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    Use your wireless controller with your PS3

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    • Find out how to use your wireless controller with your PS3.

      Preparing for use

      To use a wireless controller, you must first register or pair the controller with the PS3 system and assign a number to the controller.

      Step 1: Pair the system and the controller.

      When using the controller for the first time or when using with a different PS3 system, you must first pair the devices. If you turn on the system and connect the controller using a USB cable, the pairing will be completed automatically.

      1. Check that the system is turned on (power indicator is lit solid green).

      2. USB cable (supplied).

      Step 2: Assign a controller number.

      Each time you turn on the system, a number must be assigned to the controller.

      1. Press the PS button.

      2. Initially, all the port indicators flash. When the controller has been assigned a number, the port indicators for the assigned number turn solid red.

      You can connect up to 7 controllers at one time. The controller number is shown by the number above the port indicators. For numbers 5-7, add the numbers of the lit indicators.


      • Pairing and assigning controller numbers can only be done when the system is turned on (power indicator is lit solid green).
      • When a paired controller is used with another PS3 system, the pairing with the original system is cleared. Pair the controller with the system again if the controller has been used with another system.
      • If the controller or the system is turned off, the port indicators on the controller will turn off and the assigned number will be cleared.
      • Images may vary depending on the model or the software version in use.

      Using the controller wirelessly

      If you disconnect the USB cable, you can use the controller wirelessly. To use it wirelessly, the controller's battery must be charged.


      • The USB cable can be connected or disconnected while the controller and the system are turned on.
      • If the controller does not function, press the PS button, and then reassign the controller number.

      Charging the controller

      With the system turned on (power indicator is lit solid green), connect the controller to the system using a USB cable. The port indicators of the controller flash slowly and charging begins. When charging has completed, the port indicators stop flashing.


      • The controller can be used while charging.
      • Charge in an environment where the temperature range is between 10°C - 30°C. Charging may not be as effective when performed in other environments.
      • The controller cannot be charged when the system is off (in standby mode).

      Battery charge level

      If you press and hold down the PS button for more than one second, you can check the battery charge level on the screen.


      • If the battery has no charge, the port indicators on the controller flash rapidly indicating that you should charge the controller.
      • Depending on the environment or the conditions of use, the remaining charge level may not display correctly and the battery duration may vary.

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