How to Update a PlayStation 3

Introduction

Making sure your PlayStation's system software is up-to-date allows you to stay safe online, as well as provides you access to the latest features available with your game console.

This guide will walk you through making sure your system has the latest version of the system software.

PlayStation 3

1 Online Update

  1. Push the PS button to return to the main menu on your PlayStation.
    DualShock 3 Controller with PS button highlighted.
  2. From the menu at the bottom, select Settings.
    Settings
  3. Select System Update.
    System Update
  4. Select Update via Internet, then press the X button on your controller.
    PlayStation X.
Your system will automatically find the latest update, download, and apply it if necessary

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Making sure your PlayStation's system software is up-to-date allows you to stay safe online, as well as provides you access to the latest features available with your game console.

This guide will walk you through making sure your system has the latest version of the system software.

PlayStation 3

  1. Push the PS button to return to the main menu on your PlayStation.
    DualShock 3 Controller with PS button highlighted.
  2. From the menu at the bottom, select Settings.
    Settings
  3. Select System Update.
    System Update
  4. Select Update via Internet, then press the X button on your controller.
    PlayStation X.
Your system will automatically find the latest update, download, and apply it if necessary
You will need a USB storage device and your Internet-connected computer or laptop to perform the update manually.
  1. Open your preferred web browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. In the address bar at the top, type in playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps3 and press enter or return.
    Browser address bar highlighted with address filled in.
  3. Select the Download Now button.
    PlayStation 3 Update website with Download Now button highlighted.
    It's usually best to save this to your Downloads folder, with the default name of PS3UPDAT.PUP so it's easy to find when we need it in a moment.
  4. Plug your USB drive into your computer.
    Thumb drive in laptop.
  5. We need to create an UPDATE folder inside a PS3 folder, on the USB drive, then place that PS3UPDAT.PUP file into the UPDATE folder.
    Folder Structure.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for personal computers currently available, Windows and macOS.

Windows
Windows runs on computers produced by multiple companies, such as Lenovo, Asus, Dell, Toshiba, Hewlett Packard, Acer, and Sony.Windows 10
macOS
Apple is the only company that makes macOS computers.macOS Mojave
  1. Open Windows Explorer.
    Windows Explorer.
  2. Select your USB Drive on the left.
    Explorer with USB Drive highlighted.
  3. Select Create New Folder at the top.
    Explorer with Create New Folder highlighted.
  4. A new folder will appear, asking for a name.
    New folder editing name highlighted.
  5. Type in PS3, and push Enter on your keyboard. The new folder's name will show. Double click on this folder to open it.
    PS3 Folder highlighted.
  6. Again, select the Create New Folder button on the top.
    Create new folder button highlighted.
  7. Again, a new folder appears. Type in UPDATE and press enter.
    Typing in new folder name.
    New folder created.
  8. On the left, select the small arrows next to the USB drive, and the PS3 folder, so we can see that UPDATE folder in the column on the left.
    Expanding the folder on the left.
  9. On the left, scroll up, and select Downloads from Quick Access at the top. You will see our PS3UPDAT.PUP file here.
    Downloads with Quick Access highlighted.
  10. Scroll down in the column on the left, then drag the PS3UPDAT.PUP file into the UPDATE folder.
    Dragging file into folder.
  11. The file will copy to your USB drive.
    File copying to UPDATE folder.
  12. When it is done copying, eject the USB device from the USB menu in your System Tray.
    USB menu in system tray.
  1. Insert the USB drive with the update file into one of the USB ports on your Playstation 3.
    Playstation 3 with USB ports highlighted.
  2. Press the PS button on your controller to return to the main menu.
    DualShock 3 Controller with PS button highlighted.
  3. From the menu at the bottom, select Settings.
    Settings
  4. Select System Update.
    System Update
  5. Select Update via Storage Media, then press the X button on your controller.
    PlayStation X.
  1. Look on your Desktop, and open the USB disk.
    macOS External USB Drive
  2. Select the File menu, then select New Folder.
    Finder File menu with New Folder highlighted.
  3. You will be prompted for a name for the new folder. Type in PS3 then press return.
    New folder prompting for name.
  4. Select the PS3 folder to go into it.
    Folder view with PS3 folder highlighted.
  5. Again, in this folder, select File, then New Folder.
    Finder File menu with New Folder highlighted.
  6. For the name, type in UPDATE and press return.
    New folder in PS3 folder.
  7. Again, select the UPDATE folder to go into it.
    PS3 folder with Update folder highlighted.
  8. Now, open a new Finder window. Select File, then select New Finder Window.
    Finder File menu with New Finder Window highlighted.
  9. In the new Finder window, select Downloads on the left. You will see the PS3UPDAT.PUP file inside.
    Finder window with Downloads and PS3UPDAT.PUP file highlighted.
  10. Drag the PS3UPDAT.PUP file into the UPDATE folder in the other Finder window to copy it.
    Copying file from one Finder window to another.
  11. The file will copy over.
    Update file copying to the UPDATE folder.
  12. Once copied, eject the USB drive by dragging the icon on your Desktop to the Trash.
    Drag drive to trash to eject.
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