The PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 Controller Works With PS3, For The Most Part

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A new Computer Spiele video by YouTube user Udetto has revealed that the PlayStation 4‘s improved DualShock 4 controller will work on the current-gen PlayStation 3, with a few restrictions.

Unable to show any software footage from their debug PlayStation 4, Udetto decided to experiment with the DualShock 4 pad and see if the PS3 would recognize it. He discovered that the next-gen controller is compatible with the older system if it is plugged into its USB ports. Wireless functionality did not work out of the box, however, Udetto noted in the comment section of the video that they did not think to try paring the PS4 joystick with the PS3 via the wireless menu.

Obviously, there are a few caveats when it comes to using the PlayStation 4 controller on the PS3. Things like the touchpad and “Share” button have no functionality (the video does not mention how, or if, the DS3’s PS Home button translates to the DS4), and they could not get the pad to work on FIFA 14 (Urban Trial Freestyle, on the other hand, worked perfectly).

I have not been terrible excited about the upcoming launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (mainly due to the lackluster launch titles, and the all but guaranteed technical issues are waiting for day one buyers), but I can’t help but to be excited over the possibility of hooking the DualShock 4 up to my PS3. The next-gen pad looks like a huge improvement over the DS3, and I have a rather massive PlayStation Plus backlog that I would love to play through with it.

Check out the Computer Spiele PlayStation 4 controller video below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Is using a DualShock 4 on your PS3 something that you would be interested in?