So I just bought a PS3 Slim but it did not come with a controller. I couldn't find any PS3 controllers so I got a Dual Shock 4 instead.

Is there any way I can use the Dual Shock 4 with the PS3 console without a PS3 controller?

(I'm a Xbox user so I don't know much about this.)

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Yes, you can also use a DualShock 4 wirelessly with a PS3.

From Eurogamer - How to use a DualShock 4 wirelessly with a PS3

Here are the steps:

  • Plug in DualShock 4 controller via USB.
  • Go to Accessory Settings and Manage Bluetooth Devices.
  • Scan for Bluetooth Device.
  • Unplug the DualShock 4, press Share and PS Buttons.
  • Once device is found, plug the DualShock 4 back in and select Wireless Controller.

Congratulations! You now have a rumble-free DualShock 4 working with your PS3!

  • See the problem for me is, I don't have a ps3 controller, and when i start my ps3 its on the screen where it asks if my HDMI can play audio too. But I need to press the PS button to press X, and I cant do that because it doesn't work
    – Formeyyyyy
    Commented May 21, 2021 at 2:12
  • Have you plugged the PS4 controller in with a USB cable as the answer says to do ?
    – GamerGypps
    Commented May 21, 2021 at 7:59
  • Remember to use quotation formatting when you are directly quoting them. Commented May 21, 2021 at 12:53
  • "Have you plugged the PS4 controller in with a USB cable as the answer says to do ?" yes I did plug it in with a usb but it says in order to use controller i must press PS button.
    – Formeyyyyy
    Commented May 21, 2021 at 14:43

Yes, it is possible. According to Business Insider you can plug a PS4 controller into a PS3 with this method:

To use a PlayStation 4 controller with a PlayStation 3 console, the easiest approach is to simply connect the controller using a USB cable. Once the cable is connecting the two pieces of hardware, you'll be able to play PS3 games with the controller right away.

Just keep in mind that there may be a few backwards compatibility issues when connecting the accessory.


Yes! It is possible and according to the gaming kit, you can use PS4 controller with PS3. But always remember that there can be compatibility issues.

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