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Sony Phones To Support Dual Shock 3

From our not-so-significant-news department we hear that Sony Mobile is about to introduce native support for the DualShock 3 PlayStation 3 controller in their Android phones.

That means full wireless support to play Android/PlayStation Mobile games without the need for additional software.

This feature was first spotted in the upcoming Sony Xperia SP (C530X) settings menu. We don’t know whether support will also come to other handsets such as the Xperia Z, but we’d be surprised if this wasn't the case.

Can one see this as one tiny little step towards the blurring of the lines between the gaming platforms? Perhaps. But most of all I think they did it "just cause they can". Technically speaking it's an easy thing to do.

Still, it's pretty cool in it's own wacky way. Like an "official hack", sort of.

Tags: Xperia, Dual Shock 3, Sony Mobile

4/13/2013 2:40:33 PM Espen Krømke

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Comments (24 posts)

Knightzane
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 3:10:42 PM
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i blame the hipsters. I recently heard this song "radioactive - imagine dragons" and i thought it sounded kind of cool so i youtubed it. Top comment was "I liked this song before it went viral" That annoyed me for some reason haha

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ZettaiSeigi
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 8:24:23 PM

I just bought the Sony Xperia Z and I can't wait until it officially supports the Dualshock 3. Not that I'm into mobile gaming but there are some rather good ones and I'd like to try them with an actual controller instead of on-screen controls. That said, I don't think this will change my gaming habits. Dedicated gaming devices > any smartphone.

A note on the PlayStation Mobile. It was not pre-installed on my phone, and it makes sense since PSM is not yet available in my country. However I was able to download the app from the PlayStation website and use my US PSN account. It's interesting that the PS Mobile games that I already own are not labeled as purchased on the PlayStation Store. I had to go to my Download List and get them from there. Is that the same for the others here?

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firesoul453
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 3:27:03 PM
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Android already works with ps3 controllers, but still cool for some official support.

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Beamboom
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 3:40:38 PM

Yeah well most anything can work with Android if you make it so, or find an app for it. But here it comes with the system, already configured and integrated in the system settings, officially supported, all is fine and dandy.

I think it's pretty cool! In my imagination I see this being made at some internal "Sony hack camp day". :D


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AcHiLLiA
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 4:04:52 PM
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lol, okay.

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Wrote
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 8:01:19 PM
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This is cool, but anyone who really wanted to do it would just root their android and do it rather then buy a new phone. Me? I just use my wiimote, and even then there's so few games that support it, basically emulators,and the only time I need it is for n64 which I rarely play. Also another point, I don't like Sony phones, once you go nexus u don't go back.

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Beamboom
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 1:35:05 AM

Rooting your phone is not always that easy, and definitely not something I'd recommend average Joe to do.

I *love* Sony mobiles. I've found them to be very well made, real sturdy and reliable. Plus, they look darn good I think.

But I'll most likely go Nexus next too, simply cause it uses stock Android and is so much easier to play with on an advanced level (easy root access).
But for anyone who "just want an Android phone" I have no problems with recommending a Sony phone. They are great products.


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Wrote
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 2:13:42 AM

I see no reason to root my phone, it does everything I want it to do, where jts when I had an iPod touch I jail broke that thing right away. My reasoning for liking nexus isn't so much on the technical level, its that it doesn't come with any skin like a Samsung HTC lg etc would use, my last phone was good but held back by stupid bloatware and Motorola's skin. And I guess I wanna clarify,I don't have problems with Sony phones, just never seen a reason to get one over a competitor. Their xperia z or whatever looks slick tho, I like that its a full spec phone with water proof tech

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Beamboom
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 2:43:11 AM

Yeah that's what's meant with "stock version" of Android: No bloatware or custom homescreen - just the core, standard Android distribution.
And I agree. That is attractive.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 8:11:39 PM
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Would be helpful if it worked with emulators, I can't stand playing NES games with a touch screen. It's like impossible. Though I wouldn't really wanna bring my DS3 out into the world with me lol.

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Wrote
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 10:11:12 PM

I have SNES, GBA, GBC, ps1, n64 emus, never thought to get an nes one cuz of how hard the games were back then, as far as on screen controls RPGs work best, in fact I've played some of my favorite games again on my phone, I like to consider my phone as a glorified gameboy. All platformers are impossible with on screen controls tho.

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MrAnonymity
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 9:58:19 PM
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These comments have proved just how much of an android newbie I am still. I had no idea androids could support PS3 controllers. Of course... I never thought to look into it...

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mehrab2603
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 10:39:43 PM
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Hmmm it'll soon be available to all Android devices. Exclusive features in Android world don't remain exclusive thanks to Android devs porting stuff all the time.

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Draguss
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 1:06:26 AM
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...I see no point in this. It's true that touchscreen controls aren't always the best, but it's kind of ignoring the whole point of mobile gaming. Unless you plan on taking a DS3 with you everywhere.

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Beamboom
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 1:42:55 AM

You don't have to always use it... Just use your controller when you got it around?

A mobile that support HDMI, paired with a DS3, is all of a sudden a portable console with this. I think that is pretty amazing to think about.
It feels like only yesterday we all just played good ole' Snake and Tetris on our mobiles... :)

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daus26
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 1:57:19 AM
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I still don't understand why we can't use DS3s on the PS4... at least for PS3 games. It's not like the touchpad feature is a prominent feature if the reason is because the PS4 is too "advanced" to accept DS3s.

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Beamboom
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 2:29:42 AM

There can be legitimate reasons why it can't be used.
Maybe the touch pad is used in core features in regards to navigating the PS4 interface. That would make the DS3 more or less useless for anything but a selection of games that don't use the new features unless Sony spent time and efforts to write workaround code for the old controllers. And, well, Sony has not proven to be too eager with backward compatibility recently, so...

My personal wild guess is that the DS3 can be used on the PS4 just like regular PC controllers do work on the PS3, it will just lack some core features needed to work 100% (just like the PC controller do when used on the PS3), and that's what renders it incompatible.


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Banky A
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 8:29:37 AM
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When you're out and about when are you going to have a DS3? And it'll be a bit hard to see from that distance using a controller.

I'm confused about this demographic since
full portable gaming = vita
full gaming = tv

Will be really handy though if there's a game you love on mobile.

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___________
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 9:20:19 AM
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gotta love $ony!
they bring useless features like this, while removing ps1 games from PSM!
brilliant, bring the useless with one hand and, and taketh away the brilliant stuff with the other.
sigh.
and $ony wonder why their stock is in the lowest position its been in HISTORY!

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556pineapple
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 2:20:15 PM
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I've got an Xperia Play with some PS1 games on it, as well as a few PS mobile games like Lemmings and Super Crate Box. I like having those games for when I'm on the go. I don't really like carrying around a Dualshock 3 everywhere I go, though. Still it's kind of a handy feature to have if you have another Xperia model.

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iankhaneagle
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 5:29:12 PM
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iankhaneagle
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 5:29:12 PM
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this will be perfect for me! planning on buying an unlocked Sony Xperia T bond phone online in about 3 weeks! probably wouldnt use it on ps games but id like it for playing em on android. still new to android but learning. coming from WP.

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iankhaneagle
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 5:29:12 PM
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this will be perfect for me! planning on buying an unlocked Sony Xperia T bond phone online in about 3 weeks! probably wouldnt use it on ps games but id like it for playing em on android. still new to android but learning. coming from WP.

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iankhaneagle
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 5:29:12 PM
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this will be perfect for me! planning on buying an unlocked Sony Xperia T bond phone online in about 3 weeks! probably wouldnt use it on ps games but id like it for playing em on android. still new to android but learning. coming from WP.

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