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Help with PS3 controller over Bluetooth

  • Bump, still having issue. Will try solution to manually setting input, found here:

  • @darklordenron I hadn't realised the way of connecting the controllers you mentioned in the OP was different from that doc, which is the one I found and wanted to use as well. My Pi should arrive today, I'll see how it works for me and post here if you keep having the problem.

  • @billyh It shouldn't be different. It seems completely straightforward. The only thing I haven't done is manually set up the controller input as seen about halfway through that doc, so I'm going to attempt that to see if that resolves it. I shouldn't really have to according to my research.

    Short of those document steps though, I'm at a loss. Everything points to 'it should just work once you do these steps' and mine simply...doesn't for some reason.

    Definitely keep me abreast, it would be interesting to see your experience with the exact same thing.

  • I would have reported back sooner but I've been busy googling why I cannot type a forward slash in the terminal. For some reason all I get is "#". No modifier keys such as ALT will allow the forward slash to be typed so I couldn't get this command off the ground: cd /opt/retropie/configs/all/retroarch-joypads/
    touch PLAYSTATION(R)3\ Controller.cfg
    nano PLAYSTATION(R)3\ Controller.cfg

    It's one thing after another here with this damn Playstation controller, I'm about to throw in the towel.

  • @darklordenron You need to set your locale and keyboard layout. The default is en-GB. You may well be somewhere else in the world with a different kb layout.
    Change these settings using sudo raspi-config

  • @jonnykesh Cool, thanks for that. I've found that "ALT + -" is my forward (backward?) space, but I'll attempt that config to set my region correctly.
    Tried the command to config the joypad for the PS3 but that command didnt' work, giving me an error stating that the directory could not be found.. This is getting sort of old, contemplating just wiping the damn thing and starting fresh at this point..

  • @darklordenron said in Help with PS3 controller over Bluetooth:

    Definitely keep me abreast, it would be interesting to see your experience with the exact same thing.

    Sorry, didn't use the PS3 controller in the end. I chickened out like the little bitch that I am, and immediately went for a wired controller instead. Specifically, a wired controller for the Switch, an official Nintendo one - the red one with all the power-ups on it, felt like it was made for RetroPie.

  • Ah, damn... I ended up nuking the Pi and started over with a fresh image TWICE and still experience the same issue with both PS3 controllers.. Sucks but I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and buy some USB wired ones instead. I was trying to avoid all that as I already have controllers that SHOULD be working. Is there a way to test the bluetooth to ensure that my Pi's hardware is at least not the culprit in this equation?

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    @darklordenron You might try the new PS3 driver if you have the sixaxis controllers - - before re-installing or getting an USB cable.
    As for how to check if the bluetooth is working, you can pair the controllers from the Bluetooth devices dialog ( I know the page is for another controller type, but the process is the same. If the pairing wors, then BT is functional.


    I asked over on Reddit and got a response from a gent who really helped out with this suggestion:
    "RetroPie" >
    "RetroPie Setup" >
    "Configuration / Tools" >
    "805: configedit" >
    "Configure basic libretro emulator options" > At this point, you can either:
    "Configure default options for all libretro emulators" OR
    "Configure configure additional options for [EMULATOR NAME HERE]" In both cases ... go to
    "Choose joypad order" and set which ever connected gamepads as player 1-4

    I assigned defaults to all systems, then went in and specifically assigned the PS controller to PSX as 1 through 4. Restarted. Loaded up Tony Hawk 2 and presto, everything works perfectly (with the exception of wonky button maps but that's easily resolved) Thanks everyone for your input, I think* I have it all figured out now :) Hopefully if someone has this issue in the future they can dig up this thread and the solution.

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