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Published July 14, 2018

“PS4 is the way of the future or PS4 is the future of the gaming world”, if you have heard either of those statements then logic suggests that there are people playing more PS4 games and collecting more PS4 accessories than ever before. Incidentally, PS4 consoles and sales are up while other consoles are down; particularly the PS3 and its accessories. However, it cannot be argued that the PS4 generation has the spotlight, one particular PS3 item still maintains that spotlight, the Sony brand PS3 controller.

The PS3 generation maybe dead and buried in accordance to many gamers, but the few that still game hard on the PS3, myself included, it stands to reason that getting our hands on a Sony brand PS3 controller is our top priority. But, what happens when the very object we need for gaming cannot be found or found anywhere.

Piece of crap, leave it alone gaming people!

Gamers have been known to go to their local gaming stores that sell used Sony brand PS3 controllers like Disk Replay or Gamestop; these places are a good source but a bad idea. Gamers feel cornered when they have to rely on a third party PS3 controller that doesn’t have the motion control function which makes playing games like Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time difficult.

Having said that, here are 5 reasons why you should not only keep but buy more than one PS3 controller and trust me, hoarding them is NOT a gaming sin! See what I did there. Anyway, here are the reasons 5.

1. Gaming stores have them in used quantities but they don’t work as well as they should

As I previously mentioned above, gamers can go to their local gaming stores like Gamestop or Disk Replay to find or to “luck” onto a Sony brand PS3 controller. However, as I also said that it is a bad idea because 8 times out of 10 the controller doesn’t work as well as it should especially since it has exchanged hands and houses many times.

The worst part about local gaming stores having these controllers in their possession is that the controllers’ lifespan is even shorter, a gamer may find and buy a Sony brand PS3 controller but the gamer will have, at the most, a couple of weeks before the controller and the charge cord with it, burn out; from experience.

If it works, hoard it and others like it!

Coincidentally, it’s not all bad though because some gamers do luck out and get a Sony brand PS3 controller from their local game store and it works for a long period of time sometimes works for years without needing to be replaced, but the occurrence is rare; maybe 1 in every 25 controllers. Above all, local gaming stores are not great places to buy Sony brand PS3 controllers.

2. Amazon is the best place to buy them brand new

This is sort of obvious, but if I was going to replace my Sony brand PS3 controller then the first place I would go is Simply, there are no used controllers, no chance that they could die or any chance that a gamer will have to switch over to a third party controller in order to enjoy their PS3 gaming action. The hardest thing for a gamer to do is to replace gaming tech or a video game, it’s a monumental pain in the ass!

When my controller stops working, I’m getting this!

However, Amazon’s reputation more than precedes itself and is the place I go for all of my gaming needs; if I want a game to download to my PS3, I go to the Playstation Store, if I want a working and fully functional Sony brand PS3 controller, I go to Amazon. EBay is good in their own right, but it is not a place I would go for any of my gaming needs.

Despite the fact that some of Amazon’s gaming items are a tad pricey, I think as a gamer, I can agree, heck I think we all can agree on the fact that buying a Sony brand PS3 controller from Amazon is worth the price.

3. Local stores don’t have them

Everyone that is a gamer knows that Best Buy is one of the only other places to find gaming gear be it last month’s game of the month to game systems. What gamers also know is that places like Best Buy and Walmart do not have Sony brand PS3 controllers at all. Incidentally, I always believed that if you can’t get it at a local game store then try another place that sells video games and video game hardware; places like Walmart and Best Buy.

The sad, yet ironic thing about that is that the local stores don’t have Sony brand PS3 controllers because they’re concentrating on current generation consoles which means that a gamer might find themselves running around town or leaving their town in order to go to a store that might or might not have a working, slightly used Sony brand PS3 controller.

I can’t count on one hand how many times I’ve been told by employees of said stores to “go to this Chicago location to get this controller, they have a dozen of them”. Who wants to drive all the way to no man’s land just to buy one controller; local stores amount to a dime bag of nothing when it comes to video game accessories from past gaming generations.

4. If you still game hard on PS3, you’ll want to

Now, PS4 is in the house, no doubt about that and there are still many gamers who are playing PS4 games. However, the fact that there are just as many PS3 gamers cannot be ignored. My take, if you still game hard on the PS3 while you’re still waiting on the PS4 price to come down then you’ll want to get your hands on a Sony brand PS3 controller and keep as many of them as possible.

Collect these and keep them, I would; I have!

Over the time that I’ve had my Sony brand PS3 controller, I’ve come to realize two things about it. One, practically getting it brand new will ensure that it lasts you forever also stating that if you take good care of it then it will definitely last you forever. Two, when you buy it from a local gaming store, you’re buying someone’s gaming leftovers. While, not necessarily a bad thing, it can be in the long run if you should just happen to wake up to a non-working PS3 controller.

So, while you have the money or can get your hands on it to buy more than one Sony brand PS3 controller brand new, do it; it doesn’t say not to. Also, I want to go on record as saying that doing this now will save you tons of headache and pain later especially if you live in a town of under 850 people. Chances are, there isn’t a gaming store for miles.

5. They’re necessary for certain games

Back in my PS2 gaming days, I used to always be told by different people to try different third party game controllers. So, being an open-minded guy, I did and the controllers died/malfunctioned within a few days. I’ve been using a Sony brand PS2 controller ever since. Fast forward 2 years, I knew better than to get a third party PS3 controller because I knew the functions were lacking.

The biggest reason to buy and/or keep more than one Sony brand PS3 controller is because of this, they’re necessary for certain games. As I previously mentioned above, Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time is a game that CANNOT function without a Sony brand PS3 controller. I can hardly say that it doesn’t matter which controller you use when you game, but it does matter.

Yeah, you need a Sony PS3 controller for this!

While Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time is one of many games that require the use of a Sony brand PS3 controller, it is never a bad idea to have two or several of them because ten times out ten, you’ll be wishing you did when you need to get past Bentley’s “motion controller hacking”. All in all, don’t be caught with your gaming pants down which you will if you play a game that requires the use of a Sony brand PS3 controller and you don’t have one; I can’t think of a worst gaming scenario.


PS4 generation is currently holding a lot of gamers’ attention but for those who still play PS3 should make it their life’s work to get, buy and keep more than one Sony brand PS3 controller. Along with them being scarce, they’re not normally found in local stores; local gaming stores have maybe one or two of them but they don’t work as well as they should which can leave many gamers frustrated.

While Sony brand PS3 controllers are necessary to play certain games, it is without question that Amazon is the go to place when you’re looking to buy a PS3 controller, brand new; which you should.

Have you had any problems finding a Sony brand PS3 controller where you live, how often have you felt defeated because you lack the money to buy another Sony brand PS3 controller in order to finally beat that game that require it? I’d love to hear from you, leave me a message and I’ll get back to you immediately. Thank you and happy gaming.


R.J’s Last Minute Tip 

This hardly needs to be said, but if you’re looking for a replacement controller for either your PS2 or PS3; don’t go to local stores, go to only



  1. Jamiro Hazel Jamiro Hazel

     PS3 has always been one of my all time favorite gaming systems and lets just say i am  still holding on to it. It is true the controls are very hard to find nowadays with all the different type of new gaming systems coming into play. i would like to know other than amazon, where else could be a good place to pick up a few controllers ? i am deeply interested in picking up a few for myself and a few friends that i know this might come in handy for. Thanks for sharing 

    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      Ebay is a good place to start and I’d probably go online to Gamestop and Walmart too. Anywhere they sell gaming products is a good place to start looking for PS3 controllers, but you won’t find these in stores because they’ve moved to the PS4. 

  2. Seun Afotanju Seun Afotanju

    I had a tough time trying to get a play station 3 console in a local shop as it was not easy at all i actually bought one that made me regret why i bought it because the console never lasted for even a week, the most annoying part was i was ready to play my fifa 18 when it refused to function well, although amazon is the perfect place to get a replacement i did got my own from ebay.

    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      Are you talking about the console or the controller, I got a little confused in your post; I never had a PS3 console that died on me. The PS3 controllers are scarce indeed and if you were having trouble finding a controller then I can see the logic behind going to ebay

  3. Dominik Vagner Dominik Vagner

    I never knew PS3 controllers were harder than ever to find! Back when I lived in South East Asia a few years ago where there was a lack of Amazons, best buys and ebays, I would spend days if not months searching around with one of my close friends to find an authentic store that sold authentic Sony PS3 controllers and not any fake or third party controllers without the motion control function. I’m happy to say that we finally did find a store that imported genuine gaming peripherals from Razer and Steelseries all the way to Sony gaming accessories. I’m glad I could relate to this!

    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      Indeed Dominick, I’ll tell you that I wasn’t having so much luck trying to find a PS3 controller for my wife that actually worked, it motivated me to help other gamers fill in the blanks about where to find these elusive controllers so that’s what motivated to also do my post.

  4. Lok Which Lok Which

    I just bought ps3 for kid brother. Reading this post has given me reasons why I have to get more than one controller for him. I am not even aware of the fact that local stores don’t have Sony controller before getting the Sony ps3 at Amazon. I’m thinking of getting ps4 for myself next month.

    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      You very well should, but if you’re going to keep some of your PS3 games then its worth investing in a couple of Sony brand PS3 controllers because I won’t have all of my PS3 games on my PS4, I’m not doing it; I’m going to have my PS3 games separate from my PS4. 

  5. zuchii zuchii

    I think  Sony is aware of the scarcity and it is part of the company policy so that new products can be sold In the market. Most times I just go with the flow when there is a new product in town I go for an upgrade and dump the older version at the store. it’s always a new challenge and experience for me however if you are a PS3 fan I agree with you that’s extra control pads should be kept for continuous usage.

    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      Yes zuchii exactly, I was having this conversation with my wife not that long ago; I still have the original controller that came with my PS3 but I also know that I can get more if need be. When you said go for an upgrade, I’m not sure if you’ve heard of the rock candy controllers but my wife has one for her PS3 and it hasn’t let her down yet. I thought about doing the same once my PS3 controller went or something else happen to it.

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