How to Download PS3 Games


PlayStation 3 (PS3) games can be downloaded directly to your PS3 console from PlayStation Store using retail codes or funds from your PlayStation Network (PSN) account. After buying your game, your PS3 will guide you through the entire download process.

Part 1
Downloading Games

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Your PS3 must have an Internet connection to access PlayStation Store. Go to Settings > Network Settings to connect your PS3 to Wi-Fi, or connect the PS3 to your router using an Ethernet cable for a faster and more reliable connection.

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You must have a PSN account to download free and paid games. If you don’t have an existing PSN account, follow these steps to sign up.[1]

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This displays a list of featured games available from PlayStation Store.

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Select “Redeem Code” from the left sidebar of PlayStation Store if you purchased a PS3 game from another retailer and want it downloaded to your console. Your PS3 will guide you through entering the code and downloading the game.

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Some PS3 games are free of charge.

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” The cost of the game will be subtracted from your PSN wallet, and you’ll receive a confirmation email with details about your purchase. Select “Add Funds” at the confirmation screen if your PSN account lacks funds to buy games. Then, follow the on-screen instructions to add funds to your PSN account using a credit card or PSN card.[2]

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You can save the game directly to your PS3 memory, or to external media. PlayStation Store will then begin installing the game on your PS3.

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When the download is complete, your game will be available under the “Games” menu on your PS3.[3]

Part 2
Troubleshooting

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In most cases, a wired Ethernet connection is faster and more effective at downloading games than a Wi-Fi connection.[4]

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Sony suggests that users free up twice the amount of required space before downloading games. The game’s required storage space is displayed on its information screen in PlayStation Store.[5]Scroll to Game > Game Data Utility, then delete game data for games you no longer play. This frees up storage space on your PS3 console without affecting game progress.

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In some cases, downloads can fail due to issues with servers, busy networks, and slow connections.[6]

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This helps ensure your PS3 console is updated with the latest compatible firmware, which may be required to download the latest games.