I have a Playstation 3 which I use for gaming and streaming video. Often times, my PS3 is controlled by a mysterious force, which I can only assume is my neighbor. I live in the city in a row house, so our neighbor's living room is likely just one (very thick) wall away.

Is there anything I can do to prevent my PS3 from being controlled by my neighbor's controllers?

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    They shouldn't be able to do so, unless they're synced to your PS3. Does he come by (or do you go there) with your controllers? – Frank Dec 2 '14 at 17:14
  • The neighbor has never visited or attempted to use those controllers on my PS3. I have not visited them. – Benzo Dec 2 '14 at 17:19
  • Then it won't be your neighbor doing this. How many controllers do you have? Are they all accounted for? – Frank Dec 2 '14 at 17:20
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    PS3 controllers use bluetooth to sync up to the correct device. It literally should not be possible for a controller not synced to your PS3 to control your PS3. Any chance you might be able to go talk to him and see if something similar happens to him? – Frank Dec 2 '14 at 19:07
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    Well it's obviously ghosts, who you gonna call? – Huangism Dec 3 '14 at 18:36

I had a similar problem with my PS3, the problem turned out to be dirty controllers.

The effect was much more noticeable when I wasn't playing a game as the controllers were not in constant use but symptoms were very similar, random inputs causing the menus to pop up and navigate the menus, usually in one direction constantly.

The simplest solution was to turn the controllers off once you have started watching the show then turn them back on again once its done. I would try this first then you can maybe look into cleaning your controllers with this question or buying a new one if it turns out to be the cause.

Other simple things to do in order to narrow down the problem is check to see if it happens when you are using a specific one of your controllers by recording which of the two is in use when it happens.

  • Thought of this last night as well. I've turned off the controller I was using when experiencing the issue and will use the other controller for a week and see if this happens again. If I don't have any issues, I'll take the 'bad' controller apart and see what might be causing this (or just buy a cheap replacement). – Benzo Dec 3 '14 at 15:16
  • Any luck diagnosing the problem? – Colin Dec 11 '14 at 3:41
  • So far it appears that the mysterious force is my second controller triggering random button presses. We havn't had issues while using the other controller withy the 'bad' controller powered off. – Benzo Dec 11 '14 at 15:15

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