DualShock 3

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The DualShock 3 is the standard controller for the PlayStation 3. It was originally intended to launch with the console, but a lawsuit by Immersion in 2002 meant they were unable to include the controller's namesake feature, force feedback, until the case was over. As a stopgap, Sony announced the Sixaxis instead, claiming at E3 2006 that force feedback would have interfered with the gyro sensors. With the eventual release of the DualShock 3 in 2008, due to Sony's loss in court and eventual deal for the patent, we now know that this was incorrect.

Aside from gyro support, the Sixaxis and DualShock 3 offer the following features over DualShock 2:

  • A very good D-pad
  • 10-bit precision analog sticks, and pressure sensitive buttons
  • Wireless connectivity using Bluetooth
  • Wired connectivity through a Mini B-type USB connector


Use DsHidMini. For wireless functionality, see BthPS3.

Sony's official driver for the controller, sixaxis.sys, was only released for the PlayStation Now service. If you have it installed, you may need to follow this guide to remove it.

For Windows 7 and 8, see SCP Driver Package.


Modern Linux kernels and Distros include support for Dualshock 3 controllers without any need to download additional programs.

External links[edit]

PCGamingWiki: DualShock 3