Using a PS3 Controller with the Nexus 10 2

So, you just got your Nexus 10 and you’re ready to put that gorgeous display to work with some games.  Unfortunately, using an all-touchscreen device for some games is not a very pleasant experience, especially when having to hold the Nexus 10 in your hands to do it.  The Nexus 10 is pretty thin and light, but not as light and ergonomic as a PlayStation 3 controller.

What if I told you that you could use your PlayStation 3 controller with your Nexus 10?  Well, that’s exactly what I’m about to tell you.

First, you must make sure your Nexus 10 is rooted.  Google is your friend here, but there are a few tutorials out there showing you how it can be done via hooking your Nexus 10 up to your computer.
Here’s a guide from Android Central on how to unlock the bootloader:

Secondly, you must invest a little bit of money into Sixaxis Controller off of the Google Play Store.

Third…ly, download the pairing tool for your Windows PC and connect your PlayStation 3 controller and Nexus 10 to get them paired with one another.  If you don’t have a Windows PC, there’s some more complex instructions available on that same site to run some command line based operations.

Once everything is working, you can have up to FOUR PlayStation 3 controllers working at the same time on your Nexus 10, full key mapping, full analog stick support, and a much better gaming experience than using the touchscreen exclusively would give you.

Happy Gaming!


2 thoughts on “Using a PS3 Controller with the Nexus 10

  1. Reply Harald Hoyer Dec 10, 2012 4:24 am

    1. You don’t have to unlock the bootloader to get root:

    2. Sixaxis Controller got updated to work again with bluetooth. Just connect the controller with an OTG cable and it is paired for bluetooth.

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