How to Set Up a PlayStation 3

Introduction

Sony's PlayStation 3 home video game console is the third in Sony's extremely successful series of game consoles - it was released in 2007 and had 3 different physical models during the course of its lifespan as depicted below. This guide will take you through basic setup steps for your PlayStation 3 game console.

PS3 Original model.PS3 Slim model.PS3 Super Slim model.

1 Unbox / Placement

As you unbox your PlayStation 3 game console, make sure you have all the necessary components you'll need for initial setup.

PlayStation 3 Console PlayStation 3.

A/V & HDMI Cables

For the best picture quality, HDMI is preferable, unless your TV does not support HDMI.

A V and HDMI Cables

USB Cable

This cable is used to connect your PS3 controller to your console to both play and charge.

USB cable.

Power Cord

Depending on what model PlayStation 3 you have, the power cable might look one of the two depicted.

Power cord.Power cord.

Wireless Controller

PS3 controller.

Next, choose a good place for your console.

  • Stable and Safe
    • If oriented vertically, make sure your PlayStation 3 is not in danger of tipping over or being accidentally bumped, as this can cause disc read errors.
  • Well-ventilated
    • Your PlayStation 3 may get quite warm while being played. This is normal, but if the console is stored within an enclosed cabinet, or surrounded or stacked on other warm equipment, it may overheat.

2 Connect Power

  1. Connect the power cord to the PS3 console.
    Power cable.PS3 rear power jack.

  2. Plug the power cable into the wall outlet.
  3. Ensure the power switch on the rear is switched on (if your PS3 model has a rear power switch).
    PS3 rear power switch.

3 Connect TV

Most modern TVs have HDMI ports, making the connection extremely easy.

HDMI

  1. Connect the HDMI cable to the back of your console.
    PS3 rear HDMI port.

  2. Connect the other end of your HDMI cable to your TV or receiver.
    HDMI cable plugging into PS3 rear HDMI port.

Composite

  1. Connect the composite A/V adapter cable to the back of your console.
    PS3 rear composite A V port.

  2. Connect the composite cables to your TV.
    Connecting composite cables to rear of TV.

    • The video connection cable is Yellow, the connection on your TV is Yellow or Green.
    • The right audio is Red, the same as the back of your TV, but make sure it's labeled Audio.
    • The left audio is White, the same as the back of your TV.

Start Up Console

  1. Push the Power Button on the front of your console to turn it on.
    PS3 front power button.

  2. You should see a light illuminate above the power button when pressed, and you will begin to see the PlayStation 3 startup screen on your TV.
    PS3 loading screen.

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Sony's PlayStation 3 home video game console is the third in Sony's extremely successful series of game consoles - it was released in 2007 and had 3 different physical models during the course of its lifespan as depicted below. This guide will take you through basic setup steps for your PlayStation 3 game console.

PS3 Original model.PS3 Slim model.PS3 Super Slim model.

As you unbox your PlayStation 3 game console, make sure you have all the necessary components you'll need for initial setup.

PlayStation 3 Console PlayStation 3.

A/V & HDMI Cables

For the best picture quality, HDMI is preferable, unless your TV does not support HDMI.

A V and HDMI Cables

USB Cable

This cable is used to connect your PS3 controller to your console to both play and charge.

USB cable.

Power Cord

Depending on what model PlayStation 3 you have, the power cable might look one of the two depicted.

Power cord.Power cord.

Wireless Controller

PS3 controller.

Next, choose a good place for your console.

  • Stable and Safe
    • If oriented vertically, make sure your PlayStation 3 is not in danger of tipping over or being accidentally bumped, as this can cause disc read errors.
  • Well-ventilated
    • Your PlayStation 3 may get quite warm while being played. This is normal, but if the console is stored within an enclosed cabinet, or surrounded or stacked on other warm equipment, it may overheat.
  1. Connect the power cord to the PS3 console.
    Power cable.PS3 rear power jack.

  2. Plug the power cable into the wall outlet.
  3. Ensure the power switch on the rear is switched on (if your PS3 model has a rear power switch).
    PS3 rear power switch.

Most modern TVs have HDMI ports, making the connection extremely easy.

HDMI

  1. Connect the HDMI cable to the back of your console.
    PS3 rear HDMI port.

  2. Connect the other end of your HDMI cable to your TV or receiver.
    HDMI cable plugging into PS3 rear HDMI port.

Composite

  1. Connect the composite A/V adapter cable to the back of your console.
    PS3 rear composite A V port.

  2. Connect the composite cables to your TV.
    Connecting composite cables to rear of TV.

    • The video connection cable is Yellow, the connection on your TV is Yellow or Green.
    • The right audio is Red, the same as the back of your TV, but make sure it's labeled Audio.
    • The left audio is White, the same as the back of your TV.

Start Up Console

  1. Push the Power Button on the front of your console to turn it on.
    PS3 front power button.

  2. You should see a light illuminate above the power button when pressed, and you will begin to see the PlayStation 3 startup screen on your TV.
    PS3 loading screen.
  1. Your PS3 will prompt you to connect your controller to your console via the supplied USB cable.
    PS3 prompting to connect the controller.

  2. Using the supplied USB cable, connect one end to the PS3 controller, and the other to one of the USB ports on the front of the PS3 console.
    USB cable.PS3 controller with USB highlighted.PS3 with front USB ports highlighted.

  3. Then, press the PS logo button on the front of your PS3 controller.
    PS3 controller with PS button highlighted.

  4. Your PS3 controller's lights should illuminate and your controller is ready to use.
    PS3 controller with red LED on.
  1. Select your time zone from the available list. Press the X button to continue.
    Time zone selection screen.

  2. Input the current date and time. Press the X button to continue.
    Current date and time input screen.

  3. Input your desired user name for your PS3. This is entirely cosmetic. Press the X button to continue.
    PS3 name input screen.

  4. Once completed, a summary of your selections will be displayed. Once you're ready to proceed, press the X button to complete the initial setup process.
    PS3 settings summary and confirmation screen.
  1. Your PS3 will now prompt you for initial network setup.
    PS3 network setup screen. Screenshot.

  2. If you would like to skip this step, press the O button on the controller. To proceed with network setup, press the X button. You will then be prompted to select a connection type.
    PS3 network setup screen with Wired or Wireless options. Screenshot.
  1. Before beginning, we must ensure the PS3 is connected via ethernet. Make sure you have an ethernet cable available.
    Ethernet cable.
     
  2. Connect one end of the Ethernet cable into the rear of your PlayStation 3 console, and the other end into an available port on your router.
    PS3 connected to router via Ethernet cable.

  3. Select Easy from the setting method options by pressing the X button.
    Internet connection setup method selection screen. Screenshot.

  4. Select Wired Connection from the connection type list by pressing the X button.
    Connection method selection screen with Wired Connection selected. Screenshot.

  5. Your PS3 will then begin checking the connection.
    Checking network configuration. Screenshot.

  6. Once completed, press the X button to save settings and continue.
    Internet connection summary. Screenshot.

  7. You will then be prompted to run a connection test. Press the X button to select Test Connection.
    Test connection selected. Screenshot.

  8. The connection test will begin. Results will be displayed on-screen.
    Connection test running. Screenshot.

  9. Once completed, the test will display "Connection test completed." Press the O button to exit the connection test and begin using your PS3 console!
    Connection test results. Screenshot.
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Clicking this button will open a new guide that will provide you with steps to resolve your issue.

  1. If you're having problems finding your device, try pushing the Input button on your remote.
    Input button on remote.
  2. A menu should come up, giving you options to choose a different input.
    Input choices on television screen.
  3. Use the Up and Down buttons on your remote, then push the central OK button to select one.
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