It's possible to get your PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller working wirelessly with your PlayStation 3 following a recent update to the console.
Sony recently issued a new update for the PS3 that quietly added support for the DualShock 4 controller without the use of a micro USB cable. Previously you had to use a cable for it to work.
Reddit user shafiggy16 noticed the change, and we've verified it works.
Here's how to get set up:
After downloading the PS3 update, you need to register your DualShock 4 as a Bluetooth device, which requires you hold down the PS and Share buttons once you've disconnected it from USB.
After doing that, you'll be able to use the DualShock 4 wirelessly, but it acts as a generic controller, so there are some features that do not work, such as rumble and Sixasis Motion.
And it doesn't work with certain games, too, such as Gran Turismo 6 (there's an in-development compatibility list over on PlayStation Trophies which is worth a look). But Dark Souls 2, for example, works fine.
Here are the steps:
- Plug in DS4 controller via USB
- Go to Accessory Settings and Manage Bluetooth Devices
- Scan for Bluetooth Device
- Unplug DS4, press Share and PS Buttons
- Once device is found, plug DS4 back in and select Wireless Controller
- Congratulations! You now have a rumble-free DS4 working with your PS3!