Thanks to a firmware update, the PlayStation 4’s controller, the DualShock 4, can now be used wirelessly to control your PlayStation 3.
IGN reports that a Reddit user discovered the new functionality, which allows players to register their DualShock 4 as a generic controller on the PS3. Previously, the DualShock 4 would only work with the PlayStation 3 as a wired controller. Since the PS3 only recognizes the DS4 as a generic controller, features like rumble and motion control are not available, and some PS3 games will not yet support the new controller.
To take advantage of the new functionality, players need to register the DualShock 4 as a USB device through the PS3 menu, then hold down the “Share” and “PS” buttons on the DualShock 4. Once the controller is paired to the console, it can be used to power on and off the PS3 by the PS button.
While many PS3 owners still love their older controllers, many gamers prefer the solid feel and layout of the PlayStation 4’s game pad. Providing the option to use either is a great move for Sony, allowing players to experience PS3 titles however they like. We’re hoping that further updates will enable full functionality eventually, and even more hopeful that Microsoft takes a cue from Sony, and implements a similar functionality for their Xbox One controllers.