Use DUALSHOCK 3 on your Xperia device

Use DUALSHOCK 3 on your Xperia device

Now some of you may not know this, but the Sony DUALSHOCK 3 controller can actually be used on select Xperia devices running on Android 4.2 to play games. Sounds interesting? Head past the break and we’ll show you how you can do just that.

dualshock 3 xperia

First up, here’s the list of Sony Xperia devices that supports this feature:

Sony Xperia SP (C5302/C5303/C5306)
Sony Xperia Z (C6602/C6603)
Sony Xperia ZL (C6502/C6503)
Sony Xperia Z1 (C6902/L39h/C6903/C6906/C6943)
Sony Xperia Z Ultra (C6806/C6833)
Sony Tablet S
Sony Xperia Tablet S
Sony Xperia Tablet Z (SO-03E/SGP311/SGP312/SGP321/SGP331)

All of these devices have support for the DUALSHOCK 3 controller provided that it’s running on Android 4.2 and up.

Alright, now it’s time for the fun part. The only other thing you’ll need for this setup apart from the DUALSHOCK 3 and supported Xperia device is a USB OTG (On-The-Go) cable. You’re only gonna need this once during the initial setup to establish a physical connection between the device and controller. After that, the connection can be done wirelessly via Bluetooth.

xperia dualshock 3


1. On your supported Xperia device, go to Settings > Xperia > DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller (See image above).
2. Once you’re inside the menu, select How to connect a controller. The next screen will prompt you to hard wire your controller to your Xperia through a USB OTG cable.

dualshock 3 setup

3. After detecting the controller, the app will prompt you to disconnect it from your handset/tablet if you choose to use wirelessly. This activates the Bluetooth of your device in the process.
4. Hit on Finish, and you’re all set!

Just to reiterate, you don’t need the USB OTG every time you want to sync your controller to your Xperia. Once you’re through with the initial setup, you just have to turn on the Bluetooth on your Xperia device, press and hold the PS button on the controller and it’ll automatically pair.

Bear in mind though that not all apps are compatible with the Sony DUALSHOCK 3 controller. As such, it’s best if you check the app details on Google Play Store to know if the app supports it or not.

Source 1, 2

This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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7 Responses

  1. Jolrael says:

    i’ve seen some video of pairing ung xperia smartphone with a ps3 controller and they say that you have to root your phone.. any clarifications on this?!

    • june says:

      Nope, its already preinstalled the compatibility of ps3 dual shock contoller. Maybe for some older devices that it is not supported. Modding ur unit will really force u to root it just to have ur unit installed the program.

    • raylgo says:

      Using other apps (SixAxis Controller comes to mind) to pair the PS3 controller to Android devices requires root access. This topic is about using the Ps3 Controller on Xperia devices without using other apps.

  2. KCDMangune says:

    “provided that it’s running on Android 4.2 and up.”

    You need to correct this sir. Xperia SP is still on 4.1.2 but then compatible with Dualschock 3 controller. I have SP and yes Dualshock 3 is working with it.

  3. wew says:

    okay to gamitin lalo na pag ang gamit ay tablet :-)

  4. brylle anthony says:

    other Android phones can still use Dualshock 3 not justxexperia and as long as it is so rooted..using sixaxis app

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