Sony Update Allows PlayStation 4 Controllers To Work Wireless With PlayStation 3

Here's a bit of good news if, for whatever reason, you're hoping to use your PlayStation 4 (PS4) controller wirelessly with your PlayStation 3 (PS3) console. Courtesy of a recent firmware update Sony rolled out, it's now possible to pair the new controller with the previous generation game system using Bluetooth technology.

The functionality became public knowledge from a Reddit forum thread discussing the topic. Since it's through Bluetooth, you need to head into your PS3's Settings menu and have it search for devices. Here are the steps:

  • Go to "Accessory Settings" and select "Manage Bluetooth Devices"
  • Select "Register New Device" and start scanning
  • Press and hold the Share and PlayStation buttons on the controller at the same until it starts blinking
  • Select "Wireless Controller"

PlayStation 4 Controller

Keep in mind that pairing your PS4 controller to your PS3 means it will no longer work on the PS4 unless you pair it back -- you can't have it synced to both consoles at the same time. It's also worth pointing out that support is limited. SIXAXIS controls and vibration don't work, as apparently the PS3 recognizes the controller as being a generic one. It will, however, power on the PS3.