Connecting Sony DualShock 3/4 controllers to Windows
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This guide will help you attach PS3 controllers to a Windows computer so you can play all your retro games amongst others.  You can connect up to 4 controllers via USB or Bluetooth (dongle required) at the same time!

 

Installation requirements

Optional

  • A supported Bluetooth 2.0 (or higher) compatible USB dongle with EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
  • See Compatible Bluetooth Devices
  • For DS4s to be useable the minimal supported Bluetooth version is 2.1!

Software Installation
 
Connect your Bluetooth Dongle (if you want to use wirelessly) and controllers via USB and let Windows install its default drivers. (Leave plugged in during whole process)
 
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Download the latest release of the ScpToolkit Setup your PC. (Click here to download from NickDJ.co.uk)
 
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Run the Setup and click Next.
 
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The installation will automatically install required Visual C dependencies.
 
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Wait for the Visual C files to install.
 
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ScpToolKit should now install.
 
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You can select which features to install or omit. Default settings should be fine.
 
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Wait for the installation to complete.
 
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Select Finish if you want to perform the setup later, or select Run Driver Installer
 
 
 
Driver intallation and configuration
 
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Expand Choose Bluetooth dongles to install and Choose Dualshock 3 controllers to install.
 
Note: If you're performing a fresh installation, run the Driver Installer afterwards.  If you're upgrading from an older installation you may skip the Driver Installer.
 
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Select your attached Bluetooth dongle and PS3 controller.
 
Note: Vista: check the Force Install option.
Win 7/8/8.1/10: leave it unchecked (or check if you're facing installation troubles, might help).
 
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Select Install and the installation should complete. 
 
 
 
Testing your controller
 
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You may see notifications appear in the bottom right of your screen. There may be a lot of them to start with. This lets you know everything is going ok.
 
You can also check the status of the controller by using the SCP Monitor application. If you wish to use Bluetooth, try unplugging the USB cable and then trying to pair it (press PS3 button on controller). It should work.
 
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If you wish, you can also check to see if all buttons are working. Navigate to the Control Panel and select Devices and Printers. You should see both your Bluetooth Dongle and Xbox 360 Controller for Windows.
Right-click the controller and select Game Controller Settings
 
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Now select Properties.
 
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You can then test out the analogue and digital controls.