Ouya Works Much Better With A PlayStation 3 Controller

By Spencer . June 30, 2013 . 10:28am


The biggest problem with the Ouya hardware is the controller. It’s bulky and the face buttons can get stuck in the shell. Here’s some good news – you don’t have to use the Ouya controller to play games with it. As long as you’re not playing a game that requires the touchpad, you can use a PlayStation 3 controller.


Thanks to these instructions on the Ouya forum, it’s easy to set up too. All you need to do is plug a PS3 controller into the Ouya using a mini USB cable and press the home button on the PS3 controller when the Ouya is on. Ta-da! Now you’re playing with PS3 power, but you’re tethered to the tiny Ouya console. If you want to go wireless, shut down the Ouya and unplug the PS3 controller. Turn the system back on and press the home button on the PS3 controller. You’re all set to play Final Fantasy III, Towerfall or the Chronoblade demo.

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  • gerald

    Right… the controller, THAT’S the biggest problem with Ouya…

    • EdzoIV

      very pointless console

      • Fahd Al Zarooni


  • Istillduno

    But I can do this with my Android phone… (Well with blutooth rather than plugging in, but you catch my drift)

  • To mention, this is an Android feature. It has been ever since the Honeycomb update.

    Any Android device running 3.2 or higher supports PlayStation 3, XBox 360 and Logitech USB controllers right out of the box (granted it requires a USB port or a USB to Micro-USB adapter).

    So all Android phones with OTG support (for the adapter) or devices with USB ports (like Google TV boxes or some Android tablets) all have PS3 controller support, no hacking, app or whatever needed.

    Now Bluetooth support for PS3 controllers is a different story and may require hacking (some Sony Xperia Android phones though have recently gotten updates to support PS3 controllers over Bluetooth right out of the box).

    • Shady Shariest

      Oh, cool, i did not know this :D Thanks…
      (Sidenote, something that works better with ps3 controller, what is this sorcery?)

      • You were fine with that thanks until you dissed the PS3 controller. Quite a few things work better with it, actually.

        • Shady Shariest

          Ah, then apologies…*Bow*
          I haven’t mingled with controllers that much…Only used Xbox 360’s controller on few platformers…

          Hmh…Might google around a little bit about the PS3 controller…Again, sorry that offended you and…8 to 9 other people :3

  • Nicholas Paulus Lim

    Sue them SONY =)) =)) LOL

    • There’s… nothing to sue over, really.

      I had more to say but Hugh down there did it better than I could anyway..

  • ZepFan

    I’ve had no problems with my controller but I’ll try a PS3 one and see if there’s a difference.

  • I wonder how long it’ll be before the guys at Ouya wise up and add Start and Select buttons to the controller? With the touted OnLive functionality requiring a full button layout, the lack of them is…baffling.

  • Chow

    Touchpad functionality? Dualshock4 controller will fix that (I guess).

  • ragingmerifes

    Great. Now I can play The Amazing Frog? properly.

  • ZEROthefirst

    I’d rather use a Smart phone or my computers to play emulators and android games. That way I can use any controller I want and fudge around with the settings without having to pay an extra $100 for an android console. The fact that you can mod the Ouya and do other things are cool, but I haven’t seen anything great yet that screams buy me.

  • CirnoLakes

    What sad is that the controller was one of the best looking things about the Ouya.

  • Damarius Wingfield


  • Rock Volnutt

    “The biggest problem with the Ouya hardware is the controller.”

    I think the Ouya has far more issues than that, namely a lack of quality games.

    • RisukuAozora

      It has potential depending on how Indie developers want to mess with it, but sadly, i don’t see people developing amazing Indie games that I couldn’t just get on one of the big 3’s consoles.
      or… smartphone… mobile gaming… bleh.

    • AndyLC

      A lack of quality games? It has EVERY quality game from EVERY 8 to 32 bit system! Hahah

  • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

    If you can’t play a console using its controller, something is terribly wrong. So much for being a love song to players everywhere, Ouya devs.

  • Testsubject909

    Oh hey. That’ll be useful. Friend of mine bought an Ouya, so this’ll simplify many things for multiplayer gaming sessions.

  • Primalxconvoy

    I’m getting my full refund from ouya soon in lieu of my non delivered Kickstarter ouya.

    Thanks ouya!

  • Göran Isacson

    Huh. So the Ouya is in fact released now? Didn’t know that, or that initial reactions seem to be…. less than favorable. Then again I guess that considering a whole lot of the gaming publics attention seem to be on the next gen, it makes sense as to why this news would slip under most peoples radars.

  • I would just play my PS3 if I had that controller in my hand though, silly.

  • Monterossa

    Does Ouya plays all the Android games or it has its own version of games?

  • Fahd Al Zarooni


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