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 measure, Sony announced the Sixaxis instead, and made the excuse at E3 2006 that force feedback would've interfered with the gyro sensors. With the eventual release of the DualShock 3 in 2008, owing to Sony's loss in court and eventual business deal for the patent, we now know this was a boldfaced lie.

Aside from the gyro gimmick, the Sixaxis and DualShock 3 don't just offer the same old DualShock 2 functionality. It has:

  • A 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.


Native support in modern kernels.

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