I recently bought a PS3 and whenever I turn it on, even with the controller, the controller always starts up as #2. This is hugely annoying as (for example) inFamous can only be controlled using controller #1. I have to manually change the controller over to #1 once I get into the game.

Because it's likely part of the problem, I should mention that I also have a USB IR receiver (built for the PS3) also plugged in, so that I can use my universal remote for things like BluRays and Netflix.

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    Have you tried unplugging the receiver and seeing if you still get this issue? Jul 30, 2011 at 20:27
  • Just did that, and the controller does start up as #1. Don't know if it'll do it again though.
    – MBraedley
    Jul 31, 2011 at 0:03
  • I would guess your receiver is acting as a controller input, and since it's wired it's the first thing that's detected on power-up. Try manually setting IT to a different controller?
    – Shinrai
    Jul 31, 2011 at 0:40
  • How do you turn on your PS3? Do you use a power button on the unit, or do you press the Playstation button on the controller? Does it make a difference? Jul 31, 2011 at 5:11
  • @YellowMegaMan: As I said in the question, I've turned my PS3 on with the controller and it still comes up as #2.
    – MBraedley
    Jul 31, 2011 at 12:35

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Controllers plugged in via USB are always #1 after the start. It not only annoying with you remote receiver but also with several arcade fight sticks.

  • If this is the case, than Sony needs to fix it. At least give us an option to set the default controller number for USB connected controllers.
    – MBraedley
    Jul 31, 2011 at 12:38
  • Sony assumes that your charging the control while you play, most likely. Jul 31, 2011 at 20:35
  • @SimonSheehan: If they want me to be charging my controller while I play, then they should have given me a longer USB cable.
    – MBraedley
    Aug 1, 2011 at 1:45
  • Indeed. I actually use an extension for my USB, so I can sit up to 10 feet away and use it. Aug 1, 2011 at 1:47

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