Easy to Use PS3 Controller on PC(2018 NO MotioninJoy)

By April Cai in Technical Tips Tags: Windows

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I think you must get a new PS3 controller, probably it’s your first one. That’s great. Since you’re reading this article, you must be looking for a guide to use your PS3 controller on your Windows PC. You’re on the right place. The top easy but true guide here to help you connect your PS3 controller with Windows.

Let’s get started.

Important: MotioninJoy isn’t working anymore. Its official website is also not available now. So please do not follow any guide that ask you to download MotioninJoy.  

How to connect PS controller on PC:

1) Plug your PS3 controller with a USB cable to your PC. You should then see the window below:

2) Download Microsoft .NET 4.0, Visual C++ 2013 Runtime from Microsoft website, and install them on your computer.

3) Install a latest Xbox 360 controller driver on your computer. It’s for your system to recognize your PS 3 controller.

You can download a latest Xbox 360 driver from the official Microsoft website and install it on your WIndows manually .

Or alternatively,  do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

3-1) Download and install Driver Easy.

3-2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3-3) Click Update next to a flagged 360 controller driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with the FREE version). 

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

4)Download an emulator for your Windows to recognize your PS 3 controller as a Xbox 360 controller. Here we use SCP Toolkit.

Download SCP Tookit .

4-1) Extract the downloaded files.

4-2) On the extracted folder, go to ScpServer > bin. Then double-click ScpDriver (Applicition type).

4-3) Click Install.

4-4) When it succeeds in installing, close the window.

4-5) Back in bin folder, double-click ScpMonotor.

You should then see your PS 3 controller shown as Pad 1. 

Now your PS 3 controller is ready to go.   

  • charlie sheen

    This is like the 10 times i installed the drivers, works like a charm every time. Thank you so much for putting the effort. 😀

  • silversong

    This is NOT easy. Sheesh.

  • Matthew Stott

    Cant get this to work for me. Followed the steps. SCP driver says its installed correctly, but monitor just says its all disconnected. Any ideas?

  • Jakob Alexander Brahm

    Can’t I get an PS3 driver? It works, but all games thinks it is an Xbox controller.. so all button configs are… well, Xbox buttons.

  • Nik Fury

    argh why is this so much more difficult now

  • ffeellix is fine

    looking for a 2018 update / feedback.. Anyone test this recently? thanks.

    • Mistoltean

      Did not follow this guide, but SCP driver is working with window 10 in my laptop.
      For window 10, you need one another step to unlock PS3’s driver since MS blocks their bitter rival in window 10.
      In my old laptop with window 8-8.1, SCP driver worked without any additional step, just plug and play.
      The only minor downside I can find with SCP, same as Motioninjoy, is to reinstall driver whenever PS3’s is unplugged from laptop.

  • John Go

    Well xbox 360 controller doesn’t show up in driver easy. I’ll find another set up I think. lol

  • Hazel C.

    I’m not able to open and install scpDriver application. When i double click it asks if I want to allow it to make changes to the harddrive, I click yes, and then it does nothing.

  • vilaca

    Just a quick question. I did this yesterday and it worked, but i woke up today and my ps remote isnt working.

    it says pad1: disconnected
    host adress: disconnected

    any ideas?

    should i unistall the drivers and install again for xbox 360?

    • April Cai

      Hi, Vilaca.
      Before reinstalling the driver, you can try to reset your PS 3 controller through these:
      1) Turn off your PS 3 controller;
      2) Use a small, unfolded paper-clip to click and hold down the reset button of your PS 3 controller. (This button is on the back of your controller near the L2 shoulder button.)
      3) Release the button after several seconds.
      4) Connect your PS 3 controller and turn it on to see if it works.
      Hope this works for you.

      • ChoNahli

        Big thanks for this, helped me easily clear out what would have been a big headache to figure out otherwise!

  • Vinit Hemnani

    Can i play wirelessly

  • Dawid Wysocki

    Thank you so much, works great!

  • Adamit wahap

    thanks driver easy .

  • Jan Christoffersen

    MotionJoy isn’t working anymore. Their site doesn’t load for me and their software only shows ads or commercial websites.

    • April Cai

      Hi, Jan Christoffersen. Great thanks for your information. I’ve updated my article to help users install a PS 3 controller on Windows without MotioninJoy. Thanks again.