How to Add a Controller to a PS3

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Unlike previous PlayStation consoles, the Sony PlayStation 3 was built for support of more than 2 controllers. In fact, the PS3 can recognize up to 7 wireless Bluetooth controllers. While there is no sync button as there is with the Xbox 360 and Wii, connecting multiple PS3 controllers is quite easy if you follow these steps.

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Plug in the controller into the PS3 via the USB cable.

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Turn on the PS3.

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The controller will automatically sync with the PS3 and will be given a player number from 1 to 7, indicated by a red light on the back of the controller. If the sync does not occur automatically, press the PS button on the controller and the pairing will occur.



  • Once the controller is paired with the PS3, you can unplug the USB cable and use the controller wirelessly.

    For player numbers above 4 the controller will light up 2 indicator lights and the sum of those 2 numbers indicates the player number.


  • Pairing a controller with a new PS3 will erase any previous pairings. To re-sync with another console, you will have to pair it again.

About the Author

Nick Miles has been writing since 2006, with articles appearing on the sci-fi and horror website FanCrush Networks. Miles holds a Bachelor of Arts in film and electronic arts from California State University, Long Beach.

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