Connect a PS3 Controller to Your Android Phone or Tablet: Do you play games on your Android phone or tablet? Could these games be improved by using a gamepad? If you’re tired of onscreen software buttons and you have a PlayStation 3, then those console controllers make a great way to play on the go.
One issue people usually have with Android superphones, with theirdual coresand their gigawatts, is that there just isn’t much of a use for them.
Android apps are mostly made for the lowest common denominator, hardware-wise, and aside from a few 3D games and cool (but impractical) HD videoplayback, you can’t really use those extra cycles for anything without really diving into device customization.
We know that these phones have the chops to run Playstation-level games at least — now if only we could use our Playstation controllers! Oh, we can now?
How to Connect a PS3 Controller to Your Android Phone or Tablet
To use this method you will need to have an OTG cable in order to link your PS3 controller to your Android smartphone.
This small cable, worth around 5-10 €, increases the compatibility of the USB port on your smartphone, initially limited to charging or transferring data.
With this one, your smartphone can finally recognize your PS3 controller.
Once you have the cable, just connect your two devices, wait for a little while the recognition is done, and you will see appear on the screen of your smartphone the device corresponding to your PS3 controller.
This option, therefore, concerns wired PS3 controllers. For non-wired controllers, the connection procedure is a little more complicated, since you need to root your smartphone.
Sixaxis Controller for Android is a paid application that will pair your PlayStation 3 controller to your phone or tablet. The app costs $2.49, requires root access to your Android device, and supports Android 2.3 and up.
Before purchasing Sixaxis Controller, download and run the Sixaxis Compatibility Checker first, to ensure the app supports your device.
To use a PlayStation 3 controller with Android Nougat, you’ll need an OTG cable that supports your device.
Connect your OTG cable to your phone or tablet.
Connect the appropriate USB charging cable to your PS3 controller.
Connect your USB charging cable to the female end of the OTG cable.
Once all the cables are correctly connected, a selection box will appear around an icon on your device. You can now use your controller to play games and navigate around your phone or tablet.