PS3 + apple Bluetooth keyboard

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  1. RidgeRacerType4 macrumors newbie

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    Heyas, here soon I will most likely end up getting a PS3 and was wondering if apple's bluetooth keyboard would sync with it. As I understand it, the PS3's controllers connect wirelessly via bluetooth.

    My ultimate goal is to sync that keyboard with the PS3 for use in FFXI. I've been meaning to get into it and have been told that because of the most recent expansion right now is the best time to get in. As well, I've been wanting to play some Warhawk and Need For Speed, so I was going to get a PS3 anyway. In any case, any help is greatly appreciated
     
  2. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    I have the old style BT keyboard and it is synced with it ok. I don't have the thin one.
    :)
     
  3. spyker3292 macrumors 65816

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    I have the old one for my Mac mini. Might get the new one for my PS3 but would be great to hear if it works too!
     
  4. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    Sorry, can't help you regarding the bluetooth keyboard, but I can tell you the Playstation 3 recognized my USB thin Apple keyboard.
     
  5. sikkinixx macrumors 68020

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    it recognizes the old style keyboard? i tried it a whille back and nothing happened.... hmmmm maybe its time to give it another go
     
  6. RidgeRacerType4 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks all for the response! Right now I have the old style apple BT keyboard, but have been considering giving it to my mother for her soon-to-be imac and then getting myself the new BT keyboard; Mainly because I'm use to the macbook's touch and feeling, as well, I can imagine the new BT keyboard being lighter and easier to handle in a console gaming sense.

    I don't mean to deviate much, But on another topic. I just realized that the new FFXI expansion is playable via PS2 and that the new PS3s are built without the emotion chip in them meaning they can't play PS2 games. Does that mean, If I bought a 40gig PS3 and the All-in-one FFXI pack (Wings of the Goddess expansion included) I couldn't load it on to this gen's PS3 (as it doesn't play that game off the game discs)?

    I'll probably still end up investing in a PS3 in the coming weeks but if I can get more utility out of my current BT keyboard (and potentially the future one) so much the better :) Thanks
     
  7. iEdd macrumors 68000

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    1. You should buy the new keyboard, see if it works. If so, give the old one to your mum, if not keep the old one that works and give her the new one. If you love her... :p

    2. Here's how it went as far as PS3s go:
    (A)20 & 60GB US had PS2 graphics card and CPU (emotion engine)
    (B)European/PAL PS3 60GB had CPU removed, but retained graphics card, meaning games were run through an emulator. I think the later US ones also missed the CPU.
    (C)40GB PS3s have neither, and so can only play PS1/PS3 games (note all PS3s can play PS1 games - disc or downloaded).
    (D)80GB American PS3, AFAIK is the same as (B) as far as backwards compat goes.

    60/80GB PS3s have the fancy chrome, WiFi, card readers, etc.

    If you are in a country that does have the 80GB PS3, get THAT ONE and not the BC crippled 40GB version.
     
  8. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Yep exactly. 40GB no PS2 play full stop.
     
  9. fishkorp macrumors 68020

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    I don't think it can recognize any Bluetooth device that doesn't have the PS button? But any USB keyboard will work.
     
  10. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    How on earth did you come to that assumption ? USB keyboards dont have a PS button either ;)

    I like I already posted have an apple BT keyboard synced with my ps3.
     
  11. fishkorp macrumors 68020

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    because it needs to find the BT device and by hitting the button it's telling the system "hey here i am" whereas if you plug something into the USB it obviously knows it's attached? i personally don't know anyone that's had any luck with BT keyboards with a PS3. maybe they're just too stupid to figure it out if it works? i know you said it worked, but there are other posts saying it doesn't work. i don't have an external keyboard, so i can't confirm one way or another.
     
  12. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    I usually switch my keyboard off (save batteries) when not using it by flipping the switch beneath it.

    When I flick it on, it take a few seconds and then the PS3 recognises it as normal.

    Maybe that's acting as a jolt for the PS3 to find it again as it puts the keyboard into seek mode for a few secs too.




    However........ I could not get it to recognise my wireless mighty mouse at all. It tries to pair with it and at that stage fails for me.
     
  13. Taustin Powers macrumors regular

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    Any new info/confirmation on this one?

    I would really consider buying Apple's new Bluetooth keyboard for the PS3....otherwise I would have no use for it.
     
  14. Saar macrumors newbie

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    According to this thread, it now works after the last software update.
     
  15. Taustin Powers macrumors regular

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    Really cool, thanks!


    Now, I just realized that Apple BT keyboard does not have a USB port...so I would still need to have a long ass USB cable for the mouse.

    Have people been able to get a bluetooth mouse to work with the PS3?
     
  16. spyker3292 macrumors 65816

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    Not sure but you could use a bluetooth dongle mouse.
     
  17. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Did you read any of my posts ? No the bluetooth mouse does not work. :rolleyes:

     
  18. Taustin Powers macrumors regular

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    Yes, I did, thank you.

    You gave information on the Mighty Mouse.

    I asked about "a bluetooth mouse", meaning any bluetooth mouse on the market. Just because Apple's mouse doesn't pair doesn't mean no other mouse will. Apple's hardware has always been...peculiar.

    :rolls eyes right back at you: ;)
     
  19. Saar macrumors newbie

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    I'll see if my Logitech MX1000 pairs with the PS3 when I get home from work.
     
  20. Steve519 macrumors newbie

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    from my understanding ANY bluetooth keyboard and mouse will work with the ps3. I just bought a cheap dell bluetooth keyboard just for my ps3 after I was told that that one will also work. and no, it does not have a PS button.

    I have heard issues though with the mighty mouse for some reason, but those same people said the apple bluetooth keyboard worked for them
     
  21. Saar macrumors newbie

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    I tried pairing the Logitech MX1000 with the PS3 and no go. Tried with the mouse base station plugged into one of the PS3 USB ports and with the base station turned off.
     
  22. Coded-Dude macrumors 6502a

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    too bad the apple keyboard doesn't come in black. :p
     
  23. littlemissGTO macrumors member

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    Glad I found this thread. Now I won't feel so bad sending my Mac off for repair.
     
  24. palckofv macrumors regular

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    I just paired my thin bluetooth apple keyboard with no problem, it only took about 15 seconds. Turn on the keyboard go to accessories, manage bt devices, register new device and start scanning. It comes up in about 3 seconds, enter the 6 digit code on screen push enter, done!
     
  25. XianPalin macrumors 6502

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    Pairing the slim keyboard works fine, I did it a ways back. I recommend looking up some keyboard/button correlations. I think maybe the function keys might correspond to some of the playstation buttons. Would've made browsing a little easier if I remember right. Typing works fine.
     

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