Update as of 5th August 2018: There is now a better solution that does not require MotionInJoy to work called SCP Toolkit. You can read about it right here.
It’s time for Adi’s Pick of The Week. For those of you who are new here, this is normally the place where I pick one piece of software or hardware that You should check out. This also includes website. This week’s pick comes from a commenter on this website by the name of Squall_Loire and it’s called Better DS3. Before I go any further I want to give a huge shout out and thank you to Squall_Loire for his recommendation.
For some PC games there are places where a Keyboard and mouse simply won’t cut it. For example, some players of the game Overwatch (which released very recently) prefer using a controller/gamepad as opposed to a Keyboard and mouse. Therefore it’s sometimes better for you to use the controller that you already have: the one for your game console of course. That way you don’t have to go and spend extra money just for another controller.
This is basically an app that lets you configure your PlayStation 3 controller. After you install the MotionInJoy driver for your PlayStation 3 controller, this tool lets you configure your PlayStation 3 controller for your PC games.
In a previous edition of Adi’s Pick of the Week I covered something called MotionInJoy DS3 Tool which had similar functionality. However, the main difference between the two is that DS3 Tool required an internet connection in order for it to work. This means, that if the DS3 Tool server was to ever go down then that would render the DS3 Tool useless. Better DS3 is, well, better than DS3 because it does not require a connection to the internet for it to be used.
Instead all of the firepower is contained inside this app. Additionally Better DS3 also has all the functionality of DS3 Tool. It supports the traditional, wired USB connection to the PS3 controller but if your PC/Laptop has Bluetooth then you can wirelessly connect to the PS3 controller.
I tested Better DS3 with Need For Speed Shift (a racing game). Needless to say it worked really well. After spending a few minutes of going into the game’s settings and changing the controller mappings, I was able to change thing so that it was more comfortable.
I also tested it with some of the newer games such as Shovel Knight and both of those games worked with Better DS3 as well. Some games such as Street Fighter V and Killer Instinct only support XInput controllers. As such using your PlayStation 3 controller might be a challenge. With that being said you can actually use Better DS3 to trick your PC into thinking that your PlayStation 3 controller is an XInput device. In my testing I can confirm that Street Fighter V and Killer Instinct worked with Better DS3.
Better DS3 is a free tool for your PC that you can download from the Better DS3 website. Don’t forget that you will need the MotionInJoy PlayStation 3 driver in order to use it so make sure to download that as well. Of course you will need a laptop with Bluetooth if you want to use the PlayStation 3 controller wirelessly.
Before using Better DS3 on Windows 10, you must do the following workaround:
- Go to Start Menu and open Settings
- Go to Update and Recovery
- Choose Recovery from the left pane
- Under Recovery section, choose Advanced Startup
- Your computer will restart and you’ll get advanced startup options on the next boot
- In these options, choose Troubleshoot
- Now head to Advanced options
- And then Startup settings
- The computer will restart again and it will give you the list of startup settings you can change
- You should look for Disable driver signature enforcement, to turn off this option, press F7
- Restart your computer and boot normally
This will ensure that the MotionInJoy Driver will work without Windows 10 complaining about it.
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