How to Use a USB Controller With My PS2

By Greyson Ferguson ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Sony PlayStation 2
  • USB adapter
  • USB PlayStation 3 controller
Convert PS2 to USB

Although the new PlayStation 3 uses a USB connection to attach gaming controllers and other devices, the Sony PlayStation 2 does not offer the same features. If you want to use the USB PS3 controller on the PS2 you do need to use a controller adapter. However, once the adapter is installed on your PlayStation 2 you don't need any additional software or hardware.

Remove the PlayStation 2 controller from the PS2 gaming port.

Plug the PS2 end of the adapter into the open PS2 port.

Attach the USB cable running from the PlayStation 3 controller. Although the PS3 controller is Bluetooth ready you need to leave the cable plugged into the controller. The PS2 does not support Bluetooth wireless controllers.

Power on the PlayStation 2 and begin playing any of your games with the USB controller.

About the Author

Greyson Ferguson is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in film and television. He currently resides in Lansing, Michigan where he works on independent film projects and writes for numerous publications. Ferguson primarily focuses on computer and electronic articles. Greyson produces, focusing on only upbeat news stories with daily updates.