How to Connect a Wireless Keyboard to My PS3

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

Most wireless keyboards use radio-frequency transmissions to connect to a device. But a wireless keyboard that is to be connected to a PS3 game console must use the Bluetooth wireless standard or it will not work. The connection between the Bluetooth-equipped wireless keyboard and a PS3 does not require any additional software because the game console’s operating system is designed to connect to any Bluetooth-equipped device. The wireless keyboard can be used to navigate through menus and enter in letters and numbers on the PS3.

Put the wireless keyboard next to the PS3. Turn the wireless keyboard on.

Turn on the PS3. Wait for the "Home" menu to appear on the screen. Use the PS3 game controller to navigate to the "Settings" menu. Select "Accessory Settings" and then select "Register Bluetooth Device."

Select "Register Device" from the list of choices presented. Press the "X" button on the PS3 game controller.

Press the "Pairing" button on the wireless keyboard. Press the "Start Scanning" button on the PS3's menu and press the "X" button on the PS3 game controller. Select the name of the wireless keyboard when it appears on the screen. Press the "X" button to bring up a text entry column. Enter in the pairing code that is listed in the instructions that came with the wireless keyboard. Press the "X" button to activate the pairing between the wireless keyboard and the PS3.

Navigate to the "Settings" menu of the PS3. Select the wireless keyboard from the list of input devices. Press the "X" button on the PS3 game controller. Now use the wireless keyboard that has been connected to the PS3 to navigate through menus and enter text on the video game console.

Tip

Make sure the wireless keyboard has fully charged batteries, as otherwise the Bluetooth signal might be too weak to connect to the PS3.

Warning

Do not move the wireless keyboard farther than the Bluetooth's 33-feet distance restriction.

About the Author

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."