Native DUALSHOCK 3 support may be coming to Sony Xperia devices

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As Android smartphones become more powerful with each successive generation, more people are finding them capable of running games they enjoy playing. Depending on a device’s capabilities, it is easily conceivable that it can serve in the same role as a traditional game platform like a PlayStation, complete with a connection to a flat screen TV and dedicated controllers for players. We have seen many companies come to market with controllers for Android devices that replicate the controllers found with leading game systems in pursuit of such a setup. It appears that Sony has decided to get in on this market with the introduction of native support for their PlayStation DUALSHOCK 3 controllers on some devices.

Over the weekend a video surfaced showing a new setting on a Sony Xperia SP that allows for the connection of a “DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller.” Initially, a USB-OTG cable is needed to make the first connection, but once mated, the devices can connect using Bluetooth. Once the controller is connected and running, the smartphone functions as the display and the controller can be used as expected to navigate menus and then control the action.

As mentioned, the discovery of this built-in function was found on a Sony Xperia SP. It seems likely that Sony would want to add this to the rest of their PlayStation Mobile compatible devices as well, especially a top device like the Sony Xperia Z. Sony is mum on the subject, but now that the news has leaked it probably won’t be long before an official statement is issued.

source: Xperia Blog


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.


  • PKM

    Thats great, no need to root and void the warranty just to connect the controller.