PlayStation Knowledge Center
The SIXAXIS and DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller can be used either wirelessly or connected with a USB cable to the PlayStation®3. The controller must be charged for wireless use. Once the controller is charged and the PS3 is on, the controller can be switched between wireless and wired use.
How to Charge the SIXAXIS or DUALSHOCK 3 Wireless ControllerNote: the controller can be used while charging.
With the PS3 system turned on (power indicator is lit green), connect the controller to the system using a USB cable.
The port indicators of the controller will flash red slowly and charging begins.
When charging has completed, the port indicators will stop flashing.
Note: The SIXAXIS or DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller will only charge if the PS3 system is turned on. The only recommended way to charge the SIXAXIS or DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller is via a USB cable connected to the PS3 as described above.
How to check the battery level on the SIXAXIS or DUALSHOCK 3 Wireless Controller
To check the battery level on the controller, press and hold the [PS logo] button for at least two seconds. The battery’s charge level will be displayed on the PS3 screen.