How to Test a PS3 Controller

By Kefa Olang ; Updated September 15, 2017

PS3 controllers allow you to play games, watch videos, and control several vital components on your gaming console. Like remote controls, they include buttons and controls necessary for using your gaming console. Before using PS3 controllers, it's important to set them up and test for normal operations. This process ensures that they will communicate effectively with your gaming system. Testing your controllers takes a few minutes to complete.

Connect one end of the USB cable into the USB port on your DUALSHOCK wireless controller, and then connect the other end into an open USB port on your PS3 system if the controller's battery is dead. Leave the controller until it charges.

Press the buttons on the controller to see if they are working once the charging completes.

Press the "PS" button to assign a controller number if the buttons aren't working. With the controller connected to the system, a controller number is automatically assigned to your controller. A solid red light appears next to the port number on your controller.

Press the buttons on your controller to test your device. If the buttons work, continue with normal use.

Press the "Reset" button on your controller if it's behaving abnormally.

About the Author

Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.