How to Use the PS3 Remote on a PC

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

Windows-based computers can control what occurs on their screen by using a Bluetooth remote with the Windows Media Center program. This enables the video being presented to be remotely controlled while being viewed on the computer screen or a television set. The Sony-made PS3 remote for the PlayStation 3 video game console would make an excellent remote for using with the Windows Media Center program, but cannot work natively with a Windows-based computer unless a special software driver is installed. This will let you use the PS3 remote to control all aspects of the computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows-based computer
  • Bluetooth
  • Web browser
  • Windows Media Center
  • PS3 remote
  • PS3 Bluetooth Remote Application driver

Step 1

Download the PS3 Bluetooth Remote Application driver to the desktop of the computer (use the link in the Resources section).

Step 2

Go to "start," "Control Panel," "Bluetooth Devices." Click on "Add" to add a new Bluetooth device. Hold down the "Start+Enter" keys on the PS3 remote simultaneously. Release the keys after about 20 seconds have passed.

Step 3

Click on the "My device is set up and ready to be found" box in "Bluetooth Devices." Click on "Next" to go to a new window.

Step 4

Click on "BD Remote Control" in the window that appears. Click on "Next" to go to a new window. Select "Don't use a passkey." Click on "Next" to close the window.

Step 5

Press and release the "PlayStation" key on the PS3 remote to sync the PS3 remote to the computer.

Step 6

Double-click on the PS3 Bluetooth Remote Application driver on the desktop of the computer. Follow the prompts to install the PS3 Bluetooth Remote Application driver.

Step 7

Restart the computer after the installation has been completed.

Step 8

Run Windows Media Center. Now you can use the PS3 remote to control the functions of the PC.

Tips & Warnings

  • Back up the Windows-based operating system before installing the PS3 remote driver. This will let you restore the computer to the state it was in before the driver was installed if you wish.
  • Please note: The software driver is not sanctioned by either Sony or Microsoft and could lead to unexpected problems with the Windows-based operating system.