How to Play Any OS X Video Game with a PlayStation 3 Controller

Last weekend I published a tutorial explaining how to connect a Sony PlayStation 3 DualShock 3 Wireless Controller to a Mac running OS X Mavericks. This method only works with OS X video games that support Bluetooth controllers, which leaves out compatibility with a ton of other fantastic games available on the Mac.

Fortunately, there is a solution to make every OS X video game support the DualShock 3 controller, and it only requires an app and a few minutes of control configuration.

JoyStick Mapper for OS X mirrors your keyboard with your DualShock 3 controller and completely bypasses the native keyboard and mouse controls, allowing you to play your video games like how they should be played.

Once your DualShock 3 controller is connected to your Mac, simply open JoyStick Mapper and assign a behavior to each of your controller’s buttons. The app can also scan your controller’s buttons automatically to make button assignation easier.

After the controls are properly configured you can then play any OS X video game with your DualShock 3 controller, despite if they did not originally support Bluetooth controllers.

JoyStick Mapper is available for purchase in the Mac App Store.

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