How To Connect PS3 Controller on PC (Windows 10, 8 or 7)

PlayStation 3 is almost extinct. Players have small reason to buy a PS3 (unless there is a significant discount or something).

However, if you have a good computer to play video games, your old PS3 controllers can be useful.

Everything you need is reduced to a few minutes and a Mini USB cable (if you don’t have one), which you can get for less than $2 on Amazon, and synchronize your controllers with your PC.

If you want to try this, follow this guide to replace your keyboard and mouse with your PS3 Controller.

Step #1: Update Drivers

First, connect your PS3 controller to the PC through a USB and Windows should then begin to install a set of drivers.

Some of these are probably already installed on your system, but just in case, make sure you have the Xbox 360 PC driver.NET Framework 4.0 and Visual C ++ (version 2010 or later).

If your PC runs Windows 10, the Xbox driver should be installed automatically, but you may have to download it manually if your computer runs an old Windows version.

You can check you installed drivers by opening the command prompt and running the driverquery command.

Once all the drivers have been installed, its time to download the third-party software that will allow your DualShock 3 controller to work with your PC.

Step #2: Download and Install SCP Toolkit

Go to the official SCP Toolkit download thread and click on the green link to download the latest version.

If you are using an older version of Windows, you will need a tool such as 7-Zip or Winrar to extract the files; Windows 10 has a native decompression tool. Once downloaded and extracted, run the file – ScToolkit_Setup.exe – to install the software.

Once installed, open the software, which will install additional drivers. If it doesn’t start the driver installer, search for Scp and open ScpToolkit Driver Installer.

scp driver installer

Go ahead and run the installer. Then, a new window will open. Make sure all the boxes are checked.

In the Choose DualShock 3 pull-down menu, find and select the DualShock 3 driver.

If you also plan to use a DualShock 4 or Bluetooth dongle to activate the wireless game, select it as well.

Finally, click on Install. All the necessary files will be installed and configured automatically. Once completed, you can connect the DualShock 3 at any time and it should work automatically.

Bear in mind that, technically, you are using the Xbox 360 drivers to interact with the PS3 controller and the games will probably show an Xbox control scheme. So when a game asks you to “press the X,” you need to press the Circle button instead.

Step #3: Create a Profile (Optional)

At this point, your DualShock 3 is ready to go.

However, you can fine-tune your controller through various applications included with the ScpToolkit.

By using the ScpToolkit Profile Manager and ScpToolkit Settings Manager, you can customize the experience to suit your needs and game style.

In Profile Manager, you can create assign custom buttons. You can also map the keyboard and the mouse. Meanwhile, from Settings Manager, you can adjust the sensitivity, latency and LED screen among many other advanced settings.

Troubleshooting Windows 10

Windows 10 is designed to work with the Xbox One’s accessories and the Xbox Live ecosystem, but it’s not naturally suitable for a Sony device, especially an old one.

While ScpToolkit avoids most of the problems that users may have when using DualShock 3 on their PC, there may be errors during the installation process.

Fortunately, there is a solution to enable the installation. However, you should be quite cautious and back up important files before continuing, even if the procedure isn’t necessarily dangerous.

So, if you have any error to connect your PS3 controller, you will need to change some Windows startup settings.

  1. First, press Start button or the Winkey.
  2. Go to Settings (also Winkey + I).
  3. Click on Update & Security.
  4. Select Recovery in the list on the left.
  5. Click on Restart Now button in the Advanced start-up.
  6. Now, wait. Your system will boot into a mode that will allow you to alter the firmware settings and startup.
  7. Select Troubleshoot.
  8. Click on Advanced Options and then Startup SettingsThis will restart the system.
  9. After your system boots again, search for Disable Driver Signature Enforcement and then press the F7 key.
  10. When your PC restarts, follow the steps described above to reinstall and configure ScpToolkit.
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