Gaming on a Mac is a fantastic experience, but it will never feel truly authentic without a proper video game controller. Sadly, there aren't many controllers available for the Mac, so the best alternative is to use the PlayStation 3 DualShock 3 Wireless Controller.
Here's what you'll need:
— Sony PlayStation 3 DualShock 3 Wireless Controller (can be found for as low as $30 at GameStop and other major retailers)
— USB Mini-B cable (nothing fancy, it is simply needed to connect the controller to the Mac; you may very well have one lying around your house...)
— Any OS X video game that supports Bluetooth controllers (you can find out if your OS X video game supports Bluetooth controllers by reading its description in the Mac App Store, instruction manual, or in-game options menu)
— Any Apple Mac running OS X Mavericks
NOTE: Feral Interactive is responsible for porting most of today's console games to OS X, and a majority of these titles support Bluetooth controllers. Visit the Feral Interactive support site to determine which of their games support the PlayStation 3 DualShock 3 Wireless Controller.
Driver support for the DualShock 3 is already included in OS X Mavericks, so the only thing required is to pair the DualShock 3 controller to your Mac via Bluetooth.
Step 1: Open your Mac's Bluetooth settings (Apple Menu > System Preferences > Bluetooth, OR select the Bluetooth icon in the Menu Bar > Open Bluetooth Preferences.)
Step 2: Turn Bluetooth On.
Step 3: Connect the DualShock 3 Wireless Controller with your Mac via the USB Mini-B cable. Once connected, 'PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller' will appear in your list of Bluetooth-enabled devices; however, it will indicate it is 'Not Connected'. Don't worry, this is normal.
Simultaneously, the 4 lights located at the top left of the controller will begin to slowly blink red; this indicates the controller is charging.
NOTE: If the charger is new and/or has not been charged, stop now and allow it to charge for an hour before proceeding to the next step.
Step 4: Tap the PS Button on the front of the controller and then unplug the USB Mini-B Cable from the controller. The 4 red lights should now blink faster, indicating the controller is attempting to pair with your Mac.
Step 5: Your Mac will then prompt you to enter a password to pair with the controller. Enter "0000" (without the quotations) and select 'Pair'.
The 4 red lights will continue to flash and 'PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller' should now indicate it is 'Connected' in your list of Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Congratulations! You have successfully connected your Sony PlayStation 3 DualShock 3 Wireless Controller to your Mac. Now when you turn on the controller and open any controller-supported OS X video game both parties will automatically connect to each other, allowing you to simply pick up and play.
TIPS, TRICKS, & TROUBLESHOOTING
— When first pairing your DualShock 3 controller to your Mac, make sure to turn Bluetooth off on other nearby electronic devices to avoid confliction.
— Pairing your DualShock 3 controller to your Mac is a one-time setup. As long as the controller remains recognized in your list of Mac's Bluetooth devices you only have to tap the PS Button on the controller to wake it from standby mode and have it reconnect.
— To conserve your DualShock 3 controller's battery, disconnect the controller in your Mac's Bluetooth Preferences when it is not in use.
— In Step 4 after unplugging the USB Mini-B cable from the DualShock 3 controller, if the 4 red lights stop blinking after the cable is unplugged then your controller's battery is likely dead. Plug the cable back into the controller and allow it to charge for an hour or more before proceeding to the next step.
— After Step 5 is completed and the DualShock 3 controller indicates it is 'Connected' in your list of Bluetooth devices but it is not responding in your controller-supported OS X video game; close the video game and connect the controller to the Mac again via the USB Mini-B cable, right click on 'PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller' in your list of Bluetooth devices and select 'Disconnect'. Unplug the cable from the controller, then plug the cable back into the controller, wait for the 4 lights to slowly flash red, tap the PS Button (your Mac will not prompt for you to enter a password this time), unplug the cable from the controller again, and 'PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller' should then indicate it is 'Connected'. Open your OS X video game and attempt to play it again with the controller.
If your controller is still not responding, access your OS X video game's in-game options and configure any controls that may conflict with the controller.