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Dualshock 3 Wireless Controller Troubleshooting

Dualshock 3 Wireless Controller Troubleshooting

Dualshock 3 has become the default controller for PS3 consoles, and has gained immense popularity. This article includes some troubleshooting tips regarding the controller.
Rahul Thadani
Dualshock 3 is the famous gamepad that comes along with the PS3, and it offers the commonly seen control buttons, as well as vibration feedback. It was released to the world in 2007 in Tokyo, and since then it has become the standard controller with all PS3 consoles. In this iteration, the vibration and the motion sensing features can be used simultaneously, and this is the single biggest change incorporated into the Dualshock 3. Moreover, it can also be synced with a PSP Go and it can be used to play games on the handheld console.

The controller is wireless and works on Bluetooth technology using both digital and analog signals. It can be charged by connecting it to a USB mini-B port that is present on the PS3 console.

Common Problems and their Solutions

If your Dualshock 3 has stopped working, then there could be several reasons leading to this. The first thing that you should do, is assume that the battery is discharged. A new controller gives around 30 hours of continuous gaming on one single full charge, so unless you are absolutely sure that there is enough charge left in the battery, you should simply plug it into the mini-B port. This will solve most of your problems.

If you are fond of playing PSP games with this controller, then you will need to get a PSP Go handheld console. If it is not working with the console, then you need to remember that you must register, both the PSP Go console and the Dualshock 3, on a PS3 console. If you have not done so, then it will not be compatible with the handheld console.

Follow these steps in order to get rid of the most common problems, that include the inability of the controller, to charge properly even when connected, feel the vibrations at the right moment and with the right intensity, power up, and inability of to reset itself.
  • Connect it to the mini-B USB port with the help of the cable that has been provided.
  • Press the PlayStation button that is located in the middle and hold it down for a few seconds.
  • Unplug the USB cable and then press the PlayStation button once again.
This procedure will effectively reset the synchronization of the controller with the console, and everything will start from scratch. This is the best form of troubleshooting because if there are any bugs in the program, it will get overwritten by this procedure.

Apart from this, you may face some hardware issues as well. This could occur as a result of some physical damage to the controller, or because you have simply used it for far too long. In such circumstances it is advisable to go to an electronics shop and see if they can repair it for you. Visiting a PlayStation retail outlet could be useful if the warranty period is still running, since they notoriously overcharge for solving PS3 problems.

At the end of the day, troubleshooting can only be carried on by scrutinizing the habits of the gamer, and seeing if there is any physical damage to the controller. Software problems can be solved with the reset process mentioned above, but a serious issue will need to be looked at by an expert at a repair shop.