Using a PS3 Controller on Windows 7

January 12, 2011, By Christian Cawley

If you use a PC and a games console you have probably noticed how much more comfortable gaming is with a controller than with a keyboard and mouse. PlayStation 3 consoles in particular have custom designed controllers that have been conceived and developed for PS3 owners to get the most out of games without putting too much strain on their hands and arms. Given that many games are also available for PC, it would make sense for a standard PC game controller to be developed.

While this has yet to occur, it is nevertheless possible to use an Xbox 360 controller with your Windows 7 PC. However, you might not own an Xbox 360, and short of going to the local gaming store to purchase a controller you would be forgiven for forgetting about the whole thing. However if you’re a PlayStation 3 owner, you can also take advantage of the flexibility of Windows 7 and use your controller to enjoy some top PC games!

Using a PS3 Controller on Windows 7

Download the Drivers

Before connecting up your PS3 Sixaxis controller to your PC you will need to download the driver suitable for your Windows 7 version. 32-bit users should download this driver while 64-bit Windows 7 users can get their drivers here.

With the correct driver downloaded, save it somewhere easy to remember and then connect your PS3 controller to your PC.

But hang on – isn’t the PS3 controller Bluetooth? How does it connect to a Windows 7 PC? It’s a simple answer, actually; the USB cable used for charging your PlayStation 3 controller is used to connect the device to your computer!

Installing PlayStation 3 Controller Drivers on Windows 7

As you connect the controller, Windows 7 will detect the device and appear to install some drivers. However what happens here isn’t enough to allow you to use the controller and further drivers – downloaded previously – are required. Open the ZIP file and run the .EXE file to install the MotioninJoy software (DS3 Tool), agreeing to any notifications Windows displays.

With your PC connected to the web, wait while the USB driver for the PlayStation 3 controller is downloaded and installed and then follow the on-screen instructions. When ready, click Load to complete this stage of the process and your controller should appear ready to use.

However at this point there are still a few steps to complete; there is no rumble or analogue controls at this stage, for instance.

Setting Up Dualshock and Analogue Controls

To proceed you will need to exit the DS3 Tool software and then reload it – this allows the software to detect the controller and forces it to display a different set of options.

With the DS3 Tool you can then activate the analogue thumbsticks and Dualshock by selecting your device under Connected game controller(s) and choosing the Analog Gamepad 2 option.

Adjust the Left Motor and Right Motor sliders for Dualshock and then click on Enable to complete the configuration of your PlayStation 3 Sixaxis controller in Windows 7!

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