Connecting your Playstation controller

Driver support for Playstation controllers are included in OS X. The only thing required for connecting your controller is to pair it to your Mac via Bluetooth.

Steps to connect your controller:

Step 1: Open your Mac's Bluetooth settings (Apple Menu > System Preferences > Bluetooth, or click the Bluetooth icon in the Menu Bar > Open Bluetooth Preferences.)

Step 2: Turn Bluetooth On.

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Step 3: Hold down the Playstation “PS” button and the “Share” button until the light at the top of the controller starts blinking quickly in a pulse fashion, this places the controller into pairing mode (see the figure)

Step 4: The Mac should quickly detect the controller and it will appear in the Bluetooth devices list as “Wireless Controller” or “PLAYSTATION(4) Controller” to pair the PS4 controller

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You'll need a USB Mini-B cable that connects the Playstation 3 controller to a console or USB port to charge it. Note the USB cable is only needed to set up the PS3 controller initially, and for charging it when necessary, the setup will be for the wireless usage of the Playstation controller through Bluetooth.

Step 3: Connect the PS3 Wireless Controller with your Mac via the USB Mini-B cable. Once connected, 'PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller' will appear in your list of Bluetooth-enabled devices; however, it will indicate it is 'Not Connected'. Don't worry, this is normal.

Simultaneously, the 4 lights located at the top left of the controller will begin to slowly blink red; this indicates the controller is charging.

NOTE: If the charger is new and/or has not been charged, stop now and allow it to charge for an hour before proceeding to the next step.

Step 4: Tap the PS Button on the front of the controller and then unplug the USB Mini-B Cable from the controller. The 4 red lights should now blink faster, indicating the controller is attempting to pair with your Mac.

Step 5: Your Mac will then prompt you to enter a password to pair with the controller. Enter "0000" (without the quotations) and select 'Pair'. The 4 red lights will continue to flash and 'PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller' should now indicate it is 'Connected' in your list of Bluetooth-enabled devices.

Congratulations! You have successfully connected your PlayStation Controller to your Mac. Now when you turn on the controller and open any controller-supported OS X video game both parties will automatically connect to each other, allowing you to simply pick up and play.

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