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PS3 Controller On Mac

PS3 Controller On Mac

Getting your PS3 controller on Mac wireless to work is a simple process that you can do on your own if you have all the right equipment. Generally, to get a PS3 controller on Mac to work, you need to plug the controller into the PC’s USB input and download a specific software that we’ll explain how to do. Even though most wireless PS3 controllers come packaged with a USB charge cable, PS3 owners can purchase a third-party charge cable ($1.50) if missing the component.

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Here’s is a quick guide to connecting a PS3 controller to a Mac, so you can start playing PS3 games on your computer without the mouse and keyboard. This process will allow you to use a PS3 controller on Mac with OS X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite. The process for doing this depends on if you want to use the controller wirelessly or with wired controller, but it’s essentially the same regardless of the controller.

Downloading the Better Program

You need to download the right software so your computer will recognize your PS3 controller. The best way to do this is by downloading software called Better DS3. After the software is downloaded, you just need to plug the controller in to start playing.

  1. Go to the Better DS3 website and download the driver configuration tool.
  2. After it downloads, open the resulting ZIP folder — titled “5.3
  3. Next, double-click the Better DS3 application to open the software.

Syncing with Bluetooth

First, open the System Preferences and select the Bluetooth preference panel to open the feature. Select the checkbox next to On, and Discoverable. After that, plug the mini USB charging cable into the USB port on the Mac. After that, plug the other end of the mini USB into your PS3 controller.

After the PS3 controller is connected, hold the PlayStation button down on the controller for a few seconds. Release it, and take out the USB mini cable from the controller, but make sure it’s still connected to the Mac. The red LED lights will start to flash, and your Mac will ask for a password. Set a password so that you will remember it in the future if it asks for a password again.

Now, reconnect the mini USB cable to your PS3 controller and hold the PlayStation button for 3 seconds again, just like before, then take the cable out. At this point the PS3 controller will continue to flash like it’s trying to pair. When you see the flashing, turn on Bluetooth on your Mac and search for the controller on your computer. Your PS3 controller should now show up in the device list, letting you use it with any applications that have support for the controller.

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David Williams

Oct 22, 2014

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