How To Use a PS3 Controller On a PC

The functionality and customizable nature of the PC has caused many PS3 players to make the switch. Still, it is not always easy to control games with many gaming keypads or keyboards.

Fortunately, you don’t have to throw out that old PS3 controller. You can use your old controller to play with your PC games. It will give you a more intuiting and controlled experience.

Best of all, you can use a Bluetooth connection to link your PS3 controller to your PC. This should give you a little more freedom when playing games on your computer.

Let’s take a look at how to use a PS3 controller on your PC. It’s not as hard to do as you might think it could be.

What You’ll Need

The process you will read about requires the following:

  • A standard PS3 controller
  • Windows operating system
  • A USB cable that connects to your controller
  • The Motioninjoy controller adapter driver
  • The Better DS3 Motioninjoy driver configuration tool
  • A Bluetooth dongle


Step By Step Instructions


1. Download and install the Motioninjoy driver.

Go to the Motioninjoy website at to download the driver. Install the application onto your hard drive. It only takes a few moments to get this driver set up on your computer.
This program works with Sixaxis and DualShock 3 controllers alike.

The x86 version of the Motioninjoy driver is for a 32-bit operating system. The x64 option is for a 64-bit system. Be sure to download the correct option based on the operating system you have.

Here is the link for the Motioninjoy driverMontioninjoy


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2. After opening Motioninjoy, plug your PS3 controller into your PC

Plug the PS3 controller into a USB port. An icon should appear on the bottom right part of your screen stating that Windows is installing drivers for it.

It will be recognized as a game controller but it will not recognize the buttons.
You will use Better DS3 later on to get the buttons recognized.

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3. Specify the particular controller you have.

Motioninjoy should read that there is something inside the USB port. Use the interface to specify the type of PS3 controller you have in the USB port and then click the Enable button.

Your computer may state that Windows cannot verify the publisher of your driver. Choose to install the driver when the prompt shows up anyway as it is safe to use.


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4. Download and install Better DS3

Better DS3 is an offline Motioninjoy driver configuration program. Go to to download this program. This program will let you quickly configure your controller.

Here is the link to Better DS3: Better DS3

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5. Configure your controller

Open the Better DS3 program and set up a new profile with its own name. You can then adjust the features on the controller.

Enter in the particular buttons that will be linked to certain functions on your controller. Read the interface carefully so you don’t end up causing the wrong button to be linked up to a certain command.

Use the sliders on the side of the screen to adjust the analog to digital thresholds. This refers to how responsive the controller will be. This includes how much pressure is needed on the shoulder, stick and D-pad buttons to make them work in a game.

The Dualshock vibration feature can also be adjusted if applicable. The left and right motors may be adjusted separately.

Click the Save Profile button at the bottom of the screen when you are done.


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6. Enable the Bluetooth dongle on your computer.

Add a Bluetooth dongle on your computer to make the Bluetooth function work for your controller. The dongle can be easily plugged into a USB port. It may take a few moments for the computer to identify the dongle.

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7. Set up the Bluetooth on your controller.

After the Bluetooth dongle is functional, open the BluetoothPair section of the Motioninjoy program. Select the appropriate Bluetooth adapter option and then enter in the particular PS3 controller that will be linked.

Click the Pair Now button and then unplug the controller. Your PS3 controller should now be linked to your computer without any wires.


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8. Calibrate your controller if desired.

Go to the Devices and Printers menu of your control panel and click on the particular icon showing your PS3 controller.

Click on the Properties button to test and calibrate the controller to see that it is reading all of its functions properly.


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9. Shut off the controller when you are done.

Your controller will stay on even after you stop playing a game or even shut down the computer. It must be turned off in order to keep its battery power from being lost.

Go to the main Motioninjoy control panel and click on the Disconnect button. This allows the computer to remove the controller from the device. You can always link the controller back up to your computer later on through the same steps listed earlier.


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We hope you enjoyed reading this tutorial and that the information listed here was valuable and helpful for your gaming needs. This tutorial will help you with setting up your PS3 controller on your PC without any problems.

It only takes a few moments to get this to work. Best of all, you can get your profile saved after you set it up so the computer will remember the particular controls that you have listed.

Be sure to leave a message in the comments if you were satisfied with this article or if you have any other type of feedback you want to leave. We want to know if the instructions listed here are useful enough for your demands so it won’t be too hard to make it work.

You will be surprised at how fun it will be to play your PC games with a familiar PS3 interface. Best of all, you won’t have to worry about throwing out that old controller just because you want to play with PC games instead of PS3 ones.


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