controller support

Automatic setup and native support makes it easy to use a DUALSHOCK 3 controller for your favorite games

Sony looks to be adding system level support for their popular Playstation DUALSHOCK 3 controllers to Xperia phones. User will be able to wirelessly connect their controllers without root or any cumbersome set up routines, using only a USB OTG cable for the initial pairing. 

As you can see in the video (find it after the break) you plug your controller into the phone's USB port, turn it on, enter the device settings and enable the controller. After some data exchange over the wire, you're told to unplug the controller and can now use it via the device's Bluetooth connection. There's no word when we should expect to see this, or if it will even be ported back to older and current Xperia devices.

Of course, you'll need to use games that support a controller for the best experience, but the controller will also navigate through the UI, much like Logitech controllers currently do with various tablet devices. Add in a TV or monitor via the device's HDMI output, and it sounds like the making of a game console. Hit the break for the video.

Source: Xperia blog

 

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Sony bringing native DUALSHOCK 3 controller support to Xperia phones

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I can use my ps3 controller now on my Note 2, though it's with the cable that turns my micro usb into a usb port. Wireless would be nice, but wired isn't too bad.

I tried that but nothing appeared to happen. Should I be able to navigate the home screen with the ps3 controller?

I think the S3 already has native support for the DS3 via OTG. And if you have a rooted device, you can use Sixaxis and pair it up for wireless bluetooth.

However, it's always nice to see first-party support. Maybe it'll have better code or get released for non-rooted devices.

Thanks, I didn't know that. I have an OTG cable for my note 2 (only a few pounds off amazon marketplace) so will give it a go.

I also have spare sony bluray remote but that's not supported by the six axis app and the dev didn't respond to my emails.

Next, steal my idea for new PlayStation certified devices with 64GB storage minimum with microSD, each phone designed to fit well into a cradle that gives you PlayStation controls as well as added battery power, and minimum specs of Snapdragon 600 or whatever they decide to do. Have PSV games released day and date, via digital download for a new PS App Store for Android(and maybe iOS if Apple is nice). And profit(?).

hope they release this as a playstore app. wouldnt complain if it need root(the app most probably will need root). xperia exclusive will be a bummer.

Seconded! It would be nice to have an Offical app from the company that makes the Dual shock 3 I can't help but imagine it would be smoother and better supported.

IF they release it (Dualshock app) to all phones/tablets then I expect we will soon see an official game portal from Sony for PS1/PS2 games. They really need to work on this "playstation certified" aspect. Certify ANY qualifed device including those not made by Sony and make their $$ back on people buying the games.

I already started a thread on xda developers to ask if anyone was working on extracting drivers, libraries and apps from xperia SP.
Hopefully support for a mass market game controller will really help android gaming get some serious games.

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