Thinking about smartphone gaming but find the lack of controllers a little bit too annoying because of virtual pads? Here’s something to quell your hesitation: there will be wireless controller support for upcoming mid-range Xperia smartphones, and you don’t even need to root your devices like before.
This is good news for those who already own a DUALSHOCK 3 controller, and despite the fact that the controller will only support games with USB controller compatibility, that still covers a pretty wide spectrum of PlayStation Mobile games.
What’s even better? Certain popular hits from Google Play will also have DUALSHOCK 3 compatibility. All you need to do is to check it under the PlayStation Store, where it will be listed under “Supported interface”.
If you find the need to watch a video tedious, here’s the breakdown for the steps needed to connect: all you need to do is to head to the DUALSHOCK 3 setup wizard under “Xperia” in the settings menu. (Settings > Xperia > DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller)
After this, if you already have a DUALSHOCK 3 controller, you just need to grab a USB On-The-Go (OTG) cable to complete the initial setup. Following this, you can simply use Bluetooth to reconnect your PS3 controller without using the OTG cable again.
Want to turn off your controller? Equally easy. Under the DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller menu, you simply need to click “Power off”, and your mobile will do it for you. Neat, isn’t it?
Oh, fret not. Your battery level’s still checkable, if that’s what you’re wondering.
Also, by plugging a HDMI cable into your TV, you can play your games with the controller on the big screen; whether outdoors or indoors, this will prove to be a pretty decent portable gaming device unless you’re hesitant to bring out your DUALSHOCK 3 device. But otherwise, why not? So if you were previously on the fence about getting a Xperia phone and/or you want to play games on your smartphone, now is the time you make up your mind and give one of Sony’s mid-range Xperia smartphones a try.