Playing games on your Android device (except on Xperia Play, those lucky owners) can be a pain with those on-screen controllers. Dancing Pixel Studios responds to this with a new app that allows Android gamers to use their PS3 Sixaxis or Dualshock 3 controllers– the Sixaxis Controller app.
What’s even better is that if you’ve got an Android tablet or phone and want to relive the glory days of classic gaming on the N64 and PSX, then the Sixaxis Controller app will work too. Check out our comprehensive guide on how to play N64, PSX games and more on your Android tablet or phone here.
The Sixaxis Controller app syncs your PS3 controller to your Android phone or tablet through Bluetooth connectivity. It delivers the full PlayStation experience, with the option for multi-player gaming with up to 4 controllers simultaneously supported and configurable mapping of all 17 buttons and analog sticks. This is a complete edge over the Xperia Play, which lacks the L2 and R2 buttons.
The app however is not compatible with all devices, so make sure to download the Sixaxis Compatibility Checker on the Android Market, and root access is required to use the app. Also, you need to manually pair your controller with a program called Sixaxis Pair Tool and a mini-USB cable. The developer also revealed the apps incompatibility with most HTC devices and new generation Samsung devices due to the devices’ Bluetooth protocol. Dancing Pixel Studios however assured that they are trying to find a work around and solve the compatibility issues.
The app itself costs $1.65 in the Market, but it assures of an ultimate gaming experience for the user. The compatibility checker, on the other hand, is free to download. Here’s a short video on how it works:
via Android and Me