Help:Controller Configuration

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Using DualShock 3 controller

On Windows

Currently there are 2 methods of setting up your DualShock 3 (and SIXAXIS) to RPCS3.

  • The recommended method is to use RPCS3's dedicated DualShock 3 pad handler. This is done by installing the official DualShock 3 driver from Sony and then allowing RPCS3 to handle the controller. While this option lets users take advantage of features such as pressure-sensitive buttons and motion controls, bluetooth functionality will be unavailable. To use RPCS3's dedicated DualShock 3 pad handler:
    1. Disable all third-party tools accessing the DualShock 3 (such as ScpToolkit)
    2. Download PlayStation Now for Windows and install it. During the installation process, you will be prompted with an option to install drivers for DualShock controllers. Accept this and install the drivers.
    3. After completion of all installation, users can uninstall PlayStation Now if they wish to do so. The drivers installed for the DualShock 3 will still remain after such uninstallation.
    4. Connect the controller using a USB cable and press the PS button (in the middle of the pad) to allow the DualShock 3 to start sending reports to RPCS3.
    5. Select RPCS3's dedicated DualShock 3 pad handler in the Gamepad Settings menu.
  • The other method is to use third-party tools such as ScpToolkit and selecting the XInput pad handler in RPCS3. While this option allows users to connect the controller over USB or Bluetooth, features unique to the DualShock 3 such as pressure-sensitive buttons or motion controls will no longer function. However, these tools have the advantage of being able to work with virtually any PC game.

On Linux

The DualShock 3 on Linux works with HIDAPI, allowing for the controller to work through USB as well as Bluetooth. To use the DualShock 3 Backend, users need to create a file called /etc/udev/rules.d/99-ds3-controllers.rules (you will need root permissions to create this file), and fill it with the following:

# DualShock 3 over USB
KERNEL=="hidraw", ATTRS{idVendor}=="054c", ATTRS{idProduct}=="0268", MODE="0666"

# DualShock 3 over Bluetooth
KERNEL=="hidraw*", KERNELS=="*054C:0268*", MODE="0666"

After this you must either

  1. restart your computer for these settings to apply or
  2. run sudo udevadm control --reload-rules and replug in your controller

This will allow RPCS3 to communicate with the DualShock 3. Users can then select RPCS3's dedicated DualShock 3 pad handler in the Gamepad Settings menu.

Using DualShock 4 controller

On Windows

The DualShock 4 on Windows works with HIDAPI, allowing for the controller to work through USB as well as Bluetooth. There aren't any additional steps required and the controller should just work with RPCS3's dedicated DualShock 4 pad handler. However, please note that third-party tools like ScpToolkit or DS4Windows may interfere with RPCS3 and it is recommended to disable all such tools.

On Linux

The DualShock 4 on Linux works with HIDAPI, allowing for the controller to work through USB as well as Bluetooth. To use the DualShock 4 Backend, users need to create a file called /etc/udev/rules.d/99-ds4-controllers.rules (you will need root permissions to create this file), and fill it with the following:

# DualShock 4 over USB
KERNEL=="hidraw*", ATTRS{idVendor}=="054c", ATTRS{idProduct}=="05c4", MODE="0666"

# DualShock 4 Wireless Adapter over USB
KERNEL=="hidraw*", ATTRS{idVendor}=="054c", ATTRS{idProduct}=="0ba0", MODE="0666"

# DualShock 4 Slim over USB
# KERNEL=="hidraw*", ATTRS{idVendor}=="054c", ATTRS{idProduct}=="09cc", MODE="0666"

# DualShock 4 over Bluetooth
KERNEL=="hidraw*", KERNELS=="*054C:05C4*", MODE="0666"

# DualShock 4 Slim over Bluetooth
# KERNEL=="hidraw*", KERNELS=="*054C:09CC*", MODE="0666"

After this you must either

  1. restart your computer for these settings to apply or
  2. run sudo udevadm control --reload-rules and replug in your controller

This will allow RPCS3 to communicate with the DualShock 4. Users can then select RPCS3's dedicated DualShock 4 pad handler in the Gamepad Settings menu.

Analog sticks not centered with evdev pad handler

When using the evdev pad handler on Linux, some users may encounter cases where the analog sticks of the controller are not centered but stuck in the corner of the movement zone. This issue occurs when incorrect drivers are used for the controller.

Usually, analog sticks have a range from -x to +x while triggers use only a positive range from 0 to +x. However, some controllers use positive ranges for analog sticks as well which does not directly work with RPCS3's implementation. Hence, the following workaround is required:

  1. Navigate to ~/.config/rpcs3/ and open evdev_positive_axis.yml. If this file does not exist in the directory, create it.
  2. Change the following lines from false to true:
Before After
ABS_X:  false
ABS_Y:  false
ABS_RX: false
ABS_RY: false
ABS_X:  true
ABS_Y:  true
ABS_RX: true
ABS_RY: true

This is not an exhaustive list of options available. Users are requested to toggle other options as required by their specific controller or driver.