generation of gaming but not ready to buy a console yet? Did you buy a DualShock 4 before getting a PlayStation 4 because you couldn’t stand the excitement anymore? Or are you bored playing PS4 games and want to see how PS3 games will respond to your DualShock4? Whatever the case, you can use a PS4 controller on the PS3, and we’re going to show you how. Once you’ve unboxed the PS4 controller you’re next step is...
Yes, for all its new tech, the DualShock 4 doesn’t come with the USB cable needed for charging it, so you’ll need a separate USB to Micro B USB cable to attach it to your PS3. If you’re not a USB expert, that’s different from the USB Mini B connection that DualShock 3’s use. While it’s too bad that the controller doesn’t come with its own charging cable, Mini B has become a fairly common connection so if you don’t already have one, you should invest in a cable now.
Now that you’ve used the USB cable to connect the PS3 and DualShock 4, switch on the PS3 and watch the magic begin. You’ll see the pretty colors on the top of the controllers flashing to indicate it’s receiving power, and it will soon change to one color to show that it’s registered to the system. You’ll see that you can explore the XMB and then dive into a game, if you can somehow tear your eyes away from the DualShock 4’s light show.
You’re natural reaction will be to unplug the controller once the PS3 recognizes it, but ignore that. The PS3 can’t recognize the DualShock 4 wirelessly, so you’ll need to keep it connected via USB whenever you use it with your current gen system. If you plan on doing this a lot, you’ll likely want to invest in a longer cable.
Once you start your game of choice, you’ll no doubt see a “Press Start” prompt on-screen. Then you’ll look at the controller and realize that the DualShock 4 has no Start button, or Select for that matter. Options and Share replace them, and while Options is recognized as a replacement for Start, the PS3 doesn’t seem to respond at all to Share, let alone the Touchpad. Same goes for any motion controls or vibration. And even though the DualShock 4 has a PS Button, the PS3 doesn’t respond to that either. That’s why you should…
Because the DualShock 4’s PS button doesn’t work on PS3, you’ll need a DualShock 3 (or SixAxis if you’re trapped in 2007) to interact with the XMB. Want to check Trophies, friends list, or switch games? Despite your futuristic controller, you’ll still need to stay anchored to the past.
You may want to experience Grand Theft Auto V via your next-gen controller, but that’s one of several games confirmed to not work with the system. Reddit has a pretty good list of games that do and don’t work with the system. And some of the ones that do respond to the DualShock 4 aren’t 100% compatible. With most games you won’t find out how they work until you try, as it always is when using hardware in a manner other than the way it was intended.