I am wanting to use a PS3 controller for emulators like PCSX2. When I plug in my PS3 controller with all of the necessary drivers while fully function and the USB installs drivers which function properly, my controller still isn't turning on. In my Drivers, I see under "Unspecified", "PLAYSTATION (R) 3 CONTROLLER". Is there a way to turn on my PS3 controller without making it go to my console?

  • Dumb question: But did you try pressing the PS button on the controller (pressing it once, not holding it)?
    – Powerlord
    Jun 3, 2015 at 21:15
  • @Powerlord Yes I did.
    – Mr McClean
    Jun 3, 2015 at 22:44
  • Depending on how you installed the driver software, it may be on but the lights may just be inactive. Try going into PCSX2 and fiddling with the Pad settings? Jun 5, 2015 at 14:51
  • Also, what steps did you take to install the drivers? Did you use Motioninjoy or did you do a manual method? Jun 5, 2015 at 14:59
  • @Kaizerwolf I used Motioninjoy.
    – Mr McClean
    Jun 5, 2015 at 15:40

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Motioninjoy is a risky tool to use - it works well most of the time, but it spawn its own Internet popups and can generally be a pain to maintain. You will need to run Motioninjoy each time you unplug and replug the controller as well. Furthermore, if you leave your device plugged in and Motioninjoy running, blue screen crashes can occur when trying to put a computer to sleep, and sometimes during shutdown.

I have personally had better luck doing things manually, following this tutorial. It walks through step by step what to do. Essentially, it fools the computer into using Xbox 360 controller drivers with a PS3 controller.


Make sure to check the "Drivers" section of Motionjoy. Check each driver and install them. Then, it should detect your controller!

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    I have to do this every time I plug a controller into a different USB slot. Also sometimes I randomly have to do it again. Jun 5, 2015 at 15:58

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