Few days ago my PS3 decided to stop recognizing my controllers. When I press the PS Button, nothing happens, regardless of whether or not DualShock is connected through a USB cable or Bluetooth. I've checked a few different controllers, but none of them work. How do I fix this?

  • Try to plug it into your PS3 with a cable. – Luc M Jan 13 '17 at 20:47
  • Still nothing, but USB ports are fully working. – lust Jan 13 '17 at 20:50
  • Have you tried to make the ps 3 recognize another controller which hasn't been connected yet? e.g. one of your friends' controller or a new. Else it might be that the ps 3 connector does not work properly. – GrizZ Jan 29 '17 at 13:16
  • yeah, still nothing – lust Jan 30 '17 at 20:29

Your Dualshock 3 controller might have lost its binding to your console.

Try resetting the controller by pushing the reset button (you will need something thin and long, e.g. a paperclip). The reset button is located on the back of the Dualshock 3, near the L2 button inside a small hole.

After that, resync the controller to your PS3 by first connecting it with the USB cable.


Perhaps try connecting the Controller, via packaged / 'came-with' USB-Cables, to the PlayStation: like @Luc_M suggested.
Or, maybe try re-charging from a computer's USB Port.

These suggestions come from standardised procedures. :)

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    Still nothing, controller is fully charged. It's like PS3 is not recognizing standard controller however additional controller is working without any problems. – lust Jan 13 '17 at 21:03

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