My controller was working fine. I was playing a game, and then it suddenly disconnected, and now it only connects with a cable. Without the cable, when I press the PS button, it starts blinking and then just stops.

I tried a friends controller that worked just fine on his console, but the same problem occurred on mine.

Why would controllers be unable to connect without the cable?

  • When you mean the controller 'stops', do you mean stops blinking? – Wulfinite Sep 12 '15 at 16:17
  • You tried a friends controller on his console? How would that help test anything? Or am I reading that wrong? Have you tried any other controllers on your console? – Broots Waymb Sep 14 '15 at 14:16

The PlayStation 3 uses a direct cable for data, if connected.

Without the cable, it is using Bluetooth to transmit the data. If your PlayStation can not connect to working controllers, there appears to be a problem with Bluetooth. This could be a fault with the console, or a software issue.

Your best bet is to contact Sony technical support in regards to the issue. If you are still under warranty, you could also return to the store you purchased the console from.

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