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Using a PS3 controller to play games on Steam

Discussion in 'Alienware M11x' started by eatthestates, Jan 25, 2011.

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  1. eatthestates

    eatthestates Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey guys,
    I was wondering if anyone has used a PS3 controller to play games on Steam either wired or wireless. I looked at this site How to Use a PS3 Controller on a PC | GameFront and it seems possible, but I am confused as to how it would work. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    you can but you need like an unofficial driver to run them as a controller (dstool or something like that). most games default to the 360 controller as that controller is much easier as it downloads the driver and auto installs it: no mess or fuss like the PS3 drivers. the 360 is USB so it'll take a slot but you can plug your mouse back when done or use the pad.
     
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    Is there any guides with a detailed walk through? I tried the one on the link I posted but my controller is not recognized.
     
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    I'm using motionjoy and its working flawlessly!
    Unfortunately, our bluetooth adapter is not compatible, so I'm always wired...
    You also have to use windows in "test mode", so it can install unsigned drivers.
    Quick steps:
    1.Put your windows in testmode, and get rid of the watermark
    2. download motionjoy drivers and install them
    3. plug in ps3 controller with the usb, and install drivers from motionjoy (browse to the correct driver)
    4. in motionjoy you can configure the controller and let it emulate the xbox360 controller.

    You can always buy a little bluetooth dongle that would be compatible with motionjoy if you really need wireless.
     
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    see, that's just too much effort just to get a PS3 controller to work on the PC.
     
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    Like the above poster i use motionjoy and the latest version is signed so you don't need to go into test mode to install/use it.
    I purchased a mini usb bluetooth adaptar by belkin and it works flawlessly through bluetooth.
    The adapter i went for was £7.99 from pc world in the uk(im sure it could be brought for less but im inpatient).
    Also motionjoy has a 360 emulation mode option so the games that only work on 360 controller will work on ps3 controller.
     
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    It's basically about what you like. The xbox controller is too clumsy in my opinion, and the wireless dongle is way too big..
    And I use my PS3 controller wirelessly on my main PC, thats why I go trough all the trouble for the m11x.

    You could always buy a cheap pc gamepad, but where the fun in that? :3
     
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    u can use a wired 360 controller....just get a cable tie to keep the cable length short :)
     
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    Or you could just use a keyboard and mouse!
    Its nice to have options.
     
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    So I don't know why but I can't browse to the correct driver. Once the motionjoy is running and the controller is on, all the LED lights just blink together.
     
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    it is but some are just more of an inconvenience than others and it's like why go the hard way when there's a much easier way....just a thought.
     
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    Have you restarted the pc since installing?
     
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    I didnt find it an inconvenience. I do also have a wired 360 controller which i use sometimes , i just wanted the wireless option without the huge microsoft dongle.
     
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    i bought my m11xr2 with the bluetooth option intended to pair it with bluetooth peripherals and here i'm reading i have to buy a bluetooth usb dongle to connect controller. what goods my 20$ internal bluetooth module upgrade now?
     
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    As far as i understood it, his signed drivers only worked for the 32bit version of windows. I thought you had to be in test mode to use them on 64bit.
     
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    Here's a link to the motionjoy downloads page.
    Playstation 3 controller(Dualshcok 3 or Sixaxis) driver for windows | MotioninJoy
    It says that the latest 64bit version is signed.
    I cant confirm this as my m11x is permaneantly in test mode(using nautis r1 video drivers)
     
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    Oops, guess i was wrong about that. Could have sworn i had read that somewhere on his page.

    Oh well, maybe i'll give it another shot now that i know 64bit is signed too.

    Thanks for the info.
     
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    The bluetooth works fine. I'm using my Razer mouse with it and connect my iPhone with tethering.

    Motionjoy doesen't support every bluetooth hardware, as far as I know they tinker around with it, and you wont be able to transfer files anymore.
    So it's basically motionjoys fault, not the m11x.
     
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