The Sony Xperia Z is the first smart phone from Sony that supports the use of the Playstation 3 controller via USB. Here is how it looks!
So you have seen us as a blog site using the PS3 pad for many of our YouTube videos or posts for games using HID gamepad support. But the compatibility with the handset has either involved using a desktop cradle of some description or using the Sixaxis app for rooted devices. So the Xperia Z appears to be the first handset from Sony that supports the gamepad directly by just using a USB on the go adapter. Below is a video from YouTube channel Joypad Jedi, showing this set up and a good selection of games working with it.
This set up only works via USB at the moment and doesn't seem to support the same Bluetooth connectivity that we have seen on the Tablet S and Xperia Tablet S but maybe this is on the way. We hope that this is coming soon and that this USB support is the first stages of this support coming.
Another theory that I am liking a lot is around the support for Playstation 4 streaming which is supposed to be coming to Xperia devices, which should allow users to stream their Playstation titles and play remotely with the gamepad. If this is true, I am very excited anyway but as an accidental byproduct, it supports all HID optimised games on Android which is perfect for us Android gamers.
If you have an Xperia Z, then you might be interested in grabbing one of these Gameklip brackets for attaching the Ps3 pad to the phone for more comfortable gameplay on the move.