Set up your PS3
Step 1: Make sure your PS3 is connected to
the same network (via Ethernet or wireless) as your computer. You can
check your connection by going to Settings > Network Settings.
Step 2: Go to Settings > Network Settings > Media Server Connection on your PS3 and set it to "Enabled."
Set up your computer (PC)
Step 1: Download and install the latest version on Windows Media Player.
Step 2: Go to Library > Add to Library and add folders you want your
PS3 to access. All personal folders (Photos, Videos, and Music) are
selected by default, but if you have media in other folders, add them.
Step 3:. Go to Library > Media Sharing, and check "Share Media."
Press "OK," then wait a few moments for your PS3 to show up as one of
the devices. Then select it, click "Allow," then "OK."
Set up your computer (Mac)
Step 1: Download and install PS3 Media Server
(free). This will allow your PS3 to "see" your
Step 2: Connect to the same network as your PS3.
Step 3: Go to Navigation/Share Settings and uncheck everything in the
Thumbnails section (at the top). Then, at the bottom, add folders you
want your PS3 to access. You can choose to add your entire hard drive,
but it's helpful to add shortcuts to folders like Music, Videos, and
Step 4: Go to Transcoding Settings, and change the
Maximum bandwidth to 14 or 15. If you have a very strong network
connection, leave it at 0. If you don't have a 5.1 surround sound
theater, go to the "Number of audio channels" settings and change it to
Step 5: At the top, hit "Save" and "Restart HTTP Connection."
Stream your media
Step 1: Go back to your PS3, and your
computer's name will be listed under the Photos, Videos, or Music tabs.
You need to be in the Music section on your PS3 to play music, in the
Photos section to see photos, and in the Videos section to play videos.
You cannot play copyrighted material.
Here are a few extra tips:
- When viewing a photo, hit the button to view extra options, like starting a slideshow of images in the selected folder.
- When listening to music, you can keep it playing in the background by hitting the PlayStation (home) button.
- You can copy music, photos, and videos onto your PS3 hard drive. When viewing a file, hit the button and select "Copy."