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Sony adds DualShock 3 support to Android Xperia devices

Sony beefs up its Xperia lineup with PS3 controller support

Sony has added native support for the PlayStation 3 DualShock 3 controller to its lineup of Android-powered Xperia smartphones. The support means that players can pair their DualShock 3's with the smartphones to play games and control menus.

A video posted to the account of Sony Mobile Communications product training manager Tom Randall shows off the options provided by DualShock 3 support. The demonstration was done using Sony's latest smartphone, the Xperia SP.

Sony's PlayStation Mobile store and Google Play both have titles that support physical controllers. Android has allowed USB controller support since version 3.2 on the mobile operating system, but DualShock 3 was only workable with the use of a third-party app. Much like pairing a DualShock 3 with the PlayStation 3, a USB cable is required for initial setup.

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Thomas Foster Games Programmer, Exient Ltd3 years ago
So when can we expect to see this available more generally? And perhaps a PC driver?
I dont even freakin own a PS3 and I would buy a controller tomorrow if I could use it with my phone/PC

My guess however sadly is never.
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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange3 years ago
"I dont even freakin own a PS3 and I would buy a controller tomorrow if I could use it with my phone/PC"

That is unlikely to happen since the whole point of adding the PS3 controller support was to make their "Android Xperia devices" have a unique selling point. It targets specifically those who already owns an Xperia phone or a PS3 console.
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gi biz ;,pgc.eu 3 years ago
There has been support on Linux for a while, AFAIK. The program is called sixaxis I think, but I'm not sure it's been ported for Android yet.
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Curt Sampson Sofware Developer 3 years ago
So when can we expect to see this available more generally? And perhaps a PC driver?
It already is, in the form of the Snakebyte idrod:con (and it apparently also works with PCs).

MotionJoy will let you use a PS3 controller on a PC, though I found it to be an utter pain to set up and keep working, at least when used with Bluetooth, and finally just switched to a Logitech F710 gamepad.

As a side note, I'm particularly pleased with the F710 since it's well built and switches easily between controller and keyboard mode. In the latter mode the controls generate user-configurable key press and release events, which is useful, even brilliant, for games that don't include controller support. (Nightsky becomes much more enjoyable, for example.) It also comes with decent software for configuring various sets of these keymaps.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Curt Sampson on 11th April 2013 11:26pm

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Dave Wolfe Game Developer, Cosmic Games3 years ago
@Thomas
There are hacks to get PS3 controllers working with Windows, but the easier option is to just buy an XBox 360 controller. You have to get the kind that was designed to work with Windows, the standard controller doesn't work (a dumb mistake by Microsoft imo). If you're not a fan of the XBox controller, there are some cheap dual shock knockoffs you can get, but the build quality isn't as good.
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Private Industry 3 years ago
I would prefer if I didnt have to buy PS1 games again on my phone that I already bought for PS3 rather than being able to use my DS3 on the phone.
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