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How to Use a PlayStation 3

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Your Playstation 3 is a great entertainment centerpiece for your living room.

This guide will give you the basic ins and outs of using your game console.

Sony Playstation 3.

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  1. Play a game from disk
  2. Eject a Disk
  3. Play a downloaded game
  4. Quit a Game
  5. Pair a new controller
  6. Pair a Bluetooth Device or Headset
  7. Watch a Blu-Ray or DVD Movie
  8. Setup your Playstation 3

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Your Playstation 3 is a great entertainment centerpiece for your living room.

This guide will give you the basic ins and outs of using your game console.

Sony Playstation 3.

  1. Insert your game disk into the drive on the front of your Playstation 3.
    Playstation 3 with disk drive highlighted.
Games on disk will automatically start when inserted.
  1. Press the PS button on your controller, to make sure you're on the main menu.
    Dualshock 3 controller with PS button highlighted.
  2. Select Game.
    Game Menu
  3. Select Quit Game.
    Quit Game
  1. With the console on the main menu, press the Eject button on your console.
    Playstation 3 with Eject button highlighted.
Always store disks in their protective cases when not in use, to ensure they don't become scratched and unreadable by your console!

You can always review the full manual for your Playstation 3 online. Visit manuals.playstation.net/document/en/ps3/current/ with your web browser.

  1. With the console on the main menu, press the Eject button on your console.
    Playstation 3 with Eject button highlighted.
Always store disks in their protective cases when not in use, to ensure they don't become scratched and unreadable by your console!
  1. Press the PS button on your controller, to make sure you're on the main menu.
    Dualshock 3 controller with PS button highlighted.
  2. Select Game.
    Game Menu
  3. Select the game you wish to play.
  1. Press the PS button on your controller, to make sure you're on the main menu.
    Dualshock 3 controller with PS button highlighted.
  2. Select Game.
    Game Menu
  3. Select Quit Game.
    Quit Game
  1. Press the PS button on your controller, to make sure you're on the main menu.
    Dualshock 3 controller with PS button highlighted.
  2. Select Game.
    Game Menu
  3. Select Quit Game.
    Quit Game
  1. Acquire the supplied USB to micro-USB cable.
    Micro USB cord
  2. Connect one end to the PS3 controller.
    A ps3 controller showing the microusb slot
  3. Connect the other end to an available USB port.
    The front of a ps3 showing the USB slots
  4. Then, press the PS logo button on the front of your PS3 controller.
    The PS button on a PS3 controller
  5. Your PS3 controller's lights should illuminate and your controller is ready to use.
    A ps3 controller with the lights on
  6. Once your controller has a decent charge you can unplug it and use it wirelessly.

This works for wireless headsets and microphones.

  1. Go to Home menu.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Accessory Settings.
    Settings menu with Accessory Settings selected. Screenshot.
  4. Select Manage Bluetooth Devices.
    Accessory Settings menu with Manage Bluetooth Devices selected. Screenshot.
  5. Select Register New Device.
    Manage Bluetooth Devices with Register New Device selected. Screenshot.
  6. Put your Bluetooth device in pairing mode. (Refer to device documentation for help with this)
  7. Select Start Scanning.
  8. Select the Bluetooth device you want to register.
  9. Select Enter.
  10. Enter your Bluetooth device's Pass Key.
  11. Select Enter. Then OK.
  12. Once the pairing is complete, you should see a confirmation page like this.
    Register completed. Screenshot.
  13. Your Bluetooth device should now be paired with your PlayStation 3
  1. Insert your movie or audio disk into the drive on the front of your Playstation 3.
    Playstation 3 with disk drive highlighted.
Movies and audio on disk will automatically start when inserted.
  1. With the console on the main menu, press the Eject button on your console.
    Playstation 3 with Eject button highlighted.
Always store disks in their protective cases when not in use, to ensure they don't become scratched and unreadable by your console!

We have a separate guide that will walk you through setting up your Playstation 3.

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