HOW TO CONNECT THE PS3 CONTROLLER TO THE NINTENDO SWITCH

June 21, 2019   /   by Marco  / Categories :  Business, Nintendo Switch, Technology
Business Legions - HOW TO CONNECT THE PS3 CONTROLLER TO THE NINTENDO SWITCH

Our family has a Nintendo Switch with only the 2 Joycon controllers that came with the Switch. I decided to look at getting extra controllers but I noticed we had 2 PS3 controllers from the Sony Playstation 3. After some research, I discovered there are Bluetooth dongles that allow the PS3 controllers to connect to the Nintendo Switch. I decided to try one to see if it worked.

Business Legions - 8BitDo PS3 Controller Nintendo Switch

I ended up buying 2 of the 8BitDo dongles. You can buy these from here:

When I received the 8BitDo dongles I needed to sync the devices to the controllers. To do this you need to follow these steps in this order:

1. Download drivers for your PC. The latest drivers from the website didn’t work correctly so when I contacted 8BitDo using Facebook messenger they advised to use the older version. Here’s the link: download.8bitdo.com/Tools/Receiver/8Bitdo_PS3_Tool_Win_V1.1.zip

2. Extract the files and run

Business Legions - 8BitDo Insert PS3 Controller Connected install

3. Plug the 8BitDo whilst pressing the sync button. The drivers will be installed for the 8BitDo. If the drivers are installed correctly you will see the “Retro Receiver Connected” button go dark red

Business Legions - 8BitDo Retro Receiver Connected

4. Only if step 3 worked, then proceed to this step. Connect the PS3 controller via a USB cable. Install the drivers for the PS3 controller.

Business Legions - 8BitDo Insert PS3 Controller Connected

5. If the drivers installed correctly you will also see the “Pair button” turn orange.

Business Legions - 8BitDo Pair

6. Press the Pair button and if successful the message “Paired OK!” will be displayed. The 8BitDo and the PS3 Controller are now connected.

The 8BitDo and the PS3 Controller are now connected paired ok

6. Remove both the 8BitDo and the PS3 controller from the PC. Connect the 8BitDo to the USB ports of the Nintendo Switch. Here’s a video showing that it’s working.

7. You will see the Sync light on the 8BitDo flash orange. On the PS3 press the PS button and the orange flashing light to a solid orange – this means the PS3 is linked correctly.

Business Legions - Nintendo Switch PS3 8BitDo 1 feature

8. Test the controllers

Business Legions - Nintendo Switch PS3 8BitDo 4 controllers

I hope this helped and if it did please share it!

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