Do you own a PlayStation 3? I Do. And I absolutely love this game machine. In fact, I love it so much that I put my good old trusty PlayStation 2 system up for sale and sold it. Mind you, I’m keeping all of my favorite games, because they can be played on the PS3 as well. Especially the two player games that I play often with friends. Thankfully I had several PS2 controllers (4 to be exact) and decided to only sell two of them with my PlayStation 2 console. I figured I could use my PS2 controllers on my PlayStation 3, and not have to spend another $50.00 on an extra controller.
Now, I did of course know that the PlayStation 3 controllers were not the same as the PlayStation 2. While they do have their SIXAXIS wireless controllers, they also have SIXAXIS wired PlayStation 3 controllers as well. However, these use a USB port in order to be able to plug into the controller ports on the PlayStation 3. This did present a problem, because the PlayStation 2 controllers do not have a USB plug, but a unique plug that’s specific to the PS2 Console.
However, having reviewed and written about video games and video game accessories for many years now, and watched as innovative companies designed and developed what are called controller adapters [http://www.modchipnow.com/playstation-3-c-39.html] for essentially every single video game console on the market, I was certain that it was only a matter of time before a PlayStation 2 to PlayStation 3 controller adapter would be released. And boy was I right. Not even 3 months after the release of the PlayStation 3, the PS2 to PS3 Controller adapter started showing up on video game web sites.
The PlayStation 2 to PlayStation 3 controller adapter is an adapter for PlayStation 2 controllers. About 3 to 6 feet long, depending on which model you buy. The adapter allows you to plug in a PlayStation 2 controller to one and, and then plug the other end, which is a USB plug, into the PlayStation 3. Your PlayStation 2 controller will work just like any wired PlayStation 3 controller, minus the SIXAXIS Support of course, and the HOME button that’s on all of the PS3 controllers.
All of the buttons are of course there, so you’ll be able to play every single PlayStation 3 game just as you would when using a PlayStation 3 controller. Unfortunately, though the PS2 controllers have the rumble function / dual shock built in, Sony decided to remove this from the PlayStation 3 controllers (and I suspect it had a lot to do with the lawsuit brought against them by the developers of this technology). What this means is that regardless of the DUAL SHOCK functions built into your PlayStation 2 controller, unless you’re playing PlayStation 2 games.
Not only does the PS2 to PS3 controller adapter save you money, and make use of your now unused PlayStation 2 controllers, you’ll also be able to play your PS2 games just the same as you would on your PlayStation 2 console, with all of the rumble and force feedback that would be lacking if you were playing your PlayStation 2 games with a PlayStation 3 controller.
The controller adapter is a quick and easy way to use your PlayStation 2 controllers on your PlayStation 3. And above all, it’s extremely cheap. priced at under $10.00, it’s certainly much cheaper than going out and buying another PlayStation 3 controller. In fact, you could buy up to 4 adapters, and make use of all of the PlayStation 3 controller ports, and use PS2 controllers in all of them. An excellend, and low cost way to enjoy those multi player games, without having to let your PlayStation 2 controllers collect dust.