Aug 10 AT 2:44 PM Edgar Cervantes 13 Comments

Use your PS3 Sixaxis and Dualshock 3 controller to play games on your Android device

Sony Sixaxis

Android gamers of the world, rejoice! Most of you probably have many games and an emulator or two in your device, but playing with those on-screen buttons can be quite annoying. The only ones able to avoid these on-screen controllers are Xperia Play owners, but what about the rest of us? Well, if you have your PS3 Sixaxis or Dualshock 3 controllers laying around your bedroom, you can now use those with your Android devices.

This is possible thanks to an app called Sixaxis Controller, which lets you sync your PS3 controllers to your Android phone or tablet via Bluetooth. Sadly, the app is not compatible with all devices, and you need to have root access in order to use it. The developer has actually created a Sixaxis Compatibility Checker that is dedicated to see if your device is compatible with this app. The compatibility checker is available for free from the Android market, and the full Sixaxis Controller app goes for $1.65.

The application supports up to 4 controllers at once, so multiplayer action is definitely possible. You will also be able to remap all 17 buttons on your controllers, giving you the full PlayStation experience.

As a gamer, I have not heard anything sweeter than this in a while. Even if you happen to have an Xperia Play, it actually lacks the L2 and R2 buttons. Call me picky, but not having those two buttons is a huge deal. Plus, the Xperia Play controller could never give you the full grip and comfort of a full sized PlayStation 3 controller.



Playing PlayStation 1 games on your Xperia Play with the native emulator [1]

If the Sixaxis Controller app was not enough good news for you, this will surely make Xperia Play owners happy. Now that you can get your L2 and R2 buttons back, you can work on this hack that has recently hit the interwebs. You can now use your phone’s native PSX emulator to run your ISO files.

You can already play these with other emulators in the market, but none of them will work as well as the emulator on a PlayStation certified device. Yifanlu has been hard at work with this hack, and it still needs some work, but they have gotten some games to work. If you want more information about this hack, just head over to the dedicated forum at XDA Developers and follow along. Also, check out his video, in which he has Crash Bandicoot 3 working on the native emulator.


  1. Via XDA and Yifan.Lu

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Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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